24th-Ranked Harvard Opens Ivy League Title Defense Saturday at Brown; Game Televised on NBC Sports

John Lyon (62) and the Harvard defense bullied San Diego to the tune of just two rushing yards on 24 carries in a season-opening 28-13 victory at Harvard Stadium Sept. 15, 2012 (Justine Agaloos) Buy Now
John Lyon (62) and the Harvard defense bullied San Diego to the tune of just two rushing yards on 24 carries in a season-opening 28-13 victory at Harvard Stadium Sept. 15, 2012 (Justine Agaloos)

The Particulars
Harvard opens defense of its 2011 Ivy League championship this Saturday with a highly-anticipated 4:30 p.m. kickoff at Brown Stadium in a game that will be televised by NBC Sports. Randy Moss is on the call with Ross Tucker and Carolyn Manno.

Out of the Gates
Harvard has won its Ivy League opener in 11 of the last 13 seasons with 10 of the wins coming against Brown and the other coming against Columbia. 

Complete Game Notes (PDF)

Tim Murphy Speaks at Weekly Media Luncheon

Series History
Saturday's game will be the 112th meeting between Harvard and Brown in a rivalry that dates back to 1893. Harvard holds a 79-30-2 series lead and has won 10 of its last 12 against the Bears. 

Last Year's Meeting
Emergency starter Colton Chapple threw two touchdown passes and Harvard forced five turnovers in a 24-7 victory over Brown amidst torrential rain under the lights at Harvard Stadium last season. 

Treavor Scales rushed for 129 yards and a touchdown for the Crimson, which improved to 5-0 in night games at Harvard Stadium.

Kyle Newhall-Caballero passed for 269 yards and a touchdown for the Bears while Mark Kachmar had 19 carries for 97 yards but the duo committed all five turnovers against steady Harvard pressure

Brown trimmed Harvard's lead to 14-7 on Newhall-Caballero's 30-yard TD pass to Tellef Lundevall in the third quarter, but Katchmer fumbled on Harvard's 1-yard line and Chapple responded with a 56-yard scoring pass to Adam Chrissis with 6:39 left in the game.

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

Three 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 2008 season, 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
In a 28-13 win against San Diego, Treavor Scales rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns, including a 66-yard run when he plunged into the line to kill the clock but found a hole leading all the way to the end zone. Colton Chapple completed 16 of 29 passes for two touchdowns, one each to Kyle Juszczyk and Cameron Brate

Mason Mills completed 38 of 63 passes for 354 yards for San Diego. But he was also sacked seven times as the Toreros took a 13-7 lead into the fourth quarter only to allow two long Harvard touchdown drives and one very short one.

Brown's Last Time Out
Senior Patrick Donnelly passed for two touchdowns and rushed for the go-ahead score in his first collegiate start as Brown edged Holy Cross 24-21 Saturday in the Bears' season opener. 

Trailing 21-10 going into the fourth quarter, Donnelly hit Jonah Fay with a 2-yard pass, capping a 13-play, 75-yard drive with 10:17 remaining.

On Brown's next possession, senior Spiro Theodhosi, who missed the last two years due to injury, accounted for 53 of his 120 yards rushing. Donnelly ran 10 yards for the score with 1:24 left.

A.J. Cruz ended the Crusaders' final drive by intercepting Ryan Laughlin with 56 seconds remaining.

Donnelly was 24 of 41 for 199 yards with two interceptions and also had a 38-yard TD pass to Tellef Lundevall in the third quarter.

Kevin Watson was 26 of 40 for 223 yards and one touchdown and also rushed for a 1-yard score for Holy Cross (0-2).

Harvard Coach Tim Murphy
In his 19th season as Harvard's all-time winningest head coach, Tim Murphy enters Saturday's game with a 121-59 record with the Crimson and a 153-104-1 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 six Ivy League championships (1997, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2011). Murphy serves as president for the American Football Coaches Association this season. He is 12-7 all-time against Brown.  

Brown Coach Phil Estes
Phil Estes is in his 15th season as Brown's head coach, and he brings a 85-55 record with the Bears into the game. Estes has had the Bears at .500 or better in 12 of his first 14 years in Providence. He is 4-10 against Harvard.