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Harvard Football Travels to Princeton on Saturday

 

The Particulars
Harvard takes to the road on Saturday for an important Ivy League matchup at Princeton. With injuries at key positions plaguing virtually every Ivy League team, the championship race is wide open heading into league-only play starting this weekend. 

Series History
Saturday's game will be the 103rd meeting on the football field between these two schools. The Tigers hold a 52-43-7 edge.

Princeton won close games in 2005 and 2006 but Harvard has won every other game played since 1995 - winning 12 of those 14 games including a nine-year victory march enjoyed by Harvard from 1995-2004.

The Coverage
Live stats are available at GoPrincetonTigers.com as well as live audio and video. Harvard fans can listen to the audio broadcast on GoCrimson.com through links on the schedule page to either the main broadcast or the WHRB student broadcast.

Last Year's Meeting
Harvard's offensive and defensive dominance were on display last season in a 37-3 Crimson victory as the defense limited Princeton to 157 yards of offense and its own quick-strike attack enabled the Crimson to end the game with 20 straight rushing plays including on all 18 fourth quarter snaps.

Collier Winters threw a 77-yard touchdown pass on the third play from scrimmage and added a three-yard TD pass and three-yard TD run in the first half. Harvard outgained Princeton 121-1 on the round in the first half and held Princeton without a first down in the second quarter. In the fourth quarter Harvard limited Princeton to 1-of-8 throwing for nine yards. All told, Harvard outgained Princeton 457-157.

Harvard's Last Time Out
Despite a ravaging run defense that limited Lehigh to 25 rushing yards on 34 carries, Harvard saw a 17-0 halftime lead go by the board as the Crimson was upset by Lehigh, 21-19, last weekend.

Harvard's injury-riddled secondary surrendered nearly 200 passing yards in the third quarter alone as the Mountain Hawks scored all 21 points with a 45-mile per hour wind at its back. Still, two highly controversial calls kept the Crimson from victory; First, a pass interference call in the end zone negated a Harvard interception and was followed by a Lehigh score; Last, a Crimson touchdown with 1:14 left in the game was ruled incomplete allowing Lehigh to escape with the win.

Princeton's Last Time Out
Princeton lost a 13-point halftime lead to Brown in a 17-13 loss last weekend. Brown's Joe Springer threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Jonah Fay for the go-ahead score with 7:39 left.

The Tigers lost quarterback Tommy Wornham with an upper-body injury. Wornham, whose 1-yard run put the Tigers up 7-0, was hit hard later in the first quarter and left the game for good after Princeton's next possession.

Patrick Jacob kicked field goals of 37 and 42 yards for Princeton. Andrew Dixon got most of the work at quarterback for the Tigers, finishing 7-for-18 for 83 yards.

Harvard Coach Tim Murphy
In his 17th season as Harvard's head coach, Tim Murphy enters Saturday's game with a 106-57 record with the Crimson and a 139-102-1 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 12-4 all-time against Princeton. 

Princeton Coach Bob Surace

Bob Surace '90, a key member of the 1989 Ivy League champion Princeton football team, was named the Charles W. Caldwell Jr. '25 Head Coach of Football at Princeton University, on Dec. 23. Surace had been an assistant coach for the Cincinnati Bengals for the previous nine seasons and helped the team to an AFC North title in 2009.

The 22nd head coach at Princeton, Surace was a first-team All-Ivy center in 1989. In addition to his tenure with the Bengals, Surace was also the head coach at Division III Western Connecticut State University, where he put together an 18-3 record in 2000 and 2001. He is 0-0 against Harvard.

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