DetailsCAMBRIDGE, Mass. (10/18/14) _ Harvard's big plays proved to be the difference as the No. 25/24 Crimson issued Lafayette at 24-14 loss. Both key plays for the hosts came in the first half; a 78-yard pass completion and a 43-yard run that saw Harvard lead 17-0 at halftime.
The Leopards had their best scoring opportunity near the end of the half. Lafayette was deep inside Harvard territory after Blake Searfoss scramble and 28-yard toss to Ross Scheuerman who made tough, over-the-shoulder grab along the sideline. Lafayette had the ball 1st-and-10 at the Harvard 16. Scheuerman was tackled for an eight-yard loss on first down while looking downfield for a potential tailback option pass. Two incompletions followed and Ryan Gralish attempted a 41-yard field goal that never got on track, missing wide right.
Near the end of the third quarter, a 54-yard throw from Searfoss to Scheuerman set up Lafayette 1st-and-10 at the 13. Lafayette picked up five more on first down before the drive stalled. Gralish set up for a 26-yard field goal that would have cut the margin to two scores, but missed wide right.
Lafayette continued to try and claw back into the game. Six minutes into the final quarter, the Leopards took over on offense. Scheuerman was responsible for the bulk of the drive, rushing for 25 yards on four carries before snagging a 20-yard pass from Searfoss for the score. Brian Keller_s 29-yard grab kept the drive moving near midfield before the score that made it 24-14 with 6:05 left in the game.
The Leopard defense continued its strong play, giving the offense two more opportunities by forcing three-and-outs on Harvard's final two possessions. The Lafayette offense could not capitalize, advancing no farther than the Harvard 40-yard line on its final two drives.
Final Score: Harvard 24, Lafayette 14