Crimson Continues Its Roll in Domination of Cornell

The jumbotron in Schoellkopf Field tells the story from there, of the barrage of scoring that poured out from the white jerseys.

But the most damage done on the green battlefield was reflected on the other side of the score.

After the lone field goal in the first quarter, Cornell failed to reach Harvard territory until the fourth quarter—and even on that possession, the drive resulted in a punt.

The Crimson’s defense—already atop the Ivy League in points allowed and second in the FBS—looked especially sharp Saturday.

With a front seven that prides itself on stopping the run, defensive coordinator Scott Larkee will certainly be proud of a group that gave up just 37 yards to starting Big Red running back Luke Hagy, who coming into the game averaged 114 yards per game.


And when Cornell took to the air instead, the best passing defense in the Ivy League made sure that facet of the Big Red offense was just as unsuccessful.

For every three passes that Cornell quarterback Robert Somborn completed Saturday afternoon, he threw a pick. One interception was off the hands of a tipped receiver, but the other two were the result of keen awareness of the ball by Crimson linebackers.

If there was anything that could have disappointed about Harvard’s performance, it was that the 40 points on the scoreboard wasn’t higher.

Not that Harvard should keep its first-stringers out to rack up points—though the 40 points was the lowest the Crimson has scored all season after averaging 46 points over the last three games—but the margin was just 17-3 heading into the half, and there was ample opportunity early on to widen it.

Even with Cornell’s first-team All-Ivy punter, Harvard averaged a starting field position at its own 40-yard line in the first half but an inconsistent offense managed to find the end zone just twice.

The Crimson scored just 17 points off of four takeaways and had just 27 points to show for seven red zone trips during the game.

For Harvard to continue to win in the lopsided fashion Cambridge fans have become accustomed to, the offense will need to more consistently finish the job the defense starts against the upcoming stingier defenses of Princeton and Dartmouth.

But in a quiet stadium in Ithaca, the Crimson starters played well enough to massacre the Big Red, earn another relaxing final quarter, and bore this reporter for the fourth-straight week.

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