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.

Mass. College Football: Harvard Captures ‘The Game,’ MIT Wins First Postseason Contest

By Matt Noonan 

A late touchdown pass from Conner Hempel to Andrew Fischer sealed a 31-24 victory for Harvard University against Yale University on Saturday afternoon at Harvard Stadium in the 131st meeting between the Crimson and Bulldogs.

Trailing 7-3 in the third quarter, Harvard responded with three consecutive touchdowns to earn a 24-7 advantage. Paul Stanton Jr.’s one-yard scamper with 10:06 remaining in the session provided the hosts with their second lead of the afternoon.

Yale’s Tyler Varga jumpstarted a fourth quarter rally with a one-yard TD run with 12:35 remaining. Varga located Morgan Roberts roughly four minutes after his rushing score for an eight-yard touchdown pass before Kyle Cazzetta tied the game at 24-24 with a 33-yard field goal.

With less than a minute remaining, Harvard responded for the final time as Fischer hauled in the game-winning touchdown pass with 55 seconds remaining. Fischer led all receivers with eight receptions for 149 yards and two touchdowns.

Harvard finished their 2014 campaign 10-0 and Ivy League champions.

MIT 27, Husson 20 (OT): The perfect season remains intact as the Engineers’ defense denied a potential game-tying touchdown in overtime to secure their initial postseason victory in program history.

Quarterback Peter Williams completed 20 of 29 passes for 291 yards and two touchdowns, while Justin Wallace rushed for 144 yards and one score.

MIT trailed Husson, 14-10, in the third quarter, but Brad Goldsberry pushed the Engineers ahead, 17-14, with a six-yard touchdown reception with 3:54 remaining in the session.

The Eagles jumped ahead, 20-14, on a 14-yard touchdown reception from Joe Seccareccia to Cody Williams with 5:37 remaining. MIT evened the score at 20-20 with a 38-yard field goal by Tucker Cheyne, forcing an extra session.

In overtime, Williams hooked up with Seve Esparrago for a 13-yard touchdown strike, capping an 11-play, 49-yard drive. On the ensuing possession, Husson drove to the MIT nine-yard line, but came up short on a 4th-and-4 when Seccarecia’s pass fell incomplete.

MIT advances to the second round of the NCAA Div. III Tournament and will play Wesley College next Saturday, November 29.

Framingham State 42, RPI 36: Matthew Silva’s one-yard touchdown run in overtime proved to be the difference as the Rams defeated the Engineers in the ECAC North Atlantic Bowl.

Silva finished the afternoon completing 17 of 34 passes for 273 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for 16 yards on three carries.

Framingham State’s Kevin Donahue was named the game’s Most Outstanding Player after making a game-saving tackle in overtime that secure the win for the Rams.

Mass. College Football: Harvard’s Stanton Jr. Tabbed Ivy League Co-Offensive Player Of The Week

By Matt Noonan 

Harvard’s Paul Stanton Jr. was tabbed this week’s Ivy Co-Offensive Player of the Week following his four touchdown performance against Yale on Saturday.

The sophomore halfback, who tied the program’s record for touchdowns in ‘The Game,’ finished his team’s final contest with 118 yards on 27 carries and four catches for 40 yards.

According to this afternoon’s release, Stanton finished second in the Ancient Eight with 17 touchdowns (15 on the ground) and third in yards (936 yards). He rushed for 656 yards in conference play, along with 10 touchdowns.

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Mass. College Football: Afternoon Roundup

By Matt Noonan 

Here are the scores and highlights from this afternoon’s contests.

Harvard 34, Yale 7: For the seventh straight season the Crimson capped their campaign with a victory over the Bulldogs. Paul Stanton Jr. rushed for two scores on 27 carries for 118 yards, as well as hauled in two touchdowns, while quarterback Conner Hempel completed 19 of 26 passes for 209 yards. With the win, along with a Princeton loss to Dartmouth, Harvard claimed a share of the 2013 Ivy League title.

Boston College 29, Maryland 26: Nate Freese‘s 52-yard field goal at the end of regulation propelled the Eagles to their seventh victory of the season. Andre Williams rushed for 263 yards and two touchdowns, while quarterback Chase Rettig completed 6 of 14 passes for 120 yards and one touchdown.

Cent. Michigan 37, UMass 0: The Chippewas earned the lead for good on a three-yard touchdown run by Zurlon Tipton as Central Michigan defeated Massachusetts in Michigan.

Georgetown 28, Holy Cross 21: Peter Pujals tossed two touchdowns and rushed for one more, but that wasn’t enough to lift the Crusaders past the Hoyas.

West Chester 38, AIC 7: Kevin Arduino‘s one-yard touchdown plunge in the opening quarter tied the game, but that was the only score the Yellow Jackets recorded as the Rams defeated AIC in the first round of the Division 2 NCAA tournament.

Springfield 28, Norwich 27: Jonathan Marrero amassed 121 yards on 19 touches (three passes) and rushed for one score as the Pride defeated the Cadets in the ECAC Div. 3 North Atlantic Bowl.

Ithaca 20, Framingham State 17: Trailing 17-3, the Bomber rallied to score 17 unanswered points during the final two quarters, which helped them defeat the Rams in the first round of the NCAA Div. 3 tournament. Melikke Van Alstyne rushed for 120 yards and one score in the loss.

Rowan 24, Endicott 0: Darren Dungee’s 46-yard pick-six provided the Profs with the lead for good as Rowan defeated the Gulls in the first round of the NCAA Div. 3 tournament. Jason Silva led Endicott’s defense with 18 total tackles.

Mass. College Football: Saturday’s D1Highlights


All four Division 1 football teams competed yesterday and below are a few highlights from each game.

* Boston College’s Andre Williams carried the Eagles past Virginia Tech, 34-27, thanks to 166 yards on 33 carries and two scores. Quarterback Chase Rettig completed 11-of-14 passes for 93 yards and rushed for 20 yards on two carries.

Virginia Tech turned the ball over four times, while Boston College did not record a single turnover.

With the win, the Eagles improve to 4-4 overall and 2-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

* Harvard returned to the win column with a 24-21 victory over Dartmouth College. Paul Stanton Jr. led all rushers with 146 yards on 26 carries, while quarterback Conner Hempel amassed 205 yards of total offense. Hempel completed 18-of-27 passes for 135 yards, while wide receiver Ricky Zorn tossed a 32-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, which provided the hosts with a seven-point advantage.

Andrew Flesher kicked the game-winning field goal with 48 seconds remaining in regulation, which pushed Harvard’s overall mark to 6-1. The Crimson is now 3-1 in the Ivy League.

* Brendon Levengood kicked two field goals in the first quarter, one which provided UMass with an early lead, but that wasn’t enough to hold off Northern Illinois, who defeated the Minutemen at Gillette Stadium, 63-19.

Lorenzo Woodley led rushers with 163 yards on 38 carries. He also rushed for one touchdown in the second quarter.

With the loss, UMass falls to 1-8 overall and 1-4 in the Mid-American Conference.

* Trailing Holy Cross, 23-7, Fordham stormed back with four straight touchdowns, including two in the fourth quarter as the Rams defeated the Crusaders, 32-30.

Holy Cross quarterback Peter Pujals completed 23-of-38 passes for 238 yards and three touchdowns, as well as rushed 88 yards on 18 carries and one touchdown. Mike Fess led the Crusaders in receptions with seven grabs for 94 yards and one touchdown.

The loss drops the Crusaders to 3-7 overall and 1-2 in Patriot League play.