CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Wrapping up an unbeaten three-game homestand, Harvard football earned a 35-22 victory over Cornell on Saturday afternoon at Harvard Stadium. The Crimson improves to 3-1 this season (2-0 Ivy League), while the Big Red drops to 1-3 (0-2 Ivy).
After an early score by Cornell, Jake Smith answered with a 16 yard touchdown pass to Jack Cook late in the first quarter to tie the game at 7-7. Just under five minutes into the second quarter Devin Darrington bounced off a defender and broke free for his fifth touchdown of the year to put the Crimson up 14-10.
Following an interception by Jack McGowan, Smith extended a play with his legs and fired a 32-yard touchdown pass to Cody Chrest. BJ Watson then capped off the first half with a three-yard touchdown run in the closing seconds to extend the lead to 28-10. The Crimson would end the half on a 21-0 run.
Harvard continued its success in the special teams game when sophomore James Herring blocked a punt late in the fourth quarter. The Crimson went on to produce a 32-yard drive resulting in a Smith to Ryan Reagan touchdown to stretch the lead to 35-16.
- Herring had his first blocked punt of the season, making that the teams fourth in two games.
- Smith passed for 217 yards and three touchdowns on the day, while Darrington added 94 yards and a score on the ground. Junior Jordan Hill led the defense with 10 tackles, including a game-high 2.5 for a loss.
- McGowan recorded his first interception of the season.
- Senior Brogan McParland paced the defense with two sacks on the day as the team totaled six.
- With the win, Tim Murphy, The Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football, moved to just two wins shy of the all-time record for overall wins by an Ivy League coach.
- Harvard entered the weekend as the nation's leader in punt blocks, and added a fourth against the Big Red.
- Harvard's offense ended the first half on a 21-0 run, and outscored opponents 69-3 in the second quarter during the three-game homestand.
Harvard will head back on the road to face Holy Cross in its second road contest of the year on Saturday, Oct. 19 with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m. The game is set to be broadcast on the Patriot League Network.