Scores

Final

San Diego 13

(1-2, 0-2 away)

Harvard 28

(1-0, 1-0 home)

12:30 PM ET, September 15, 2012

Harvard Stadium, Cambridge, MA

1 2 3 4 T
USD 3 0 10 013
HARV 0 7 0 2128

Top Performers

Passing: M. Mills (USD) - 354 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: T. Scales (HARV) - 19 CAR, 173 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: B. White (USD) - 12 REC, 135 YDS

Harvard wins 12th straight home opener amid academic cheating scandal

Associated Press

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- There was a block in the back that negated a kickoff return and an interception, thrown into the end zone, that cost Harvard the chance at another score.

Yet when coach Tim Murphy lamented his players' mistakes, he wasn't talking about football.

Harvard beat San Diego 28-13 on Saturday, finishing off a week in which the largest academic cheating scandal in the history of the nation's oldest university staggered the athletic department and cost the Crimson its basketball co-captains. All of the football team's starters and at least 105 players on the 119-man roster were in uniform, including those who were injured, but Murphy alluded to those who weren't when he said, "I've never been around greater character kids than we have here."

"I'll say this: Harvard kids aren't good kids. They're great kids," Murphy said. "But they don't walk on water. And I think it's important, as parents and educators, that we have to reinforce that crucial life lesson that inappropriate behavior won't be tolerated. Because down the road, later in life, those consequences can be terminal. They can cost you a marriage. They can cost you a career."

Treavor Scales rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns, including a 66-yard run when he plunged into the line to kill the clock but found a hole leading all the way to the end zone. Colton Chapple completed 16 of 29 passes for two touchdowns, one each to Kyle Juszczyk and Cameron Brate, as Harvard won its 12th straight home opener.

Mason Mills completed 38 of 63 passes for 354 yards for San Diego (1-2). But he was also sacked seven times as the Toreros took a 13-7 lead into the fourth quarter only to allow two long Harvard touchdown drives and one very short one.

Harvard led 21-13 when it stopped San Diego on downs at the Crimson 34 yard-line with 1:33 left. Chapple came into the huddle and told his teammates they needed just one first down to run out the clock.

Scales told him that he wanted more.

On the first play, he took the handoff and went up the middle only to find there was no one there to stop him.

"It opened up like the Red Sea," he said. "I was obligated to get to the end zone."

San Diego coach Ron Caragher said his players had been looking forward to the trip East to play "a strong academic school like Harvard."

But, when they arrived, the campus was still roiling over the announcement that the school was investigating as many as 125 students for possible plagiarism on an open-book, take-home final exam.

Privacy laws prohibit the school -- tied with Princeton atop the U.S. News & World Report national academic rankings -- from identifying the students. But published reports said basketball co-captains Kyle Casey and Brandyn Curry had withdrawn from school rather than risk losing their NCAA eligibility. Athletic department spokesman Kurt Svoboda said no players had been removed from any roster.

Other than a wisecrack about academic integrity from the Harvard band at halftime, there was no obvious sign of the turmoil at the sparsely attended game on a fall day even the San Diegans could appreciate.

Murphy declined to say how many players were out of uniform. The most notable absence from the Harvard sideline was junior receiver Matt Brown, who appeared in 10 games for last year's Ivy League football champions and also played on the Crimson basketball team that reached the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1946.

Asked why Brown was missing, the coach said, "Not able to talk about kids who aren't here."

Harvard players said they were determined to overcome adversity -- in whatever form it appears.

"It's not something that we're constantly thinking about," linebacker Bobby Schneider said. "Obviously, there's other people talking about it. But team morale is high coming off this victory. ... It's not affecting us. We're going to be all right."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
USD
HARV
1st Downs2119
Total Yards356404
Passing354209
Rushing2195
Penalties6-558-119
3rd Down Conversions8-232-10
4th Down Conversions3-50-0
Turnovers11
Possession38:0521:55

Passing Leaders

San DiegoC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Mills38/633545.611
HarvardC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Chapple16/292097.221

Rushing Leaders

San DiegoCARYDSAVGTDLG
James6193.2012
Ferguson6172.8011
HarvardCARYDSAVGTDLG
Scales191739.1266
Chapple8172.1016

Receiving Leaders

San DiegoRECYDSAVGTDLG
White1213511.3022
Bell44711.8016
HarvardRECYDSAVGTDLG
Berg45814.5023
Juszczyk55410.8127

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUSDHARV
FG05:40Ernie Collins 20 Yd 30
SECOND QUARTERUSDHARV
TD14:30Cameron Brate 29 Yd Pass From Colton Chapple (David Mothander Kick) 37
THIRD QUARTERUSDHARV
FG08:56Ernie Collins 48 Yd 67
TD01:50Logan Smith 25 Yd Pass From Mason Mills (Ernie Collins Kick) 137
FOURTH QUARTERUSDHARV
TD13:30Kyle Juszczyk 8 Yd Pass From Colton Chapple (David Mothander Kick) 1314
TD05:37Treavor Scales 1 Yd Run (David Mothander Kick) 1321
TD01:23Treavor Scales 66 Yd Run (David Mothander Kick) 1328