PHILADELPHIA — Billy Ragone accounted for three touchdowns before leaving with a left leg injury and backup quarterback Andrew Holland threw for a fourth-quarter score as the Quakers secured at least a share of the Ivy League title with a win over the Crimson at Franklin Field.
Lyle Marsh and Ragone combined for 225 rushing yards and Conner Scott had 72 receiving yards and a touchdown for Pennsylvania (5-4, 5-1 Ivy League), which can claim the league crown outright with a win at Cornell next Saturday. The Quakers won the Ivy title in 2009 and 2010 before Harvard claimed it last season.
Ragone had a 32-yard touchdown pass to Scott and a rushing score in the first quarter, and then connected with tight end Ryan O’Malley in the second to give Pennsylvania a 21-14 halftime lead. However, on the final play of third quarter, Ragone was tackled high by Crimson defensive lineman Nnamdi Obukwelu and caught his left leg beneath his own body as he fell to the turf.
Moments after Ragone was carted off, Holland threw an 18-yard scoring strike to Mitchell King to make it 28-14. Colton Chapple found Kyle Juszczyk for a 1-yard TD pass with 10:48 left, pulling Harvard (7-2, 4-2) within a touchdown. However, the Crimson never got out of their own territory on their final three possessions and Chapple was sacked in the end zone for a safety by Brandon Copeland with 85 seconds left.
Chapple completed 17-of-27 passes for 174 yards. He had the TD pass in the fourth but also threw a pair of interceptions. Treavor Scales had 68 rushing yards and a TD early in the second for Harvard, which closes the season by hosting traditional rival Yale next Saturday.