Shampklin Rushes for Career-High in 28-24 Setback At Cornell

Aaron Shampklin's 47-yard touchdown dash (Darl Zehr).

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Aaron Shampklin rushed for a career-high 191 yards on 27 carries, but the Harvard football team fell by a score of 28-24 against Ivy League rival Cornell at Schoellkopf Field Saturday afternoon. With the defeat, the Crimson drops to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the Ivy, while the Big Red improves to 2-2 and 1-1.  

The Crimson grabbed a quick, 7-0, lead when Shampklin broke a 47-yard rush on a 3rd and 7 play at the 13:01 mark of the first quarter. Late in the second, Cornell tied the game when Dylan Otolski blocked Jon Sot's punt and returned it 28 yards to tie the game, 7-7, with 4:53 left in the second.

In the second half, Tom Stewart, who came off the bench for Harvard, tossed a 30-yard TD pass to Adam Scott to put the Crimson back on top, 14-7, with 10:23 left in the third. The lead was short-lived as Cornell knotted the game just 1:03 later on a 32-yard touchdown rush by Mike Catanese.

The Crimson regained the lead, 17-14, when Jake McIntyre hit a career-best 42-yard field goal with 4:09 remaining in the third quarter. Harvard added to its lead with 10:13 left in the game when Stewart connected with Henry Taylor for a 28-yard touchdown strike, 24-14. Cornell answered back on the ensuing drive, 24-21, with a 34-yard run to the endzone by Harold Coles.

With 4:22 left, Cornell's Dalton Banks found Owen Peters for a 33-yard touchdown, as the Big Red grabbed a 28-24 lead.

Harvard Highlights

  • Aaron Shampklin had 14 rushes for 104 yards in the first half en route to his career day.
  • Tom Stewart went 7-of-23 for 100 yards and two touchdowns, while Jake Smith was 3-of-11 for 37 yards.
  • Cole Thompson led Harvard with 11 tackles.
  • Harvard's defense recorded eight tackles for a loss.

Game Notes

  • With his 47-yard touchdown in the first quarter, Aaron Shampklin now leads the Crimson with five touchdowns this fall.
  • With a 27-yard reception in the first quarter, Justice Shelton-Mosley is third in the Harvard record books with 148 career receptions and 1,921 career receiving yards.
  • Jake McIntyre now ranks sixth in program history for points among kickers with 126 points.

What's Next
The Crimson will return home to host Holy Cross in Harvard's final non-conference game of the year Friday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. The game will be shown live on ESPN+.