Harvard Football Hosts Brown Friday Night at the Stadium

Harvard defeated Brown, 24-17, in the first night football game at Harvard Stadium in 2007 (Sept. 15) in front of 18,898 fans
Harvard defeated Brown, 24-17, in the first night football game at Harvard Stadium in 2007 (Sept. 15) in front of 18,898 fans

The Particulars
Harvard and Brown kick off the Ivy League season Friday evening at Harvard Stadium in a 7 p.m. start.

The game will be shown live on GoCrimson.com with Bernie Corbett and Mike Giardi '94 on the call. The game is part of the football season pass and can also be purchased as a one-time event. Streaming is offered on computers, iPads and iPhones. For those unable to watch the game live, it will also be available as an archived event immediately following the completion.

The game can be heard on the radio (WBNW 1120 AM, WPLM 1390 and WESO 790) with Corbett and Giardi '94 on the call as well as WHRB-FM 95.3 with students Scott Reed and Charlie Hobbs.

Opening Day
Harvard is an impressive 112-23-2 in season-openers (.827). The Crimson has won its opening game in eight of the last 10 years and is 11-6 on Opening Day under current head coach Tim Murphy.

Into The Night
Harvard is 4-0 all-time in night games at Harvard Stadium.

Harvard drew 18,898 fans to its first-ever night game in 2007 at The Stadium.

A year later, in its 2008 opener against Holy Cross, the Crimson drew 20,462 in the first Friday night game at The Stadium.

The Crimson drew 17,263 to its third night game - against Brown in 2009.

21,704 fans saw Harvard's 34-6 win over Holy Cross on Sept. 18, 2010.

Out of the Gates
Harvard has won its Ivy League opener in 10 of the last 12 seasons with nine of the wins coming against Brown and the other coming against Columbia.

Series History
Saturday's game will be the 111th meeting between Harvard and Brown in a rivalry that dates back to 1893. Harvard holds a 78-30-2 series lead and has won nine of its last 11 against the Bears.

Last Year's Meeting
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 in the first-ever night game at Brown Stadium, which opened in 1925.

The Bears held possession for 39:05 and led 23-0 before the Crimson scored seven seconds before halftime on Andrew Hatch's '10-11 21-yard pass to Marco Iannuzzi '10.

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.

Don't Go Anywhere
Harvard-Brown games in recent years have been memorable.

Two years ago at The Stadium, Harvard led 24-14 before Brown scored with 34 seconds remaining to make it interesting before the Crimson held on.

In the 2008season, Harvard was cruising with a 13-0 lead before heavy rains arrived in Providence, R.I. and made for a wild ride as Brown came back to win, 24-22.

It was Harvard that rallied from double-digit first-quarter deficits to defeat Brown in 2004 and 2005. The Crimson came back from a 16-0 hole to win, 38-35, in double-overtime in 2005, and Harvard overcame deficits of 21-0 and 31-10 to prevail, 35-34, in 2004.

In 2006 it was Brown that tried a late comeback. Trailing 21-0 in the second and 31-7 in the fourth, Brown cut the margin to 31-21 before a late TD iced the game for Harvard, 31-21.

In 2007 - in the first night game at Harvard Stadium, Brown led Harvard, 17-14, before the Crimson scored a touchdown in the final minute of the first half and added a second-half field goal while holding the Bears to just 49 yards rushing in a 24-17 victory. Harvard's defense came up with three sacks, three interceptions and 10 quarterback hurries in the victory.

Harvard's Last Time Out
Holy Cross came back from a 14-3 deficit as the Crusaders downed Harvard, 30-22, in the Crimson's season-opening game at Fitton Field.

With Holy Cross leading 23-14 early in the fourth quarter, Andrew Zitnik picked off a Collier Winters pass at the 3-yard line and returned it 97 yards for a touchdown and a 30-14 lead. The mishap capped an afternoon of uncharacteristic mistakes for a Harvard team that scored on its first two possessions but saw the Crusaders answer with 27-straight points before Harvard got back into contention.

Winters finished 24-of-41 for 265 yards and all three Harvard touchdowns (one rushing). Chris Lorditch had seven receptions for 68 yards and senior captain Alex Gedeon led all players with 13 total tackles (eight solo, five assisted) including one for a loss.

Brown's Last Time Out
Kyle Newhall-Caballero threw a touchdown pass to Tellef Lundevall with 3:06 remaining to lead Brown to a 21-20 victory over Stony Brook.

Stony Brook had a last opportunity to win the game but its 55-yard field goal attempt fell short.

Lundevall finished with eight receptions for 68 yards. Newhall-Caballero completed 22-of-37 passes for 292 yards and three touchdowns, while Alex Tounkara-Kone had seven receptions for 149 yards, making touchdown receptions of 38 and 46 yards.

Harvard Coach Tim Murphy
In his 18th season as Harvard's head coach, Tim Murphy enters Saturday's game with a 111-59 record with the Crimson and a 143-104-1 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 11-7 all-time against Brown. 

Brown Coach Phil Estes
Phil Estes is in his 14th season as Brown's head coach, and he brings a 79-51 record with the Bears into the game. Estes has had the Bears at .500 or better in 11 of his first 13 years in Providence. He is 4-9 against Harvard.

Recovery Time
Since 2007, Harvard is 8-0 following a loss. The Crimson has not lost consecutive games since weeks nine and 10 of the 2006 season.

Home Openers
Harvard has won its last 10 home-openers.