ITHACA, N.Y. – Harvard football (2-2, 1-1 Ivy) led 14-0 early in the second quarter, but Cornell (1-3, 1-1 Ivy) battled back to top the Crimson, 17-14, Saturday afternoon at Schoellkopf Field in Ithaca, New York.
Lavance Northington carried the ball for a 1-yard TD to put the Crimson on top, 7-0, at the 5:50 mark of the first quarter. Harvard doubled its lead, 14-0, at 9:43 of the second when Jake Smith connected with Jake Barann for a 36-yard TD strike through the air.
Cornell got on the scoreboard with a two-yard rush by Jake Jatis with 3:02 left in the half, 14-7. At 5:45 of the third, the Big Red knotted the game when Jatis rushed for another two-yard TD, 14-14.
In the fourth, Cornell went on top, 17-14, when Zach Mays booted a 27-yard field goal with 9:58 remaining. Harvard had one finally possession with less than a minute remaining, but a Cornell interception by Dylan Otolski sealed the win for the Big Red.
- Senior captain Luke Hutton led the defense with 12 tackles, including eight solo efforts.
- Jake Barann's TD reception was his first of the season and second of his career.
- Justice Shelton-Mosley made three catches, giving him 101 for his career. That mark moves him into a tie for 10th all-time at Harvard with Chris Lorditch '12.
- Harvard had won 11 staright against Cornell. The Big Red last beat Harvard in 2005 (27-13).
Harvard will return home to host Lafayette in the Crimson's final non-conference game of the year on Saturday, Oct. 14. The opening kickoff is slated for 12 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on NESN and the Ivy League Network.