Scott Hosch threw for 437 yards, the third-most in school history, becoming the first quarterback since Colton Chapple who threw for 448 yards on Oct. 20, 2012 (Zach Williamson).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 15/15 Harvard cruised past Princeton, 42-7, for its 20th-straight victory at Harvard Stadium Saturday afternoon. Senior quarterback Scott Hosch threw for 437 yards, the third-most in school history. Hosch became the first Harvard quarterback to surpass 400 passing yards since Colton Chapple, who recorded 448 at Princeton on Oct. 20, 2012.
With the feat, the Crimson picks up its 20th-consecutive win overall and progresses to 6-0 on the season and 3-0 in Ivy play, while the Tigers slide to 4-2 overall and 1-2 in the Ancient Eight. Harvard won its 14th-straight conference game and 10th-consecutive home contest. Two receivers (Andrew Fischer, 190 and Ben Braunecker, 133) had 100-plus yards receiving for the first time since the Princeton game in 2012. The 190 yards by Fischer was the most since Kyle Juszczyk (192) against Princeton in 2012.
The Crimson's opening drive of the second quarter began with back-to-back passes to Andrew Fischer, including a 7-yard and 41-yard gain. Harvard completed its first score of the game after Hosch ran two yards for his sixth-career rushing touchdown. The Crimson led the Tigers 7-0 with 13:07 left in the quarter.
In the Tigers second possession of the stanza, an 11-play, 70-yard drive ended as John Lovett threw a short pass to Adam Hoffman for a two-yard score. With 6:11 left in the second, Princeton had knotted the game at seven. It marked the first touchdown that Harvard had given up in 212:30 since the fourth quarter of the Brown game.
Harvard's offense continued pressuring the Princeton defense, as Hosch threw for 68 yards and handed the ball off three times two drives later. After a 12-yard pass to Braunecker, Hosch threw for a second completion to freshman Justice Shelton-Mosely, good for a 38-yard gain. On the Tiger's 22-yard line, Hosch took off for a 15-yard scamper, placing the ball on the seven-yard line for a first and goal. With under a minute to go before the break, Hosch tossed to Braunecker who was wide open in the end zone for a five-yard score.
The third quarter opened with a Princeton three-and-out giving the Crimson possession on its own 26. Harvard acted quickly, as Hosch handed off the ball to Paul Stanton, Jr, for a 26-yard advance. Closing in on the end zone, Hosch flung the ball to Braunecker for a 36-yard completion, putting Harvard on Princeton's 4-yard line. Back-to-back two-yard rushes resulted in a Stanton touchdown with 11:20 left in the third to give Harvard a 21-7 lead.
After Princeton turned the ball over on downs, Harvard started on the Tigers' 30-yard line, where Hosch handed the ball to Stanton for two straight carries. Hosch completed the drive to Fischer for a 14-yard catch extending the Crimson's lead to 21, 28-7.
The Crimson continued its attack in the third quarter, as Hosch opened up the drive with a 19-yard completion to Braunecker. Seitu Smith II rushed for a total of 24 yards in two plays, putting the Crimson on the Tigers 45-yard line. Hosch concluded the drive by handing Stanton the ball twice including a nine-yard rush into the end zone to put the Crimson ahead 35-7 with 3:27 left in the third.
At the start of the fourth, Asante Gibson intercepted a Chad Kannoff pass to give the Crimson another chance for a score. Hosch threw the ball to Fischer twice for a 58 yards. Three consecutive handoffs to Smith ended the drive with his sixth career rushing tally.
Harvard will ready for a showdown against No. 25 Dartmouth that will be shown live nationally on the NBC Sports Network. The Crimson and Big Green will meet at Harvard Stadium Friday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m.