FOOTBALL Lions at Harvard: Final score—HARVARD 69 – COLUMBIA 0
The intermission could not come soon enough for the Lions, who trail the Crimson 42-0 at halftime following a miserable second quarter performance.
The Crimson put up 35 points in the quarter, setting a modern-day school record in the process as the Light Blue could not get anything going on either side of the ball. Quarterback Colton Chapple spearheaded the attack for the Crimson, throwing for three touchdowns and picking up another on the ground. Chapple’s first touchdown pass of the day and 19th of the season set a single-season school record.
Columbia’s best scoring chance came at the very end of the half, when Harvard muffed the punt and Columbia got the ball at the Harvard three with five seconds to play. But the Light Blue was unable to come away with any points after two plays.
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It’s a beautiful day in Boston, as the Lions (2-5, 1-3 Ivy) come in to take on Harvard (6-1, 3-1). One of the perennial powerhouses in the Ivy League, the Crimson is heavily favored to come away with a win in this game. Still, if the Lions can execute their own offensive plans, and their defensive front-seven can contain a strong quarterback/running back combination, the Light Blue will have a good chance to come up with a big upset.
KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Limit the mistakes
The Lions were able to get away with some mistakes in last week’s win over Yale, but that will most likely not be the case against a very strong Harvard team. With the margin for error very small, the Lions will have to execute each and every play to win on Saturday.
2. Get Brackett going
Harvard has the stingiest run defense in the league, giving up an average of just 52.3 yards-per-game on the ground. On the flip side, the Crimson has the league’s third-worst passing defense, giving up 284.9 yards-per-game through the air. Quarterback Sean Brackett will need a hot hand for the Lions offense to get going in Cambridge.
3. Get off the field
The Light Blue defense will have its hands full with a dynamic Crimson offense that averages nearly 500 yards-per-game. Key to stopping that offense will be forcing them into third-and-long situations, and subsequently making the third-down stop. Harvard is first in the league at third down conversions at 48 percent, so this will certainly prove to one of the challenges for the Light Blue.
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