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Harvard Football Trims Dartmouth, 28-21

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Justin Cottrell     By Mark Washburn
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Saturday, October 27, 2007


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Harvard running back Cheng Ho rushed for 114 yards, and the Crimson slipped past a stubborn Dartmouth football team, 28-21, on Saturday.

With Harvard leading, 21-14, late in the third quarter, the Crimson took advantage of one of its four interceptions on the afternoon. The result was Collier Winters' second touchdown run of the day, and the Crimson held what proved to be an insurmountable lead, 28-14, with 28 seconds gone in the final quarter.

"Tough ballgame," said Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens. "I thought our guys played hard for the duration. We talked about 60 minutes and putting that together. We talked about execution in special teams areas, defensively forcing turnovers, offensively controlling the football and not turning the football over. We did just about everything, but we did turn the ball over.

"Harvard's a good football team and well coached," added Teevens. "I thought we played them hard, but there's still not a lot of satisfaction to come up on the short side."

In a game with definite Ivy League title complications, Harvard took a 14-7 lead into the locker room.

Dartmouth (2-5, 2-2 Ivy) got on the board first, capitalizing on senior linebacker Justin Cottrell's (Somers Point, N.J.) interception. With 4:27 gone, quarterback Alex Jenny (Wayland, Mass.) polished off the drive, finding senior tight end Brent Lowe (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) on a five-yard TD pass.

Senior kicker Andrew Kempler (Westport, Conn.,) capped off the eight-play, 27 yard drive with a PAT, giving Dartmouth an early 7-0 lead.

A little more than two minutes later, the Crimson (5-2 overall, 4-0 Ivy) answered with a 61-yard drive. Quarterback Chris Pizzotti evened the score with a one-yard keeper.

Pizzotti pushed Harvard to 14-7 with 6:29 remaining in the second quarter, tunneling over from the one. The big play in the drive was a 41-yard dash as Ho sprinted to the Dartmouth seven-yard line, setting up Pizzoti's TD two plays later.

Dartmouth deadlocked the game, 14-14, with 4:28 on the clock in the third quarter. Senior fullback Julian Collins (Tinton Falls, N.J.) scored on a 55-yard catch-and-run from Jenny.

Harvard answered on the next series, regaining the upper hand about three minutes later. Winters got his first touchdown on the afternoon with a 20-yard run.

On the next series, the Crimson took advantage of a Doug Hewlett interception, and five plays later, Winters pushed the lead to 14 points.

Dartmouth still had time, however, and senior fullback Ryan Mahoney's (Nahant, Mass.) one-yard plunge got the Big Green within a touchdown, 28-21, with 5:22 remaining.

The Big Green forced Harvard to punt and mounted another drive with 1:44 left in regulation, but Hewlett's third interception of the day and Harvard's fourth overall shut down the Dartmouth series.

Cottrell had an outstanding day for the Big Green with 15 tackles (six solo) along with his first-quarter interception.

The Big Green returns home next weekend, hosting Cornell on Saturday in a 12 noon kickoff at Memorial Field.