Ho Churns Out 132 Yards; Defense Drubs Lehigh, 28-14

Ho Churns Out 132 Yards; Defense Drubs Lehigh, 28-14

Pictured: Cheng Ho returned to the lineup and had 132 rushing yards with two TDs against Lehigh on Saturdy.
Photo: Courtesy Tommy Miller for GoCrimson.com

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Cheng Ho ran for 132 yards on 21 carries (6.3 ypc) and scored two touchdowns Saturday, and Harvard forced five turnovers as the Crimson toppled Lehigh, 28-14 at Goodman Stadium. The victory was Harvard's 800th all-time - ninth-highest in all of Division I.

In his first start of the year, Ho scored touchdowns in each half and put forth a bruising effort from the outset with 13 carries for 90 yards (6.9 ypc) in the opening half alone.

Lehigh scored on its first drive as Chris Lum found Alex Wojdowski for a one-yard pass. Harvard controlled the remainder of the game however, as a punishing defensive push resulted in four sacks, four interceptions, a fumble, four breakups and 10 QB hurries.

Collin Zych recorded two interceptions, finishing with two breakups, a tackle for a loss and six total tackles. Jon Takamura sniffed out a screen pass and picked it off with under six minutes remaining, returning it 60 yards for a touchdown and a 28-7 margin. Takamura also finished with seven tackles, including 1.5 sacks in addition to his second pick of the year.

Chucks Obi, Josue Ortiz and Carl Ehrlich added sacks from Harvard's defensive line. Harvard held Lehigh to seven first downs through the first three quarters before Lehigh moved the ball late and scored on a QB sneak with 3:51 to play.

Trailing 7-0, Collier Winters found Ho on a 13-yard screen pass for the first of two scoring passes in the second quarter.

An acrobatic interception by Zych then gave Harvard possession at the Lehigh 38 with 10:56 left in the second. Lehigh got a temporary break when a would-be 27-yard TD pass to Chris Lorditch was ruled incomplete despite video evidence to the contrary. However, Winters scrambled deep behind the line of scrimmage before jumping to get off an unlikely pass to Adam Chrissis for three-yard scoring pass and a 14-7 lead.

Midway through the third quarter, Ho capped a 10-play drive with a cagey five-yard scamper between the tackles to make it 21-7 before Takamura struck with the final Harvard score of the day.