CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard quarterback Colton Chapple completed 13 of 18 passes for 260 yards and four touchdowns, to lead the Crimson to a 52-3 victory over the Holy Cross football team in a driving rain storm at Harvard Stadium. The Crusaders fall to 0-4 on the season with the loss, while the Crimson improve to 3-0 with their 12th straight victory.
Harvard opened the scoring at the 12:49-mark of the first quarter on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Chapple to Ricky Zorn. The Crusaders responded with a 27-yard field goal by junior placekicker John Macomber (Vienna, Va.), before a 35-yard scoring strike from Chapple to Cameron Brate made the score 14-3. D.J. Monroe then returned a blocked punt 23 yards for a touchdown, and the Crimson led 21-3 at the end of the first quarter.
Chapple would throw two more touchdown passes in the second quarter, for 14 yards to Kyle Juszczyk and 19 yards to Brate, and Harvard led 35-3. A three-yard scoring run by Chapple and a four-yard touchdown run by Rich Zajeski then made the score 49-3 at halftime.
The Crimson's David Mothander kicked a 39-yard field goal midway through the third quarter for the only scoring in the second half.
Sophomore quarterback Ryan Laughlin (Glen Mills, Pa.) completed nine of 24 passes for 105 yards, and also rushed 14 times for 29 yards. Freshman wide out Kalif Raymond (Lawrenceville, Ga.) added 156 yards on eight kickoff returns and 35 yards on two punt returns, while senior strong safety Tom Mannix (Kenilworth, N.J.) totaled 11 tackles, one tackle for loss and two pass breakups.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 6, when it plays host to Bucknell in its Patriot League opener at 1:00 p.m.