Junior running back Aaron Shampklin races past a Cornell defender for the touchdown in last Saturday’s 24-10 victory. Shampklin finished the contest with two scores and 92 yards on 18 carries, adding to his impressive season as the Crimson’s workhorse from the backfield.
Preview: ‘In Command Where You Belong,' No. 19/RV Harvard Rides Dominant Defense Into Matchup Against Lafayette
On Saturday at 1:00 p.m., the Lafayette Leopards (Lafayette 2-4, 1-1 Patriot League) will face an even more elusive opponent as they travel Harvard Stadium to face No. 19/RV Harvard (4-0, 2-0 Ivy) and its prolific rushing attack.
Trailing at halftime for the first time all season, the No. 22 Harvard football team’s perfect record looked like it could be in jeopardy Saturday afternoon against winless Cornell. That changed just minutes after the Crimson came out of the locker room for the second half. Harvard exploded for three second half touchdowns to coast past the Big Red, 24-10. The Crimson (4-0, 2-0 Ivy), riding high after being nationally ranked this week for the first time in five years, came alive for 14 points in the third third quarter to overcome a first half deficit and keep its perfect record alive.
Last weekend, Harvard (3-0, 1-0 Ivy) chugged into Worcester on the commuter rail and, after defeating No. 24/RV Holy Cross 38-13, left on the Acela, racing towards the heart of the Ivy League regular season behind the momentum of a statement victory against a nationally ranked opponent. Cornell (0-3, 0-1 Ivy) will try to stop the newly-minted No. 22 Crimson in its tracks as the Big Red travel to Harvard Stadium in both teams’ second conference matchup of the 2021 season. The game, which will be televised on ESPN+, will take place on Oct. 9 at 1:30 p.m. ET.
For the first time in the 2021 season, Harvard (3-0, 1-0 Ivy) faced a team ranked higher than it as it traveled to Worcester, Mass., to face No. 24/RV Holy Cross (3-2, 0-0 Patriot League). The Crimson stepped up to the challenge, opening the game strong and pulling away in the fourth quarter with crucial defensive stops on fourth downs to secure a 38-13 victory.
Junior defensive lineman Jacob Sykes pursues Holy Cross sophomore quarterback Marco Siderman. For the third consecutive game, the front seven was a story for the Crimson, contributing to the Harvard defensive effort that saw three sacks, four turnovers, and only 13 points allowed.
Harvard football (2-0) has launched into a strong start this 2021 season. What are some of the key storylines to watch for as the Crimson travel to take on Holy Cross this Saturday? Griffin Wong has the latest.