Cornell 28, Harvard 27
ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) _ Running back Chad Levitt’s two-point conversion run with less than three minutes left provided the winning points as Cornell defeated Harvard 28-27 Saturday for its third straight win.
Levitt, who ran for 142 yards and a touchdown, went up the middle, spinning into the end zone after getting hit behind the line of scrimmage for the deciding conversion.
The Big Red trailed 27-20 before quarterback Steve Joyce threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to Eric Krawczyk, setting up Levitt’s two-point run.
Harvard (1-3) had the chance to win the game on a field goal, but Ryan Lund’s 38-yard attempt hit the right upright as time expired.
The Crimson had gone in front when running back Kweli Thompson ran for a 29-yard touchdown late in the third quarter.
Cornell (3-1) twice moved within Harvard’s 10-yard line, but John Rodin missed a 24-yard field goal after a bad snap and the Big Red was stopped on downs at the Harvard four.
Safety Nick Bombach set up the winning touchdown when he stripped Harvard running back Eion Hu of the ball at Harvard’s 25 and returned the fumble to the 16. It was the first fumble of the season for Hu, who finished with 95 yards on 26 carries and two touchdowns.
Hu scored Harvard’s first touchdown on a 1-yard run, after Doug Ingham had given Cornell a 7-0 lead with a 1-yard run on Cornell’s first possession. Levitt scored on a 3-yard run early in the second quarter, but Harvard answered with a 48-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Vin Ferrara to flanker Mike Halligan three minutes later.
Cornell’s Deon Harris fumbled the ensuing kickoff, giving Harvard the ball at Cornell’s 25. Hu scored on a 2-yard run six plays later, but Seth Payne blocked the extra point for Cornell.
Rodin kicked a career-long 50-yard field goal late in the second quarter and tied the game with a 22-yard field goal early in the third.