Harvard at Yale
Harvard has won eight-straight against Yale in The Game (Gil Talbot).
The No. 19/21 Harvard football team will visit Yale in the 132nd Playing of The Game Saturday afternoon. The Game, which will be carried live on the NBC Sports Network, is slated for a 2:35 p.m. kickoff. The Game will also be available on-demand on the Ivy League Digital Network and will be aired live in Boston and New York on Bloomberg Radio and in Boston on WHRB radio.
Harvard enters the final weekend tied for first in the Ivy League at 8-1 overall and 5-1 in the Ancient Eight, while the Bulldogs are 6-3 and 3-3. The Crimson has won a program-record 14-straight road games, dating back to 2013.
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a third season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.
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Ivy League Title Race
On the final day of the season, Harvard sits in a three-way tie first place with a 5-1 Ivy League record. Dartmouth and Penn are also in first at 5-1 and are the only other schools within striking distance for the conference title. A Harvard win over Yale would clinch at least a share of the Crimson's third-straight Ancient Eight championship and would mark the first-time in program history that Harvard has won three-consecutive titles. A Crimson victory combined with a Princeton win over Dartmouth and a Cornell victory over Penn would give Harvard a full share of the crown.
Saturday's game will be the 132nd addition of The Game, with the first meeting having occurred in 1875 (4-0 Harvard win). The Crimson has topped Yale for a program-record eight-straight times, which is tied with the all-time series record for most-consecutive wins (Yale won eight-straight from 1880-89). All-time, Yale leads the series 65-58-6, but the Crimson has the advantage since Ivy League play began in 1956, 34-24-1.
Harvard quarterback Scott Hosch (2,507) is 149 yards shy of breaking the school record for passing yardage in a season (Neil Rose '03 - 2,655). Hosch is also tied for second in single-season touchdown passes (18). Running back Paul Stanton, Jr. ranks second in school history with 38 total career touchdowns and 36 rushing scores and is third with 228 career points. Stanton is 94 yards shy of 3,000 rushing yards for his career and is fourth on the all-time Harvard list (2,906).
Last Time Out
Ben Braunecker caught eight passes for 134 yards, and Anthony Firkser made two TD grabs, but the Crimson fell at home to Penn, 35-25, to snap an overall 22-game win streak, a 16-game Ivy win streak and 11-game home win streak. Justice Shelton-Mosley finished with 158 all-purpose yards for Harvard, while Penn's Justin Watson rushed for 100 yards and added 149 receiving yards.
Last Year's Meeting
With ESPN's College GameDay on hand, Conner Hempel '15 connected with Andrew Fischer for a 35-yard touchdown pass with 55 seconds remaining, as the Crimson knocked off Yale, 31-24, in the 131st version of The Game at Harvard Stadium on Nov. 22, 2014. Paul Stanton, Jr., added 109 yards and a TD on the ground, and Fischer finished with two receiving TDs, the other courtesy of a 40-yard toss from Seitu Smith II. Harvard finished 2014 with a 10-0 overall record and 7-0 Ivy mark with the victory.
Going For Three
Harvard has won at least a share of the last two Ivy League titles and is seeking to become the first team to capture three consecutive Ancient Eight titles since Dartmouth (1990-92). The Crimson has never won three-consecutive Ivy crowns on the gridiron.
Thank You, Seniors!
Harvard's class of 2016 owns a 35-4 record (.897) during their four years in Cambridge, giving the group the second-highest winning percentage for a Harvard class in the Ivy League era (since 1956). Last year's class finished 36-4 (.900).
This year's class can tie the class of 2015 with the most wins in the Ivy era with a win over Yale.
Winningest Classes in Ivy History
1. Harvard Class of 2015 - 36-4, 25-3 Ivy
2. Harvard Class of 2016 - 35-4, 23-4 Ivy
2. Penn Class of 2004 - 35-4, 26-2 Ivy
Dating back to the beginning of the 2013 season, Harvard has rattled off 14-consecutive wins on the road, setting a new program record (breaking record set from 1974-77). The streak is the longest in the FCS and second longest in all of Division I (Ohio State, 17).
The Crimson last lost on the road, 30-21, at Penn Nov. 10, 2012, and has gone more than two full seasons without dropping a game away from Cambridge.
Victories In The Game
Harvard head coach Tim Murphy stands at 16-5 (.762) in The Game. Murphy is tied with Yale's Carm Cozza (1965-96) with the most wins by a head coach in The Game. Cozza was 16-15-1 against Harvard.
Ivy Coaching Wins
Tim Murphy ranks third all-time in Ivy League wins.
Carm Cozza Yale 135
Al Bagnoli Penn/Columbia 113
Tim Murphy Harvard 109
Bob Blackman Dartmouth/Cornell 100
Joe Restic Harvard 92
Paul Stanton, Jr. (2,906) needs just 94 rushing yards to become the fourth Harvard player with 3,000 career yards on the ground (Clifton Dawson '07, 4,841; Chris Menick '00, 3,330; Eion Hu '97, 3,073).
Record-Breaking Passing Game
Scott Hosch (2,507) is 149 yards shy of breaking Harvard's single-season passing record, set by Neil Rose '03 with 2,655 in 2000. Hosch also stands eighth in school history with 3,935 career passing yards, is tied for second with 18 touchdown passes for a single-season (this fall) and is seventh with 26 career passing TDs.
Among The Nation's Best
Harvard is second in the country in blocked punts (five), third in blocked kicks (seven), third in scoring defense (12.3), (ourth in punt return defense (1.2), fifth in punt returns (18.73) and fifth in rushing defense (90.0),
Scott Hosch is seventh in passing yards per game (279.4), ninth in total offense (295.7), 10th in passing yards per completion (14.37) and 11th in passing yards per pass attempt (8.89).
The Crimson set a program record by topping 16-straight Ivy League opponents between Oct. 26, 2013 and Nov. 7, 2015.
Scott Hosch is the first quarterback in Harvard history to start his career 14-0. Hosch went 6-0 last year and started this season 8-0.
From Oct. 2 to Nov. 7 of this season, the Crimson held opponents to a total of 39 points. This marked the best defensive effort in six-straight games since the end of the 1931 and beginning of 1932 seasons (37 points in six games).
Between the final touchdown surrendered in the win over Brown Sept. 26 and Princeton's TD in the second quarter Oct. 24, the Crimson defense went 212:30 in-between allowing the opposition to get in the endzone.
Keep On Winning
Harvard saw its 22-game win streak snapped Nov. 14 vs. Penn. The streak began with a dramatic 24-21 win over Dartmouth at Harvard Stadium Nov. 2, 2013. The 22-game streak stands tied for the third-longest in team history.
Harvard's Longest Win Streaks
1. 24 games- 1890-91
2. 23 games- 1901-02
3. 22 games- 1912-14
3. 22 games – 2013-15
5. 21 games- 1898-99
Harvard's 22-game win streak tied for the 12th-longest ever for an Ivy League school.
Justice Shelton-Mosley is currently Harvard's single-season leader in punt return average, as he has returned 10 punts for 190 yards (19.0 avg.) this fall. In Harvard's 24-16 win at Columbia Nov. 7, Shelton-Mosley returned a punt for 86 yards in the fourth quarter, the third-longest punt return for a score in school history. Shelton-Mosley has earned three-straight Ivy Rookie of the Week honors (Nov. 2, Nov. 9, Nov. 16(.
In honor of D.J. Monroe '13, who passed away Oct. 13, all Harvard football players will a wear "DJM 36" decal on the back of their helmets for the remainder of the season.
Tanner Lee has changed his number to 34 for the remainder of the year, also in tribute to D.J.
Tight end Ben Braunecker has 42 receptions for 762 yards and six TDs this season. Braunecker, who paces the Crimson in receving touchdowns, ranks eighth in school history for single-season receptions yards with his 762.
Anthony Firkser, also a tight end, has 21 catches for 343 yards and three touchdowns, including two against Penn Nov. 14.
Brothers In The Endzone
Brothers Seitu and Semar Smith both scored touchdowns in Harvard's victory over Columbia Nov. 8. 2014. Seitu had a 22-yard TD grab late in the second quarter, and Semar rushed for a three-yard score early in the third stanza.
The brothers repeated the feat against Penn Nov. 14, 2015. Seitu scored on a 14-yard pass play in the second quarter at 12:14, and Semar found the endzone just 3:18 later at 8:56 on a 15-yard rushing TD.
Scott Hosch has moved into fourth place on Harvard's career completion percentage list. Hosch is 284-of-459 (.618). Conner Hempel '15 is the school's all-time leader (234-of-352, .665).