No. 24 Harvard Hosts Holy Cross Friday Night at The Stadium

Colton Chapple accounted for nearly 400 yards last week at Brown.
Colton Chapple accounted for nearly 400 yards last week at Brown.

The Particulars
Harvard returns to Harvard Stadium Friday night for a 7 p.m. game against in-state rival Holy Cross.

The game can be viewed live or on-demand with a multi-camera video stream complete with replays and analysis from Harvard's broadcast team of Bernie Corbett and former quarterback Mike Giardi.

Series History
Saturday's game will be the 66th meeting between Harvard and Holy Cross in a series that dates back to 1904. Harvard, which enjoyed 36 consecutive home games in the series from 1904 to 1980, holds a 39-24-2 series lead. 

Harvard has won seven of the last 10 meetings and 11 of the last 15 although Holy Cross has taken each of the past three games played at Fitton Field in Worcester, including a 30-22 decision last year. Harvard has won five straight times against Holy Cross in games played at The Stadium.

Last Year's Meeting
Holy Cross came back from a 14-3 deficit as the Crusaders downed Harvard, 30-22, marking Harvard's last loss. 

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.

Harvard's Last Time Out
Treavor Scales scored four touchdowns rushing to lead Harvard to a 45-31 victory against Brown in the 112th meeting between the Ivy League teams. 

Harvard outscored Brown 21-14 in a wild fourth quarter that saw the teams combine for more than 360 yards of offense.

Colton Chapple passed for one touchdown and ran for another for the Crimson; Scales rushed for 136 yards, and Chapple finished his night 30-for-40 with 351 yards passing. Seitu Smith II caught eight passes for 92 yards and a score.

Patrick Donnelly completed 27 of 40 passes for 336 yards and three touchdowns. Harvard, however, held Brown to 3-for-10 on third-down attempts and sacked Donnelly four times.

Holy Cross' Last Time Out
Riley Lyons's 31-yard field goal with 1 second remaining, following a Holy Cross fumble, lifted Dartmouth to a 13-10 victory in Worcester last week. 

With 11 seconds left in a scoreless second half, Vernon Harris recovered a fumble by Sam Auffant, putting the Big Green at the Holy Cross 31 yard line. Alex Park's 17-yard pass to Ryan McManus set up Lyons' kick.

Holy Cross, which is 0-3 on the season and at home, took a 10-0 first-quarter lead, getting a 1-yard touchdown run from Eddie Houghton at the end of a 59-yard drive, the longest of the game. John Macomber added a 46-yard field goal.

Dartmouth, whose five-game win streak is its longest since 1997, got a 3-yard scoring run by Dominick Pierre and a 34-yard Lyons field goal in the second quarter.

Sophomore quarterback Ryan Laughlin, making his first start for Holy Cross, which lost Kevin Watson with a knee injury last week, was 21-of-30 for 106 yards.

Out of the Gates
Harvard has won its Ivy League opener in 12 of the last 14 seasons with 11 of the wins coming against Brown and the other coming against Columbia. 

Current winning streaks in the Football Championship Subdivision: 

1. Harvard - 11
2. North Dakota State - 8
3. Delaware - 7
4. Dartmouth - 5
5. 9 tied with 4 

Conference Call
Harvard's nine game Ivy League winning streak is the second-longest such streak in the nation behind Lehigh's 14-game win streak in the Patriot League. 

Harvard Coach Tim Murphy
In his 19th season as Harvard's all-time winningest head coach, Tim Murphy enters Friday's game with a 122-59 record with the Crimson and a 154-104-1 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 12-5 all-time against Holy Cross.  

Holy Cross Coach Tom Gilmore
Tom Gilmore is in his ninth season on the Holy Cross sideline, and he enters the game against Harvard with a 51-41 record with the Crusaders. Gilmore, who played at Penn as an undergraduate, was the 1985 Ivy League player of the year. He is 3-5 against Harvard as a head coach.