Football Beats Cornell, 35-22, For Third-Straight Victory

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Wrapping up an unbeaten three-game homestand, Harvard football earned a 35-22 victory over Cornell on Saturday afternoon at Harvard Stadium. The Crimson improves to 3-1 this season (2-0 Ivy League), while the Big Red drops to 1-3 (0-2 Ivy).

After an early score by Cornell, Jake Smith answered with a 16 yard touchdown pass to Jack Cook late in the first quarter to tie the game at 7-7. Just under five minutes into the second quarter Devin Darrington bounced off a defender and broke free for his fifth touchdown of the year to put the Crimson up 14-10.

Following an interception by Jack McGowan, Smith extended a play with his legs and fired a 32-yard touchdown pass to Cody Chrest. BJ Watson then capped off the first half with a three-yard touchdown run in the closing seconds to extend the lead to 28-10. The Crimson would end the half on a 21-0 run.

Harvard continued its success in the special teams game when sophomore James Herring blocked a punt late in the fourth quarter. The Crimson went on to produce a 32-yard drive resulting in a Smith to Ryan Reagan touchdown to stretch the lead to 35-16.

Game Highlights

  • Herring had his first blocked punt of the season, making that the teams fourth in two games.
  • Smith passed for 217 yards and three touchdowns on the day, while Darrington added 94 yards and a score on the ground. Junior Jordan Hill led the defense with 10 tackles, including a game-high 2.5 for a loss.
  • McGowan recorded his first interception of the season.
  • Senior Brogan McParland paced the defense with two sacks on the day as the team totaled six.

Game Notes

  • With the win, Tim Murphy, The Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football, moved to just two wins shy of the all-time record for overall wins by an Ivy League coach.
  • Harvard entered the weekend as the nation's leader in punt blocks, and added a fourth against the Big Red.
  • Harvard's offense ended the first half on a 21-0 run, and outscored opponents 69-3 in the second quarter during the three-game homestand.

Next Up
Harvard will head back on the road to face Holy Cross in its second road contest of the year on Saturday, Oct. 19 with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m. The game is set to be broadcast on the Patriot League Network.