Harvard Football Closes Three-Game Homestand Against Dartmouth Saturday
Tyler Ott had three touchdown catches last week, tying the program record (Gil Talbot).
After splitting its last two games at Harvard Stadium, the Crimson will close out a three-game homestand by hosting Dartmouth in an Ivy League contest Saturday at 5 p.m. The game will be shown exclusively on the Ivy League Digital Network with Scott Sudikoff and Eric Steckling having the call.
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Saturday's game will be the 117th meeting between Harvard and Dartmouth in a rivalry that dates back to 1882. Harvard has only faced Yale (129 times) in its history than the Big Green.
In Harvard's 51-48 triple-overtime loss to Princeton last week, wide receiver Ricky Zorn (Dallas, Texas) made eight grabs for 168 yards and one touchdown, while tight end Tyler Ott (Tulsa, Okla.) caught three passes for touchdowns (23, 10, 5 yds). Quarterback Conner Hempel (Union, Ky.) completed 25 passes for 307 yards and four scores through the air, and Paul Stanton, Jr., (Kenner, La.) notched two more scores on the ground (60, 2 yds).
With the Crimson trailing, 35-28, with 2:57 to play, Hempel found Ott for a 10-yard TD strike to force overtime. In the extra session, Harvard and Princeton matched each other for the first two frames, but after the Crimson had to settle for a 23-yard field goal by Andrew Flesher (Little Rock, Ark.) in the third OT, the Tigers scored on a 6-yard pass from Quinn Epperly to Roman Wilson for the win.
Dartmouth is coming off a 56-0 win at home over Columbia, in which the Big Green allowed only five first downs and 95 total yards. The Big Green amassed 341 yards on the ground, led by Dominick Pierre who dashed 26 times for 160 yards and a score.
Crimson NCAA leaders
Through six games, placekicker David Mothander (San Luis Capistrano, Calif.) is tied for first in the nation in field-goal percentage (1.000). Defensively, Zach Hodges (Atlanta, Ga.) is first in forced fumbles (0.50 per game), second in tackles for a loss (1.8 per game), fifth in fumbles recovered (0.50 per game) and sixth in sacks (0.9 per game). D.J. Monroe (Columbia, S.C.) stands fourth in passes defended per game (1.5).
Hodges Up for Buck Buchanan
Defensive end Zach Hodges was recently added to the Buck Buchanan Award Watch list, given to the nation's premiere defensive standout.
Hodges leads Harvard with 10.5 tackles for a loss and 5.5 sacks this season. He has also forced three fumbles, recovered three fumbles and made an interception.
Give 29 the Ball
Running back Paul Stanton, Jr., has rushed for 10 touchdowns, including two each in the wins over Brown Sept. 28, Holy Cross Oct. 5 and Lafayette Oct. 19. Stanton also had two scores in the triple overtime loss to Princeton Oct. 26. Stanton's 10 touchdowns are second in the Ivy League. He is tied with Gino Gordon '11 (2010) eighth most rushing TDS in a single season in school history and is one shy of tying Eion Hu '97 (1994) and Clifton Dawson '07 (2005) for sixth.
Sturdy Hands at TE
Tight end Tyler Ott made three touchdown catches against Princeton Oct. 26. Ott caught 23, 10 and five-yard passes from Conner Hempel in the game, becoming the first Crimson tight end to have three TDS in a game since Kyle Juszczyk '12 made three TD grabs against Princeton on Oct. 20, 2012. Ott's three TDs also ties a program record for a single game.
Four Scores Through The Air
For the second time this season, Conner Hempel threw for four touchdowns, as he had four scores through the air against Princeton Oct. 27. Hempel also tossed for four TDs in the season opener at San Diego Sept. 21.
Harvard jumped out to a 21-0 lead at the half at Dartmouth last season on Oct. 27, 2012 and never looked back, defeating the Big Green, 31-14. Colton Chapple '13 ran for 88 yards and threw for 170 yards on 17-of-31 passing. Treavor Scales '13 took 21 hand offs and finished with 89 yards and three scores on the ground, while John Lyon '13 and Zach Hodges finished with two sacks apiece.
We're Headed to (Triple) OT
For the second time this season, the Crimson went to triple overtime in a contest, falling to Princeton, 51-48, Oct. 26. Earlier this season, Harvard went on the road and topped Holy Cross, 41-35 in three extra frames.
This marks the first time in team history Harvard has gone to two 3OT games in a single season. In 2005, Harvard defeated Yale, 30-24, in three overtimes and topped Brown, 38-35, in double OT, the only other year Harvard has had two games decided in extra time.
Crimson Overtime History
Harvard boasts the best overtime record among Ivy League schools at 5-2. Here is a look at each team's record in overtime:
Brown................................................. 2-7 (.222)
Columbia.......................................... 3-3 (.500)
Cornell............................................... 5-5 (.500)
Dartmouth...................................... 4-6 (.400)
Harvard............................................. 5-2 (.714)
Penn................................................... 6-6 (.500)
Princeton......................................... 8-7 (.533)
Yale...................................................... 5-3 (.625)
TOTAL......................................... 35-36 (.489)
Harvard's All-Time Overtime Games
S21, 1996 at Columbia............. L, 13-20
O17, 1998 vs. Holy Cross....... W, 20-14
O25, 2003 vs. Princeton......... W, 43-40
S24, 2005 vs. Brown.... W, 38-35 (2ot)
N19, 2005 at Yale......... W, 30-24 (3ot)
O5, 2013 at Holy Cross W, 41-35 (3ot)
O26, 2013 vs. Princeton L, 48-51 (3ot)
Wide receiver Ricky Zorn had 168 receiving yards on eight catches, including an acrobatic 33-yard TD, against Princeton Oct. 26. Zorn now paces the Crimson with 32 receptions and 528 receiving yards on the season. He is averaging 88.0 yards per game overall and 127.7 in games played at Harvard Stadium.
Harvard on National TV
The Crimson will have five 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., Lafayette, Oct. 19 at 1 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.
Harvard Coach Tim Murphy
In his 20th season as Harvard's all-time winningest head coach, Tim Murphy enters Saturday's game with a 133-62 record with the Crimson and a 165-107-1 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 133 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 and 2011). Murphy serves as president for the American Football Coaches Association this season. He is 16-3 all-time against Dartmouth.
In the triple-overtime contest against Princeton Oct. 26, defensive back Norman Hayes (Tucker, Ga.) and Eric Medes (Mt. Laurel, N.J.) both recorded 16 tackles, a season-high for the Crimson. Medes paces the Crimson with 50 tackles overall and with 29 tackles in three conference contests.
Since 2007, Harvard is 11-0 following a loss. The Crimson has not lost consecutive games since weeks nine and 10 of the 2006 season.
Ivy Title Hunt
With four conference games remaining, Harvard sits tied with Dartmouth for third place in the Ancient Eight with 2-1 conference marks. Penn (3-0) and Princeton (3-0) are tied for first. Brown (1-2) and Yale (1-2) are in fifth, followed by Cornell (0-3) and Columbia (0-3).
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 146
Edward Robinson Brown 140*
Tim Murphy Harvard 133
Bob Blackman, Dartmouth & Cornell 127
George Woodruff Penn 124*
Tuss McLaughry Brown & Dartmouth 120
Joe Restic Harvard 117
Lou Little Columbia 110
*-pre Ivy League formation
Dartmouth Head Coach Buddy Teevens
Buddy Teevens midway through his 14th season as Dartmouth's head coach, and he brings an 54-80-2 record with the Big Green into this game. Teevens served as head coach of the Big Green from 1987-1991, going 26-22-2, and again since 2005, posting a 28-58 record. Teevens is 2-10-1 against Harvard, with the victories coming in 1988 and 1990.
Harvard is 23-9 in its last 32 road games (.719). The Crimson is 16-5 in its last 21 Ivy League road games (.762). In 2012, Harvard posted a 2-2 mark away from Cambridge. This season, Harvard stands 3-0 away from home and has two road contests remaining: at Columbia Nov. 9 and at Yale Nov. 23.
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 100 25 .800
2. Montana 135 36 .789
3. North Dakota State 90 29 .756
4. Dayton 92 33 .736
5. Appalachian State 119 46 .721
6. San Diego 97 41 .708
7. Penn 87 38 .696
8. Northern Iowa 107 50 .682
9. Georgia Southern 103 55 .652
10. Grambling 94 55 .631
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.
Hodges added another fumble recovery at Holy Cross Oct. 5 and now has four takeaways on the season. Hodges ranks first in the nation with 0.50 fumble recoveries per contest.
Down The Stretch Into November
Since 2007, the Crimson owns a 16-3 mark in contests played during the month of November.