EASTON, Penn.--It's a football cliche: quarterbacks have to find their second and third options in the passing game. Junior Neil Rose knew where all of his options were on Saturday in a 42-19 win over Lafayette.
Sophomore wide receiver Carl Morris, who came into the game as the second-highest-rated receiver in Division 1-AA, averaging over 140 yards per game, was bottled up as Lafayette (1-3, 0-1 Patriot) used two defenders to limit Morris to one catch and three yards.
Harvard (2-1, 1-0 Ivy), was hitting on all other cylinders through the air. With his other receivers in man-to-man coverage for most of the game, Rose was able to complete 19-of-35 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns.
The Crimson's offensive attack came alive in the second quarter. After a typically slow start, the Crimson reeled off 21 unanswered points.
Harvard's offense was sparked from an unlikely source--freshman punter Adam Kingston.
After the Crimson's third three-and-out in three drives in the first quarter, and down 7-0, Kingston boomed a 79-yard punt--all but 15 yards of it in the air--from his 16-yard line to the Lafayette 14-yard line.
The Crimson defense stopped Lafayette on the next possession. Junior defensive tackle Ryan Fitzgerald stopped sophomore running back Bill Stocker on second-and-8 and then junior cornerback Andy Fried broke up a pass on third down to force a Lafayette punt to the Harvard 41-yard line.
With good field position, Harvard marched down to the Leopard 11 in three plays, all passes and all to different receivers. Harvard spread the field with three wide receivers and a tight end. Rose first found senior tight end Chris Stakich in the flat for six yards on first down. Freshman wide receiver Ryan Neff then got open at Lafayette's 11-yard line for a 13-yard gain.
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