Football Edged By No. 14/15 Dartmouth in Final Seconds

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In a game dominated by the defenses, the Harvard football team (4-3, 2-2 Ivy) was edged by undefeated Dartmouth Big Green (7-0, 4-0 Ivy) on a last second, 43-yard Hail Mary pass from Derek Kyler to Masaki Aerts.

Harvard, which celebrated the 100th anniversary of its Rose Bowl victory, welcomed a crowd of 20,112 to Harvard Stadium Saturday afternoon, the most for a non-Yale game since the Crimson hosted 21,704 in a contest against Holy Cross on Sept. 19, 2008.

Senior Jake McIntyre got the Crimson on the board in the game's opening drive, nailing a 41-yard field goal. The score marked the senior's 34th career made field goal, increasing his lead in the Crimson record books. Adding a second half kick from 38-yards, McIntyre has now scored 210 total points in his Harvard career, just five shy of second all-time amongst Harvard kickers.

After adding a late field goal with 59 seconds left in the second quarter, Dartmouth received the second half kickoff, yet the Harvard defense remained stout throughout the second half, and the Crimson did not allow any points in the second period until the game's final play. The Harvard defense shut down the Dartmouth offense, who came into the game as the top scoring FCS team entering the game.

Harvard Highlights:

  • The Crimson allowed just 52 rushing yards to the Big Green who came into the game averaging nearly 200.
  • Junior Devin Darrington rushed for 102 yards, his third game eclipsing the 100-yard mark this season, and he eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing for his career (1,093).
  • The Crimson did not turn the ball over against the Dartmouth defense.
  • Truman Jones and Brogan McPartland each paced the Crimson with 1.5 sacks each. McPartland now leads the team and the Ivy League with 7.0 sacks on the year.

 Game Notes

  • Jake McIntyre has extended his Harvard career leading field goal total to 35 and is third among kickers with 210 total points.
  • Tim Murphy, The Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football, remains one victory shy of tying Yale's Carm Cozza (179) for the overall Ivy League wins record.

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