Harvard beats Yale 34-7, 7th straight in The Game
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP)
Paul Stanton scored four touchdowns to tie a record for the 138-year history of The Game, and Harvard beat Yale 34-7 on Saturday - the seventh consecutive victory for the Crimson against their longtime rivals.
Stanton ran for two TDs and caught two in the first half to help Harvard (9-1, 6-1 Ivy League) stay alive in the conference championship race. The Crimson earned a share when Dartmouth beat Princeton (8-2, 6-1) later Saturday 28-24.
On a cold and windy day before a crowd of 50,934 at the 99-year-old Yale Bowl, the Bulldogs fell behind 31-0 before scoring their only touchdown late in the third quarter. Yale (5-5, 3-4) has a 65-57-8 lead the series, which was first played in 1875, but it has lost 12 of the last 13 meetings against Harvard.
Conner Hempel completed 19 of 26 passes for 209 yards for Harvard, and he also ran for 57 yards. Stanton carried the ball 27 times for 118 yards and moved into third place on Harvard's single-season scoring list with 102 points.
His four touchdowns tied Eddie Mahan, who scored four times against Yale in The Game in 1915. David Mothander's 48-yard field goal, which made it 34-7 in the fourth quarter, was the longest in the 130 meetings between two of the nation's oldest and prestigious academic institutions.
Harvard moved easily on its first possession before Stanton scampered around the left side and down the sideline for a 25-yard touchdown. Yale approached midfield on a 15-yard pass from Furman to Candler Rich, but Norman Hayes knocked the ball loose and D.J. Monroe fell on it for a turnover.
Hempel took Harvard to the 21 before hitting Stanton on a screen pass and watching him run it into the end zone to make it 14-0. After Yale punted, Hempel hit Cameron Brate for a 36-yard completion to the Bulldogs 13 yard-line; an illegal formation moved it back to the 18, where Hempel again connected with Stanton on a short catch-and-run for a touchdown.
A targeting penalty - and ejection - against Harvard's Jaron Wilson helped put Yale in field goal range, but Kyle Cazzetta missed a 39-yard field goal. Harvard again marched into scoring range before Stanton carried it the last 21 yards on four carries, including a 2-yard run that made it 28-0.
A Crimson field goal made it 31-0 early in the third quarter before Yale averted the shutout with Randall's 3-yard run.