Football Powers Past Penn, 29-7

PHILADELPHIA – Jake Smith came off the bench and threw two touchdowns, and the Harvard defense forced four turnovers, as the Crimson went on the road and downed Penn by a score of 29-7 at Franklin Field Saturday.

Harvard, which held the Quakers to only 229 total yards, improves to 5-4 overall and 3-3 in the Ivy League, while Penn slips to 6-3 and 3-3.

In the first, Max Jones intercepted a pass and returned it to the Penn 29-yard line. Charlie Booker closed the ensuing drive with a 1-yard TD, giving the Crimson an early 7-0 lead at the 11:54 mark. Later in the first, Jake McIntyre nailed a 20-yard field goal to up the Harvard advantage to 10-0.

Following a Crimson goal-line stand against Penn early in the second, Harvard kept the Quakers at bay until going up, 16-0, with 1:01 left in the half when Smith found Brian Dunlap for the 9-yard score.

In the third, Smith connected with Dunlap again, this time for a 12-yard touchdown, making it 22-0 in favor of Harvard at the 2:32 mark. Moments later, following a Richie Ryan fumble recovery, Devin Darrington scored on a 10-yard run, upping it to 29-0 with 2:17 left in the quarter.

The Quakers got on the scoreboard with a 23-yard passing play from Ryan Glober to Kolton Huber to make it 29-7 with 10:00 remaining.

Smith finished with 76 passing yards on 7-of-11 attempts, while Aaron Shampklin rushed 16 times for 84 yards, and Charlie Booker had 17 carries for 74 yards and a TD. Shampklin's 84 yards give him exactly 1,000 on the season.

Harvard Highlights

  • With 84 yards, Aaron Shampklin now has 1000 on the season, the 11th most in a single-year in school history.
  • Harvard's defense recovered two fumbles, picked off two passes and held Penn to 227 yards.
  • Wesley Ogsbury leads the Harvard defense with six interceptions this season.

Game Notes

  • Jake McIntyre is now second in school history with 29 career field goals, only shy of the program record, held by Matt Schindel '08 (30). He's also fourth with 158 career points among kickers.
  • Harvard ended a three-game losing streak to Penn.

What's Next
The Crimson will host Yale in the 135th playing of The Game, held this year at Fenway Park Saturday, Nov. 17 at 12 p.m. The Game will be shown on one of ESPN's networks and specific channel location will be announced in the coming days.