After its two longest road trips of the season in consecutive weeks, Harvard returns to The Stadium this Saturday for a 1 p.m. kickoff against Bucknell. The game takes place as part of Harvard's 375 birthday celebration weekend.
The game will be shown live on GoCrimson.com 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. For those unable to watch the game live, it will also be available as an archived event immediately following the completion.
The game can be heard on the radio (WBNW 1120 AM, WPLM 1390 and WESO 790) with Corbett and Giardi '94 on the call as well as WHRB-FM 95.3 with students Scott Reed and Charlie Hobbs.
Saturday's game will be the ninth meeting on the gridiron between Harvard and Bucknell since 1955, and the Crimson holds a 4-3-1 series lead.
The teams have played all but one game of the series in Cambridge, Mass. and the Bison claimed victory in the last meeting, 24-20, back in 1997.
Harvard's Last Time Out
Colton Chapple threw for 414 yards and four touchdowns as the Crimson overpowered Cornell 41-31 in Ithaca, N.Y.
Following a Ryan Houska run that gave Cornell a 24-20 edge midway through the third quarter, Chapple connected with receiver Alex Sarkisian on a 42-yard strike to take a 27-24 lead. Chapple then led Harvard on two consecutive scoring drives, throwing touchdown passes of 27 and 26 yards to put the game out of reach.
All three of those scoring passes came during a seven-minute stretch dominated by Chapple and Harvard's defense, which allowed just 20 yards on 21 Cornell plays covering five offensive series for the Big Red.
Chapple recorded Harvard's first 400-yard passing game since 2003 in throwing for the second-highest single game mark in school history. Sarkisian reaped the rewards, grabbing seven catches for 112 yards while Chris Lorditch had four receptions for 103 yards.
The Cornell offense moved the ball well as Jeff Matthews threw for 322 yards but the Big Red struggled on third down, converting 1-10 attempts under relentless pressure from Harvard's front line, which got to Matthews for four sacks and numerous QB hurries.
Bucknell's Last Time Out
Chris Lum threw four touchdown passes to lead Lehigh over Bucknell 30-6 in Lewisburg, Pa. on Saturday, extending the longest current winning streak over one opponent in the Football Championship Subdivision.
Lum, who now has 300 or more passing yards in every game this season, was 30 of 37 for 368 yards and an interception for the Mountain Hawks. Lehigh has beaten the Bison in 14 straight meetings.
The Lehigh quarterback hit both Jimmy Jefferson and Jake Drwal on 9-yard touchdowns, and threw a 19-yarder to Ryan Spadola to go ahead 23-0 with 2:14 left in the first half.
Lum punctuated his performance with a 35-yard touchdown to Spadola to put the Mountain Hawks up 30-3 after three quarters.
Lehigh outgained Bucknell 416-246 on offense, and tallied a season-high 10 sacks against the Bison.
Harvard Coach Tim Murphy
In his 18th season as Harvard's head coach, Tim Murphy enters Saturday's game with a 114-59 record with the Crimson and a 146-104-1 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 2-1 all-time against Bucknell.
Bucknell Coach Joe Susan
Joe Susan is in his second year as Bucknell's 26th head coach in program history. Susan, a three-time letterwinner at Bucknell, served near-decade-long stints at Bucknell (1981-1990), Princeton (1991-1999) and Rutgers (2001-2009) before becoming the Bison head coach. He has had tenures at both the Football Bowl Subdivision (Rutgers, Memphis) and Football Championship Subdivision (Bucknell, Princeton, Davidson) levels. He has not coached against Harvard.
Big Time vs. Big Red
Several notable performances were turned in during a 41-31 victory at Cornell:
Colton Chapple threw for 414 yards and four touchdowns for the second-highest single-game performance at Harvard. It marked the team's first 400-yard passing day since Nov. 2, 2002 when Neil Rose was 36 of 50 for 443 yards and 3 TD against Dartmouth.
Sarkisian (7 receptions, 117 yards, 1 TD) and Chris Lorditch (4 receptions, 103 yards) became the first Harvard receiving duo to go over 100 yards since Nov. 8, 2008 when Matt Luft (6 receptions, 110 yards, 1 TD) and Levi Richards (7 receptions, 102 yards, 2 TD) did the trick against Columbia.
Sarkisian and Lorditch combined with freshman Seitu Smith III to become Harvard's first trio to have more than 100 all-purpose yards since that Nov. 8, 2008 game against Columbia when Luft, Richards and Adam Chrissis (10 run, 69 rec, 46 kr - 125 total) accomplished the feat.
Colton Chapple eanred the New England Football Writers' Gold Helmet Award for Division I for his performance at Cornell. The award was presented to Chapple on Wednesday.
Movin' On Up
Wide receivers Chris Lorditch and Adam Chrissis moved up in Harvard's record book against Cornell. Lorditch joined the top 10 in all-time receptions, now with 82, and increased his yards per reception average to a lofty 15.6 (1,276 career yards).
Chrissis meanwhile, moved into ninth place on the all-time time list, now with 86. Chrissis also became the 12th member of Harvard's 1,000-yard receiving club (1,059).
Ivy at 50
Colton Chapple's 414-yard passing game at Cornell marked the 50th time that an Ivy League QB has throw for at least 400 yards.
Although it surrendered 31 points and 322 passing yards to Cornell, Harvard's defense dominated the game when it mattered. The Crimson allowed just 20 yards on 21 plays covering five offensive series in the second half as Harvard erased a 24-20 deficit to claim a 41-24 lead over a pivotal 10-minute stretch of the game.
Harvard has featured a two tight end system for much of the season with much success. Kyle Juszczyk and Cameron Brate have combined for nearly seven catches and 95 yards per game this far.
In its last 47 Ivy League games, just two teams have managed 400-yards of total offense against Harvard.
The Crimson is 52-2 when leading at halftime since the start of the 2003 season. Harvard last surrendered a halftime lead against Lehigh on Oct. 16, 2010 (led 17-0, lost 21-19).
Harvard has held 13 of its last 23 Ivy League foes under 100 yards rushing dating back to the 2008 season
Going back to 2006, the Crimson has held Ivy foes under 100 yards in 23 of 37 games including five times each in 2006, 2007 and 2009.
Harvard has reached the 30-point plateau in five of its last seven road games.
Harvard is 274-5-1 all-time (.980) when the Crimson scores 30 or more points.
Harvard's record at Harvard Stadium since 2001 is 44-9 while winning 24 of its last 28 there. The team has four undefeated home marks in that stretch (6-0 in 2001, 5-0 in 2004, 5-0 in 2007, 5-0 in 2008).
Where We Are Now
Saturday's game will be Harvard's 1,247th varsity football game. The Crimson has an all-time record of 815-381-50 (.672).