Sept. 18, 2004
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Harvard tailback Clifton Dawson ran for 184 yards and scored three touchdowns Saturday, as the Crimson posted a 35-0 victory over the Holy Cross football team at Harvard Stadium. Harvard improves to 1-0 on the season with the victory, while the Crusaders fall to 0-3.
In addition to the three touchdowns by Dawson, the Crimson scored a touchdown on an 87-yard punt return by Brian Edwards, and Matt Schindel added two field goals. Harvard also held the Crusaders to 131 yards of total offense, and had a nearly 10-miunute advantage in time of possession. Holy Cross committed five turnovers on the way to losing its 13th consecutive game, setting a school record. The Crusaders were also shut out for the first time since 1999.
Dawson gave Harvard a 7-0 lead with 4:10 remaining in the first quarter on a 1-yard dash, then increased the lead to 14-0 at 14:01 of the second quarter. The Crusaders drove deep into Harvard territory later in the quarter, before a fumble into the end zone was recovered by the Crimson for a touchback. Two plays later, Dawson broke the game open with a 74-yard touchdown run at the 5:28 mark of the second quarter.
Edwards' 87-yard punt return gave the Crimson a 29-0 halftime lead, then Schindle kicked field goals of 31 and 37 yards in the third quarter.
The Holy Cross defense was led by sophomore linebacker Sain Karim (Burlington, Vt.) and senior linebacker David Fitzpatrick (Long Beach, N.Y.) with nine tackles each, while junior cornerback Darran Davis (Upper Marlboro, Md.) added eight tackles.
The Crusaders will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 2, when they play host to Fordham in their Patriot League opener at 1:00 p.m.