Watch Live: Harvard Football Hosts Dartmouth Saturday Night at The Stadium
Harvard, which enters the national rankings this week (23rd Coaches, 24th Sports Network, 16th CSN), returns home to The Stadium on Saturday for a 6 p.m. kickoff against the Dartmouth Big Green.
It marks the latest in a season that Harvard has played under the lights as the Crimson puts its 5-0 all-time home night record to the test against a Dartmouth team that was picked by some pundits to win the league title.
Fox College Sports Atlantic will carry the game live. Eric Frede will handle the play-by-play, Steve DeOssie the color commentary and Katy Fitzpatrick will be the sideline reporter. Check your local listings for channel assignments.
The game will also be shown live on GoCrimson.com with Bernie 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 115th meeting between Harvard and Dartmouth in a series that dates to 1882 and stands as Harvard's second-oldest rivalry. Harvard holds a 64-45-5 series lead and has won its last seven meetings and 13 of the last 14 against the Big Green.
In its last six games, Harvard has averaged 34.2 points per game.
Last Year's Meeting
Quarterback Collier Winters, making his first start of the season, rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another score to lead Harvard to a 30-14 win at Dartmouth.
Winters scored on runs of one and five yards in the first quarter to give the Crimson a 14-0 lead. He connected with Adam Chrissis on a 10-yard touchdown, pushing Harvard's margin to 24 points in the second quarter.
Winters completed 19 of 31 passes for 212 yards for the Crimson. Treavor Scales led Harvard with 124 yards rushing on 18 carries, while Gino Gordon '11 ran for 93 yards on 17 attempts - all in the first half as he rested the remainder of the game.
The Big Green didn't score until late in the first half when Shawn Abuhoff returned an interception 82 yards for a score.
David Mothander made field goals from 27, 35 and a career-long of 43 yards away for Harvard. Chrissis caught seven passes for 86 yards.
Harvard sacked Dartmouth QB Connor Kempe four times and intercepted him three more.
Harvard's Last Time Out
Making his first start since Week One, Collier Winters passed for 403 yards, five touchdowns and rushed for a score to lead Harvard to a 56-39 win against rival Princeton.
Winters had passing scores of 29, 53, 16 and two 17-yard touchdowns for the Crimson, which has had two different quarterbacks throw for five touchdowns in consecutive games. Winters also scored on a one-yard run to give Harvard a 7-6 lead in the first quarter.
Treavor Scales ran for 85 yards and two touchdowns, while Chris Lorditch had six catches for 101 yards and a touchdown for the Crimson.
After Winters' early rushing score, Harvard pushed its lead to 35-9 when Alex Sarkisian caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from Winters. The Tigers, who lost their third consecutive game, racked up 556 total yards -- four yards less than their opponent. Chuck Dibilio led Princeton with 135 yards and two touchdowns.
Dartmouth's Last Time Out
Nick Schwieger carried 29 times for 157 yards and three touchdowns as Dartmouth kept Columbia winless with a 37-0 Ivy League rout.
Schwieger, the all-time rushing leader for the Big Green, scored on an 18-yard run in the second quarter to make it 16-0, before adding third-quarter scores of 23 yards and 21 yards.
Greg Patton scored on touchdown runs of five and 16 yards for Dartmouth, which also got a first-quarter safety when a bad snap sailed over the head of Columbia's punter.
The Lions got a break at the start of the game when they recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff at the Dartmouth 32. But they gained just two yards on four plays to lose the ball on downs.
Dartmouth outgained Columbia 426 yards to 148 and maintained possession for 37:51.
Saturday's game features some interesting matchups. Like Princeton a week before, Dartmouth enters play averaging nearly 170 rushing yards per game. Harvard was gashed last week for 267 yards but still ranks ninth nationally in rushing defense.
On the other side of the ball, Dartmouth will need to lean heavily on a pass defense that leads the Ivy League and ranks 18th nationally at 178 yards per game. Harvard meanwhile, has thrown for 400 yards in two of its last three games as well as 14 touchdowns passes in that span. The Crimson enters play ranked sixth nationally with 20 touchdowns (second nationally in TDs per game.)
Harvard leads the Ivy League in eight categories (total offense, scoring offense, rushing defense, kickoff returns, turnover margin, pass efficiency, sacks, tackles for a loss). Dartmouth meanwhile, leads in pass defense and sacks allowed but ranks last in pass offense, rush defense, punting, pass efficiency, sacks and tackles for a loss.
The Key Players
Dartmouth's Nick Schwieger leads the Ivy in rushing (708, 5.2 ypc, 7 TDs) and ranks fifth nationally. Unfortunately for Dartmouth, Schwieger has been knocked out of the game by big hits in each of the last two outings against Harvard.
Harvard's Matthew Hanson leads the Ivy in passes defended (7); Josue Ortiz leads the Ivy in sacks (6.0) and ranks third in tackles for a loss (8.0); Alex Gedeon is second in the league in total tackles (58).
Colton Chapple leads the Ivy and ranks third nationally in passing efficiency (169.2). Collier Winters does not have enough attempts to qualify but would rank second in the league and 11th nationally with his 159.3 mark.
Seitu Smith III leads the league and ranks fourth nationally in kickoff return average (31.1).
Better Than Average
In 2011, Harvard clinched its 112th season at .500 or better in the program's 138-year history. It marked the Crimson's 13th straight year at .500 or better.
Into The Night
Harvard is 5-0 all-time in night games at Harvard Stadium.
Harvard drew 18,898 fans to its first-ever night game in 2007 at The Stadium.
A year later, in its 2008 opener against Holy Cross, the Crimson drew 20,462 in the first Friday night game at The Stadium.
The Crimson drew 17,263 to its third night game - against Brown in 2009.
21,704 fans saw Harvard's 34-6 win over Holy Cross on Sept. 18, 2010.
In 2011, Harvard saw rain hit the Stadium for the first time in a night game but 18,565 still turned out for a 24-7 win over Brown.
Harvard Coach Tim Murphy
In his 18th season as Harvard's head coach, Tim Murphy enters Saturday's game with a 116-59 record with the Crimson and a 148-104-1 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 14-3 all-time against Dartmouth.
Dartmouth Coach Buddy Teevens
In his seventh year of his second tour of duty on the Dartmouth sideline, Buddy Teevens enters Saturday's game against Harvard with a 42-71-2 record. Teevens was head coach at Dartmouth from 1987-91 before returning to his alma mater two seasons ago. He is 2-8-1 overall against Harvard.
Three for Forty
Harvard has scored at least 40 points in three straight games, marking the first such occurrence since 1932.
Going To The Chapple
Colton Chapple recorded two historical notables during just 35 minutes of action in a 42-3 win against Bucknell.
Chapple became the first Harvard player to throw for at least four TDs in consecutive games (four at Cornell and five vs. Bucknell).
He also became just the second Harvard QB to throw five TDs in a single game, matching Carroll Lowenstein '52 ('54), who did so against Davidson in 1953. A total of 544 games had passed since that performance.
Flurry of Offense
Collier Winters threw five TDs passes against Princeton in his first game action since Week One. He also ran for a TD and threw for a career-high 403 yards (his first 300-yard game).
Harvard QBs have thrown 20 TD passes entering Saturday. The single-season record is 21, set in 2003. Harvard ranks second nationally in TDs per game (Lehigh).
Collier Winters' 403 passing yards against Princeton marked just the fourth 400-yard game at Harvard but second this season (Colton Chapple - 414 at Cornell).
Winters' 34 completions (42 att) ranks second on the single-game list (Neil Rose '03 - 36).
Colton Chapple has a league-high 12 touchdown passes and a league-low two interceptions.
Run or Pass?
Colton Chapple has five TD passes and was the game's leading rusher with 96 yards gained and 71 net against a Bucknell team that entered play allowing just 60 yards per game.
Seitu (pronounced sigh) Smith III became first Harvard freshman to return a kickoff for a touchdown when he returned a 91-yarder in the third quarter against Bucknell. He is the 10th Harvard player to return a kickoff 90-plus yards for a touchdown.
With 220 against Princeton, Seitu Smith III became the first Harvard freshman to surpass 200 all-purpose yards since Clifton Dawson '07 did so in 2003 with 257 against Dartmouth.
Jerry Rice Award Watch List
Freshman right tackle Will Whitman is the only linemean on either side of the ball to be named to the Jerry Rice Award watch list as the nation's most outstanding freshman.
Individual National Ranks
Colton Chapple ranks third nationally in passing efficiency (169.2).
Seitu Smith III ranks fourth nationally in kickoff return average (31.12).
Josue Ortiz ranks 13th nationally in sacks (6).
Team National Ranks
Harvard ranks ninth nationally in rushing defense (90.7 ypg), eighth in scoring offense (36.0), fourth in kickoff returns (26.5), 10th in sacks (3.2), 13th in scoring defense (18.8), 13th in turnover margin (1.2), and 14th in net punting (39.9).
Turning the Page
After failing to force a turnover in the opener at Holy Cross, Harvard has forced 17 turnovers in the last five games.
Harvard's 33 first downs against Princeton was one shy of the school's single-game record.
The 95 combined points in Harvard's 56-39 win over Princeton were the most combined points since 1891 when Harvard defeated Wesleyan 124-0. More recently, it was the most combined points since a 52-37 (89 points) win over Brown on Nov. 3, 1990.