CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior quarterback Andrew Hatch was 20-of-25 for 276 yards and three touchdowns as Harvard routed visiting Holy Cross in front of 21,704 fans at Harvard Stadium Saturday night. The crowd was the largest for a night game at the 107-year old landmark and the Crimson improved to 4-0 in night games there with the victory.
Harvard (1-0) returns to action at 6 p.m. next Saturday night in the first night game played at Brown Stadium.
The Crimson was never threatened as Hatch completed his first six attempts of the game and was 12-of-14 for 160 yards by halftime as Harvard built a 20-0 lead. Hatch, who also ran for 39 yards, found eight different receivers on the night.
Chris Lorditch was on the receiving end of two of Hatch's TD passes as the senior wideout pulled in passes of eight and 43 yards as the Crimson built a 34-0 lead midway in the fourth quarter. Lorditch finished with four receptions for 74 yards while Marco Iannuzzi (52 yards, one TD) and Adam Chrissis also had four catches each.
Harvard's other score came from All-Ivy League back Gino Gordon, who scampered in from four yards out in the first quarter on a night that saw him rush for 62 yards on 11 carries (5.6 ypc).
Freshman David Mothander made both of his field goal attempts, from 26 yards out on the Crimson's opening possession and a strike from 24 yards out at the start of the second quarter.
Holy Cross (1-2) finally got on the board with one minute left in regulation as Freddie Santana pulled in a 15-yard pass from relief quarterback Kevin Watson.
Harvard held Holy Cross to 84 yards on the ground and outgained the reigning Patriot League champions by a count of 423-254 on the night.
Blaise Deal led all defenders with 11 tackles (four solo) and an interception while Josue Ortiz had five solo stops from the defensive tackle position including a pair of run stuffs on fourth and short in the second half.