CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—In its last regular season matchup at Harvard Stadium, the Harvard football team returned to the win column with a dominating 52-18 victory over the Columbia Lions. With today's victory, Harvard improves to 4-4 (2-3 Ivy) on the season, while the Lions fall to 4-4 and 1-4.
Senior Tom Stewart led the Crimson on offense with a record-setting performance, going 15-for-26 on 393 yards and five touchdowns. Stewart's standout performance marked the first time the senior surpassed 300 yards in a game, broke a career record for yards in a game set earlier this season against Holy Cross (272 yards) and tied the Harvard mark for most touchdown passes in a game. Stewart's 393 yards eighth most in school history. Sophomore Aaron Shampklin continued his impressive season, posting two touchdowns and a total of 92 yards on the day.
Senior Zach Miller led the defense, posting eight total tackles, 0.5 for loss, one breakup, and one forced fumble. Wesley Ogsbury made a career-high two interceptions, giving him five picks on the season.
Keeping the Lions' offense to a field goal, the Crimson quickly returned to the end zone as Tyler Adams caught a 75-yard pass from Stewart to put the Crimson up 14-3 with 7:22 left in the first quarter. Columbia would respond with a 29-yard field goal to cut down the lead to 14-6.
On another long ball from Stewart, Shampklin dashed for 75 yards to add another seven to the Crimson lead, putting Harvard up 21-6 to close out the first quarter.
After 12 scoreless minutes, Columbia broke through the Crimson defense to tally their first score off the game. But, a missed snap would prevent the Lions from securing the extra point, keeping the score at 21-12 with 5:51 on the clock in the second. With seconds left on the clock, Henry Taylor leapt to make a catch, pushing the Crimson to 28-12 as they headed to the locker room.
Shampklin added another to the scoreboard, rushing for six yards to extend the Crimson advantage to 35-12 early in the third.
Heavy winds and an overthrown Lions snap gave the Crimson a safety to kick off the fourth quarter, but Columbia quickly rebounded with a pass into the end zone to trim Harvard's lead down to 37-18 with 12:03 left of play.
With three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, senior Charlie Booker dashed for a touchdown, giving the Crimson 50 points over Columbia's 18. A blocked extra-point attempt allowed Cecil Williams to pick up the ball and dive into the end zone to give Harvard an extra two points to best Columbia, 52-18.
- On the opening drive, Tom Stewart completed a 92-yard touchdown pass to receiver Jack Cook, marking the longest touchdown pass in program history.
- Stewart surpassed his career-high, throwing for 393 yards against the Lions, beating out his 272-yard game against Holy Cross earlier this season. His 393 yards also marks his first 300-yard game.
- Stewart's five touchdown passes puts the senior in a four-way tie for first in most touchdown passes in a game.
- Captain Zach Miller led the defense with eight tackles, 0.5 for loss, one breakup, and one forced fumble.
- Wesley Ogsbury led the team with a career-high two interceptions.
- Today's 52-18 victory over the Lions marks the first time since 2016 that the Crimson scored over 50 in a game. The last time Harvard completed this feat was on Sept. 16 when they topped Rhode Island, 51-21.
- With today's win, Harvard improves to 4-4 (2-3 Ivy) on the season.
The Crimson travels to Philadelphia to take on Penn next weekend, Nov. 10, in its final road action of the year. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.