Harvard beats Yale, 34-7, in 130th edition of The Game

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.

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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.

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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.

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