ACADEMIC INTEGRATION COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS

 

Harvard. Yale. The Stadium. The Game. Saturday at Noon.

The Particulars
With Yale still harboring hopes of an Ivy League championship, Harvard will look to play the unfamiliar role of spoiler as the Crimson and Bulldogs play the 127th edition of "The Game" at Harvard Stadium.  

Versus TV
Saturday's game will be shown live on Versus TV. Check your local listings and cable/ satellite providers for information. On the call will be Ron Thulin, Ross Tucker, Glenn Parker and Lewis Johnson.

The game can also be heard live on the radio and over the internet on AM 1120 (Boston), 1390 (Plymouth), 970 (Sturbridge) with Bernie Corbett and former Harvard QB Mike Giardi '94, as well as WHRB-FM 95.3 (Cambridge) with students Scott Reed and Charlie Hobbs.

Following the game's blackout schedule, full audio and video will be available on GoCrimson.com as an archived event. Fans will be able to download the game to their computers any time with Bernie Corbett and Mike Giardi '94 on the call. The game is part of the football season pass and can also be purchased as a one-time event. Streaming is offered on computers, iPads and iPhones.

Where We Stand
Penn remains undefeated in league play following its win over Harvard last weekend while Yale sits one game behind. The Quakers need to lose at Cornell this week and Yale needs to defeat Harvard in order for the two to share the Ivy title.

The Series
Yale holds a 65-53-8 series lead against Harvard in the 126 previous editions of The Game, though the Crimson has won eight of the last nine against the Bulldogs - including last season's memorable 14-10 win in New Haven, Conn.

Undefeated Seniors?
Harvard will be going for its fourth-straight win over Yale this year, which would provide a rare undefeated career for Harvard's seniors. In the series, four Harvard graduating classes have gone unbeaten against the Bulldogs  with the latest coming from 2001-05 (two classes included). Yale has had six such occurrences but none since a six-year undefeated streak from 1902-07 provided three graduating classes with perfect HY records.

Last Year's Meeting
In Tom Williams' H-Y debut, a strong Yale showing was shattered in the blink of an eye in a game that will go down among the most notable in series annals.

With Yale leading 10-0 late in the fourth, Harvard drove 76 yards in six plays as Collier Winters found Matt Luft for a 41-yard touchdown with 6:46 remaining. The score would never have been possible were it not for Gino Gordon who kept Harvard's hopes alive as he spun out of a tackle on fourth-and-four from his own 30-yard line, eventually rumbling 19 yards.

Yale got the ball back but eventually found itself in fourth-and-22 from its own 25-yard line with 2:40 remaining. With the league's best punter in Tom Mante waiting to boot it down field, Yale instead called an improbable fake punt reverse run. John Powers never came close to the first down as Collin Zych and Anthony Spadafino stuffed him seven yards shy, giving Harvard the ball at Yale's 40 yard line as a stunned Yale crowd looked on.

It took Harvard just three plays to devastate the crowd again as Chris Lorditch cut across the middle of the field and then swiftly past two defenders up the seam as Winters lofted a perfect pass over the inside coverage. Thirty two yards later, Harvard led and made the margin stand up when Jon Takamura intercepted Patrick Witt shortly thereafter.

Harvard's Last Time Out
Special teams miscues by Harvard led to the first 17 Penn points in a 34-14 loss on Saturday. Brandon Colavita carried 17 times for 122 yards and two TDs as Penn clinched at least a share of the Ivy League title.

Harvard drove into Penn territory four times in the fourth quarter but got just seven points. The Quakers ended two of those drives with interceptions and also stopped Harvard on downs with 56 seconds left.

Gino Gordon carried 21 times for 110 yards and a touchdown and Collier Winters completed 21 of 44 for 219 yards and a touchdown but was intercepted three times.

Yale's Last Time Out
Geoff Dunham scored on a 57-yard fumble recovery and Yale overcame struggles on offense in a 14-13 win over Princeton.

The Bulldogs, who totaled 299 yards of offense, took a 7-0 lead after Dunham picked up the fumble forced by Allen Davis on second-and-eight early in the first quarter.

Princeton got back in the lead after a 33-yard field goal by Patrick Jacob and a 28-yard pass from Connor Kelley to Trey Peacock for a 10-7 advantage with 3:45 left in the second quarter.

However, the lead was short-lived as Patrick Witt threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Chris Blohm with 1:59 left until halftime.

Witt finished with 237 yards on 22-for-32 passing in Yale's third straight win.

Harvard Coach Tim Murphy
In his 17th season as Harvard's head coach, Tim Murphy enters Saturday's game with a 110-58 record with the Crimson and a 142-103-1 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 11-15 all-time against Yale. 

Yale Coach Tom Williams
Tom Williams is in his second season as the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Football at Yale. Williams had previously served as a defensive assistant for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars. He is 0-1 against Harvard.

Complete Game Notes
For complete games notes in PDF format, click on the link at the beginning of this page.