NEW HAVEN — The finale of a nine-win Harvard season was a showcase, with sophomore Paul Stanton the showpiece.
The shifty sophomore produced four first-half touchdowns in front of 50,934 at the Yale Bowl, tying a 98-year-old school record as the Crimson stormed to a 28-0 lead en route to their seventh straight victory over the Bulldogs, 34-7 on Saturday afternoon.
In the 130th edition of The Game, Harvard (9-1, 6-1 Ivy) won for the 12th time in the last 13 meetings.
Finishing off a 72-yard march on Harvard’s first series, Stanton took a reverse pivot handoff from Connor Hempel, wheeled left, and ran in from the 25 untouched for his 14th touchdown of the year.
Five minutes later — courtesy of a fumble by Yale freshman Candler Rich — Stanton had his 15th, but first receiving, on a 21-yard swing pass down the right sideline for a 14-0 spread. Harvard junior cornerback Norman Hayes, who limped off the Stadium turf last week with a sprained right ankle against Penn, forced the fumble, with D.J. Monroe pouncing on the recovery.
Less than a minute into the second quarter, Stanton was back in the end zone for No. 16, taking a short toss from Hempel 18 yards down the right side for the score, and a 21-0 bulge after the third PAT from David Mothander.
When the 5-foot-9-inch, 190-pound Stanton capped his spectacular first 30 minutes with his fourth score, a 2-yard plunge to pad the cushion to 28-0 with 4:02 left, he tied Eddie Mahan’s school record, set in a 41-0 romp in 1915, for touchdowns against Yale.
Harvard senior safety Jaron Wilson was ejected with 11:58 remaining in the first half for targeting a defenseless player for his hit on Grant Wallace in the middle of the field.
Yale (5-5, 3-4) finally broke through in the third quarter, at 5:04, when Deon Randall took a direct snap and charged in from the 3. Kyle Cazzetta was wide on the PAT, but converted his second chance after the Crimson were penalized for leaping.
The Crimson answered with a pair of field goals from Mothander, including a 48-yarder for a 34-7 lead with 11:38 left.
Yale still leads the series, 65-57-8.