Harvard Football Tripped Up by Princeton

Freshman QB Jake Smith rushed for 57 yards and passed for 268 (Gil Talbot).
Freshman QB Jake Smith rushed for 57 yards and passed for 268 (Gil Talbot).
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Taking the field on a Friday night for the only time this season, Harvard football fell to Princeton, 52-17, at Harvard Stadium. The Crimson moves to 3-3 on the season, and 1-2 in Ivy League play.

Freshman Jake Smith tossed a career-high 268 yards, while junior Charlie Booker III led the effort on the ground with 72 yards and a touchdown. Freshman Aaron Shampklin also found his way into the end zone, while senior Luke Hutton led the defense with 10 tackles.

Princeton jumped out of the gate, scoring the game's first 17 points. Charlie Volker scored his first of two touchdowns in the half with 9:25 left in the second quarter to punctuate the start for the Tigers.

Placekicker Jake McIntyre got the Crimson on the board with 4:11 remaining in the opening half, converting a 28-yard field goal. Princeton responded immediately though, scoring on a 66-yard pass-and-catch between Chad Kanoff and Jesper Horsted. Kanoff finished the opening half 20-for-20 on pass attempts with 323 yards and two touchdowns.

Harvard kept battling though, as quarterback Jake Smith found Dan Werner down the home sideline for a 44-yard gain that set up a two-yard Booker touchdown. The score was his sixth of the season.

After halftime, Princeton took control, finding the end zone on three trips down the field to go up 45-10 by the end of the third quarter.

Late in the fourth quarter, Shampklin scored on a one-yard run for his third TD of the season, but Princeton would walk off with the 52-17 victory.

Harvard Highlights:
- Senior HB Ryan Antonellis caught six passes for 81 yards, both new career-bests.
- Junior RB Charlie Booker III scored his sixth touchdown of the season in second quarter. He also rushed for a team-high 72 yards.

Game Notes:
- Junior WR Justice-Shelton caught six passes bringing his career total to 107, good for ninth all-time. With one more reception, he will tie Pat McInally '75 for eighth. McInally was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2016.
- Richie Ryan blocked an extra point in the third quarter, the first blocked point-after since Ryan Delislie against Dartmouth, Nov. 1, 2014.

Up Next:
Harvard will wrap up its three-game homestand Saturday, Oct. 28 welcoming Dartmouth to Harvard Stadium for a 12 p.m. kick-off that can be seen live on NESN.