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No. 20/22 Harvard Travels to Princeton on Saturday; Watch Live on ESPN3

The Particulars
After enjoying four of its first five games of the season at home, no. 21/22-ranked Harvard takes to the road Saturday for a pivotal Ivy League game against fellow league-unbeaten Princeton at 1 p.m. The game will be shown live on ESPN3.com.

Series History
Saturday's game will be the 105th meeting on the football field between these two schools. The Tigers hold a 52-45-7 edge but have seen the Crimson dominate play of late.

Harvard has won 14 of the last 16 meetings including a five-year win streak and a nine-year victory march enjoyed by Harvard from 1995-2004.

In its last 12 games, Harvard has averaged better than 34 points per game while never scoring fewer than 24 points. Harvard has averaged 46 points in its last three victories.

Last Year's Meeting
Making his first start since the opening week, Collier Winters '12 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 had two different quarterbacks throw for five touchdowns in consecutive games at that point in the season. 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 '12 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 '12 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.

Harvard's Last Time Out
Colton Chapple threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more as Harvard routed Bucknell 35-7 last Saturday.

Chapple, who finished with 189 passing yards on 11 of 18 attempts, threw first-half touchdowns of 14 yards to Cameron Brate and 59 yards to Kyle Juszczyk to help the Crimson take a 28-0 halftime lead.

Chapple's 59-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter extended Harvard's lead to 35-0. The quarterback, who also racked up 120 rushing yards while only playing two offensive series in the second half, is now 11-1 as Harvard's starter 

The Crimson outgained Bucknell 459 yards to 212 despite running 13 fewer plays (65-52) than the Bison.

Brandon Wesley led Bucknell with 189 yards on 20-of-28 passing but threw an interception and was sacked six times by the nation's top pass-sacking club.

Princeton's Last Time Out
Princeton limited Brown to 17 yards rushing and 242 in total offense en route to a 19-0 victory last Saturday.

The Tigers used a balanced offense -- gaining 194 yards rushing and 186 passing -- to keep the Bears at bay for its third consecutive victory.

Connor Michelson threw for 156 yards. Will Powers and Spenser Huston, on his only carry of the day, each ran for touchdowns. 

Princeton ended an Ivy League record 162-game scoring streak by Brown. It was Princeton's first shutout since the final game of the 2005 season.

Princeton's defense limited the Bears' Patrick Donnelly to 25-of-50 passing for 225 yards, intercepted him twice and sacked him six times. Donnelly was minus-41 yards rushing.

The Tigers' Caraun Reid had four tackles for loss, one of which resulted in a safety, and 2.5 sacks.

Thirty Road
Harvard has reached the 30-point plateau in eight of its last 10 road games and has scored at least 40 in three of its last four. 

The Matchup
With its 35-7 win over Bucknell, Harvard extended its Division I-best winning streak to 14 games with each victory coming by double figures. Harvard leads the nation in both rushing defense (43 yards per game allowed) and sacks (4.8) while its offense ranks third nationally at 41.0 points per game. Harvard has scored 205 points through the first five games – its highest total through five games since 1892, as in 120 years ago. Saturday's matchup pits two of the country's stingiest defenses against each other. Harvard allows just 13.4 points per game (5th nationally) while Princeton allows just 11.6, the second-best mark.

The Polls
Harvard is ranked 20th nationally in the FCS Coaches Poll and 22nd in The Sports Network Poll, where the Crimson received one first place vote this week. It marks the first time since 2004 that an Ivy League team has earned a first place vote (Harvard).  

Harvard checks in at 13th nationally in the Gridiron Power Index (GPI) from the College Sporting News, which is used by the NCAA in selecting the FCS tournament field.

Non-Conference Call
Harvard has won 23 of its last 30 non-league games dating back to 2003. The Crimson has gone undefeated four times in non-league games in that span including this season.

Winning
Harvard has won 14 straight games, all by double figures. The closest games in that stretch were a 41-31 win at Cornell in 2011 and a 28-13 win at home against San Diego this season.

Current winning streaks in Division I football:

1. Harvard - 14
2. Alabama - 10
3.  Oregon - 9
4. Ohio - 8
     Cincinnati - 8
     Mississippi St. - 8
7. 6 tied with 7 

Conference Call
Harvard's 10-game Ivy League winning streak is the second-longest such streak in the nation behind Lehigh's 16-game win streak in the Patriot League.

Harvard Coach Tim Murphy
In his 19th season as Harvard's all-time winningest head coach, Tim Murphy enters Saturday's game with a 125-59 record with the Crimson and a 157-104-1 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 six Ivy League championships (1997, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2011). Murphy serves as president for the American Football Coaches Association this season. He is 14-4 all-time against Princeton. 

Princeton Coach Bob Surace
Bob Surace '90, a key member of the 1989 Ivy League champion Princeton football team, was named the Charles W. Caldwell Jr. '25 Head Coach of Football at Princeton University, on Dec. 23, 2010.

The 22nd head coach at Princeton, Surace was a first-team All-Ivy center in 1989. He had prior head coach experience at Division III Western Connecticut State University, where he put together an 18-3 record in 2000 and 2001. He is 0-2 against Harvard.

Harvard In The National Statistics
Category                   Rank  Number
Rushing Offense      23           197.4
Passing Offense       7             294.8
Passing Efficiency    2             168.9
Total Offense           6             492.2
Scoring Offense       3               41.0
Rushing Defense      1               43.0
Pass Efficiency Defense              36   117.5
Total Defense           14           308.8
Scoring Defense       5               13.4
Net Punting              55             34.8
Kickoff Returns       81             19.0
Punt Returns            66               7.5
Turnover Margin      31                 .6
Sacks                        1                 4.8
Tackles for a Loss    10               7.8
Sacks Allowed         48               1.8

Individuals In The National Statistics|
Category         Rank      Name (stat)
Passes Defended                          18   D.J. Monroe (6)
                              Chris Splinter (6)
                            Norman Hayes (6)
Rushing           22 Treavor Scales (103.2)
Pass Efficiency                              2   Colton Chapple (174.51
Total Offense  7 Colton Chapple (323.8)
Punting            24 Jacob Dombrowski (41.8)
Scoring               24      Treavor Scales (8.4)
All-Purpose Yards  46   Treavor Scales (119.6)
Sacks                 6         Zach Hodges (1.1)
                        22           John Lyon (0.8)
Tackles for a Loss.................. 1      Zach Hodges (2.0)