By Matt Noonan
CAMBRIDGE, MA – Two quarters of Saturday’s Harvard-San Diego contest are in the books. The Crimson leads 7-3, and below are a few thoughts on the first half.
* The first meeting between these two squads didn’t exactly start with a bang, but a 19 play, 81-yard drive, which resulted in three-points for the Toreros. San Diego had all the momentum on their side, but Harvard’s defense pressured quarterback Mason Mills (19-for-28, 164 yards, 1 INT) to misdirect his pass to Colin King.
* Harvard’s gunslinger Colton Chapple (9-for-16, 107 yards, 1TD) began the game 2-for-4, but rebounded on his team’s second drive with a 29-yard touchdown strike to Cameron Brate.
* Both teams struggled on third downs and ended the half a combined 6-for-17.
* Harvard was flagged five times, while San Diego was whistled once.
* Finally, after both teams registered points, their offenses stalled. The defenses have been the biggest story of the game thus far, especially San Diego’s, which has held Harvard to 149 yards on 26 plays.