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Harvard captures the Ivy

Posted by Craig Larson, Globe Staff  November 12, 2011 12:58 PM

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Harvard put an exclamation point on its first Ivy League title since 2008.

The Crimson rattled off 37 unanswered points in the final three quarters on their way to first victory over nemesis Penn in three years, stopping the Quakers 37-20 in front of 11,283 at the Stadium.

Coupled with Dartmouth's stunning 21-16 at Brown, Harvard (8-1, 6-0) heads to New Haven on Saturday for The Game with its 14th Ivy League crown already headed to the engraver.

Junior tailback Treavor Scales scored a pair of touchdowns and fifth-year senior QB Collier Winters passed for one score and ran for another.

Harvard, 37-7 Junior Treavor Scales, working out of a fullhouse backfield, danced in from 2 yards out, set up by his own 35-yard burst, for a 30-7 spread.

Less than a minute later, junior linebacker Alex Norman leaped in the left flat to snare a Billy Ragone pass and took the pick-six back 34 yards for the score, and 37-7.

And Dartmouth is leading host Brown, 21-16, with 2:16 left in the fourth quarter, So the Crimson could have the Ivy wrapped up before heading to the Yale Bowl next Saturday.

Harvard, 24-7: Collier Winters dove in from 4 yards out, his leap for the left pylon receiving a 10.0 from the judges, as Harvard surged to a 24-7 cushion with 9:04 left in the third quarter.

After Alex Gedeon and a swarm of Crimson defenders denied Brandon Colavita on a third-and-1 bid on Penn's first series of the second half, Winters marched Harvard 74 yards on 12 plays, his 17-yard spinning and darting bootleg to the 15 the key pickup.

Harvard, 17-7: Ivy League leader Harvard struck for 10 points in the final one minute and 6 seconds of the first half for a 17-7 cushion over Penn at the Stadium.

Freshman Zach Boden bolted in from 14 yards out, finishing off a seven-play, 70-yard march, for a 14-7 lead.

With six seconds left, the Crimson (7-1, 5-0) extended the margin to 17-7 on a 35-yard field from David Mothander, capitalizing on a bad snap on fourth and 4 when Penn (5-3, 4-1) was setting up for a punt.

Seeking their third straight in the 82-year series, the Quarkers seized a 7-0 lead on a 21-yard scoring toss from Billy Ragone to a diving Ryan Calvert across the goal line. The seven-play, 69-yard march was kept alive by a third-and-10 holding call on Harvard, and steamed ahead on a 23-yard Ragone to Joe Holder hookup that tipped off the fingertips of Crimson defenders Matthew Hanson and Alex Gedeon.

Harvard answered with an opportunistic play of its own. Linebacker Matt Martindale stood up Penn back Jeff Jack on a first down run, tackle Josue Ortiz ripped the ball out and recovered the fumble at the Quarker 16.

One play later, fifth-year senior Collier Winters found tight end Cameron Brate cutting across the back of the end zone for a 24-yard scoring toss.

The Harvard held Penn to minus 5 yards rushing in the first 30 minutes.

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