PROVIDENCE--After a lackluster first half, the Harvard football team decided to unveil its new offense--throw the ball to sophomore Carl Morris.
Doesn't matter how--a quick out, a 10-yard slant--just send the ball to his hands.
The Crimson set four school records for offense Saturday, rolling up 35 second-half points to shock Brown, 42-37. Morris caught 10 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns. Junior quarterback Neil Rose threw for 412 yards and the Crimson altogether racked up 586 yards of total offense.
Get the ball to Morris--it was almost enough to make Harvard Coach Tim Murphy look like an offensive genius.
"Carl Morris and [sophomore wideout] Sean Meeker are as good with the football in their hands as anyone else in the league," Murphy said.
The strategy really came alive in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter with Harvard trailing 30-21. On second down from his own 37, Rose dropped back to pass and scrambled to his right. Right before the Bear defenders would have completely encircled him, Morris managed to shake free of his marker 10 yards downfield. He caught the pass and juked toward the middle of the field, racing into the end zone.
Credit both Morris and Rose for sticking with what appeared to be a broken play. From there, Morris showcased his elusiveness, transforming a mere first down into a touchdown.
Morris was at it again on Harvard's very next offensive play. After a Brown touchback, Morris lined up as the flanker and ran a simple out pattern. He eluded the zone, standing all alone at the 45. Rose hit him in the numbers and it was off to the races.
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