Harvard 55

(5-3, 3-2 Ivy)

Columbia 7

(2-6, 0-5 Ivy)

12:30 PM ET, November 5, 2005

Lawrence A. Wien Stadium, New York, NY

1 2 3 4 T
HARV 14 27 14 055
CLMB 0 0 0 77

Top Performers

Passing: L. OHagan (HARV) - 165 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: C. Dawson (HARV) - 10 CAR, 60 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: C. Dawson (HARV) - 5 REC, 64 YDS, 1 TD

Harvard 55, Columbia 7

NEW YORK (AP) -- Liam O'Hagan threw for two touchdowns and ran for another in the first half, and Harvard routed Columbia 55-7 on Saturday.

Clifton Dawson ran for a score and caught a TD pass, and Harvard's defense set up three scores against the Lions (2-6, 0-5 Ivy League). Columbia avoided a shutout with a touchdown with 1:14 left.

Harvard (5-3, 3-2) led 41-0 at the half, with O'Hagan throwing TD passes of 11 yards to Alex Breaux and 15 yards to Dawson. O'Hagan also ran 2 yards for a score, and did not play in the second half.

Michael Berg, Benton Bryant and Robert Balkema led a relentless pass rush that forced Lions quarterback Craig Hormann into three first-half interceptions, a sack and two fumbles.

Harvard jumped to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter when Dawson bounced off a tackle and ran 6 yards around right end before O'Hagan dived over from the 2. The score was set up when Daniel Tanner intercepted a pass by Hormann.

O'Hagan passed 11 yards to Alex Breaux after a 67-yard drive early in the second quarter.

Hormann's pass intended for Alex Russell was intercepted by Balkema who ran it in from the Lions 8, O'Hagan passed 15 yards to Dawson and Matt Thomas returned a fumble by Hormann 31 yards for a TD to make it 41-0 at the half.

In the third quarter, reserve quarterback Richard Irvin threw 13 yards to Matt Lagace and Gary Sonkur's 56-yard punt return set up Irvin's 8-yard scoring run.

Columbia scored on backup quarterback Joe Winter's 8-yard pass to Jim Besselman.

Tim Murphy won his 71st game as Harvard's coach, tying him with Hall of Famer Percy Haughton (1908-16) for second on the Crimson career list.