PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) -- Clifton Dawson ran for 201 yards and
three touchdowns and broke Harvard's single-season record for
touchdown runs in a 39-14 victory over Princeton on Saturday.
Dawson, a sophomore from the Toronto suburb of Scarborough,
tallied on runs of 2, 1 and 80 yards in leading Harvard (6-0, 3-0)
to its ninth straight win over Princeton (4-2, 2-1).
Dawson has 14 rushing touchdowns this season, one more than the
old school mark set by Chris Menick in 1997. He has four more games
left this season.
Ryan Fitzpatrick added a 10-yard touchdown pass to Corey Mazza
late in the first half, and the quarterback added a 3-yard
touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Matt Schindel kicked field goals of 35 and 38 yards for Harvard.
Matt Verbit threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Monte McNair, and
Brandon Benson scored on an 11-yard run for Princeton, which scored
all its points in a 49-second first-quarter span to take a 14-3
Dawson, who carried 31 times, ignited a 19-point second quarter
with TD runs of 2 and 1 yard. Fitzpatrick's touchdown pass to Mazza
with 12 seconds left in the half pushed the lead to 22-14.
Fitzpatrick gave the Crimson breathing room with his 3-yard
touchdown run early in the final quarter. Dawson iced the game and
broke the record later in the quarter after Mike Finch intercepted
a Verbit pass in the end zone.
Most of the points in the first half were set up by turnovers
and a couple of bad snaps on punts.
Verbit hit McNair on a fourth-down touchdown pass four plays
after the Tigers took over at the Harvard 35 following a bad punt
snap by Erik Grimm.
Receiver Brian Edwards fumbled on an end around on Harvard's
first play from scrimmage after the kickoff and Princeton's Peter
Kelly recovered at the Crimson 22.
Two 11-yard runs by Benson put the ball in the end zone.
Harvard scored three times in the final 6:59 of the second
quarter to take the lead.
Dawson scored on runs of 2 and 1 yard in a 1:52 span the put
Harvard ahead. The second run came one play after a bad snap by
Andrew Aurich and an illegal kick by punter Colin McDonough gave
Harvard the ball at the Princeton 1.
An interception by Doug Hewlett set up Fitzpatrick's 10-yard TD
pass to Mazza.
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