Jake Smith set a career-high in yardage for a game (325) and a single pass (80) (Brock Scott).
SAN DIEGO, Calif -- In its season opener at Torero Stadium, the Harvard football team nearly came back from a 24-0 deficit, falling 31-23 against San Diego Saturday afternoon.
Jake Mcintyre set the all-time Crimson record with his 31st-career field goal, coming on a 30-yard kick with 3:18 left in the fourth quarter.
Harvard (0-1) quarterback Jake Smith finished the game 22-of-39 for a career-best 325 yards and three touchdowns, including TD passes of 80 and 75 yards. Jack Cook led all Crimson receivers with seven receptions for 135 yards and a score.
San Diego (1-2) got on the scoreboard first with a 65-yard touchdown pass from Reid Sinnett to Michael Bandy on the first play of the game, putting the Toreros up, 7-0. After USD's Tanner Kuljian tacked on a 29-yard field goal to make it 10-0, the Toreros added a 57-yard TD pass by Sinnett to David Kincaid, upping the lead to 17-0.
Late in the second, the Toreros extended its lead to 24-0 when Alex Spadone caught an 18-yard touchdown from Sinnett.
The Crimson opened the third quarter with a 75-yard TD pass from Smith to Cody Chrest to cut the deficit to 24-7. Midway through the same frame, Sinnett handed off to Emilio Martinez for a one-yard touchdown rush, 31-7.
With 12:46 left in the contest, Smith sent a 14-yard pass to Kyle Klink for the score. The Crimson then went for the two-point version, but did not convert, 31-13. Harvard cut the deficit further to 31-20 after an 80-yard TD strike from Smith to Cook with 8:23 remaining on the clock. The TD pass is tied for the fourth-longest in school history. Harvard capped the scoring on the day with McIntyre's 30-yard field goal with 3:27 remaining.
- Jake Smith's 75-yard TD pass in the third quarter marked a new career-high in pass distance for the junior quarterback.
- Smith then broke that personal mark with an 80-yard touchdown to Jack Cook in the fourth quarter.
- Jack McGowan led the defense with eight tackles.
- Harvard has now scored in an Ivy League-record 209 straight games.
- Jake McIntyre has 79 PATs in his career, ranking him fourth in school history.
- The Crimson is now 3-1 all-time against the Toreros.
Harvard will return home to host Brown in the Crimson's home and Ivy League opener against Brown Friday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNews.