Bulldogs Fall in The JV Game, 62-29

Nov. 17, 2006

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Harvard scored the final 35 points of the game, including 28 in the fourth quarter, to defeat Yale 62-29 in The JV Game Friday afternoon at Harvard Stadium. The Bulldog offense was plagued by six turnovers, including four interceptions, negating the five turnovers produced by the Yale defense.

After the Crimson scored on its first two possessions, the Bulldogs began battling back. A fumble forced by sophomore linebacker Matt Plummer and recovered by sophomore defensive lineman Uthman Arogundade at the Yale 31 set up the Bulldogs' first scoring drive. The Bulldogs executed a pretty play action fake on fourth-and-three at the Yale 39 -- the Harvard crowd even cheered when they thought the Bulldog runner had been brought down in the backfield -- to get an 11-yard completion from sophomore quarterback Joe Dennison to junior tight end Jordan Stevens. Dennison had come on when freshman quarterback Richie Scudellari was injured on Yale's second series.

Two plays after the fourth-down conversion Dennison lofted one down the left sideline and into the arms of freshman wide receiver Reid Lathan, who took off for a 51-yard touchdown.

The Bulldogs got right back in the end zone when freshman defensive back Eric Senn returned a blocked punt for a touchdown shortly after the start of the second quarter. Sophomore holder Patrick Sedden turned a botched extra point attempt into a two-point conversion, running the ball in for a 15-14 Yale lead.

The Crimson scored twice in a span of 32 seconds later in the quarter to go back in front, including an interception return for a touchdown. Yale made the most of its final drive of the half, though, including a 16-yard reception by Lathan that converted a third-and-10 and helped the Bulldogs get to the 14-yard line. Facing fourth down from there Dennison found freshman wide receiver John Sheffield, who fought through an attempted tackle to get into the end zone and bring Yale within 27-22 at halftime.

Senn intercepted Harvard's first pass of the second half, and two plays after that Dennison connected with Sheffield for a touchdown from 39 yards out. The Bulldogs took a 29-27 lead.

That lead held up until 3:27 remained in the third quarter, when a touchdown gave Harvard a 34-29 lead. The Crimson's next drive got to the Yale 25 before junior defensive back Matthew Jacques ended it with an interception on the second play of the fourth quarter.

The rest of that quarter was all Harvard. The Crimson scoring plays included a 90-yard run, a four-yard run set up by an interception deep in Yale territory, a five-yard pass set up by a fumble deep in Yale territory, and a fumble recovery in the end zone. Harvard's four touchdowns came in a span of just over five minutes.

report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity

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