Football Cruises Over Columbia, 52-18, in Senior Day Victory
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—In its last regular season matchup at Harvard Stadium, the Harvard football team returned to the win column with a dominating 52-18 victory over the Columbia Lions. With today's victory, Harvard improves to 4-4 (2-3 Ivy) on the season, while the Lions fall to 4-4 and 1-4.
Senior Tom Stewart led the Crimson on offense with a record-setting performance, going 15-for-26 on 393 yards and five touchdowns. Stewart's standout performance marked the first time the senior surpassed 300 yards in a game, broke a career record for yards in a game set earlier this season against Holy Cross (272 yards) and tied the Harvard mark for most touchdown passes in a game. Stewart's 393 yards eighth most in school history. Sophomore Aaron Shampklin continued his impressive season, posting two touchdowns and a total of 92 yards on the day.
Senior Zach Miller led the defense, posting eight total tackles, 0.5 for loss, one breakup, and one forced fumble. Wesley Ogsbury made a career-high two interceptions, giving him five picks on the season.
On its opening drive, the Crimson took an early 7-0 lead off a 92-yard connection between Tom Stewart and Jack Cook, marking the longest touchdown pass in program history.
Keeping the Lions' offense to a field goal, the Crimson quickly returned to the end zone as Tyler Adamscaught a 75-yard pass from Stewart to put the Crimson up 14-3 with 7:22 left in the first quarter. Columbia would respond with a 29-yard field goal to cut down the lead to 14-6.
On another long ball from Stewart, Shampklin dashed for 75 yards to add another seven to the Crimson lead, putting Harvard up 21-6 to close out the first quarter.
After 12 scoreless minutes, Columbia broke through the Crimson defense to tally their first score off the game. But, a missed snap would prevent the Lions from securing the extra point, keeping the score at 21-12 with 5:51 on the clock in the second. With seconds left on the clock, Henry Taylor leapt to make a catch, pushing the Crimson to 28-12 as they headed to the locker room.
Shampklin added another to the scoreboard, rushing for six yards to extend the Crimson advantage to 35-12 early in the third.
Heavy winds and an overthrown Lions snap gave the Crimson a safety to kick off the fourth quarter, but Columbia quickly rebounded with a pass into the end zone to trim Harvard's lead down to 37-18 with 12:03 left of play.