Pictured: Minamide and the Crimson celebrate his momentum-turning interception (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
Postgame Press Conference
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Harvard football team forced five turnovers—including two inside its own 2-yard line—en route to a 24-7 win against Brown in the Crimson's home and Ivy League opener in front of 18,565 rain-soaked fans Friday night at Harvard Stadium.
Treavor Scales rushed for 129 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries for Harvard (1-1, 1-0 Ivy League), while Colton Chapple threw for 207 yards and scores to Cameron Brate and Adam Chrissis. Brate caught five passes for 93 yards. Kyle Newhall-Caballero completed 28 of 52 passes for 269 yards to lead the Bears (1-1, 0-1), and Mark Kachmar ran for 97 yards.
Brown cut Harvard's lead to 14-7 in the third quarter and came within a yard of tying the game early in the fourth, but Zach Hodges forced a fumble by Kachmar and Alexander Norman recovered for the Crimson. After the teams traded three-and-outs Chrissis lost his defender and caught a 56-yard touchdown pass to finish a 95-yard scoring drive and put the game out of reach.
Joshua Boyd led Harvard with 11 tackles, while Alex Gedeon notched eight. Dan Minamide killed another would-be scoring drive for the Bears with a first-half interception in the end zone. Clayton McGrath logged 13 tackles for the Bears.
The Crimson's +4 turnover margin proved the difference in a game that saw Harvard outgain Brown by a slim 366-352 count.
Harvard took control with touchdowns on back-to-back possessions in the first half. The Crimson began its second drive at its own 33-yard line and moved down the field on a 31-yard pass to Brate. Harvard was stopped on third down at the Brown 6 and lined up for a field goal, but holder Chapple faked and ran to the Brown 1. Scales scored on the next play with 5:12 left in the opening quarter.
Roles were reversed on Harvard's next drive, with a big play by Scales leading to a score by Brate. After a roughing-the-passer penalty negated a Brown interception, Scales reeled off a 25-yard run to move to the Bears 28 to start the second quarter. Barely a minute later, Brate pulled in a Chapple pass with one hand and tumbled in to the left side of the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown and a 14-0 advantage.
The Bears looked poised to halve the Crimson lead, driving for a first-and-goal at the Harvard 9, but Minamide's interception on third down gave the ball back to the Crimson and kept Brown off the board. Boyd forced a fumble that was recovered by Brian Owusu earlier in the second quarter.
After both teams failed to score in their first three possessions of the second half, the Bears broke through on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Newhall-Caballero to Tellet Lundevall, completing a 57-yard drive with 6:29 left in the third quarter.
Following the Chrissis touchdown, Harvard got the ball back on an interception by John Lyon as Jake Boy pulled down Newhall-Caballero. The Crimson turned that turnover into a 31-yard field goal by David Mothander with 3:08 to play. Bobby Schneider ended the next Bears possession with Harvard's third interception of the night.