Following a shocking loss Saturday at Princeton, 24th-ranked Harvard must regroup for an equally important game at Dartmouth, which is tied with Tim Murphy's Crimson at 2-1 in the Ivy League. The game will be shown live on Comcast SportsNet New England.
Saturday's game will be the 116th meeting between Harvard and Dartmouth in a series that dates to 1882 and stands as Harvard's second-oldest rivalry. Harvard holds a 65-45-5 series lead and has won its last eight meetings and 14 of the last 15 against the Big Green.
Road Sweet Road
Harvard has won its last nine games at Dartmouth's Memorial Field dating back to 1994, meaning that head coach Tim Murphy has never lost a road game in the series.
Moreover, Harvard has won those nine games by an average score of 29-9 while shutting out Dartmouth twice and holding the Big Green under 10 points in five of those meetings.
Last Year's Meeting
Playing in a blizzard, Harvard had three different players rush for more than 100 yards and two touchdowns apiece in a 41-10 rout of Dartmouth.
Collier Winters '12-13 ran 15 times for 126 yards, two touchdowns and was 10-of-13 through the air for 116 yards.
Treavor Scales carried 18 times for 139 yards, including two 1-yard scores. Zach Boden ran for touchdowns of 8 and 7 yards while gaining 112 yards.
Harvard's Last Time Out
Quinn Epperly's 36-yard touchdown pass to Roman Wilson with 13 seconds remaining lifted Princeton to a 39-34 win over Harvard, capping a 29-point fourth quarter for the Tigers and snapping the Crimson's nation-leading 14-game winning streak.
The Tigers overcame a career day by Harvard's Colton Chapple, who threw for a school-record 448 yards, amassed a record 530 yards of total offense and tied his own mark of five touchdowns.
Trailing 34-10 with 13:02 left, Michelson threw a 7-yard TD to Dre Nelson, a 29-yarder to Matt Costello and a 20-yarder to Seth DeValve, closing the gap to 34-32.
Harvard failed to score three times deep inside Princeton territory including a fumble, interception in the end zone and a blocked field goal in addition to having an extra point attempt and punt blocked during the game.
Dartmouth's Last Time Out
Alex Park drove Dartmouth 91 yards for a touchdown with 1:09 remaining as the Big Green edged Columbia 21-16.
After an incompletion, Park completed three straight passes to Ryan McManus, ran for 13 yards himself, then hit McManus for a 15-yarder that put the Big Green at the 15 of the Lions (1-5, 0-3).
Park's 7-yard completion to Victor Williams, with roughing the passer tacked on, moved the ball to the 4 with 1:16 left. Following a Dartmouth procedure penalty, Park found Dean Bakes for the go-ahead score.
Sean Brackett's fourth-down pass from the 40 was intercepted by Stephen Dazzo.
Park completed 20 of 28 passes for 197 yards for Dartmouth.
Since 2007, Harvard is 9-0 following a loss. The Crimson has not lost consecutive games since weeks nine and 10 of the 2006 season.
Harvard has reached the 30-point plateau in nine of its last 11 road games and has scored at least 40 in three of its last five.
The game presents an interesting matchup as Dartmouth brings the Ivy's top-ranked passing defense (175 yards per game) and the nation's 9th-ranked total defense (299.5 yards per game) against one of the country's most prolific offenses in Harvard.
Last week, Princeton entered the game ranked seventh nationally at 306 yards per game allowed. Harvard had over 400 yards at halftime and finished with 634, dropping Princeton this week all the way down to 54th.
All told, Harvard enters play ranked third nationally at better than 515 yards per game while ranking seventh in passing (320) and 25th in rushing (196).
Harvard has won 23 of its last 30 non-league games dating back to 2003. The Crimson has gone undefeated four times in non-league games in that span including this season.
Harvard Coach Tim Murphy
In his 19th season as Harvard's all-time winningest head coach, Tim Murphy enters Saturday's game with a 125-60 record with the Crimson and a 157-105-1 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 15-3 all-time against Dartmouth.
Dartmouth Coach Buddy Teevens
In his eighth year of his second tour of duty on the Dartmouth sideline, Buddy Teevens enters Saturday's game against Harvard with a 49-74-2 record. Teevens was head coach at Dartmouth from 1987-91 before returning to his alma mater two seasons ago. He is 2-9-1 overall against Harvard.
Harvard In The National Statistics
Category Rank Number
Rushing Offense 25 195.5
Passing Offense 7 320.3
Passing Efficiency 2 171.6
Total Offense 3 515.8
Scoring Offense 7 39.8
Rushing Defense 1 57.8
Pass Efficiency Defense 47 122.6
Total Defense 26 327.2
Scoring Defense 12 17.7
Net Punting 68 34.0
Kickoff Returns 96 18.0
Punt Returns 60 7.7
Turnover Margin 50 .2
Sacks 1 4.5
Tackles for a Loss 6 8.2
Sacks Allowed 40 1.7
Individuals In The National Statistics
Category Rank Name (stat)
Passes Defended 19 Chris Splinter (7)
Rushing 19 Treavor Scales (103.3)
Pass Efficiency 2 Colton Chapple (176.99
Total Offense 4 Colton Chapple (358.2)
Receptions/Game 31 Kyle Juszczyk (5.8)
All-Purpose Yards 49 Treavor Scales (117.0)
Sacks 8 Zach Hodges (1.0)
14 John Lyon (0.8)
Tackles for a Loss 3 Zach Hodges (1.9)