PRINCETON N.J.--Facing a must-win game against Princeton on Saturday, the Harvard football team relied on junior quarterback Neil Rose to pull out a 35-21 win in the fourth quarter.
With the win, Harvard moves into a five-way tie atop the Ivy standings with Cornell, Princeton, Penn and Yale.
At the end of the third quarter, with Harvard leading 21-14, the Crimson faced a fourth down with five yards to go on the Princeton 35-yard line.
Rose, who completed 25-of-36 passes for 292 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions on the day, dropped to pass and saw senior tight end Chris Stakich open in the flat. As he threw, Tigers senior outside linebacker Steven Koopman and freshman cornerback Blake Perry slammed into Rose on a blitz. Rose's pass fell short and the Tigers took over on downs.
Freshman quarterback David Splithoff then directed Princeton on a 65-yard, 13-play scoring drive that took 6:43 off the clock.
Splithoff, who completed 13-of-23 passes for 155 yards and rushed for 50 yards and all three Tiger scores, was the playmaker on the drive.
Though a long pass to freshman wide receiver Blair Morrison on the first play of the drive was called back because a holding penalty, Splithoff completed two passes on the drive--one for a gain of 24 yards to the Harvard 28-yard line. Splithoff also scrambled three times, capping the drive with a four-yard quarterback draw play for a touchdown, tying the game at 21-21.
With 13:48 to go in the game, senior tailback Chuck Nwokocha who saw limited action in this game due to a knee injury in week one against Holy Cross, returned the Princeton kickoff to Harvard's 32-yard line.
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