Football Superlatives

BEST WAY TO SCORE THE FIRST TOUCHDOWN OF YOUR CAREER

A diving catch in the corner of the south end zone, as sophomore Brian Edwards demonstrated in scoring Harvard’s first points of the game.

BEST WAY TO SCORE THE FIFTH TOUCHDOWN OF YOUR CAREER

A diving catch in the corner of the south end zone, as Kyle Cremarosa demonstrated in snagging a pass tipped by fellow Harvard receiver Rodney Byrnes in the fourth quarter.

WORST WAY TO BREAK UP A PASS

With your head, while standing on the sidelines as freshman running back Johnathan Contos readily demonstrated in the first half when Mick Razzano’s pass sailed wide and smacked him in the side of the helmet.

WORST IMPRESSION OF RYAN FITZPATRICK

Harvard placekicker Anders Blewett took a direct snap during a botched field goal try as the clock expired in the first half. The stunned Blewett tucked the ball and ran a naked bootleg left into the endzone. The only problem—the clock had already run out on the half and the play was whistled dead.

BEST TOSS

Fitzpatrick, showing great anticipation and vision as he split three Cornell defenders with a third-quarter bullet to Carl Morris that was good for 13 yards and a Harvard first down.

BEST BLOCK

Cremarosa’s punishing back-block that sprang Morris up the sideline on his 54-yard TD catch in the third quarter. “That was just a perfect block by Kyle Cremarosa,” Morris said after the game. “He shielded his corner out. It wasn’t anything I did—it was an incredible block.”

BEST ILLUSTRATION THAT FOOTBALL IS A SIMPLE GAME

Harvard got the football to the best player on the field—Morris—on five consecutive plays in the second quarter. Hey, keeping things simple wins you games.

WORST DECISION

Cornell’s choice to kickoff deep after cutting Harvard’s lead to 14-10 in the second quarter. Byrnes fielded the kick at his 11-yard line, picked up a couple blocks and promptly executed the sixth longest run-back in Harvard history—the first since Chuck Nwokocha ’01 took a 94-yarder to the house against Yale in 2000. “I didn’t expect them to kick it deep,” Byrnes said.