Brogan McPartland took home game MVP honors (Gil Talbot).
WORCESTER, Mass. – Brogan McPartland record 3.0 sacks for a loss of 26 yards, and Devin Darrington ran 28 times for 109 yards and a touchdown to lead the Harvard football team to a 31-21 road win at Holy Cross Saturday afternoon.
For his effort, McPartland earned The Johnny Turco Memorial Trophy, awarded annually by the Holy Cross Varsity Cub, the class of 1952 and the Holy Cross Club of Worcester to the Most Outstanding Player in the Homecoming Day Game. Harvard improves to 4-1 overall, while the Crusaders fall to 3-4.
Harvard's defense forced and recovered three fumbles by Holy Cross and had four turnovers in all on the day.
The Crusaders went on top early when Domenic Cozier rushed for a 66-yard touchdown on the opening drive, crossing the goal line at 13:44 of the first. Harvard answered on the ensuing nine-play, 75-yard drive with an 18-yard TD pass from Smith to Jack Cook, tying the game, 7-7, at 9:51. After James Herring forced a fumble on the next kickoff, the Crimson grabbed a 10-7 advantage when Jake McIntyre split the uprights with a 36-yard field goal.
Harvard added to its lead after another fumble by the Crusaders moments later. Smith then found Ryan Reagan for a 22-yard touchdown, making it 17-7. The Crimson forced another fumble, this time deep in the Holy Cross zone, and then Darrington capitalized with a three-yard touchdown, 24-7.
After Holy Cross cut its deficit to 24-14 after the second score of the day by Cozier, Smith tossed a 68-yard touchdown pass to Cody Chrest, who finished with four receptions for 95 yards, as Harvard went back up by 17, 31-14, late in the third. The Crusaders scored late in the fourth to make it 31-21, but Holy Cross would not inch closer.
- Jake McIntyre hit one field goal to extend his career school record to 32.
- Jon Sot punt had a 76-yard punt in the third quarter and averaged 41.3 per punt on the day.
- Jake Smith went 10-of-19 for 161 yards and three touchdowns on the day.
- With the win, Tim Murphy, The Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football, now has 178 victories at Harvard and is one shy of tying Yale's Carm Cozza for most overall wins in Ivy League history.
- The Crimson defense held the Crusaders to only one first down in the first half and 11 total in the game.
- Harvard will visit No. 16/17 Princeton in a key Ivy League matchup Saturday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m.