Football Falls Just Short at No. 13/13 Princeton, 30-24

Jack Cook had a 73-yard touchdown catch Saturday (Gil Talbot).

PRINCETON, N.J. – Jake Smith went 24-of-37 for 289 yards, and Jack Cook caught eight of those passes for a 141 yards and a touchdown, but the Harvard football team fell on the road to No. 13/13 Princeton by a score of 30-24 Saturday afternoon. 

The Crimson, which blocked two more kicks, earned 4.0 sacks, including 1.5 by Brogan McPartland, in the defeat, as Harvard falls to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the Ivy League, while the Tigers move to 6-0 and 3-0.

The Tigers got on the scoreboard on their opening drive when Dylan Cassi caught a 13-yard pass by Kevin Davidson at the 11:50 mark of the first, 7-0. Princeton upped its lead to 10-0 at 9:37 when Tavish Rice nailed a 48-yard field goal.

With Princeton trying to take a 13-0 advantage, Truman Jones blocked a 28-yard field-goal attempt by Rice, keeping the Crimson within 10. In the second quarter, Devin Darrington dashed into the endzone on a three-yard touchdown run, pulling the Crimson within three, 10-7, at 11:04. Later in the frame at 6:54, Jake McIntyre's 41-yard field-goal attempt was blocked by Jeremiah Tyler of Princeton, keeping the score 10-7. With 23 seconds left in the half, Smith found Cook down the right sideline. Cook snuck around one defender and dashed down the field, untouched, for a 73-yard touchdown, giving Harvard a 14-10 lead.

The Tigers went back on top, 16-14, when Davidson found Collin Eaddy for a 31-yard touchdown at the 7:09 mark of the third. Jacob Sykes blocked the ensuing Princeton PAT, keeping the game, 16-14. Sykes's block on Harvard's nation-best seventh blocked kick of the year. Sykes also blocked a PAT against Princeton last year. Minutes later, Eaddy scored on a one-yard rush, as Princeton grabbed a 23-14 lead with 3:45 left in the third. 

Aidan Borguet burst through the line and found the endzone for a two-yard touchdown at 14:53 of the fourth, as the Crimson got back within two points, 23-21. 

Late in the game, Princeton added a 13-yard touchdown reception by Dylan Classi with 3:16 left to make it a 30-21 contest. McIntyre hit a 30-yard field goal for the Crimson with 30 seconds left, but Harvard would not inch closer than 30-24 as Princeton recovered the ensuing onside kick. 

Game Highlights

- The Crimson blocked a field goal in the first half and a PAT in the second half, giving Harvard seven blocked kicks this season (five punts). 
Jack Cook finished with 141 receiving yards, including a 73-yard touchdown.

Game Notes
- Harvard has now blocked seven kicks on the season.
- Tim Murphy, The Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football, remains one win shy of tying Yale's Carm Cozza for the overall Ivy League wins record.
- Jake McIntyre now has 204 points in his career after hitting three PATs and a field goal.
- No. 13/13 Princeton was the highest ranked team Harvard has faced since playing No. 8 Penn on Nov. 15, 2003.

Next Up
Harvard will return to Harvard Stadium to host No. 16/17 Dartmouth Saturday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. The game will be on ESPN+.