When simply breaking school records no longer cut it, senior quarterback Neil Rose and Payton Award candidate Carl Morris ’03 took to shattering them this past weekend in Hanover. And against a tenacious Dartmouth team – extra fiery from a three-game win streak (not to mention the previous evening’s homecoming bonfire and rally) – the Crimson needed every bit of record-busting energy it could muster up in wearing out the Big Green, 31-26.
The Nov. 2 victory marked the Crimson’s 11th straight in Ivy play, improving the gridders to 5-2 overall and 4-0 in league play. Penn, at 6-1, 4-0 Ivy, remains the only other unbeaten team in the Ivies.
Against Dartmouth, Morris totaled 257 yards on 21 catches, both school records, while topping his own personal best – and Harvard record -for single-season reception yards (943, set in 2001) by 125, making him the first Harvard player to collect more than 1,000 receiving yards in a season, with an astonishing 1,068 yards. The junior receiver also surpassed last season’s record for single-season receptions (71) by two catches. All this with three games remaining on the schedule.
Playcaller Rose set school marks for passing yards (443) and completions (36). He threw a trio of touchdowns on his way to earning 449 total yards, busting the previous school record for single-game total yardage of 427, set in 2000, by Rose himself.
Back in Cambridge, the Crimson host Columbia (1-6, 0-4 Ivy), on Saturday (Nov. 9) at 12:30 p.m.