Andrew Casten (28) celebrates one of his four touchdowns at Georgetown (Rafael Suanes).
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In his second-career start, running back Andrew Casten rushed for four touchdowns and had 139 yards on 19 carries, helping the Harvard football team run past Georgetown, 34-3, at Multi-Sport Field Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Crimson improves to 3-0, while the Hoyas slip to 2-4.
Casten, who also caught two balls for a total of 49 receiving yards, scored three times in the first half alone. Casten fell one TD shy of the Harvard record for rushing touchdowns in a game (five), held by Tom Ossman '52 in a game at Brown in 1951.
Harvard quarterback Scott Hosch completed 20-of-25 passes for 293 yards and a TD, while Seitu Smith and Andrew Fischer each made four receptions. Anthony Firkser led all Crimson receivers with 80 yards, making two catches.
Defensively, the Crimson held the Hoyas to only 74 rushing yards and 227 total yards of offense, while Harvard amassed 558 yards (293 passing and 265 rushing). Scott Peters paced Harvard with seven tackles, while Matt Koran and Davon Robertson each finished with a sack.
Georgetown signal caller Kyle Nolan went 16-of-33 for 153 yards, and running back Jo'el Kimpela ran 16 times for 55 yards.
The Crimson jumped out to a 7-0 less than three minutes in the game, as Casten capped an eight-play, 55-yard drive with a two-yard rush. Harvard gained solid field position, as Fischer returned the game's opening kickoff to the Crimson 45-yard line. After moving the ball to the 17-yard marker, Hosch found Firkser for a 15-yard pass play, getting the ball to the Georgetown 2. On second and goal, Casten took the handed off and ran into the endzone at the 12:17 mark.
On Harvard's next possession, Hosch kept the drive going with a seven-yard run on 3rd and 6, moving the ball to the Harvard 31. After a 21-yard run by Casten propelled the Crimson back into Georgetown territory, Harvard faced a4th and 2. Casten took another handoff from Hosch and busted through the line, gaining five yards. On the next play, Casten dashed for a 22-yard score, as the Crimson went up, 13-3, with 4:13 left in the opening quarter. Casten finished the first stanza with eight rushes for 68 yards and two touchdowns.
With 55 seconds left in the half, Casten found the end zone for the third time, scoring on a six-yard rush. Andrew Flesher added the PAT, as Harvard completed a nine-play, 87-yard drive and went up by a score of 20-3.The key play on that drive came on a 24-yard pass play from Hosch to Ben Braunecker, moving the ball to the Georgetown 6.
Midway through the third quarter, Georgetown attempted a play on 4th and 3 at the Harvard 6, but captain Norman Hayes broke up the play, stopping the Hoyas' drive and giving the Crimson possession, keeping it 20-3.
Late in the third, Casten scored his fourth touchdown of the afternoon, finding his way through the line and finishing a three-yard play, making it 27-3. Harvard's drive, which lasted 10 plays for 73 yards, included a 43-yard catch by Casten, moving the chains from the Harvard 27 to the Georgetown 30-yard line.
With 11 minutes to play in the contest, Harvard's Semar Smith advanced 12 yards for a first down on 3rd and 9. On the next play, Hosch threw a pass down the left side, finding a wide open Joseph Foster, who marched into the end zone untouched, giving the Crimson a 34-3 advantage.
The Crimson will return home to host Cornell Saturday, Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. The game will be shown live on FOX College Sports.