By Craig Larson, Globe Staff
Kicking off its 139th season, Harvard charged back with three fourth-quarter touchdowns, including a go-ahead 7-yard toss from Colton Chapple to Kyle Juszcyzk with 13:30 and rolled to its 10th straight victory, a 28-13 win over San Diego before 5,272 at The Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Trailing 13-7, the Crimson capitalized on a pair of personal foul calls on the Monteros, with Chapple, a 6-foot-2 senior, hooking up with Juszcyzk on a short scoring toss down the right sideline for a 14-13 lead. An electrifying 99-yard kickoff return by sophomore Seitu Smith had been whistled back because of a block in the back from junior tight end Cameron Brate.
All-Ivy tailback Treavor Scales closed out the win with a pair of touchdowns, a 2-yard scamper with 5:37 left, along with a 66-yard burst up the middle on a first-and-10 from the 34.
The Crimson (1-0) kick off their Ivy League slate at Brown on Saturday (4:30 p.m.).
Harvard 21, San Diego 13, 4th quarter, 5:37: Senior halfback Treavor Scales scampers in from the 2, and after David Mothander's point-after, a 21-13 cushion.
Harvard 14, San Diego 13: Seitu Smith's electrifying 99-yard return was whistled back on a block in the back from tight end Cameron Brate, but the Crimson, capitalizing on a pair of personal fouls, punched in their second TD on a 7-yard catch and run down the right sideline from Colton Chapple to Kyle Juszczyk, and a 14-13 lead,
San Diego 13, Harvard 7, 3rd quarter,1:50: Freshman receiver Logan Smith bobbles, and then snares a 25-yard toss from Mason Mills on the lright sideline in the end to put the Toreros ahead for the first time, 13-7.
Harvard 7, San Diego 6, 3rd quarter, 8:56 Ernie Collins nails a 48-yarder (he cranked a career-best 51-yarder last week) as the Toreros pulled within a point, 7-6.
Harvard 7, San Diego 3, 2nd quarter, 14:30: Off play-action, Colton Chapple floated a 29-year pass down the left sideline to a wide-open Cameron Brate, and the 6-5, 235-pound junior trotted into the end zone for the score as the Crimson surged ahead. Tackle Jack Dittmer set up drive, hauling in a deflected pass from Mason MIllisat the Harvard 49. Five plays later, the Crimson punchd in their first score of the season.
San Diego 3, Harvard 0, 1st quarter: The Toreros seize early lead on a 20-yard boot from 6-foot-2, 240-pound kicker Ernie Collins, finishing off a 19-play, 84-yard drive that lasted nearly 10 minutes.
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