Harvard Hosts Penn Saturday In Battle Of Ivy Unbeatens at Harvard Stadium

Harvard Hosts Penn Saturday In Battle Of Ivy Unbeatens at Harvard Stadium

Pictured: Nick Hasselberg (center) and the Crimson battles Penn Saturday in a showdown of the Ivy League's top two defenses. (Photo: Dave Silverman)

The Particulars
The Ivy League features just two unbeatens and they will meet at Harvard Stadium as the Crimson plays host to the Penn Quakers in a game with major championship implications.

Each team controls its own destiny and can clinch at least a tie for the title with a win on Saturday. The loser of this game will need to win and hope the other falters in the season finales Nov. 21.

Follow At Home
All Harvard home football games will feature live streaming audio and video. Fans can visit the Multimedia page to purchase a single game event or a season pass. The real-time broadcast includes a television-quality, four-camera production with play-by-play commentary from longtime radio voice Bernie Corbett and color commentary from analyst and former QB great Mike Giardi '94.

The Official Weather Forecast:
Today: Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. Areas of fog after noon. High near 56. Breezy, with a east wind between 11 and 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

On Radio
 All Harvard games can also be heard on a variety of radio stations including AM 1120 (Boston), 1390 (Plymouth), 970 (Sturbridge) as well as Harvard's student station, WHRB-FM 95.3. Additionally, Saturday's game is the Ivy League Game of the Week and will be heard nationally on Sirius Satellite Radio.  

Live Statistics
All Harvard home football games will feature live game statistics. Fans can visit the Live Stats page to follow along on their computer.

Series History
Saturday's game will be the 80th meeting between Harvard and Penn in a series that dates to 1881.

Harvard holds a 45-32-2 series lead and has won four of the last five meetings against the Quakers.

Last Year's Meeting
Ryan Barnes picked off three passes - including one in the end zone with 10 seconds to play - to seal a 24-21 victory and added three breakups to his picks. Chris Pizzotti threw two TD passes for Harvard, which led 17-0 and took a 24-14 lead with 11:43 to go on Pizzotti's 2-yard touchdown pass to Nicolai Schwarzkopf.

Penn responded with a 13-yard touchdown run by Keiffer Garton that cut the lead to 24-21 with 4:36 left. Penn forced the Crimson to punt and the Quakers took over at their own 25-yard line and drove deep into Harvard territory over the next 13 plays. But Barnes picked off a pass from Garton for the third time, allowing Harvard to run out the clock.

Collin Zych had 15 tackles including 10 solo efforts and three for a loss. Kicker Patrick Long boomed kickoffs all afternoon, averaging 66.0 yards per kick while Thomas Hull averaged nearly 42 yards per punt.

Harvard's Last Time Out
Gino Gordon ran for two touchdowns and Collier Winters passed for another as Harvard remained unbeaten in the Ivy League with a 34-14 over Columbia Saturday.

Gordon ran six yards for his first touchdown as the Crimson scored 21 points in the first quarter. He added his second on a 3-yard run midway through the third.

Gordon finished with 63 yards rushing in 12 carries while Winters was 19 for 30 for 214 yards.

Treavor Scales had a 1-yard TD run and Winters found Kyle Juszczyk for a 12-yard scoring pass after a fumble recovery by Nick Hasselberg.

Patrick Long added field goals of 38 and 29 yards to make it 34-0 before Columbia scored twice in the final 6:49 on a 1-yard run by Zack Kourouma and a 10-yard pass from Bell to Andrew Kennedy.

Penn's Last Time Out
Kyle Olson threw three touchdown passes to lead Pennsylvania to a 42-7 win over Princeton.

Olson was 20-for-32 for 238 yards. Matt Tuten added 92 receiving yards and a touchdown for the Quakers, and Kyle Derham chipped in with 75 receiving yards and a touchdown. Lyle Marsh had 99 rushing yards on 12 carries.

Princeton was outscored 21-0 in the second half. Penn had 215 rushing yards, which equaled Princeton's total yards in the game. The Tigers rushed for only 25 yards.

Harvard Coach Tim Murphy
In his 16th season as Harvard's head coach, Tim Murphy enters Saturday's game with a 103-54 record with the Crimson and a 135-99-1 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 five Ivy League championships (1997, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008). He is 6-9 all-time against Penn. 

Penn Coach Al Bagnoli
Al Bagnoli is in his 18th year on the Penn sideline and brings a 120-56 record with the Quakers into Saturday's game. Bagnoli has led Penn to six Ivy League titles and is 11-6 against Harvard.

Complete Game Notes
For complete games notes in PDF format, click on the link at the beginning of this page.