No. 23 Football Tops Princeton in OT Thriller, 23-20

Viviano and the Crimson are 3-0 in league play for the third-straight season (Gil Talbot).

PRINCETON, N.J. – Joe Viviano scored a game-winning one-yard touchdown in overtime to lead the No. 23 Harvard football team to a 23-20 victory at Princeton Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Crimson improves to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in Ivy League play, while the Tigers slip to 4-2 and 2-1.

Viviano finished the game 20-of-33 for 215 yards and two passing TDs. He also led the Crimson with 23 rushes, totaling in 19 yards. Lavance Northington carried the ball 13 times for 40 yards, and Adam Scott made eight grabs for 85 yards. On defense, Jordan Hill made a Harvard season-high 17 tackles, while Anthony Camargo recorded 14 stops and Luke Hutton had 10. Hill's 17 stops also marked a new Crimson record for a freshman.

With the Crimson leading 17-10 in the final minutes of regulation, Princeton's James Frusciante returned a punt 19 yards to the Harvard 24-yard line. On the ensuing drive, John Lovett rushed for a four-yard TD to tie the game and send it to overtime.

Harvard won the coin toss in the extra session, and Princeton took over with possession first. After four consecutive rushing plays, the Tigers had an incomplete pass and were forced to kick a field goal, going up, 20-17.

On the Crimson's possession on 3rd and 3 at the 18-yard line, Viviano ran for a 15-yard gain down the right side, moving the ball to the Princeton 3. Two plays later, Viviano stretched into the endzone for the game-winner.

Harvard struck early to go up 7-0, as Viviano connected with Anthony Firkser for a six-yard score with 9:35 to go in the first. On that drive, Viviano made a 34-yard pass down the right sideline to Adam Scott to set up the TD.

In the second, the Crimson took over at the Princeton 30-yard line after a Tiger punt of only 21 yards. On second and four, Viviano found Adam Scott on the left side, and the Harvard wideout evaded a defender on the sideline and scampered into the endzone to put the Crimson up, 14-0.

At the half, Harvard led, 14-0, and had outgained the Tigers in yardage, 192-100.

Princeton cut the Crimson lead in half, 14-7, at the 9:49 mark of the third quarter when John Lovett ran up the middle for a one-yard touchdown. With one second left in the same frame, the Tigers added a 32-yard field goal by Tavish Rice to make it a 14-10 contest.

With 11:22 remaining in the fourth, Rice missed a 38-yarder that would have brought Princeton to within one. Harvard capitalized on its own field goal, as Jake McIntyre nailed a 26-yarder to put the Crimson back up by seven, 17-10, with 6:00 left to go.

The Crimson will travel to Dartmouth for an Ivy League contest Saturday, Oct. 29.