Mass. College Football: Harvard Looks To Continue Early Season Success

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By Matt Noonan 

It has been quite the season for the Harvard University football team.

The Crimson posted their second shutout of the season on Saturday, defeating Lafayette College by a score of 42-0.

Paul Stanton Jr. rushed for a pair of scores and amassed 123 yards on the ground, while Ben Braunecker hauled in six passes for a career-high 123 yards to lift the Crimson to their fifth straight victory and 19th consecutive win.

As noted in Saturday’s release, the Harvard defense has yielded just three points in its last three contests – the last Harvard team to surrender three points over a three-game span was the 1930 squad.

Additionally, Harvard has not allowed a touchdown since Brown University reached the end zone in the fourth quarter during their Ivy League meeting last month.

Finally, Harvard’s offense has been very impressive thus far, tallying 221 points through five games. In 1892, the Crimson registered 231 points in a five-game span.

On Monday, quarterback Scott Hosch was one of 32 players selected to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) 2015 Midseason FCS National Performer of the Year Watch List. Hosch is the program’s first signal-caller to start her career 11-0 and is currently eighth in the country in passing yards per completion and 15th in passing efficiency.

Harvard will look to continue its momentum this weekend when they host Princeton University on Saturday, October 24 at 12:00 p.m. The Tigers currently sit third in the Ancient Eight standings, but head coach Tim Murphy knows this is an important game for his team.

“Our playoffs start with the Princeton game,” Murphy told the Harvard Magazine.

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