Joe Viviano completed 19 passes for 206 yards and ran 14 times for 61 yards (Gil Talbot).
HANOVER, N.H. –The No. 23/24 Harvard football team withheld a late surge by Dartmouth and emerged with a 23-21 victory at Memorial Field Saturday afternoon.
The win keeps Harvard (6-1, 4-0 Ivy League) undefeated in conference play, while the Big Green slips to 3-4 and 0-4 in the Ancient Eight.
Joe Viviano went 19-of-30 for 206 yards and one TD, while Charlie Booker led the rushing attack with 17 carries for 78 yards. Seven Crimson players caught passes, paced by Justin Shelton-Mosley who grabbed six balls for 77 yards and a TD. Defensively, Raishaun McGhee recorded a career-high 14 tackles and added an interception.
Dartmouth wideout Hunter Hagdorn paced the Big Green with 11 catches for 116 yards.
On the first drive of the game, McGhee picked off a pass by Dartmouth QB Bruce Dixon IV at the Big Green 44-yard line and returned it to the 30. On the ensuing Crimson possession on 3rd and 6 at the 12-yard line, Viviano tossed a pass to the back left corner of the endzone, finding Justice Shelton-Mosley for an early Harvard TD just 2:32 into the game.
After Dartmouth failed to convert on fourth down at the Harvard 32, the Crimson began a 10-play, 62-yard drive that culminated in a Viviano 5-yard rush to make it 14-0 with 2:15 left in the first quarter.
The Big Green got on the scoreboard with 16 ticks left on the clock in the second when Jack Heneghan, who came off the bench and finished with 299 passing yards on 32-of-48 attempts, made a 1-yard TD pass to Stephen Johnston to make it 14-7 right before the half.
With 9:12 left in the third, Harvard kicker Jake McIntyre booted a 26-yard field goal to make it a two-possession game in favor of the Crimson, 17-7.
On Dartmouth's next drive, the Big Green answered with an 11-play, 79-yard drive ending in a 3-yard rush by Miles Smith to cut the Harvard lead to 17-14. The Crimson responded with a long drive of its own, utilizing 12 plays and 72 yards before Semar Smith scampered into the endzone with eight seconds left in the third. The extra point was blocked, however, as Harvard led, 23-14.
In the final minutes, the Big Green got in the endzone on a nine-yard rush by Heneghan with 2:32 left, pulling within, 23-21. Harvard took over and on offense and earned two first downs to run out the clock and seal the victory.
The Crimson will return home to face Columbia Saturday, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on One World Sports and the Ivy League Digital Network.