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Lafayette Falls to Harvard 38-10

Oct. 14, 2017

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Sean O'Malley completed 20-of-36 through the air for 149 yards and one touchdown as Lafayette (2-5, 2-0) fell to Harvard 38-10 Saturday. The loss, which came in the 700th game at historic Harvard Stadium, ended the Leopards' two-game win streak. 

"That's a good football team. We give credit to Harvard," said first-year Lafayette head coach John Garrett. "Obviously the difference in the game were the two returns and their ability to control the game running the ball. We had some very good spurts of execution but we needed to execute more consistently in every aspect of the game."

Charlie Booker had 23 carries for 159 yards and one touchdown and Harvard (3-2) amassed 296 rushing yards for the Crimson.

Off Lafayette's opening drive, Justice Shelton-Mosley put Harvard out front 7-0 with an 85-yard touchdown punt return. It was the junior's third-career touchdown punt return and tied for the fifth-longest return in Harvard history.

C.J. Amill returned the ensuing kickoff 65 yards to Harvard's 33-yard line and the Leopards took advantage of the short field. O'Malley capped the drive by throwing a 2-yard score to Rocco Palumbo to tie it. DeSean Brown's 22-yard run helped set up the short TD pass.

Shelton-Mosley scored his second run of the day to give the Crimson the lead for good. Booker accounted for 56 yards rushing on the 78-yard scoring drive.

Harvard scored touchdowns in the final minute of the first half on a 1-yard Booker run and the first play of the second half as Adam Scott returned the kickoff 90 yards, giving the Crimson a 28-7 lead.

Lafayette's defense was led Brandon Bryant's 19 total tackles. Jerry Powe recorded the Leopards' lone sack while Phillip Parham thwarted a Harvard drive with his fifth interception of the season. 

Harvard controlled the clock, finishing with an advantage of nearly 15 minutes in time of possession, and outgained Lafayette 383 to 161 in total offense. The Crimson also converted seven of 14 third downs and two of four fourth downs.

The Leopards return to Fisher Stadium and Patriot League play next Saturday, Oct. 21 to host Bucknell during Homecoming Weekend. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.


- Bryant's 19 tackles is a career high. His previous best was 18 at Delaware in 2015.

- Amill's 65-yard kickoff return was a career high and Lafayette's second-longest play of the season.