Nov. 16, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A pair of fourth-quarter touchdown runs by freshman tailback John Pagliaro sealed a 42-28 win for Yale in The JV Game against Harvard Friday afternoon at Frank Field. The back-and-forth affair came down to a sequence in the fourth where, after Pagliaro's first TD run, junior defensive lineman Uthman Arogundade and freshman linebacker Matt Phelan forced a Harvard fumble that freshman defensive back Marcus Wallace recovered at the Yale 36. The Bulldogs then drove 64 yards, taking nearly eight minutes off the clock, to seal the game with a one-yard TD by Pagliaro.
Yale took a 7-0 lead on a 15-yard scoring pass to freshman tight end Chris Blohm from freshman quarterback Brook Hart with 1:47 left in the first quarter. The key play of the 51-yard drive was a 30-yard run by Pagliaro on his first touch of the game.
After an interception by freshman defensive back Jason Pelletier ended the next Harvard drive, the Crimson went ahead 13-7 on two second-quarter scores, a seven-yard run by running back Ryan Schell and a seven-yard catch by tight end Nicolai Schwarzkopf. The Crimson missed the extra point attempt, and Yale grabbed a 14-13 lead 39 seconds before halftime when freshman quarterback Peter Balsam connected with junior wide receiver Sam Matias for a 15-yard touchdown and sophomore kicker Wells Stewart added the extra point.
An interception by freshman defensive end Jesse Reising ended the final Harvard drive of the first half, but the Crimson got into the end zone on their first drive of the third quarter. Wide receiver Levi Richards' 11-yard reception, followed by a two-point conversion, made the score 21-14 Harvard.
A one-handed grab by freshman tight end Caleb Smith converted a third-and-one at the Harvard 16 and got the ball to the five, where freshman fullback Shane Bannon powered it in with 7:25 left in the quarter to tie the score.
A sack by freshman defensive lineman Patrick Moran pushed Harvard all the way back to its own nine on the next drive, and two plays later freshman defensive back Adam Money picked off a pass. But the Crimson got an interception of their own two plays later, and the third quarter ended with the score still tied.
Yale drove from its own 29 to the Harvard three as the third quarter turned into the fourth quarter, with Bannon picking up a key third-and-two conversion. A play action fake then left Smith all alone in the end zone to make it 28-21 Yale with 13:45 left.
A 32-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Ryan Darnell tied the score for Harvard with 11:38 left, but the Bulldog offense answered immediately. Freshman wide receiver Ryan Vandersloot returned the kickoff 36 yards to the Harvard 44, and three plays later Pagliaro burst through the line for a 25-yard touchdown.
The next Crimson drive was stymied by the turnover, and once the Bulldog offense got the ball back they took the air out of it. Balsam executed a crucial nine-yard scramble on third-and-seven, and Pagliaro, Bannon and sophomore tailback Brandon Scott shared the other carries as the Elis marched methodically down the field. Bannon converted a fourth-and-one at the Harvard 17 by pushing through a pile of would-be tacklers, and five plays later Pagliaro took it in for the 42-28 final.
Money added another interception to end Harvard's final drive.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity