Football Shuts Down Brown in Home Opener, 42-7

Devin Darrington rushes against Brown at Harvard Stadium.
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard football team continued its dominance in home-opening games Friday night, defeating Brown at Harvard Stadium 42-7. The victory marks Harvard's (1-1, 1-0 Ivy) 19th-straight home-opening win, a streak dating back to 2001, the third longest active streak in the FCS. The Crimson won its ninth-straight Ivy League opener versus the Bears (1-1, 0-1 Ivy) in front of 10,088 fans.

After setting a career-high in passing yards last week at San Diego (325), senior quarterback Jake Smith's four passing touchdowns tonight also marks a career-best in his Crimson career. Smith finished the game with 299 yards passing and four scores.

Harvard's defense shined Friday, allowing just 267 yards and seven points to a Brown offense that went for 497 yards and 35 points in its season-opener against Bryant. The Crimson limited Brown quarterback EJ Perry, last week's FCS Player of the Week, to just 170 total yards and zero touchdowns a week after he led Brown with 410 total yards and was responsible for five total scores.

Brown began the scoring on the game's opening drive, but Harvard responded by scoring 42 unanswered points through the next three quarters. Junior Cody Chrest caught a 12-yard strike from Smith to put Harvard on the scoreboard at the end of the first quarter and a pair of late first-half touchdown catches from junior tight end Adam West and senior Jack Cook gave the Crimson a 21-7 advantage heading into the intermission. Smith engineered an 11-play, 89-yard drive coming out of the break, capped by junior running back BJ Watson's highlight reel touchdown reception. A pair of scores from running backs Devin Darrington and Aidan Borguet capped the Crimson effort.

Harvard Highlights

  • Smith's four touchdown passes mark a career-best performance for the Ithaca, Mich. native.
  • Sophomore Jacob Sykes added a pair of tackles for loss in the contest, and leads the team with 2.5 this season.
  • After catching seven passes for 135 yards last week at San Diego, Cook added 79 more tonight, giving the economics concentrator a 107-yard average through two games.

Game Notes

  • The 35-point margin of victory is the series widest in the series since 2003, when the Crimson defeated the Bears 52-14.
  • Senior Jake McIntyre added six PATs in Friday's matchup, bringing his total to 85 made and just two shy of third in the all-time Crimson record books.
  • Head coach Tim Murphy, the Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football, is now four wins away from tying the all-time Ivy League total wins record by an Ivy League coach.

What's Next? 
Harvard returns to Harvard Stadium at 1 p.m. next Saturday in a non-conference match-up versus Howard. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.