Harvard Football Travels To Lafayette on Saturday

Harvard Football Travels To Lafayette on Saturday

The Particulars
Harvard takes to the road for a second straight week when the Crimson travels to Lafayette for a noon kickoff at Lafayette.

Both teams are coming off losses in surprising, albeit different, fashions last week. Harvard never got on track in a 29-14 loss at Brown while Lafayette fell in double overtime at Princeton, 36-33, in losing its third game of the season by less than five points.

The game will be shown live on the Lafayette Sports Network which is carried by RCN cable. The game can be heard live on the radio and over the internet on AM 1120 (Boston), 1390 (Plymouth), 970 (Sturbridge) with Bernie Corbett and Mike Giardi '94 on the call, as well as WHRB-FM 95.3 (Cambridge) with students Scott Reed and Charlie Hobbs.

Series History
Saturday's game will be the 15th meeting between Harvard and Lafayette in a series that dates to 1966. The Crimson holds an 11-3 lead in the rivalry but saw an eight-game win streak end last season in Cambridge, Mass. 

Last Year's Meeting
Two first half turnovers in its own territory and three critical defensive penalties paved the way for Lafayette to score 28 first half points en route to a 35-18 win over Harvard at The Stadium.

Harvard trailed 14-0 after one quarter and 28-3 at halftime in losing to Lafayette for the first time in nine chances and losing at home for the first time in over two years after winning 11 straight since the beginning of the 2007 season.

Harvard's Last Time Out
Brown's Alex Norocea kicked five field goals and the Bears held a sputtering Harvard offense in check for a 29-14 Ivy League victory on Saturday night. It was the first night game at Brown Stadium, which opened in 1925.

The Bruins (2-0, 1-0) held possession for 39:05 and led 23-0 before the Crimson (1-1, 0-1) scored seven seconds before halftime on Andrew Hatch's 21-yard pass to Marco Iannuzzi.

Iannuzzi returned the opening second-half kickoff 95 yards to make it 23-14, but Harvard got no closer. Hatch threw his second interception, leading to a 44-yard Norocea field goal with 9:28 left in the third quarter.

Harvard also fumbled four times, losing one with 2:44 left in the quarter when Brown recovered a snap over the head of Harvard punter Jacob Dombrowski. Norocea's fifth field goal made it 29-14.

Lafayette's Last Time Out
Princeton's Jordan Culbreath scored on a 2-yard run in double overtime to lift Princeton to a 36-33 win over Lafayette on Saturday night.

Princeton (1-1) trailed 21-10 with 8:25 left in the third quarter after Lafayette's Vaughn Hebron scored on a 1-yard run. But the Tigers tied the scored at 27 with 45 seconds left in the fourth on Patrick Jacob's 24-yard field goal to send the game into overtime.

In the second overtime, Davis Rodriguez made a 26-yard field to give the Leopards (0-3) a 33-30 advantage. But Culbreath, who finished with 61 yards rushing on 11 carries, followed with the game-winning score.

Tommy Wornham completed 23 of 43 passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns for Princeton. Trey Peacock caught seven passes for 98 yards.

Ryan O'Neil threw for 283 yards, two touchdowns and one interception for Lafayette. Alan Elder had 103 yards rushing.

Harvard Coach Tim Murphy
In his 17th season as Harvard's head coach, Tim Murphy enters Saturday's game with a 105-56 record with the Crimson and a 137-101-1 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 8-2 all-time against Lafayette. 

Lafayette Coach Frank Tavani
Frank Tavani is in his 11th year on the Lafayette sideline, and he takes a 60-56 record into Saturday's game. Tavani led has the Leopards to Patriot League titles and NCAA tournament appearances in three of the last five years. He is 1-8 against Harvard.

Elite Company
With 105 career victories on the Harvard sideline, head coach Tim Murphy ranks second on the Crimson's all-time wins chart. Murphy is 12 wins away from Joe Restic's school record 117 wins (from 1971-93).

Ivy Era Coaches

Since the formal naming of the Ivy League in 1956, just five coaches have reached the 100-win plateau with two of them being Harvard men.

 Carm Cozza, Yale: 179
Bob Blackman, Dartmouth 127
Al Bangnoli, Penn: 123
Joe Restic, Harvard: 117
Tim Murphy, Harvard: 105

Out of The Gates

Prior to its loss against Brown, Harvard had won its Ivy League opener in 10 of 11 seasons with nine of the wins coming against Brown and the other coming against Columbia. The team is now 10-2 in its last 12 Ivy openers.

No Need To Panic
The last time that Harvard lost its Ivy League opener was in 2008 at Brown and the Crimson came back to win the league championship that season.

The Story Behind The Camo
Over the past two seasons, members of the Harvard coaching staff have donned camouflage hats in honor of the Crimson football players who are serving in the armed forces. Corey Mazza and Matt Drazba are currently members of the Marines.

Harvard In The NFL Front Office

In late September, Harvard graduate Peter McLoughlin was hired as the CEO of the Seattle Seahawks after serving in the same position for the St. Louis Blues of the NHL since July 2006.

Kickoff Returns
Marco Iannuzzi returned a kickoff 95 yards for a score against Brown, becoming Harvard's first kickoff man to return one for a score since 2006 when Clifton Dawson did it in a win against Cornell.

Rare Penalties
Harvard committed 10 penalties for 74 yards against Brown and has committed 10 penalties in consecutive games for the first time since weeks eight and nine of the 2007 season.

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