Harvard vs. Yale
Harvard has defeated Yale in each of the last six seasons, a program record (Gil Talbot).
Harvard and Yale renew one of the most storied rivalries in sports with the 130th edition of "The Game" at the Yale Bowl. The game will be shown live nationally on the NBC Sports Network with Randy Moss and Ross Tucker having the call.
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Saturday's game will be the 130th meeting between Harvard and Yale in the historic rivalry that dates back to 1875.
In Harvard's 38-30 win over Penn Nov. 16, Conner Hempel (Union, Ky.) completed his first 11 passes of the day, finishing 21-of-25 for 227 yards and two touchdowns through the air. He also led all players in the game with 65 rushing yards, imcluding a two-yard TD run. Paul Stanton, Jr., (Kenner, La.) dashed for two scores on the ground, while captain and linebacker Joshua Boyd (Hyde Park, Mass.) made his first interception since 2010 and paced the team with eight tackles.
The Crimson went up 38-0, early in the second quarter, but the Quakers went on a 30-0 run to close the gap with 4:30 to play in the fourth stanza. On Penn's final offensive play at the Harvard 19, Boyd broke up a pass, sealing the victory for Harvard on Senior Day.
Yale visited Princeton last week, falling, 59-23. Bulldogs' quarterback Scott Logan tossed three touchdowns and 240 yards, while wide receiver Deon Randall came down with 13 receptions for 127 yards in a losing effort for the Elis.
Harvard gained its sixth-straight win over Yale in 2012 to record the school's best run in the series and providing a rare undefeated career for Harvard's seniors against the Bulldogs. In the series, Harvard graduating classes have gone unbeaten against the Bulldogs with the latest coming from 2007-13. Yale has also had six such occurrences, but none since a six-year undefeated streak from 1902-07 that provided three graduating classes with perfect HY records.
On Nov. 17 of last year, the Bulldogs took a 17-13 lead early in the fourth quarter, but the Crimson responded by outscoring Yale, 21-7, in the final minutes to earn a 34-24 win in the 129th edition of The Game. Colton Chapple threw two touchdown passes and ran for 128 yards and a score on the ground, and Treavor Scales tied the Harvard single-game rushing record against Yale with 177 yards on 19 carries and a TD.
Ivy Title Hunt
On the final day of the regular season, Harvard sits in second place at 5-1 in Ivy play, trailing only Princeton (6-0). Dartmouth is alone in third, followed by Yale and Penn who are 3-3 and in fourth place. Brown stands sixth at 2-4, while Cornell (1-5) is in seventh and Columbia (0-8) sits in eighth. A win for Harvard today combined with a Big Green victory over the Tigers would clinch a share of the Ivy crown for the Crimson. Princeton already earned a share of the conference title with its win over Yale last week in Princeton, N.J.
After leading Harvard to a 38-30 win over Penn Nov. 16, quarterback Conner Hempel was tabbed Ivy Co-Offensive Player of the Week, while linebacker Joshua Boyd took home conference Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors. Hempel tossed for 227 yards and two scores, while also adding a TD on the ground, as well as 65 rushing yards. Boyd led the team with eight tackles, made an interception and broke up a pass on Penn's last play of the game to preserve the win.
Crimson Colored Ivy
Since the formation of the Ivy League in 1956, Harvard has been the winningest team during league play. The Crimson also has a conference-best 249 victories.
Harvard 249 147 9 14
Dartmouth 235 162 9 17
Yale 232 165 8 14
Princeton 218 182 5 10
Penn 218 183 4 16
Cornell 176 224 5 3
Brown 174 224 7 4
Columbia 93 307 5 1
Running back Paul Stanton, Jr., has rushed for 13 touchdowns, including two each in the wins over Brown Sept. 28, Holy Cross Oct. 5, Lafayette Oct. 19 and Penn Nov. 16. Stanton also had two scores in the triple overtime loss to Princeton Oct. 26. Stanton's 13 touchdowns rank him second in the Ivy League. He is tied with Chris Menick '00 (1997) for third most touchdowns in a single-season in school history.
Thank You, Seniors
Saturday's game will mark the final game for 36 seniors on the Harvard football team. During their time in Cambridge, the class has posted an overall record of 32-7 and an Ivy League mark of 22-5.
Harvard Coach Tim Murphy
In his 20th season as Harvard's all-time winningest head coach, Tim Murphy enters Saturday's game with a 136-62 record with the Crimson and a 168-107-1 overall head coaching record, which includes five years at Cincinnati and two years at Maine. Since the formation of the Ivy League in 1956, only two Ivy coaches have compiled more wins than Murphy's 136 and he is just one of five coaches to win 100-plus games. Murphy has led Harvard to six Ivy League championships (1997, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2011). He is 14-5 all-time against Yale in The Game.
Tony Reno is in his second season as Yale's head coach, and he brings a 7-12 record with the Bulldogs into this game. Reno previously served as an assistant coach at Harvard from 2009-11 and is 7-12 overall. Reno is 0-1 against Harvard in The Game.
Wide receiver Ricky Zorn (Dallas, Texas) had 168 receiving yards on eight catches, including an acrobatic 33-yard TD, against Princeton Oct. 26. Zorn now paces the Crimson with 44 receptions and 661 receiving yards on the season. He is averaging 73.4 yards per game overall and 92.0 in games played at Harvard Stadium. In the Crimson's 24-21 win against Dartmouth Nov. 2, Ricky Zorn took the ball on a reverse and connected with Andrew Berg for a 32-yard TD strike. Zorn has 80 receptions in his career, tying him with Clifton Dawson '07 for 13th most in program history.
Better Than Average
With eight wins this year, Harvard has clinched its 115th season at .500 or better in the program's 140th-year history. This also marks the Crimson's 15th-straight year at .500 or better.