No. 24/24 Football Runs Past Cornell, 40-3; Crimson Improves to 4-0

Scott Hosch and Ben Braunecker celebrate after their first quarter touchdown connection (Patrick Shanahan).

ITHACA, N.Y. – The No. 24/24 Harvard football team held Cornell to 192 yards of offense and improved to 4-0 with a 40-3 win over the Big Red at Schoellkopf Field Saturday afternoon.

With the victory, the Crimson also improves to 2-0 in the Ivy League and extends its win streak to 18 consecutive games, the longest stretch in the FCS. Harvard also sets a new program record with its 13th straight Ivy League win and ties the school mark with its 12th consecutive road victory.

Harvard, which gained 499 yards of total offense, 250 through the air and 249 on the ground, was led offensively by quarterback Scott Hosch, who went 14-of-30 for 244 yards and three touchdowns. Hosch, became the first Harvard quarterback to start his career with a 10-0 record, also rushed seven times for 78 yards and had a three-yard TD on the ground. Paul Stanton, Jr., gained 101 yards on 17 carries, while adding a TD, and Ben Braunecker led all Crimson receivers with three grabs for 64 yards.

Justice Shelton-Mosley paced the Crimson with 163 all-purpose yards, with 78 coming on kick returns, 46 on receiving yards and 39 on punt returns. Harvard forced four turnovers and finished with 7.0 tackles for a loss and 3.0 sacks. Dan Moody finished with 2.0 sacks for 13 yards lost.

After Cornell (0-4, 0-2 Ivy) went up 3-0 on a 33-yard field goal by Joe Pierik, Shelton-Mosley returned the ensuing kickoff 48 yards to the Cornell 47-yard line. On the first play of the drive, Hosch fired a pass across the middle to Ben Braunecker who fought off two defenders and scampered into the endzone, as the Crimson went up, 7-3, at 4:37.

Early in the second quarter, Eric Ryan intercepted a pass by Robert Somborn and returned it eight yards to the Cornell 20. Two plays later, Hosch threw a pass into the left side of the endzone, finding Anthony Firkser for a 19-yard score, making it 14-3, at 12:05. Kenny Smart add a 28-yard field goal before halftime as the Crimson took a 17-3 lead into the break.

In the third, Paul Stanton, Jr. scores the 34th touchdown of his career (and 32nd rushing). Stanton's two-yard TD through a pile at the goal line, helped give Harvard a commanding 24-3 advantage at 11:19. Less than five minutes later, Hosch tossed a 46-yard pass to Shelton-Mosley, who escaped one defender and dashed into the endzone, 31-3. Late in the third, Smart tacked on another 28-yard field goal, as the Crimson added to its lead, 34-3.

Hosch kept Harvard's scoring run going with a 3-yard rush for a touchdown 1:07 into the fourth, making it a 40-3 contest.

The Crimson will remain on the road and visit Lafayette Saturday, Oct. 17 in a 3:30 p.m. contest.