Harvard Falls in a Battle With Princeton

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By Tyler Englander 10/21/18

The effort was there but the result was disappointing when Harvard lost to nationally ranked Princeton 29-21 in Cambridge on Friday.

Princeton came into the game ranked 18th in the FBS and Harvard did a good job holding the potent Princeton offense well under their season average of 52 points per game. For Princeton, QB John Lovett led the way throwing for 207 yards and scoring two touchdowns.  The Harvard defense was able to keep the game close on third down with Princeton converting only 5-17.

On offense for Harvard, Tom Stewart was starting only his second game of the year and it showed. The senior struggled, going 19-35 for only 223 yards and two late touchdowns. Aaron Shampklin, who came into the game leading the Ivy League in rushing, ran for 123 yards and a touchdown. The Crimson were sloppy on offense with two turnovers.

Harvard falls to 2-3 on the season knocking them out of contention for the Ivy League Title. Harvard heads to Dartmouth next weekend to face the undefeated Big Green. Princeton goes to 6-0 on the season and will play Cornell at home next weekend. Two weeks from now Princeton and Dartmouth, the top two teams in the Ivy League, will face off in New Jersey.