Crim­son kick clocks Cru­saders

Boston Herald - - NHL SCOREBOARD - By JOHN CON­NOLLY — jcon­nolly@boston­her­ald.com

Jake McIn­tyre booted his fourth field goal of the game from 25 yards on the fi­nal play to send Har­vard to a dra­matic 33-31 win over Holy Cross last night in front of 10,056 chilled spec­ta­tors at Har­vard Sta­dium.

Quar­ter­back Tom Ste­wart, mak­ing his sec­ond ca­reer start for the Crim­son, threw for a pair of scores, and Aaron Shamp­klin posted his third 100-yard rush­ing game of the sea­son. Holy Cross re­ceived a pair of rush­ing scores from Domenic Cozier and two touch­down re­cep­tions by Martin Dorsey.

Fans were barely in their seats when Har­vard got on the score­board af­ter only 58 sec­onds had elapsed. Ste­wart, who re­placed in­cum­bent starter Jake Smith, handed off to Shamp­klin on Har­vard’s third play from scrim­mage at its own 43. Shamp­klin, a sopho­more who leads the club in rush­ing scores, dashed around the left side and went 57 yards, fall­ing into the end zone as Alex John­son tripped him up at the goal line. Har­vard went for a two-point con­ver­sion but the pass failed.

A big turn of events oc­curred with 5:28 left iin the first when Ste­wart ap­peared to hit Tyler Adams in the left cor­ner of the end zone for a 17-yard score. Holy Cross’ chal­lenge was up­held by ref­eree Henry Wim­berg, who ruled Adams didn’t have pos­ses­sion be­fore he hit the ground. McIn­tyre then booted a 34yard field goal to hand Har­vard a 9-0 lead.

The Cru­saders re­sponded be­hind a 49-yard scam­per by Peter Oliver deep into Har­vard ter­ri­tory. On third down, Ge­off Wade hit wide­out Dorsey on a straight fly pat­tern be­hind the cov­er­age of Har­vard’s Tyler Gray. Dorsey’s score and fresh­man Derek Ng’s PAT pulled the Cru­saders within 9-7 with 12:48 re­main­ing in the half.

On Har­vard’s next pos­ses­sion, McIn­tyre con­nected for a 21-yard field goal to make it 12-7.

Har­vard wasted an op­por­tu­nity with five min­utes to go in the half when Wade botched a hand­off and the Crim­son re­cov­ered at the HC 29. On fourth down, McIn­tyre missed a chance to boot his ca­reer­long 42-yarder for a sec­ond straight week when he pushed the kick wide left.

Har­vard’s de­fense forced HC to punt and took over at its 28 with 1:28 left on the clock. Ste­wart found James Batch for a 35-yard touch­down with 38 sec­onds to go. Ste­wart hit tight end Adam West, who made a high­light jug­gling catch in the back of the end zone for the two-point con­ver­sion. Har­vard, play­ing with­out star Jus­tice Shel­ton-Mosley, who in­jured his leg at Cor­nell last week, took the 20-7 lead into in­ter­mis­sion.

Holy Cross went to its bag of tricks and Jon Roberts fired a 61-yard half­back op­tion pass to re­ceiver Richie DeNi­cola down to the Har­vard 9. Two plays later, Domenic Cozier dashed across for a 2-yard score and Ng’s ex­tra point cut the deficit to 20-14.

Har­vard an­swered again be­hind McIn­tyre’s third field goal of the night, this time from 30 yards out.

Wade was hit by Andrew Ir­win and Stone Hart and fum­bled at the HC 30. Of­fi­cials blew the whis­tle for a sack but then re­viewed the play which showed Har­vard re­cov­ered. Ste­wart hit Adams for a 28-yard score. McIn­tyre’s kick gave Har­vard a com­mand­ing 30-14 edge af­ter three quar­ters. Har­vard en­tered the game at 315-6-1 all-time when scor­ing 30 or more points.

Cozier cut back for a 24yard TD scam­per and his sec­ond scor­ing run to bring the Cru­saders close. Re­ceiver Blaise Bell hit Wade on the two-point con­ver­sion to cut Har­vard’s lead to 30-22 with 12:10 to play.

Har­vard then made two mis­cues, fum­bling the kick­off and re­cov­er­ing at its own 2. A bad snap on the next play sailed off a leap­ing Ste­wart’s hands and out the back of the end zone for a safety and a 30-24 score.

Har­vard forced HC to punt but re­turner Henry Tay­lor fum­bled at the Har­vard 13 and Cris­tos Ar­gys re­cov­ered. On the next play, Wade hit Dorsey for the TD and Ng’s ex­tra point pro­peled the un­der­dogs into a 31-30 lead.

But McIn­tyre soon ended any hopes of a Cru­saders up­set.

HER­ALD FILE PHOTO

GAME-WIN­NER: Jake McIn­tyre drilled a field goal as time ex­pired last night to rally Har­vard.

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