Harvard Football Cruises Over Brown, 31-17, Improves to 2-0 on the Year

Photo by Gil Talbot
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Harvard football team jumped out to a 24-3 lead over Brown and did not look back, emerging with a 31-17 victory over the Bears at Brown Stadium Friday night in a game shown live nationally on ESPNU.

The Crimson improves to 2-0 (1-0 Ivy League), while Brown slips to 0-2 (0-1). Sophomore Jake Smith tossed a pair of touchdowns, to seniors Henry Taylor and Adam Scott, while classmate Aaron Shampklin rushed for a game-high 93 yards on 15 carries. Seniors Cole Thompson and Wesley Ogsbury added interceptions for the defense, with Thompson returning his for a touchdown.

The Bears scored on the opening drive of the game as Dylan Brady nailed a 27-yard field goal at the 10:51 mark to put Brown up, 3-0, early. The Crimson responded with a six-play, 83-yard drive, capped by a 22-yard touchdown strike from Smith to Taylor at 7:47, as Harvard took a 7-3 lead.

Harvard added to its lead at 4:59 of the first when sophomore B.J. Watson dashed down the right sideline for a 43-yard rushing score, 14-3. In the second, Thompson picked off a pass and returned it 27 yards for another Crimson touchdown at 9:22, 21-3. Harvard capped the scoring in the half with a 23-yard field goal off the foot of junior Jake McIntyre at the 4:45 mark.

Brown got into the end zone in the third quarter at 6:57 when Michael McGovern tossed a four-yard pass to Jaelon Blandburg to make it 24-10, and early in the fourth, McGovern found Anton Casey for a 29-yard touchdown strike over the middle, as Brown got the deficit to 24-17 with 12:24 left.  

Harvard completed the scoring with 4:11 to play in the fourth, as Smith connected with Scott for a 22-yard score.

Harvard Highlights

- Aaron Shampklin paced the Crimson with 15 rushes for 93 yards on the ground as Harvard had its second-straight game with over 200 yards rushing.

- In the first quarter of games this season, Harvard is outscoring teams by a margin of 41-6. 

- Adam Scott tied a career-high with eight receptions, while posting a game-high 90 receiving yards.

Game Notes

- With his six catches, Justice Shelton-Mosley now ranks fourth in school history (137).

- Harvard has now won eight-straight games against Brown, including four-consecutive contests at Brown Stadium.

- The Crimson improved to 20-5 under Tim Murphy, The Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football, in Ivy League openers.

- Tim Murphy earned his 119th Ivy League win and is one behind Al Bagnoli (Penn/Columbia, 120) for third in the history of the conference.

- Harvard has now scored points in 200-straight games, the Ivy League record.

What's Next
The Crimson will return home to host No. 23/23 Rhode Island Friday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. The game will be shown live on ESPN+.