Lafayette vs. Harvard
October 1, 2011
EASTON, Pa. (10/01/11) - Harvard dealt Lafayette a 31-3 loss in the home opener. Lafayette turned it over three times and was penalized 16 times. Lafayette used two quarterbacks, starting the game with Andrew Shoop and replacing him in the third with Ryan O_Neil.
Greg Kessel made a team-high five catches for 40 yards both career highs, while Kevin Doty set a new personal standard with 72 yards on four catches. Colton Chapple started under center for the Crimson and went 14-of-18 for 121 and a TD before exiting the game at halftime with injury.
The Leopards and Crimson traded 26-yard field goals early. Then, Harvard used a six-play drive and Treavor Scales_ four-yard TD run to lead 10-3 lead with 8:20 left in the half. After a Lafayette turnover, Harvard scored just before the end of the half, using a four-yard pass from Chapple to Alex Sarkisian. Lafayette trailed 17-3 at halftime.
After dueling three-and-outs to start the second half, Harvard took possession at its own 23-yard line. The first play was a lateral, which was mishandled by Scales and recovered by Tyler McFarlane to setup the Leopards just eight yards from paydirt. The Leopards_ drive moved in the wrong direction, as penalties backed them up to the 21. On 3rd-and-goal from the 13, Shoop was intercepted in the end zone.
Harvard took advantage of a Lafayette fumble on a punt return for its next score, ending a drive with a two-yard TD pass that put the Crimson well on their way to the victory.
Final Score: Harvard 31, Lafayette 3