CAMBRIDGE, Mass.— Nearly pulling together a rally in the second half, Harvard football suffered its first loss of the season, 23-16, against No. 20/22 Rhode Island on Friday night at Harvard Stadium.
Senior Justice Shelton-Mosley caught 10 passes for 80 yards to lead the offense, moving into third place in program history in receptions in the process, with 147. Senior Wesley Ogsbury and junior Emmanuel Kelly tallied interceptions for the defense, while sophomore Jordan Hill and senior Richie Ryan posted seven tackles apiece, with the latter notching a team-high 1.5 sacks. Junior Jake McIntyre was a perfect 3-for-3 on field goals.
While Rhode Island opened the scoring with an early safety, the Crimson slowed the Rams momentum late in the first quarter with an interception by Kelly, who returned the ball 29 yards to set up the Crimson's first score. Harvard took a 3-2 lead with a 37-yard field goal from McIntyre.
In the second quarter, Joey Kenny's 37-yard reception helped the Rams take a 9-3 lead at 12:18. URI quarterback JaJuan Lawson would strike again, rushing for a touchdown with 6:44 left in the half to put the Rams up, 16-3.
The Crimson started to chip away at the Rams' lead to open up the second half, with McIntyre hitting a 34-yard field goal. Rhode Island quickly rebounded with a 97-yard kickoff return to move the Rams to 23-6 with 10:17 left in the third. McIntyre closed out the quarter for the Crimson with another 34-yard field goal, marking his third field goal of the night.
Entering the fourth quarter, sophomore Devin Darrington rushed for a career-long of 36 yards to the end zone cut the Rams' lead to 23-16 with 13:47 on the clock. Despite a late interception by senior Wesley Ogsbury, the Crimson was ultimately unable to close in on the Rams, coming up short, 23-16.
- Running back Devin Darrington tallied a career-long rush of 36 yards on his dash to the end zone.
- Justice Shelton-Mosley moved into sole possession of third place in career receptions, with 147.
- Against the Rams, Richie Ryan and Emmanuel Kelly led the Crimson on defense. Richie totaled six tackles, two for loss, and 1.5 sacks. Kelly made five tackles with one interception and two breakups.
- Late in the fourth, Wesley Ogsbury made an interception, giving him a pick in two consecutive weeks.
- With his three field goals, Jake McIntyre captured sole possession of seventh on the career scoring list for kicking (120).
- Harvard moves to 3-2 all-time against the Rams.
The Crimson travels to Cornell to take on the Big Red on Oct. 6 at 1:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.