HANOVER, N.H. — Harvard tailback Clifton Dawson scored three touchdowns, including a 74-yarder on the game's first play from scrimmage, and the Crimson blanked Dartmouth, 28-0, in Ivy football action Saturday.
Dawson rushed for 164 yards on 26 carries as he scored all three touchdowns before the half, giving the Crimson a 21-0 lead at the break.
Harvard's last TD came in the third quarter when Corey Mazza hauled in a 37-yard pass from quarterback Liam O'Hagan to account for all the scoring.
Harvard improved to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in the Ivy League and remains alive in the conference race as Cornell upset previously undefeated Princeton, 14-7. Yale remains atop the Ancient Eight with a 4-0 mark after a 21-3 victory over Columbia. Harvard and Yale have their traditional matchup on the last day of the Ivy League season, November 18.
"I'm not sure that we came out ready to play today and I can take responsibility for that," said Dartmouth head coach Buddy Teevens. "But I was happy with how we played in the last 30 minutes despite being down. Dawson is the class of the league and we made him look good...where Harvard is now is what we are working toward becoming."
Dartmouth's best chance at spoiling the shutout came early in the fourth quarter. The Big Green's Justin Cottrell (Somers Point, N.J.) forced a fumble and Andrew Dete (Marietta, Ga.) recovered at the Dartmouth 37.
The Big Green drove as deep as the Harvard seven, but stalled on fourth-and-goal.
Sophomore tailback Hudson Smythe (Menlo Park, Calif.) averaged 4.3 yards per carry on a rainy, windy afternoon, collecting 47 yards on 11 carries.
Three Dartmouth players reached double figures in tackles. Cottrell was tops with six solo tackles and 11 assists, while Joe Gibalski (Tucson, Ariz.) had 2-10--12. Dete contributed 7-4--11.
Dartmouth went to 1-6 overall and 1-3 in the Ivy League. The Big Green travels to Cornell on Saturday, November 4, for a 1 o'clock kickoff.