Norman Hayes has made an interception in each of Harvard's first two games (Gil Talbot).
The Crimson, which stands at 2-0 on the season, will visit Holy Cross for a non-conference matchup Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. Harvard is 1-0 on the road, having defeated San Diego, 42-20, while the Crusaders enter the weekend at 2-3 overall. Holy Cross is coming off a 31-28 win at Dartmouth, and Harvard topped Brown, 41-23, last weekend.
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Saturday's game will be the 67th meeting between Harvard and Holy Cross in a rivalry that dates back to 1904. Harvard holds an 40-24-2 edge in the all-time series and is 17-14-1 against the Crusaders since 1980 when the two schools began playing annually.
For the second straight season, Harvard is off to a 2-0 start. The Crimson began 2012 with a 5-0 mark.
In Harvard's Ivy opening win over Brown last weekend, the Crimson came back from a 13-0 deficit in the second quarter to win, 41-23. Harvard scored four touchdowns in the second quarter, including three times on the ground. Paul Stanton, Jr., finished the game with 16 carries, 91 yards and two touchdowns, while Conner Hempel threw for 296 yards and one score on 16-22 passing. Hempel's main targets were Cameron Brate (5 rec., 98 yds.) and Ricky Zorn (4 rec., 112 yds). On the defensive side of the ball, Jaron Wilson returned an interception 51 yards for a touchdown, and Zach Hodges made three tackles for a loss and also intercepted a pass.
The Crusaders are 2-3 on the year and 0-2 at home with losses to Towson, 59-7, and Monmouth, 21-14. In the 31-28 win at Dartmouth Sept. 28, Holy Cross scored 10 points in the fourth quarter against the Big Green and took the lead with a 23-yard field goal by John Macomber with only 51 seconds left to pull out the victory. Quarterback Peter Pujals was 25-of-37 for 290 yards and two touchdowns in the air, while also running for 125 yards and two scores on 17 carries. Mike Fess grabbed seven passes for 138 yards, and Roman SanDoval finished with a team-high 12 tackles against the Big Green.
Out Of The Gates
Harvard has won its Ivy League opener in 13 of the last 15 seasons with 12 of the wins coming against Brown and the other coming against Columbia.
Last season, quarterback Colton Chapple threw for 260 yards and four touchdowns, as Harvard dismantled Holy Cross, 52-3, before 10,215 fans at Harvard Stadium on Sept. 28, 2012. The Crimson finished the game with a 45-0 run and held the Crusaders to only 10 first downs in the game.
Harvard has scored a defensive touchdown in each of the first two games. Zach Hodges (Atlanta, Ga.) had a 53-yard fumble return for a score at San Diego Sept. 21, and Jaron Wilson (Carmichael, Calif.) ran 51 yards for a TD after intercepting a pass against Brown Sept. 28.
Into The Night
After 1,204 games, Harvard played its first night game Sept. 22, 2007. The Crimson is 8-0 all-time in night games at Harvard Stadium following its 41-23 win over Brown Sept. 28. Harvard is 40 at home at night against Brown.
Harvard will play one more night at home this season: Nov. 2 vs. Dartmouth.
The Crimson drew 18,898 fans to its first-ever night game in 2007 against Brown 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. 17,256 fans attended Harvard's night game against Brown this year.
Harvard on National TV
The Crimson will have four of its contests broadcast live on national television this season, three on the NBC Sports Network and one on Fox College Sports. Harvard's TV games include: Brown Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m., Princeton Oct. 26 at 1 p.m., Penn Nov. 16 at noon and at Yale for the 130th Playing of The Game Nov. 23 at noon.
Sat., Sept. 21 Lehigh at Princeton
Sat., Sept. 28 Brown at Harvard
Sat., Oct. 12 Lehigh at Columbia
Sat., Nov. 9 Cornell at Dartmouth
Sat., Nov. 16 Penn at Harvard
Sat., Nov. 23 Harvard at Yale
2013 Ivy League Football Fox College Sports Schedule:
Sat., Sept. 28 Holy Cross at Dartmouth
Sat., Oct. 12 Yale at Dartmouth
Sat., Oct. 19 Princeton at Brown
Sat., Oct. 26 Princeton at Harvard
Sat., Nov. 2 Penn at Brown
Sat., Nov. 16 Columbia at Cornell
Sat., Nov. 23 Brown at Columbia
Harvard has won 24 of its last 31 non-league games dating back to 2003 (.774). The Crimson was 3-0 against non-Ivy foes last year, defeating San Diego, 28-13, Holy Cross, 52-3, and Bucknell, 35-7. Harvard stands 1-0 against non-conference teams this year, having downed San Diego, 42-20.
Harvard is 21-9 in its last 30 road games (.700). The Crimson is 15-5 in its last 20 Ivy League road games (.750). In 2012, Harvard posted a 2-2 mark away from Cambridge. This season, Harvard stands 1-0 away from home.
Harvard Coach Tim Murphy
In his 20th season as Harvard's all-time winningest head coach, Tim Murphy enters Saturday's game with a 130-61 record with the Crimson and a 162-106-1 overall head coaching record, which includes five years at Cincinnati and two years at Maine. Since the formation of the Ivy League in 1956, only two Ivy coaches have compiled more wins than Murphy's 129 and he is just one of five coaches to win 100-plus games. 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 13-5 all-time against Holy Cross.
Ivy Era Coaches
Since the formation of the Ivy League in 1956, just seven coaches have reached the 100-win plateau, with two of them being Harvard men.
Carm Cozza Yale 179
Al Bagnoli Penn 143
Edward Robinson Brown 140*
Tim Murphy Harvard 130
Bob Blackman, Darmtouth & Cornell 127
George Woodruff Penn 124*
Tuss McLaughry Brown & Dartmouth 120
Joe Restic Harvard 117
Lou Little Columbia 110
*-pre Ivy League formation
Holy Cross Head Coach Tom Gilmore
Tom Gilmore is in his 10th season as Brown's head coach, and he brings a 55-50 record with the Crusaders into the game. Gilmore has had the Crusaders at .500 or better in seven of his first nine years in Worcester. He is 3-6 against Harvard.
Best In The FCS
Harvard has had considerable success over the past 12 seasons, ranking No. 1 among the Football Championships Subdivision's top 10 in winning percentage.
1. Harvard 97 24 .802
2. Montana 132 35 .790
3. North Dakota State 86 29 .748
4. Appalachian State 118 43 .733
5. Dayton 88 33 .727
6. San Diego 94 40 .701
7. Penn 84 37 .700
8. Northern Iowa 107 46 .694
9. Georgia Southern 102 53 .658
10. Grambling 94 51 .648
Pick It Up
In Harvard's opener at San Diego, defensive end Zach Hodges (Atlanta, Ga.) had two fumble returns, including one for a 53-yard touchdown. Hodges became the first Harvard to return a fumble for a touchdown since Peter Ajayi did it against Columbia in 2008.
Better Than Average
In 2012, Harvard clinched its 113th season at .500 or better in the program's 139th-year history. It marked the Crimon's 14th-straight year at .500 or better.
The Crimson has won 14 straight home games. Harvard's last loss at home came against Lehigh, 21-19, on Oct. 16, 2010. Harvard has also claimed 10 consecutive wins against Ivy opponents at home since falling to Penn, 17-7, on Nov. 14, 2009.
Red Zone? No Problem
Harvard was 4-for-4 in the red zone against San Diego in the opener Sept. 21. The Crimson scored a touchdown on all four of those drives, three by passes from Conner Hempel and one on a run by Paul Stanton, Jr (Kenner, La.).
The Crimson went 5-of-7 in the red zone against Brown Sept. 28 and is now 9-of-12 on the season.
Harvard Among Ivy Leaders
Conner Hempel (Union, Ky.) paces the Ancient Eight with 320.5 yards passing per game, and placekicker David Mothander (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)is tied for the league lead in scoring (8.5 points per game).
Punter David Bicknell (Boca Raton, Fla.) is averaging a league-best 45.0 yards per punt, and Norman Hayes (Tucker, Ga.) has two interceptions to rank first in the conference.
Where We Are Now
Saturday's game will be Harvard's 1,264th varsity football game. The Crimson has an all-time record of 831-383-50 (.677).
Harvard has reached the 30-point plateau in 12 of its last 15 road games and has scored at least 40 in four of its last nine.