1:00 PM ET, October 23, 2004
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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 lead.
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.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||10-19||0-13|
|4th Down Conversions||1-3||2-3|
|FG||10:46||MATT SCHINDEL 35 YD FG|
Drive info: 12 plays, 61 yards.
|TD||5:04||MONTE MCNAIR 31 YD PASS FROM MATT VERBIT (DEREK JAVARONE KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 35 yards.
|TD||4:15||BRANDEN BENSON 11 YD RUN (DEREK JAVARONE KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 22 yards.
|TD||6:59||CLIFTON DAWSON 2 YD RUN (MISSED KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 46 yards.
|TD||5:07||CLIFTON DAWSON 1 YD RUN (FAILED 2PT RUSH)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 1 yards.
|TD||0:12||COREY MAZZA 10 YD PASS FROM RYAN FITZPATRICK (MATT SCHINDEL KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 38 yards.
|TD||11:05||RYAN FITZPATRICK 3 YD RUN (MATT SCHINDEL KICK)|
Drive info: 13 plays, 57 yards.
|FG||9:42||MATT SCHINDEL 38 YD FG|
Drive info: 4 plays, 2 yards.
|TD||6:46||CLIFTON DAWSON 80 YD RUN (MATT SCHINDEL KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 80 yards.