Football Drops Opener at URI, 17-10

Charlie Booker III ran for 139 yards, a new career-best, at URI Saturday (Gil Talbot).
Charlie Booker III ran for 139 yards, a new career-best, at URI Saturday (Gil Talbot).
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KINGSTON, R.I. – Led by Charlie Booker III, who rushed for a career-high 139 yards, the Harvard football team gained 398 yards of total offense, but the Crimson fell in its season opener at Rhode Island, 17-10, at Meade Stadium Saturday afternoon.

At the conclusion of a 10-play, 67-yard drive, Jake McIntyre nailed a 38-yard field goal to give the Crimson an early, 3-0, lead at 6:39 of the first quarter. Early in the second, URI went on top, 7-3, as Tyler Harris connected with Aaron Parker for a 51-yard score at the 13:14 mark.

Harvard tied the score on an eight-yard rush by Aaron Shampklin with 4:58 left in the second, 10-10. The Rams responded with a TD drive on their next possession, culminating in a one-yard run by Harris, 17-10, at 1:46.

The Crimson had a chance to tie the game before time expired, but Joe Viviano's pass to Ryan Antonellis sailed over his head and out of the end zone.

Harvard Highlights:

  • Justice Shelton-Mosley moves into 13th on Harvard's career reception list with 93 catches in his career. Shelton-Mosley had five receptions for 52 yards Saturday.
  • Shelton-Mosley is now 15th in school history with 1,209 career receiving yards.
  • Joe Viviano was 17-of-32 for 192 yards.
  • Charlie Booker III had two rushes of 50 or more yards (57 and 50 and led the Crimson with 142 all-purpose yards.
  • Tim Haehl, Anthony Camargo and Tanner Lee each made eight tackles to pace the team.

Game Notes:

  • Harvard is now 3-1 all-time against Rhode Island.
  • The Crimson lost its first game in the month of September since 2011, snapping of 13-straight victories in the opening month.

What's Next:
Harvard will open its home and Ivy League schedule by hosting Brown at Harvard Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 12 p.m. The game will be shown live on NESN and the Ivy League Network.