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Harvard Football Shuts Down Columbia, 34-0

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Matt Martindale and the Crimson finished with 5.0 sacks (Gil Talbot).

NEW YORK – The Harvard football team held Columbia to only 216 yards of offense, as the Crimson knocked off the Lions by a score of 34-0 at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium Saturday afternoon. The shutout marks the first for Harvard since knocking off Columbia, 69-0, at Harvard Stadium last year.

With the win, Harvard (7-1, 4-1 Ivy League) extends its Ivy record for consecutive seasons with seven or more victories to 13. The Lions slip to 0-8 and 0-5 in conference action.

Harvard quarterback Conner Hempel completed 19-of-32 passes, finishing with 185 yards through the air, while adding two rushing scores. Paul Stanton, Jr., ran three times for 78 yards, and Bo Ellis added 13 carries for 50 yards on the ground. Zorn was the top Crimson receiving target, making six grabs for 56 yards, while Tyler Hamblin and Scott Miller both caught five passes for 56 yards apiece.

Matt Koran and Eric Medes led the Crimson defensive effort, as both players recorded seven tackles.

On Harvard's second drive of the first quarter, Hempel evaded two defenders and found Zorn for a seven-yard gain, moving the ball to the Harvard 40-yard line. Two plays later, Stanton dashed down the right sideline for a gain of 54 yards, putting the ball at the Columbia 1. Hempel took the next snap and ran up the middle, giving the Crimson an early 7-0 lead.

Following a 3 and out by Columbia, Miller returned the punt 33 yards back to the Lions' 21-yard line. On 2nd and 10, Stanton scampered for a 21-yard TD, as the Crimson went up 14-0.

Early in the second, the Crimson advanced to the Columbia 4-yard line. Andrew Casten took a handoff on first down and moved the ball to the 1. Two plays later, Hempel dove over the offensive line for his second rushing TD of the afternoon. Andrew Flesher, two-time reigning Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week, nailed the ensuing PAT, 21-0.

Harvard drove the ball 75 yards on 15 plays between the end of the third and beginning of the fourth quarter. The Crimson moved all the way to the Columbia 12, but had to settle for a 29-yard field goal off the foot of Flesher, 24-0.

Minutes later, Flesher drilled another field goal, this time from 33 yards out, as the Crimson made it a 27-0 contest.

On its final drive of the game, Harvard went 57 yards on 10 plays, with Ellis rushing four times, and Tyler Caveness taking three handoffs. On third and goal from the 1, Caveness ran the ball and got into the end zone, as the Crimson capped the scoring at 34-0.

Columbia quarterback Trevor McDonagh finished with 18 completions and 160 yards passing, while running back Cameron Molina gained 62 yards on 14 carries.

The Crimson will return home to host Penn on Senior Day Saturday, Nov. 16. The game will be shown live nationally at noon on the NBC Sports Network.