Football Gains Control of Ivies

* Patterson runs for 121 yards and earns Ivy Offensive honors

Harvard doesn't have a Homecoming. So it borrowed Dartmouth's to celebrate the Crimson's rise to sole possession of the Ivy league lead.

Harvard (6-1, 4-0 Ivy) took Dartmouth (5-2, 3-1 Ivy) out behind the-woodshed for an old-fashioned whuppin, as its defense pitched a shutout and the offense jumped on Dartmouth for big plays early.

The 24-0 final result means Harvard's first 4-0 start in the Ivy League since 1984 and also guarantees its first winning season in 10 full years.

Sophomore wide receiver Terence Patterson provided the big-play offense for Harvard, scoring three touchdowns, one on a 62-yard reverse and another on a 45-yard bomb. He ended up with 11 receptions for 121 yards which earned him Ivy League Player of the Week accolades.

The defense, which had let some leads slip away in the past, suffocated Dartmouth, allowing minus three yards rushing total. That statistic is even more impressive considering that the Crimson defense relaxed and allowed a 21-yard run on the last play of the game.


Harvard also put Dartmouth quarterback Pete Sellers into his school's record books. The senior threw five interceptions, each to a different Harvard defender. Three of the interceptions were tipped then caught, which indicates how much pressure the Crimson defensive line was able to put on the quarterback.

"Defensively we played about as well as we can play," said Harvard Coach Tim Murphy. "It really wouldn't have mattered today how many points we scored, we played so well.

"We did a great job of ball security, and our defense knocked the ball loose. You can't beat that combination."

The offensive star early on for Har- HARVARD  24 DARTMOUTH  0

situations where he could showcase his athletic ability. His first touchdown was conventional enough, a four-yard reception on a roll left by sophomore quarterback Rich Linden.

Harvard then exploited the over-aggressive Dartmouth defense on its next possession, as sophomore running back Chris Menick swept right from the Harvard 35-yard line then handed off to Patterson.

Patterson got great blocks by Linden and his offensive line, which was pancaking Dartmouth defenders 20 yards from the line. He put on a burst of speed and then dove into the end zone before he could be caught from behind.

"On the reverse, I saw two or three guys wearing 70's numbers in front of me, so those guys did a great job today," Patterson said. "We felt that we would have to really throw the kitchen sink at them in the first half, and we did, and we're fortunate that we made some big plays," Murphy said.

With the score still 14-0, Linden lobbed a ball up on the left side on a third-and-one. Patterson completely turned around cornerback Tom Ruesser and then ran away from him for a 45-yard score.

"Dartmouth played a lot of press-man [coverage] today, and it freed up a couple more balls for me, and I got on those guys toes quite a bit," Patterson said.

Three plays afterward, senior defensive end Tim Fleiszer forced a fumble which was recovered at the Big Green 14-yard line.

The Crimson could only muster a 22-yard field goal by sophomore Mike Giampaolo, but it turned out merely to be more cushion.

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