Harvard, Dartmouth Tangle In Hanover, N.H., Live on NESN
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Harvard takes to the road on Saturday for a second straight week and another important Ivy League matchup at Dartmouth. Homecoming weekend at Dartmouth will also see the game televised live on NESN with kickoff slated for 1:30 p.m.
Saturday's game will be the 114th meeting between Harvard and Dartmouth in a series that dates to 1882 and stands as Harvard's second-oldest rivalry. Harvard holds a 63-45-5 series lead and has won its last six meetings and 12 of the last 13 against the Big Green.
In its last five games, Harvard has averaged 35 points per game.
Road Sweet Road
Harvard has won its last eight games at Dartmouth's Memorial Field dating back to 1994, meaning that head coach Tim Murphy has never lost a road game in the series.
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Last Year's Meeting
Harvard rushed for 315 yards with Gino Gordon (119, 3 TDs) and Treavor Scales (120, 2 TDs) carrying the load while Gordon added 103 receiving yards on four receptions as Harvard dominated Dartmouth, 42-21.
The duo became the first pair of Harvard players to rush for 100 yards apiece in 10 years. Harvard led 42-14 before fumbling the ball away twice and having a blocked punt returned for a touchdown. Harvard's defense allowed just 64 rushing yards on 30 carries.
Harvard's Last Time Out
Gino Gordon carried 20 times for 204 yards and Treavor Scales 16 times for 134 yards as Harvard used its ground game to defeat Princeton 45-28 on the road.
Gordon's 26-yard touchdown run tied the game 7-7 in the first quarter and Scales' 46-yard score in the second put the Crimson ahead 14-7.
After going three-and-out on three straight pass plays on its first possession, Harvard gained 394 rushing yards.
Collier Winters, who was injured for Harvard's first five games, started the second half and threw two touchdown passes.
Andrew Kerr had two touchdown catches for the Tigers, who utilized a variety of trick plays to remain in contention until the fourth quarter when Grant Sickle blocked a punt and Mike Cook fell on it in the end zone for a Crimson score.
Dartmouth's Last Time Out
Nick Schwieger scored on a 1-yard run with 2:28 remaining as Dartmouth beat Columbia 24-21 after nearly fumbling away the game.
The Big Green led 17-7 in the fourth quarter and had reached the Columbia 15 but quarterback Connor Kempe fumbled after being hit by the Lions' Josh Smith.
Columbia then drove 70 yards in seven plays to get within 17-14 on Sean Brackett's 4-yard run.
Dartmouth's T.J. Cameron lost a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, but the Big Green got the ball back three plays later when Brackett fumbled. They didn't keep it long, as Schwieger fumbled on second down and Columbia recovered at the Dartmouth 29.
Brackett drove the Lions to a 21-17 lead in five plays, finding Nathan Lenz with a 2-yard touchdown pass.
Schwieger, who also scored a 1-yard third-quarter touchdown run, finished with 122 yards on 31 carries.
Harvard Coach Tim Murphy
In his 17th season as Harvard's head coach, Tim Murphy enters Saturday's game with a 106-57 record with the Crimson and a 139-102-1 overall head coaching record, which includes five years at Cincinnati and two years at Maine. Murphy is one of just five coaches to win 100 games since the formation of the Ivy League in 1954. Murphy has led Harvard to five Ivy League championships (1997, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008). He is 13-3 all-time against Dartmouth.
Dartmouth Coach Buddy Teevens
In his sixth year of his second tour of duty on the Dartmouth sideline, Buddy Teevens enters Saturday's game against Harvard with a 39-75-2 record. Teevens was head coach at Dartmouth from 1987-91 before returning to his alma mater two seasons ago. He is 2-77-1 overall against Harvard.
With 108 career victories on the Harvard sideline, head coach Tim Murphy ranks second on the Crimson's all-time wins chart. Murphy is nine wins away from Joe Restic's school record 117 wins (from 1971-93).
Ivy Era Coaches
Since the formal naming of the Ivy League in 1956, just five coaches have reached the 100-win plateau with two of them being Harvard men.
Carm Cozza, Yale: 179
Bob Blackman, Dartmouth 127
Al Bangnoli, Penn: 127
Joe Restic, Harvard: 117
Tim Murphy, Harvard: 108
In The News
Former assistant football coach Richard C. "Dick" Corbin died Friday, October 22, 2010 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Memorial donations to The Jimmy Fund, c/o Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445.
Complete Game Notes
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