EASTON, Pa. – Harvard battered Lafayette on the road Saturday as the Crimson churned out 311 rushing yards in cruising to a 35-10 victory in Easton, Pa.
The victory was Harvard's ninth in the last 10 meetings between the schools as the Crimson improves to 2-1 on the season. Harvard has now defeated its two Patriot League opponents this season by a combined score of 69-16.
With sophomore Colton Chapple making his first start at quarterback for the Crimson in place of an injured Andrew Hatch, Harvard jumped out to a 21-0 lead before Lafayette (0-4) got on the board with a 45-yard field goal in the final seconds of the first half.
Gordon, who had 92 yards on 10 carries in the half by himself, started the scoring with a two-yard option run in the first quarter before Chapple hooked up with Kyle Juszczyk for a nine-yard scoring pass early in the second. Scales added a bruising five-yard scamper with 3:20 left before Lafayette scored its field goal on an 11-play, 52-yard drive that was aided by a pass interference call.
It was more than a Gordon-Scales attack for Harvard as the Crimson also received 75 yards of offense in the opening half from Michael Cook while Marco Iannuzzi returned two kicks for a total of 92 yards.
Gordon started the second half with a bang as well, converting a third-and-long and then some as he rattled off a 74-yard touchdown to give Harvard a 28-3 lead at the 8:09 mark. After the run, he had 170 yards on just 12 carries and those would be his final numbers for the afternoon as he sat our the remainder with a 14.2 ypc average. It was the longest run of Gordon's career and the longest for the Crimson since Clifton Dawson '07 had a 74-yard scoring run at Dartmouth.
Rich Zajeski added his first career touchdown with a one-yard plunge at the 1:02 mark of the third to give Harvard an insurmountable 35-3 lead.
Lafayette finally got into the end zone with 4:59 left in the game as reserve QB Andrew Shoop found Greg Kessel for a 18-yard touchdown pass.
For the game, Harvard accumulated 402 yards of offense with 311 on the ground. The offensive line dominated play as the Crimson averaged 6.6 yards per carry while attempting just 14 passes.
Lafayette was limited to 60 yards rushing (2.1 ypc). The Crimson defense turned in nine tackles for a loss including four sacks while the secondary broke up 12 passes. Blaise Deal led the way with 10 tackles, one sack and two pass breakups.
Chapple finished his afternoon 6-for-11 for 82 yards and one touchdown.
Harvard returns home for the next two weekends with games against Cornell (Oct. 9) and Lehigh (Oct. 16). Both kickoffs are at noon.