Andrew Casten scored three times and had 153 rushing yards last week vs. Holy Cross (Gil Talbot).
After opening its 141st season with a 41-18 victory at home over Holy Cross last week, Harvard (1-0) will make the trip to Providence, Rhode Island, to take on Brown (0-1) Saturday at 6 p.m.
Ivy League Digital Network
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Saturday's game will be the 114th meeting between Harvard and Brown in a rivalry that dates back to
1893. Harvard holds an 81-30-2 series lead and has won 12 of its last 14, including five of the last seven in Providence, against the Bears.
In its 21 years under head coach Tim Murphy, the Crimson is 15-5 in its Ivy League openers since 1994.
Making his first-career start, senior running back Andrew Casten rushed 17 times for 153 yards and three touchdowns, all career-bests, as the Crimson scored 27 unanswered points to close the game, knocking off Holy Cross, 41-18, at Harvard Stadium Sept. 19. Quarterback Conner Hempel completed 11-of-13 passes for 137 yards and two TDs, and defensive end Zack Hodges tied the Harvard career record for sacks (20.5), making two in the game.
On Sept. 26 of last year at Harvard Stadium, the Bears jumped out to a 13-0 lead, but the Crimson rattled off 31 straight points and earned a 41-23 win on national television (NBC Sports Network). Conner Hempel tossed for 296 yards (16-of-22) and one TD, while running back Paul Stanton, Jr., dashed for two touchdowns and 91 yards on 16 carries. Wide receiver Ricky Zorn, who scored on a 63-yard pass play from Hempel, finished with 112 receiving yards on four catches.
Offense Clicking Under Murphy
With its 41-point performance against Holy Cross Sept. 19, Harvard improved to 29-1 (.967) under head coach Tim Murphy (since 1994) when scoring 40 or more points. The lone loss was at home against Princeton, 51-48, in triple overtime Oct. 26, 2013.
Harvard Owns New England
Since 1994, the Crimson owns a record of 100-42 (.704) in games played in New England. Since the 2001 campaign, Harvard stands at 75-15 (.833), and the team is 21-2 since 2011 (.913) in contests held in the region.
With his two touchdown passes against Holy Cross Sept. 19, quarterback Conner Hempel has now tossed at least two TDs in six games in his career. Harvard owns a 5-1 record in those contests.
Making his first-career start at running back, Andrew Casten rushed for three touchdowns and had 153 yards on 17 carries (9.0 avg.) in the victory over Holy Cross Sept. 19. Casten's three rushing scores marked the most for a Crimson running back since Treavor Scales '13 marched into the endzone three times at Dartmouth Oct. 27, 2012. Casten's 153 yards were also the most since Scales amassed 177 on 19 carries against Yale Nov. 17, 2012.
Coming Down With It
Wide receiver Andrew Fischer tied his career-high with six catches against Holy Cross last weekend. Fischer, who also made six catches in the season-opening win at San Diego Sept. 21, 2013, finished with 57 receiving yards against the Crusaders. The last time a Harvard receiver had more than six catches occurred Oct. 26 of last year when Ricky Zorn finished with eight grabs and 168 yards against Princeton.
With his 2.0 sacks against Holy Cross, defensive end Zack Hodges now has 20.5 in his career (3.0 as freshman, 9.0 as sophomore and 6.5 as a junior). He now ranks tied for first in program history with Chris Smith '98.
Matt Koran, a junior linebacker, led Harvard with 10 tackles in the victory over Holy Cross. Koran also made a key fumble recovery in the win. With the Crimson leading 20-18, Koran recovered the ball deep in the HC zone, and on the following play, Andrew Casten scored one of his three TDs on the day, as the Crimson went up 27-18 and never looked back.
Into The Night
After 1,204 games, Harvard played its first night game Sept. 22, 2007. The Crimson is 8-0 all-time in night games at Harvard Stadium following its 41-18 win over Holy Cross last week. Harvard is 4-0 at home at night against Holy Cross and 4-0 vs. Brown.
Chasing The QB
Senior defensive end Zack Hodges, who tied the Harvard career sack record against Holy Cross Sept. 19, has recorded at least 2.0 sacks in four games in his career.
Harvard has won 27 of its last 34 non-league games dating back to 2003 (.794). Harvard has two more non-conference games remaining (at Georgetown Oct. 4 and home vs. Lafayette Oct. 18) and is 1-0 against non-Ivy foes this year.
Hodges Up For Butkus Award
Senior Zack Hodges (Atlanta, Ga.) was one of 30 players from the FBS and FCS levels to be named to the watch list for the Butkus Award, presented annually to the nation's top linebacker. Hodges was the lone FCS candidate on the Butkus Award Watch List.
Hodges Among Best In FCS
Zack Hodges is also on the watch list for the Buck Buchanan Award, given annually to the top defensive player in the FCS.
Preseason All-America Honors
Nick Easton '15 (center): The Sports Network Preseason All-America Second Team
The Crimson was chosen second in the Ivy League football preseason media poll in August. Harvard received eight first-place votes and trailed Princeton (nine first-place votes) by one point in the poll.
2014 Ivy League Preseason Media Poll:
Rank School Points
1. Princeton (9) 128
2. Harvard (8) 127
3. Dartmouth 91
4. Penn 79
5. Yale 68
6. Brown 65
7. Cornell 34
8. Columbia 20
Harvard Most Popular In Mass.
According to a survey released by TicketCity in August, Harvard is the most popular college football team in Massachusetts. The results of the survey were calculated using several pieces of data: the number of Facebook fans and Twitter followers the team had; Google analytics as to the number of searches for the teams in their home state; and median ticket pricing data on the secondary market.
Give 29 The Ball
Running back Paul Stanton, Jr., rushed for 15 touchdowns in 2013, including two-plus in the wins over Brown Sept. 28, Holy Cross Oct. 5, Lafayette Oct. 19, Penn Nov. 16, and Yale Nov. 23. Stanton also had two scores in the triple overtime loss to Princeton Oct. 26. Stanton's 17 total touchdowns ranked second in the Ivy League. His 17 TDs rank third all-time in a single-season in school history.
Harvard has won the last 14 home openers after topping Holy Cross, 41-18.
Harvard Coach Tim Murphy
In his 21st season as Harvard's all-time winningest head coach, Tim Murphy enters Saturday's game with a 138-62 record with the Crimson and a 170-107-1 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 138 and he is just one of five coaches to win 100-plus games. Murphy has led Harvard to seven Ivy League championships (1997, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2013). He is 13-7 against Brown.
Brown Head Coach Phil Estes
Phil Estes is in his 17th season as Brown's head coach, and he brings a 98-62 record with the Bears into the game. Estes has coached Brown to three Ivy League titles and 12 winning seasons during his tenure. He is 4-12 against Harvard.
Wide receiver Ricky Zorn led Harvard with 50 receptions and 700 receiving yards last season. He also made three touchdown catches. Zorn ranks 11th in school history with 1,264 receiving yards and 13th with 86 career receptions.
Better Than Average
With nine wins last year, Harvard clinched its 115th season at .500 or better in the program's 140-year history. It also marked the Crimson's 15th-straight year at .500 or better.
Harvard's 34-0 win over Columbia on Nov. 9, 2013 marked the Crimson's second shutout in as many seasons. During head coach Tim Murphy's tenure in Cambridge, Harvard has held opponents scoreless 10 times, including four times against Columbia and two times against Dartmouth.
Harvard has won 12 of the last 14 season openers and is an impressive 116-23-2 (.830) in the first game of the season. Under current head coach Tim Murphy, the Crimson is 15-6 on opening day.
Harvard has amassed a 200-137-8 (.591) record against opponents currently in the Patriot Football League. The Crimson holds a .500 record or better against every team in the conference. The Crimson plays three Patriot League teams this fall: Holy Cross, Georgetown and Lafayette and is 1-0 so far, having topped the Crusaders.