Pictured: Treavor Scales (24) towers above his teammates during Harvard's pregame warmup. Scales scored three rushing touchdowns last week at Dartmouth to move into a tie for third place on the school's all-time list (Gil Talbot)
With a renewed hold on first place in the Ivy League, nationally-ranked Harvard looks to maintain its home dominance of visiting Columbia in a 1 p.m. kickoff at Harvard Stadium.
Saturday's game will be the 71st meeting between Harvard and Columbia in a series that dates back to 1877.
Harvard holds a 55-14-1 series lead and has won the last eight meetings against the Lions by an average margin of 35-12. Harvard has won eight straight home games in the series and 15 of the last 16 games played at The Stadium.
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Harvard controls its destiny in the Ivy race as Harvard enters play at 3-1 in the league alongside Penn and Princeton, which square off in New Jersey. Dartmouth and Cornell, which defeated Princeton last week, remain in contention at 2-2 while Columbia, Brown and Yale all sit at 1-3.
Last Year's Meeting
Collier Winters threw for 323 yards and three touchdown passes and Harvard pulled away in the second half for a 35-21 win over Columbia to make Tim Murphy the winningest football coach at Harvard with 118 wins.
With the scored tied 14-14 at halftime, Winters scored on a one-yard run with 8:34 remaining in the third quarter to begin a string of 21 straight points. Winters then hit Chris Lorditch and Kyle Juszczyk on a pair of 41-yard touchdown passes for a 35-14 lead with 13:23 to play in the game.
Winters finished 20 of 30 through the air while Treavor Scales and Zach Boden combined for 136 yards and a touchdown on just 21 carries. Juszczyk had seven catches for 118 yards and two scores while Lorditch caught four passes for 123 yards.
Ross Morand returned an interception 87 yards for a touchdown for Columbia.
Harvard's Last Time Out
Colton Chapple posted 258 all-purpose yards and Treavor Scales ran for three touchdowns as Harvard defeated Dartmouth for the ninth straight time, beating the Big Green 31-14.
Chapple tallied 170 yards on 17 of 31 passes and added 88 rushing yards. His 16-yard touchdown run on Harvard's opening drive gave the Crimson a 7-0 lead.
Scales then scored twice in the second quarter, one from 3 yards and another from 2 yards, to help Harvard take a 21-0 advantage at halftime.
Dartmouth rallied back, cutting the deficit to 21-14 behind two touchdown passes from Alex Park, but Scales' third touchdown, another 2-yarder, sealed the win.
Scales finished with 89 yards on 21 carries. It was his third multi-touchdown rushing effort of the season.
Park threw for 304 yards and completed 23 of 38 passes but Dartmouth managed just 15 rushing yards.
Columbia's Last Time Out
Sean Brackett rushed for one touchdown and threw for two more, the second a 2-yard pass to Marcorus Garrett with 45 seconds left to give Columbia a 26-22 victory over Yale.
The Lions, who trailed 14-5 midway through the third quarter, got a third-quarter score from Jake Wanamaker, whose 4-yard touchdown catch was the first of his career.
Brackett, who was 33 of 47 passing for 328 yards and those two touchdowns, scored once himself on a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter. But Yale's Tyler Varga, who carried 25 times for 220 yards and three touchdowns of 28, 3 and 25 yards, scored to regain the lead for the Bulldogs. A two-point conversion run by Mordecai Cargill made it 22-19.
Brackett wasn't finished however. He passed Columbia down field, then hit Garrett for Columbia's first win over Yale since 2001.
Road Sweet Road
Harvard has won its last 10 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.
Since 2007, Harvard is 10-0 following a loss. The Crimson has not lost consecutive games since weeks nine and 10 of the 2006 season.
Harvard has reached the 30-point plateau in 10 of its last 12 road games and has scored at least 40 in three of its last six.
Harvard Coach Tim Murphy
In his 19th season as Harvard's all-time winningest head coach, Tim Murphy enters Saturday's game with a 126-60 record with the Crimson and a 158-105-1 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 Columbia.
Columbia Coach Pete Mangurian
In his first year at Columbia, Mangurian returns to the Ivy League after serving as the head football coach at Cornell University from 1998-2000 and compiling a 16-14 overall record. He is 2-1 all-time against Harvard.
Harvard In The National Statistics
Category Rank Number
Rushing Offense 24 197.9
Passing Offense 10 298.9
Passing Efficiency 3 162.1
Total Offense 4 496.7
Scoring Offense 8 38.6
Rushing Defense 1 52.3
Pass Efficiency Defense 50 124.6
Total Defense 33 337.4
Scoring Defense 10 17.1
Net Punting 52 35.0
Kickoff Returns 93 18.1
Punt Returns 59 7.7
Turnover Margin 51 .2
Sacks 1 4.7
Tackles for a Loss 7 8.0
Sacks Allowed 40 1.7
Individuals In The National Statistics
Category Rank Name (stat)
Rushing 1` Treavor Scales (101.3)
Pass Efficiency 2 Colton Chapple (166.12)
Total Offense 6 Colton Chapple (343.9)
Receptions/Game 38 Kyle Juszczyk (5.7)
All-Purpose Yards 55 Treavor Scales (113.3)
Sacks 3 Zach Hodges (1.14)
7 John Lyon (1.0)
Tackles for a Loss 2 Zach Hodges (1.91)
18 John Lyon (1.36)