Rams Shock Gridders, 14-7

Giardi-less Crimson Loses Third Straight

BRONX, N.Y.--As Giardi goes, so goes the Crimson.

For all the talk of the depth Harvard has at the quarterback position, it is becoming all too clear that the Crimson (1-3, 0-1 Ivy) cannot put points on the board without its starting sophomore passer.

Giardi went down in the Holy Cross game two weeks ago with a separated shoulder and did not travel with the team to New York last Saturday to face the Fordham Rams (2-3).

In place of Giardi, sophomore David Morgan took over Coach Joe Restic's Multiflex. The Crimson managed only one touchdown on the afternoon and fell to the Rams, 14-7.

"I finally got a chance to beat Harvard," said Fordham Coach Larry Glueck, who served as an assistant coach at Harvard for 13 years. "We're tired of losing. It's time to win, and we took a major step today."


Glueck did temper his enthusiasm, however.

"Not having Giardi was a big loss for Harvard," Glueck said. "He is one of the most outstanding quaterbacks I've ever seen. I hope he can come back."

Except for a few impressive drives, Morgan was completely ineffective. His numbers for the afternoon--14 of 29 for 130 yards and three interceptions--do not even tell the whole story.

Morgan looked like a fish out of water at Jack Coffey Field, repeatedly misfiring the football. Morgan did account for Harvard's only score in the game, but he never even made it into the endzone.

With 10 seconds remaining in the third quarter of a scoreless contest, Morgan leaped from the one-yard line and barely crossed the plane for the touchdown. Scott Johnson's extra point gave Harvard a 7-0 lead.

Until last Saturday, Fordham had not won at Jack Coffey Field since the final game of the 1989 season, when it defeated C.W. Post.

And going into the fourth quarter down by seven, the prospects for a Rams victory against a Harvard squad that had outplayed Fordham for much of the afternoon were slim.

But Harvard has struggled in the fourth quarter all season long, and the Rams, in front of 5700 of their faithful fans, were able to rally.

With just under 11 minutes remaining in the game, Rams quarterback Gary Brennan connected with Tom Garlick on three successive passes of 18, 10 and 30 yards, the final reception resulting in a Fordham touchdown. Harvard played man defense most of the day, and Greg Belscher got burned three successive times by Garlick.

Fordham's extra point failed, however--just another of many errors committed by the Rams. Fordham played a sloppy brand of football and struggled with fundamentals like the punt snap all afternoon.

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