PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Led by junior running back Paul Stanton Jr., and classmate Andrew Fischer, Harvard (2-0, 1-0 Ivy League) continued its undefeated start with a 22-14 victory over Brown (0-2, 0-1) in the Ivy League opener Saturday evening under the lights at Brown Stadium. Stanton accumulated 120 yards on the ground with one touchdown, while Fischer pulled in a career-high 12 receptions for 115 yards, including one touchdown catch.
Making his first career start under center, junior Scott Hosch completed 24-of-34 passes for 234 yards, including the nine-yard touchdown to Fischer in the first quarter. The quarterback also rushed for a game-clinching touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Junior Chris Evans sealed the victory for Harvard with an interception on Brown's final possession to allow Harvard to run out the clock. Brown quarterback Marcus Fuller lofted the ball down the right sideline over his intended target, and Evans was able to catch the errant pass and secure possession in the closing moments.
A new Crimson quarterback has now won his first start in 10 of the past 11 attempts. Harvard accumulated 401 yards of offense and did not cough up a turnover.
In the first quarter, the Crimson mounted a nine-play campaign from their own 43-yard line to take an early 6-0 lead with 3:31 on the clock. Hosch went 3-for-4 on the drive, including a nine-yard connection to a stretching Fischer for the score in the right corner of the end zone. Stanton and Casten combined for 26 yards on the ground over the drive. Harvard failed to convert the point after.
Brown answered with 2:20 to play in the half, as Marcus Fuller completed an 18-yard pass to Reiley Higgins on the right sideline. Fuller completed all four of his passes over the 75-yard drive and Grant Senne's extra point put the Bears on top, 7-6.
The Bears doubled their score in the third quarter as a one-yard rush by Andrew Coke punctuated a nearly five minute, 95-yard scoring drive. The Bruno, holding an eight-point cushion with 6:48 to play in the stanza, moved into Crimson territory with a 36-yard pass from Fuller over the middle to Alex Jette.
After back-to-back punts, the Crimson made quick work of a adding another score to its register. Facing third-and-eight, Stanton broke free from the pack, rushing 43 yards for his first score of the season. Ben Falloon pulled Harvard within one, 14-13, with 2:39 left in the third.
Andrew Flesher put the Crimson on top with a 22-yard field goal that culminated an 11-play, 92-yard drive at the start of the fourth quarter. After forcing Brown to punt, Hosch scored his second career rushing touchdown from three yards out after a 12-play, 87-yard drive that lasted nearly five minutes. Evans intercepted Fuller moments later to allow Harvard to run out the clock.
The Crimson continues its road swing at Georgetown next Saturday, Oct. 4. Game time is slated for 12 noon.