Fourth Quarter Rally Lifts Football Over Harvard, 28-24


ITHACA, N.Y. – Staring at a double-digit deficit at home against Harvard for the second straight year, the Cornell football team was again undaunted. The result - the Big Red's first win streak over the Crimson this century. Harold Coles rushed for a 34-yard touchdown, then Dalton Banks hit Owen Peters with a 33-yard touchdown pass less than three minutes later to lead the Cornell football team's fourth-quarter rally for a 28-24 victory over rival Harvard on Saturday afternoon at Schoellkopf Field. The Big Red evened its record at 2-2 (1-1 Ivy), while the Crimson dropped their second straight in falling to 2-2 (1-1 Ivy). Reis Seggebruch led Cornell's defensive efforts with 11 tackles and two sacks, the latter of which resulted in a 10-yard loss on a third down in the third quarter. But Harvard's Jake McIntyre comfortably boomed a 42-yard field goal on the next play to give the visitors the lead, 17-14, late in the third quarter. The Crimson then stretched its lead to two possessions for the first time with 10:13 to play on a 29-yard touchdown pass from Tom Stewart to Henry Taylor. Both teams' defenses delivered in a low-scoring first half. Harvard scored on its first drive, then the scoreboard stayed idle until a big play by the Cornell special teams. Dylan Otolski's blocked punt was scooped up and run 15 yards into the end zone by Justin Bedard with 4:53 left before the half. Zach Mays' extra point tied the game at 7. Both teams found offensive traction in the second half. Harvard rushed for 288 yards, led by 194 on 27 carries by Aaron Shampklin. Banks passed for 201, including 112 on five catches by Peters. The Big Red rushing attack ground out 155 yards and a pair of scores against the nation's top-ranked rushing defense, a unit that entered the game averaging just 50.0 yards allowed per outing. Mike Catanese ran for 75 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and Harold Coles rushed 15 times for 70 yards and a score. The Big Red defense had three sacks, five tackles for loss and 10 breakups while limiting the Crimson passing attack to 10-of-34 for 137 yards. First Quarter • A big hole through the right side of the line on third down allows Aaron Shampklin to sprint away for a 47-yard touchdown run (Jake McIntyre kick, Harvard leads 7-0, 13:01 left). • Logan Thut wraps up Harvard's Jack Stansell on a third-down reception in the flat to force a punt (8:38 left). • Richie Ryan sacks Harvard's Jake Smith on a first down two plays before an eventual Crimson punt (3:15 left). Second Quarter • Reis Seggebruch sacks Smith on third-and-long to force another Harvard punt (11:49 left). • Jelani Taylor breaks up a pass on third-and-10 in Cornell territory to force the Crimson's fourth punt (8:07 left). • Newly-inserted Jake Derderian hauls in a screen pass to start the drive, then rushes for 17 yards on the next play (7:15 left). • Harvard's Wesley Ogsbury tracks down a deep ball up the middle intended for Dylan Otolski for an interception (6:31 left). • Otolski breaks up the middle to block a punt, then Justin Bedard recovers the ball and runs 18 yards for a touchdown (Mays kick, game tied at 7, 4:53 left). • After Harvard turns the ball over on down, Dalton Banks completes a pass 26 yards up the right sideline to Tommy McIntyre to the Harvard 38-yard line (:48 left). • Harvard's Scott Garrison sacks Banks to force Cornell to turn the ball over on downs (:26 left). Third Quarter • Harvard's Tom Stewart keeps the ball on a read option, then scampers 23 yards up the right sideline to set the Crimson up on the Cornell 29 (11:20 left). • Two plays later, Stewart throws a deep ball up the left side that's flagged down by Adam Scott in the end zone for a 30-yard touchdown reception (McIntyre kick, Harvard leads 14-7, 10:23 left). • First play of drive, Banks finds a wide-open Peters running up the left sideline for a 45-yard reception to the Harvard 3 (10:05 left). • Two plays later, Mike Catanese keeps the ball and runs through the left side of the line and races 32 yards to the pylon for a touchdown (Mays kick, game tied at 14, 9:20). • Shampklin follows a blocker through a hole on the right side and runs 34 yards up the sideline to the Cornell 39 (8:57 left). • Seggebruch comes storming through the line for his second sack of the game and a 10-yard Harvard loss, but McIntyre booms a 42-yard field goal on the next play (Harvard leads 17-14, 4:09 left). • A holding penalty negates what would have