Scales, Chapple Carry Harvard to Program Record Sixth Straight Win Over Yale, 34-24

Colton Chapple celebrates after his 18-yard touchdown run against Yale in the 129th playing of The Game at Harvard Stadium Nov. 17, 2012 (Gil Talbot)
Colton Chapple celebrates after his 18-yard touchdown run against Yale in the 129th playing of The Game at Harvard Stadium Nov. 17, 2012 (Gil Talbot)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.Treavor Scales and Colton Chapple both rushed for over 100 yards to carry Harvard past Yale, 34-24, and give the program its record sixth consecutive win over its archrival in front of 31,123 fans Saturday afternoon at Harvard Stadium.

Scales posted a season-high 177 yards on 19 attempts, including a 63-yard burst to seal the victory in the seesaw affair, and Chapple added 128 yards and a touchdown on the ground and 209 yards and two scores through the air. Andrew Berg added a team-high six grabs for 70 yards and a touchdown, and Cameron Brate contributed five catches for 42 yards and a TD. The 34-point performance by the Crimson established a new Ivy League record for points in a season with 394, breaking Brown's mark of 375 set in 2000.

On the defensive side, Jacob Lindsey and Joshua Boyd both had 10 tackles to top the team. D.J. Monroe chipped in eight tackles and two pass break ups for a defense that held Yale in check for much of the afternoon, while Reynold Kirton added an interception to seal the victory.

Neither team could do much offensively in the opening quarter as Yale kicker Philippe Panico accounted for the only offense on a 29-yard field goal.

The Crimson answered on the ensuing drive with a seven-play, 54-yard trip that resulted in a 23-yard David Mothander field goal after the drive stalled on the six-yard line.

Harvard's defense continued to dominate, forcing a three-and-out on the Bulldogs' first possession of the second half.

The Crimson offense started to click, moving the ball efficiently down the field before settling for a 20-yard field goal to take a 6-3 lead with 8:53 remaining in the third.

Harvard got the ball back quickly, forcing Yale to punt after three plays, and hit pay dirt on the drive. After advancing to the Yale 18 on a pair of completions and two Scales' rushes, Chapple dropped back to pass, scrambled right and eluded Bulldogs' linebackers Will McHale and Brian Leffler before darting down the sideline untouched into the end zone to make it 13-3 Harvard.

Yale found its offensive rhythm on its next possession to cut into the deficit. Cameron Sandquist's leaping grab at the Harvard five gave the Bulldogs their first trip inside the red zone. From there, running back Tyler Varga took a snap and fooled the Crimson defense on a pump fake before darting across the end line.

Following a Harvard punt, the Bulldogs' marched right down the field yet again, going 71 yards on nine plays. It appeared as though the Crimson would force Yale to settle for a field goal, but Elis' quarterback Henry Furman lofted a pass to the goal line that somehow managed to find the arms of Grant Wallace to restore the Yale advantage at 17-13 with 13:30 remaining.

Harvard did not allow Yale to hold the lead for long, as the Crimson answered 1:38 later. Chapple delivered a pinpoint pass to Berg to the right side of the end zone that sneaked over Yale corner Kurt Stottlemyer's shoulder to put the Crimson back up by three.

Jacob Lindsey rattled a Yale receiver on a third-down play to give the Crimson back the ball; however, Nick Dafflin intercepted Chapple to give the Elis the ball at the Harvard 29. The Bulldogs continued to ground out yardage, rushing the ball on seven of its eight plays, including a two-yard Varga touchdown plunge.

Chapple redeemed himself on the next Crimson snap, breaking a 61-yard run down the right side to the Yale eight. It appeared as though the drive would stall following a false start after a pass intended for Kyle Juszczyk hit the earth on third down, but the Bulldogs were whistled for pass interference to extend the drive. Harvard seized the opportunity, as Chapple lofted the ball over two defenders to Brate in the back of the end zone to make it 27-24.

Harvard's defense then made the stand of the game, forcing two short completions and another incompletion to give the Crimson back the ball with the lead and just 3:19 remaining in the game.

Harvard ran the clock down to 1:19 and forced the Bulldogs to burn through their remaining timeouts, but it looked like Yale would get one last chance to tie the game with the Crimson facing a third and 13. Instead, Scales broke off right tackle for a 63-yard touchdown scamper on what proved to be the final rush of his storied career and give the Crimson an insurmountable 10-point advantage.

The Bulldogs threw three incompletions before Kirton intercepted a desperation, fourth-down heave. Harvard then settled into victory formation, with captain Bobby Schneider, who had missed the last three games with a broken arm, in the back of the set, and kneeled down its sixth straight win over Yale.