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
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
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