Harvard moved one step closer to an Ivy League championship because of an outstanding effort by Ryan Barnes on Saturday in Philadelphia.

The former Madison Central standout had three interceptions as the Crimson improved to 8-1 overall and 5-1 in the conference with a 24-21 win over Penn.

Harvard built a 17-0 lead, but the Quakers were driving in the final minutes for the potential game-winning score. However, Barnes sealed the win with a interception of Keiffer Garton at the goalline in the final seconds.

The senior missed the previous two games after injuring his hip/leg, but had four tackles and three pass breakups in the victory.

On the opening drive of the game, Penn marched down the field and converted four third downs before Barnes came up with an interception in the end zone after the ball was batted in the air by teammate Derrick Barker.

The Richmond native came up with another interception with 9:37 left in the third and returned the ball to the Penn 24-yard line, setting up a 20-yard field goal with put the Crimson up 17-0.

Barnes nearly had two more interceptions later in the second half and later delivered a big hit on a Penn receiver.

Even though he has played in just seven games this season, Barnes is fourth on the team with 45 tackles, has 0.5 tackles for loss and seven pass break-ups.

The 19th-ranked Crimson wrap up their season next Saturday at home against Yale.

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