Joseph Foster caught a touchdown with 3:23 remaining (Hunter Martin).
PHILADELPHIA – The No. 22/24 Harvard football team tied the game, 14-14, with 3:23 to play, but Penn scored two late touchdowns to emerge with a 27-14 victory Friday evening at Franklin Field.
The loss drops the Crimson to 7-2 overall and 5-1 in the Ivy League, while the Quakers move to 6-3 and 5-1 in conference play. Harvard still controls its destiny for its fourth-straight Ivy crown. If the Crimson defeats Yale in the 133rd Playing of The Game next week, the Crimson will grab at least a share of the title. Harvard will host the Bulldogs Saturday, Nov. 19 at 12:30 p.m. The game will be shown live on CNBC.
Joe Viviano went 23-of-39 for 216 yards and had one TD pass, while running back Charlie Booker emerged with 15 carries for 62 yards. Raishaun McGhee, Tobe Ezeokoli and Luke Hutton made four tackles apiece, and the Crimson defense finished with 5.0 tackles for a loss while holding Penn to only 284 yards of total offense.
Alex Torgersen completed 23-of-33 passes for 263 yards and had two TD strikes, with Justin Watson (10 catches, 120 yards) and Christian Pearson (seven catches, 101 yards) making the scoring grabs. Louis Vecchio paced the Quaker defense with an interception, 3.0 sacks and a forced fumble.
The Crimson struck first as Jake McIntyre nailed a 20-yard field goal to put Harvard on top, 3-0, with 1:32 remaining in the first quarter.
With 6:53 left in the second, Viviano attempted a screen pass to Charlie Booker, but Vecchio picked it off and returned it 40 yards for a Quaker touchdown, making it a 7-3 contest.
On Penn's first drive of the second half, Torgersen found a wide open Pearson down the right sideline for a 47-yard TD strike, as the Quakers extended their lead to 14-3.
At the 12:44 mark of the fourth quarter, McIntyre booted another field goal, this time from 25 yards out, to cut the deficit to 14-6.
With just under six minutes to go, Harvard started a drive at the Penn 38 after Justice Shelton-Mosley returned a punt 26 yards. On second and 10 from the 26, Viviano tossed a long pass into the endzone, finding Joseph Foster for a TD strike. The Crimson went for two and converted as Shelton-Mosley accepted the ball on a reverse and flipped a pass to Viviano who ran into the endzone to tie the game, 14-14.
Penn answered with a 10-play, 80-yard drive to go ahead, 21-14, on a two-yard pass from Torgersen to Watson with just 15 seconds remaining. On the final play of the game, Viviano completed a pass to Shelton-Mosley, who fumbled, and Taylor Hendrickson picked up the ball and ran in for an 18-yard score as time expired, 27-14.