Andrew Fischer made a career-high 12 catches for 115 receiving yards at Brown last week (Gil Talbot).
After moving to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in conference play with a 22-14 win at Brown last week, the Crimson will step back into non-conference action and visit Georgetown (2-3, 0-1 Patriot League) Saturday at 12 p.m.
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Saturday's game will mark the first time Harvard has played Georgetown on the gridiron.
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.
Making his first-career start, junior quarterback Scott Hosch completed 24-of-34 passes for 234 yards and a TD, helping the Crimson earn a fourth-quarter comeback at Brown, 22-14, last weekend. Hosch also added a score on the ground, while senior running back Paul Stanton, Jr., returned to the lineup and finished with 21 carries for 120 yards and a touchdown. Junior wide receiver Andrew Fischer had a career-day, making 12 catches for 115 yards (both career-bests), and he added a nine-yard TD grab in the first quarter.
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.
Harvard Travels South
Saturday's game at Georgetown will mark the furthest south Harvard has traveled for a game on the East Coast since visiting William & Mary Sept. 25, 1993 (a 45-17 loss).
Quarterback Conner Hempel is Harvard's all-time leader in completion percentage (.665, 183-of-275).
This season, QB Scott Hosch ranks third in the nation in completion percentage (.696, 32-of-46), whole Harvard quarterbacks are first overall in the country (.729, 43-of-59).
Coming Down With It
Wide receiver Andrew Fischer doubled his career-high with 12 catches (115 yards, 1 TD) in the win at Brown last weekend.
Harvard has scored points in a school-record 160 consecutive games. The Crimson has not been shut out since a 24-0 loss to Columbia in the 1998 season opener.
The Ivy League record for scoring in consecutive games is Brown (162), which was stopped on Oct. 13, 2012 (19-0 loss at Princeton).
Harvard overcame a 7-6 deficit at halftime at Brown last weekend, winning 22-14. That marked the first time the Crimson trailed at the half and won the game since topping Yale, 28-21, on Nov. 20, 2010 (Harvard trailed, 14-7, at the half).
Keeping Points Off The Board
Harvard ranks 11th in the country in scoring defense (16.0 points allowed per game) and rushing defense (96.5 ypg).
Stanton Vs. Ivy Defenses
Over the last two seasons (eight games), running back Paul Stanton, Jr., is averaging 97.0 rushing yards per game against Ivy League opponents. Stanton has scored 11 TDs on the ground and accumulated a total of 776 rushing yards on 135 attempts (5.7 per).
Harvard Owns New England
Since 1994, the Crimson owns a record of 101-42 (.706) in games played in New England. Since the 2001 campaign, Harvard stands at 76-15 (.835), and the team is 22-2 since 2011 (.917) in contests held in the region.
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.
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.
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.
In its 21 years under head coach Tim Murphy, the Crimson is 16-5 in its Ivy League openers since 1994. The Crimson started Ancient Eight play this fall with a 22-14 win at Brown Sept. 27.
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.
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.
Harvard Coach Tim Murphy
In his 21st season as Harvard's all-time winningest head coach, Tim Murphy enters Saturday's game with a 139-62 record with the Crimson and a 171-107-1 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 139 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.
Georgetown Head Coach Rob Sgarlata
Rob Sgarlata is in his first season as Georgetown's head coach and brings a 2-3 record into Saturday's game. Sgarlata is 1-0 against Ivy League teams, having defeated Brown, 17-3, in Washington, District of Columbia, Sept. 20 of this year.
Matt Koran, a 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.
Koran and fellow linebacker Connor Sheehan are tied for the team lead with 16 tackles this fall.
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.
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.
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.
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.