Football’s Fourth-Quarter Comeback Leads to 25-22 Win Over Dartmouth

Ryan Antonellis caught two touchdown passes (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Three touchdown passes from freshman quarterback Jake Smith, including two to tight end Ryan Antonellis, and a game-sealing interception by Tanner Lee in the final minutes helped Harvard football (4-3, 2-2 Ivy) rally for a 25-22 win over Dartmouth (5-2, 2-2 Ivy) at Harvard Stadium.

Leading 25-22 late in the fourth quarter, Harvard punted from midfield after a short drive, running the clock down to 1:48. Then Lee came up with the game-clinching interception, diving to grab a tipped pass at the Harvard 42-yard line to seal the win.

The Big Green got on the scoreboard on its first drive, as Ryder Stone ran into the endzone for a 10-yard TD at 10:24, 7-0. Dartmouth extended its lead to 14-0 when Jack Heneghan made an eight-yard pass to Hunter Hagdorn at the 2:40 mark of the second.

Late in the first half, Jake Smith connected on an eight-yard TD strike to Ryan Antonellis with 13 ticks left on the clock. Jake McIntyre missed the ensuing extra point, as the Crimson headed into the locker room down, 14-6.

In the third, Lavance Northington, working out of the wildcat formation, threw a four-yard pass to Antonellis for the score at 9:34. The Crimson could not convert the two-point conversion and still trailed, 14-12. Later in the quarter, McIntyre missed a 20-yard field goal, as Dartmouth still led, 14-12.

After Tim Haehl blocked a punt on the ensuing Big Green drive, Harvard grabbed the lead on a Smith four-yard TD pass to Henry Taylor at 14:56 of the fourth, 18-14.

The Crimson extended the lead to 25-14 later in the fourth quarter with a short field after a big defensive stand in Dartmouth territory. Smith found Aaron Shampklin on an 11-yard TD strike with 7:21 to play, Smith's third touchdown pass of the day.

Dartmouth answered with a 10-play, 80-yard touchdown drive, capped off by a six yard run from Jack Heneghan with 4:18 to go.

Harvard Highlights:
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Ryan Antonellis caught two touchdown passes (eight, four yards) to become first Harvard tight end with two or more TD receptions in a game since Anthony Firkser '17 against Georgetown on Sept. 30, 2016.
- Lavance Northington threw the first TD pass of his career when he connected with Ryan Antonellis for a four-yard strike.
- Tim Haehl's punt block in third quarter was the first for a Crimson player since Sean Ahern against Penn on Nov. 14, 2015.
- Jake Smith set a new career high with three touchdown passes on the day, finshing the afternoon 18-of-35 with 125 passing yards.

Game Notes:
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Harvard rallied from a 14-0 first half deficit, marking the first time the Crimson has come back from a deficit of 10 or more points since Oct. 30, 2015, when Harvard rallied from a 13-0 deficit to beat Dartmouth 14-13 at Harvard Stadium.
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Justice Shelton-Mosley had 87 all-purpose yards to lead Harvard, including a 42-yard punt return in the third quarter.
- Shelton-Mosley is now eighth all-time in the Harvard record books with 110 career receptions.

Up Next:

The Crimson will head on the road for the first time in four weeks, as Harvard will visit Columbia Saturday, Nov. 4. The game, which will be shown live on Eleven Sports and the Ivy League Network, will begin at 1 p.m.