HANOVER, N.H. – Harvard reached the 30-point plateau for the fifth time this season as the Crimson rolled to a 30-14 victory at Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H.
Collier Winters ran for two first half touchdowns and threw for another, and the Crimson (5-2, 3-1 Ivy) defense pressured Dartmouth (4-3, 1-3 Ivy) into three interceptions in the win.
Dartmouth had allowed just one sack all season but Harvard got to quarterback Connor Kempe four times with Josue Ortiz collecting two on the day.
The Crimson dominated the first quarter, scoring on its first three drives of the game to claim a 17-0 lead to help spoil Dartmouth's Homecoming game. Winters scampered in from one-yard out on a QB option rollout play on the first drive to cap a 14-play, 78-yard drive covering 4:52. Winters then drove the Crimson again and finished with another touchdown run – this one from five yards out to complete a 17-play, 87-yard drive in 6:25.
The Crimson's ability to keep the ball resulted in Harvard running 31 plays in the opening quarter compared to just nine for the Big Green as Harvard converted all seven of its third-down attempts.
David Mothander converted a 43-yard field goal on the third drive to give the Crimson a 17-0 lead. Josh Boyd then picked off a pass and returned it 45 yards to Dartmouth's 26-yard line. It took the Crimson just five plays for Winters to find Adam Chrissis on a 10-yard TD pass for a 24-0 lead.
Dartmouth struck thanks to Shawn Abauhoff, who returned a punt 82 yards for a TD to cut the lead to 24-7 with 2:22 left in the first half. Matthew Hanson had a good kickoff return however, bringing the ball to the Harvard 48 and, with plenty of time on the clock, the Crimson moved to the Big Green's nine yard line before converting a last-second field goal from 27 yards out for a 27-7 halftime lead.
In the opening half, Harvard outgained Dartmouth 323-95 and holding the home side to a 0-for-4 mark on third downs.
The big lead forced Dartmouth's hand in the second half and, although the Big Green moved the ball, Dartmouth turned the ball over on miscues or downs four times in Crimson territory in the second half.
In the final half, Harvard's third interception of the game, this one from Bobby Schneider, led the way to Mothander's third field goal, a 35-yarder to give the Crimson a 30-7 lead.
Dartmouth finally got an offensive touchdown in the fourth quarter as Dominick Pierre swept to the right pylon for a five-yard run to cap an eight-play, 70-yard drive. The Big Green wouldn't come close to catching Harvard however, as the Crimson won for the ninth-straight time in Hanover and for the 13th time in the last 15 meetings.
Treavor Scales led Harvard with 124 rushing yards on 18 carries (6.9 ypc) – his second-straight 100-yard game. Gino Gordon, who leads the Ivy League in yards per carry, ran for 93 yards in the first half before sitting out the second.
Winters completed 19 of 31 attempts for 212 yards. Chrissis led the receivers with seven catches for 86 yards.
NOTES: Harvard head coach Tim Murphy is 9-0 all-time in games played in Hanover, N.H. … Harvard is 48-2 when leading at halftime since the start of the 2003 season … Harvard is 34-7 when a player rushes for 100 yards since 2000 … Harvard is 272-5-1 all-time when scoring at least 30 points … Since 2000 Harvard is 28-0 when it does not fumble and 22-0 when not committing a turnover.