Harvard 38

(2-0, 1-0 Ivy)

Brown 21

(1-1, 0-1 Ivy)

1:00 PM ET, September 23, 2006

Brown Stadium, Providence, RI

1 2 3 4 T
HARV 14 7 10 738
BROWN 0 7 0 1421

Top Performers

Passing: J. Witt (HARV) - 189 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: C. Dawson (HARV) - 25 CAR, 181 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: L. Hill (BROWN) - 7 REC, 124 YDS

Harvard 38, Brown 21

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Clifton Dawson rushed for 181 yards and three touchdowns as Harvard opened the Ivy League season by beating defending champion Brown 38-21 on Saturday.

Dawson now has 46 career rushing touchdowns, in fourth place on the all-time Ivy list. Nick Hartigan, who graduated from Brown last year, holds the record with 52.

The Crimson's victory came during a tumultuous period. Harvard coach Tim Murphy dismissed wide receiver Keegan Toci this month for performing skits he deemed inappropriate during the team's annual Skit Night.

Toci's skit portrayed 20 reasons why Harvard's program would never rise from the I-AA level to I-A.

"It was disgusting," Murphy said after Saturday's game. "It attacked our staff, our players, our school, everyone connected with our program. There's no place for that here."

Toci's dismissal follows the suspension of captain and all-league linebacker Matt Thomas, who's awaiting trial on domestic battery and other charges relating to a June incident involving a former girlfriend.

Murphy also suspended junior quarterback Liam O'Hagan for five games for an unspecified violation of team rules.

"I've been a head coach for 20 years and I've never been through anything remotely like this," Murphy said. "I know this. Ninety-nine percent of the kids that we've had at Harvard have been world-class human beings, the kind that you would literally be proud for your daughter to marry."

The Crimson, who have won seven consecutive games against the Bears, took a 21-7 halftime lead as Dawson scored on runs of 1, 58 and 2 yards.

Brown scored with 3:31 left in the half on a 1-yard run by quarterback Joe DiGiacomo. Corey Mazza caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Jeff Witt early in the second half for Harvard.

Akin Oyalowo scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns for Brown.