No. 24 Harvard Thrashes Brown, 53-27

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 24 Harvard blew past Brown, 53-27, recording its 16th-straight win under the lights at Harvard Stadium Saturday night. Senior Scott Hosch threw for three touchdowns in the victory before Jimmy Meyer took over under center in the second half.

The 53 Harvard points marked the most against Brown since 1893 (58) and was the second-highest total against the Bears.  

Junior Anthony Firkser corralled three passes for 54 yards, while senior Ben Braunecker totaled 46 receiving yards and a score. Senior Paul Stanton, Jr. ran for 89 yards on 12 carries with a score. In his second career game, rookie Noah Reimers took the handoff eight times for 60 yards and two TDs. The Crimson opened Ivy play donning black jerseys and crimson pants, a first in Harvard history.

Harvard opened the scoring with a 25-yard strike from Hosch to Jack Stansell down the middle for his first career touchdown at the 9:12 mark in the first quarter to give Harvard an early 7-0 lead.

The Crimson defense was active early and often, as senior Sean Ahern forced a strip sack on the ensuing drive. Classmate Jacob Lindsey scooped and scored for the first fumble recovery for a touchdown since fellow linebacker Eric Medes' against Holy Cross in 2013. Lindsey's TD made the score 14-0 at 8:10 of the first quarter. Six minutes later, sophomore Zach Miller blocked a Brown punt to force a safety, the first since 2010.

In opening minutes of the second quarter, Stanton barreled in from the 1-yard line to put the Crimson up, 23-0. This put Stanton in a tie for second in rushing touchdowns with 29 for his career.

Senior Asante Gibson intercepted Bears quarterback Marcus Fuller at the 12:52 mark of the second quarter leading to a Seitu Smith II 4-yard receiving touchdown. Braunecker made the score 37-0 with 1:15 left before halftime off a 12-yard pass from Hosch.

In a missed snap and a kicked ball, Harvard recorded its second safety early in the third quarter, putting the Crimson up, 39-0. Three minutes later, Reimers completed his first career touchdown running the ball for 16 yards over the goal line.

The Bears recorded their first score of the game at 8:03 in the third quarter after an 11-yard run by Kyle Moreno. The Crimson did not let up, as Reimers used a gaping hole to rush up the middle for a 27-yard rush with 5:49 left in the third. A Moreno 4-yard run for Brown wrapped up the third quarter making the score 53-12.

Two scores through the air by Moreno in the final quarter would not be enough as the Crimson triumphed 53-27.

The Crimson will remain at home and host Georgetown Friday, Oct. 2. The game will be shown live on ESPN3 and kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.