The Crimson lined up in a two-tight end, two-receiver set, a formation that it had not used for more than a few plays before this game but was used extensively in this game, for the entire drive.
On first-and-10, sophomore running back Matt Leiszler gained four yards up the middle. Leiszler and fellow sophomore back Nick Palazzo combined for 139 rushing yards on 31 carries on the day, mostly on tough runs up the middle.
On second-and-7, sophomore wide receiver Sean Meeker got open on a slant route and Rose found him in stride. Meeker evaded tacklers after the catch and made it all the way to the Princeton 40-yard line.
Leiszler got the ball again on the next play and bulled his way up the middle for seven yards.
On second down with three yards to go, Rose dropped back to pass but his throw to Stakich fell incomplete.
On third-and-3 Leiszler took the ball up the middle but was stopped a foot short of the first-down marker. With a foot to go on fourth down at the Tigers' 30-yard line, Rose took the ball on a quarterback sneak, but the play was blown dead because of a false start penalty by the Crimson offensive line.
So, instead of fourth-and-inches, Harvard faced fourth and five at Princeton's 35-yard line. Rose dropped back to pass in the face of an intense Tigers blitz. That blitz, which buried Rose under three Princeton defenders, also left Stakich uncovered at the 25-yard line. Rose got the pass to his tight-end off just before the Tiger pass-rushers got to him. Stakich, with the help of some good downfield blocking from the wideouts, took the pass all the way for a touchdown.
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