PROVIDENCE, R.I.—After rushing for 173 yards and two touchdowns in Harvard football’s season-opening win over San Diego last week, there was not much Treavor Scales could have done for an encore.
But Saturday at Brown, the senior running back was able to match that performance and then eclipse it, rushing for 138 yards on just 18 carries and scoring a career-high four touchdowns to lead the Crimson to a 45-31 win over the Bears.
The senior found the end zone three times in the second half, during which time Harvard (2-0, 1-0 Ivy) scored on four consecutive drives to earn its 11th straight win dating back to last season—the longest current streak in the FCS.
“I think the offense line really took control of the game in the second half,” Crimson coach Tim Murphy said. “We just made a lot of big plays today.”
After enduring a back-and-forth first half and a three and out on its first possession of the second, Harvard had a number of those large gains on its second drive of the third quarter, going 81 yards in 13 plays for a touchdown.
Senior quarterback Colton Chapple completed passes to junior tight end Cameron Brate on a third-and-five and to senior tight end Kyle Juszczyk on a third-and-four from the Bears 21 to keep the drive alive. Then, from 10 yards out, Chapple ran the option to perfection, pitching to Scales who scored untouched to put Harvard up, 24-14.
“We rep the heck out of that play, so when the call comes, we have the utmost confidence in it,” Scales said of the option.
Following an unsportsmanlike conduct on the senior for celebrating his touchdown, Brown (1-1, 0-1) started its next drive at its own 47. It used the short field to its advantage, as wideout Jonah Fay beat senior cornerback D.J. Monroe down the left sideline and caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Patrick Donnelly.
But Harvard answered right back on its next drive, going 69 yards in just five plays. Chapple hit Smith for 11 yards on an out route, handed off to Scales who picked up 20 on the ground, and then found junior Andrew Berg deep for a 35-yard diving catch down the right sideline. Following a delay of game penalty, the quarterback faked a handoff to Scales and took it in himself from six yards out to put the Crimson ahead, 31-17.
Beginning its next possession near midfield once again following a good kick return, Brown responded with its second consecutive touchdown. After three quick plays, Alexander Viox got open behind safety Jonathan Mason in the end zone for a 16-yard score.
But from there, Scales took over, just as he did in the fourth quarter a week ago.
On a third and five from the Brown 41, Murphy called a draw play that caught the Bears’ defense off guard, and Scales exploded to the end zone untouched to put the Crimson up, 38-24. Following a Brown punt, Chapple again moved Harvard down the field quickly with a 24-yard strike to Juszczyk and a 10-yard completion to Brate before Scales broke a number of tackles on a powerful 20-yard run for his fourth score of the game—one shy of the Crimson all-time record.
“You have to go back to pee-wee ball to get those types of numbers,” Scales said with a laugh.
A Bears touchdown in garbage time could not stop Harvard from picking up its 11th Ivy opening win in its last 14 tries.