Dashing Through the Snow, Harvard Football Runs by Dartmouth, 41-10
Pictured: Scales recorded his second 100-yard rushing game of the season (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Treavor Scales, Collier Winters and Zach Boden ran for two touchdowns each and became the first trio of Crimson teammates to rush for 100 yards each in a game, leading the Crimson to 395 total rushing yards and a 41-10 win against Dartmouth Saturday evening at snowy Harvard Stadium.
Winters added 116 yards on 10-for-13 passing, helping Harvard (6-1, 4-0 Ivy League) to its sixth straight win and, with Brown's defeat of Penn, sole possession of first place in the Ivy League. It is the first time since 1890 that the Crimson has tallied 40 points in four straight games.
Apart from a brief drive ended by halftime, Harvard scored touchdowns on its first six drives, keeping its punt unit off the field for the game's first 50 minutes. The Crimson reeled off drives of 99, 95, 84 and 77 yards. Winters finished with 126 yards on 15 carries, averaging 8.4 per run and becoming the first Harvard quarterback since Ryan Fitzpatrick '05 in 2004 to rush for 100. The tailback duo of Scales and Boden added 139 and 117 yards, respectively.
The defense, meanwhile, stopped Dartmouth (2-5, 1-3) on eight straight third downs and limited Nick Schweiger, who entered the day as the nation's fifth-leading rusher, to 51 yards on 15 carries. Alex Gedeon led Harvard with eight tackles, while Joshua Boyd notched seven. The Crimson outgained the Big Green, 511 yards to 234, and neither team committed a turnover.
The rain coming down all afternoon changed to snow in the final half-hour before kickoff. Harvard stopped Dartmouth on its opening drive and showed off a wet-weather offense once it got the ball. The Crimson gained 62 of its 84 yards on the ground, highlighted by a 42-yard scamper off the left tackle by Scales. Winters danced around defenders on a 13-yard run up the middle for a 6-0 Harvard lead.
Dartmouth cut into the lead on its next drive. The Big Green made it to Harvard's 2-yard line, but a shotgun snap over the head of Conner Kempe led to a sack by John Lyon and a 27-yard field goal by Foley Schmidt. Kempe would go on to complete 13 of his 22 passes for 98 yards.
Harvard's answer was quick. Seitu Smith III ran the kickoff back 43 yards to the Dartmouth 44. Boden then took over. On consecutive plays, he caught a three-yard pass and shed tacklers on a runs of 20, 13 and, finally, eight yards to make it 13-3.
The Crimson started its next drive at its own 1-yard line but marched the 99 yards in 15 plays to go up by a 20-3 margin that it would take to halftime. Winters passes to Cameron Brate for 18 yards and Alex Sarkisian for 26 moved Harvard down the field before Kyle Juszczyk recovered a fumble after a fourth-down conversion to keep the drive alive. Scales scored from a yard out on the next play.
Harvard totaled 252 yards of offense, 188 on the ground, in the first half and kept going in the second. The Crimson amassed 51 rushing yards on its first drive of the period, including 26 on one run by Scales that was accompanied by a vicious stiff arm. Boden got Harvard in position to score with a 17-yard run, and Winters curled around to the right and dove inside the right pylon for a four-yard touchdown.
A 20-yard, leaping catch over the middle by Juszczyk set up Boden for a seven-yard score. Winters then registered runs of 15, 29 and 12 yards as part of a 95-yard scoring drive to make it 41-3 before the end of the third quarter. Dartmouth scored on a 95-yard drive of its own in the fourth quarter, after Jacob Dombrowski pinned the Big Green deep on Harvard's only punt.