Football Uses Ground Game to Rush Past Lafayette, 38-10

Charlie Booker III rushed for a career-high 159 yards and a touchdown Saturday (Gil Talbot).
Charlie Booker III rushed for a career-high 159 yards and a touchdown Saturday (Gil Talbot).
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Charlie Booker III had a career high 159 yards rushing in Harvard's 38-10 win over Lafayette. (Gil Talbot)

 In the 700th game at Harvard Stadium, Harvard football (3-2) used 383 yards of total offense and two special teams scores on its way to a 38-10 win over Lafayette (2-5) on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 14).

After Harvard forced a Lafayette three-and-out on the first possession of the game, junior wide receiver Justice Shelton-Mosley gave Harvard an early lead with an 85-yard punt return up the right sideline with 12:46 to go in the first quarter.

Lafayette tied the game with a short drive set up by a big punt return of their own, but Shelton-Mosely notched his second score of the game on a four-yard touchdown run with 7:15 to go in the quarter. That score capped off a seven-play 78-yard drive for the Crimson.

Harvard took control of the game behind a record effort on the ground by junior Charlie Booker III, who totaled a career high 159 running yards, including a 1-yard run with 38 seconds to play in the second quarter to put the Crimson up 21-7.

Junior Adam Scott opened up the second half for Harvard with a 90-yard kickoff return to put the game out of reach.

Jake McIntyre added a 37-yard field goal with 6:33 to go in the third quarter.

Freshman quarterback Jake Smith added his first career rushing touchdown on a one-yard score to extend Harvard's lead to 38-10 with 10:49 to go in the fourth quarter. Smith's run came at the end of an impressive 14-play, 89-yard drive for the Crimson. 

Harvard Highlights:
Charlie Booker III had 159 yards on 23 carries, marking the first time a Harvard player topped 150 rushing yards in a game since Nov. 15, 2014 (Paul Stanton Jr., 235 yards vs. Penn.)
Justice Shelton-Mosley's 85-yard punt return in the first quarter was his third-career punt return, his second of the 2017 season, and tied for the fifth-longest in Harvard history.
- Adam Scott's 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was the 10th-longest in program history and the first time since Oct. 15, 2011(Seitu Smith II vs. Bucknell) that Harvard has returned a kickoff for a TD.

Game Notes:
- Harvard's 296 rushing yards on the afternoon are the most for a Crimson team since Nov. 8, 2014, when Harvard had 304 rushing yards against Columbia.
- Harvard had three players with 100 all-purpose yards on the afternoon – Charlie Booker III (159 yards), Justice Shelton-Mosley (129 yards) and Adam Scott (104 yards), the first time since Sept. 16, 2016 (vs. Rhode Island) that the Crimson has achieved that feat.

Up Next:
Harvard continues its three-game homestand with a night game against Princeton Friday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network.