Late Push from Football Cut Short by No. 18/23 Princeton, 29-21

Photo by Gil Talbot
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Competing at Harvard Stadium for the second-consecutive week, Harvard football fell to No. 18/23 Princeton, 29-21, despite a late fourth quarter push. The Crimson moves to 3-3 on the year, including a 1-2 mark in Ivy League action, while the Tigers improve to 6-0 with a 3-0 conference mark.

Sophomore Jordan Hill led a strong defensive effort with a game-high 11 tackles, while senior Stone Hart penetrated the Tigers backfield for 2.5 tackles for loss. Senior Tom Stewart finished 19-for-35 with two touchdowns through the air, while sophomore Aaron Shampklin dashed for 123 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

The Tigers jumped on the scoreboard first when quarterback John Lovett kept the ball and ran down the right side for a 33-yard touchdown with 9:22 left in the first quarter, 7-0. Heading into the second, Princeton tacked on a 24-yard field goal with 8:56 remaining in the half, upping the lead to 10-0.

With 2:57 remaining in the half, Shampklin kept the ball as the quarterback on the wildcat formation and dashed into the end zone to make it 10-7.

With the game still 10-7 in the fourth, Princeton added a touchdown on a 20-yard completion from Lovett to Jesper Horsted with 12:47 left. First-year Jacob Sykes was credited with blocking the ensuing extra point. The Tigers would later add another touchdown to push the advantage to 22-7.

Making a late push in the fourth quarter, Stewart connected with classmate Henry Taylor for a 29-yard connection with 2:29 remaining in the contest to cut the deficit to a one-score game, 22-14. Princeton, however, responded with a 49-yard rushing touchdown from Charlie Volker to regain a 15-point cushion.

Sophomore Tyler Adams caught a 32-yard touchdown pass from Stewart with 48 seconds to go to cap a late 75-yard drive, but the ensuing onside kick was recovered by the Tigers to close the scoring.

Harvard Highlights

  • Aaron Shampklin rushed for 123 yards on 22 carries, including a five-yard touchdown in the first half.
  • Shampklin has now eclipsed the 100-yard mark four times through six games this fall.
  • Jordan Hill set a new season-high with 11 tackles, while the Harvard defense tallied five tackles for loss.

Game Notes

  • Jake McIntyre now ranks fifth in the Harvard record books among career scoring among kickers with 142 points. He is just three points shy of moving into fourth place.
  • Jacob Sykes' block of Princeton's extra point in the fourth quarter was the first for a Crimson player since Stone Hart blocked one, also against Princeton, in 2017.

What's Next
The Crimson will head north to take on No. 24/RV Dartmouth Saturday, Oct 27 at 1:30 p.m. The game will be shown live on ESPN+.