Harvard's Lyon, Chapple to Play in FCS Scout Bowl

John Lyon ranked among the national leaders in sacks during the 2012 season (Gil Talbot) Buy Now
John Lyon ranked among the national leaders in sacks during the 2012 season (Gil Talbot)

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Harvard's John Lyon and Colton Chapple will play in the third annual FCS Scout Bowl at Doug Shaw Stadium on December 15 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The North-South formatted game will feature 100 players from the Football Championship Subdivision in a 5 p.m. kickoff. The game will be streamed live over the internet via UStream.  For more information, go to FCSSeniorBowl.com.

The South team will be coached by members of the North Carolina Central University staff. Lyon and Chapple will play for the North team, which will be coached by members of the Johnson C. Smith University staff.

Lyon ranked 18th nationally with 7.5 sacks as part of 10 tackles for a loss in the campaign. A three-year letterwinner, the Durham, N.C. native started all but one game in his career. This year he earned Harvard's Joseph Wolfe Award as the program's top interior lineman.

Chapple, the Ivy League and New England Player of the Year as well as Harvard's Frederick Greeley Crocker Award as Harvard's most valuable player, finished the regular season as the second-rated passer in the country. He achieved single-season records for touchdown passes, totaling 24 touchdown passes to surpass the previous high-water mark of 18. He also set the single-season record for total offense, accounting for nearly 320 yards of offense per game, on 66 percent passing while rushing for 602 yards and nine touchdowns.

For his career, the Alpharetta, Ga. native recorded five games with at least four touchdown passes – no other Harvard QB has more than two such performances (Ryan Fitzpatrick.)

Harvard went 8-2 overall and defeated Yale, 34-24 to earn a program-record sixth straight win over the Bulldogs as well as the 11th victory over the Elis in the last 12 years. The season marked Harvard's Ivy League-record 12th-straight season with at least seven wins – with no other Ivy team even having seven such seasons.