12:30 PM ET, November 22, 2003
Yale Bowl, New Haven, CT
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- Ryan Fitzpatrick threw four touchdown passes to lead Harvard to a 37-19 victory over archrival Yale on Saturday in the 120th meeting of the Ivy League teams.
The Crimson (7-3), 4-3 Ivy League) snapped a three-game losing streak and grounded Yale's potent offense, which was second in Division I-AA at 471.3 total yards a game and averaging a league-best 37.22 points.
The Bulldogs (6-4, 4-3) still had 475 yards of total offense, mostly all in the air, but sputtered repeatedly inside the red zone.
Yale leads the storied series 63-48-9, but has lost the last three to Harvard.
Fitzpatrick played sparingly all season because of injuries and was making his first start since Oct. 11. He completed 13 of 22 attempts for 230 yards and had one interception.
His 26-yard pass to Corey Mazza with 12:31 left in the first half snapped a 3-3 tie and gave the Crimson the lead for good.
The Bulldogs pulled to 24-13 on Alvin Cowan's 27-yard strike to Nate Lawrie and were back inside the Crimson 10 on their next possession in the closing minutes of the third quarter but couldn't penetrate the Harvard goal-line defense. Crimson defensive back Bennie Butler broke up a fourth-and-goal pass from Cowan to Lawrie in the end zone.
Harvard broke the game open on the next possession on Fitzpatrick's 79-yard pass to a streaking Brian Edwards for a 31-13 lead with 13:33 left in the game.
Cowan hit on 34 of 64 attempts for a career-high 438 yards.
Clifton Dawson led the Crimson ground game with 174 yards on 32 rushes.
After Cowan hit Ron Benigno for a 15-yard TD with under 7 minutes to play, the Crimson iced it with Gary Sonkur's 37-yard interception return for a score.