Football Rushes Past Brown, 45-28

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard football team scored four touchdowns on the ground, leading the Crimson to a 45-28 victory Saturday over visiting Brown. The win moves Harvard to 1-1 overall and 1-0 in Ivy play, while dropping the Bears to 1-1 and 0-1 in the Ancient Eight.

Harvard opened up a 14-2 lead in the opening frame when senior Tanner Lee intercepted a Nick Duncan pass attempt and returned it 36 yards for the score.

Midway through the second quarter, senior quarterback Joe Viviano took over duties under center and proceeded to lead a scoring drive, completing all five of his pass attempts for 76 yards. Lavance Northington capped the drive with a six-yard TD run, the first of his career, from the wildcat formation, putting Harvard up 21-2.

The Crimson continued to add to its tally after the halftime break, scoring on each of its first three possessions of the second half. Charlie Booker III scored his second of the game, followed by a field goal from Jake McIntyre and a rushing TD from Aaron Shampklin. Brown scored four times in the final quarter, but the Harvard lead was too much to overcome.

Harvard Highlights:

  • Tanner Lee returned an interception 39 yards for a touchdown to put Harvard up 14-2 in the first quarter. It was the first interception returned for a TD by a Harvard player since Connor Sheehan took one back 90 yards against Yale, Nov. 22, 2014.
  • Sophomore linebacker Joey Goodman notched his second career interception in the second quarter. Harvard finished with three interceptions and four pass-breakups on the day.
  • Charlie Booker III rushed for two touchdowns Saturday. The last Crimson running back with two rushing TDs was Semar Smith versus Cornell (Oct. 8, 2016).
  • In addition to Booker's two rushing scores, Aaron Shampklin scored for the second game in a row and Lavance Northington found the end zone for four Harvard rushing TDs.

Game Notes:

  • Jake Smith became the first freshman since Ryan Fitzpatrick '05 to start a game during his rookie season. Fitzpatrick started Oct. 27, 2001 against Dartmouth, a 31-21 Harvard victory.
  • Joe Viviano has moved into 14th all-time in passing yards. He has 2,351 in his career, eclipsing Brian White '87 (2,335). #GoCrimson
  • Harvard had not allowed a safety since Nov. 10, 2012 at Penn. Brown registered one in the first half to close the deficit to 7-2.

What's Next:
Harvard heads back out on the road, traveling to our nation's capital to take on Georgetown at RFK Stadium next Saturday at 2 p.m.