The Crimson and Big Red will face each other live on national television (Gil Talbot).
After hitting the road for back-to-back weekends, the Crimson returns to the friendly confines of Harvard Stadium Saturday afternoon for an Ivy League tilt against Cornell. Harvard stands at 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the Ancient Eight, while the Big Red heads to Cambridge 0-3 and 0-1.
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Saturday's game will be the 79th meeting on the gridiron between Harvard and Cornell since 1890, and the Crimson holds a 44-32-2 series lead, winning the last eight matchups.
Since 2001, however, the Crimson has downed the Big Red, posting 12 wins in 13 attempts. Harvard is averaging 33.4 points per game over that span compared to 17.7 for Cornell. The lone Big Red win since 2001 came in 2005 in Ithaca, New York (27-13).
Last Year's Meeting
Michael Pruneau '14 threw for a career-high 340 yards in his first-career start, while the Crimson defense combined for six sacks, as Harvard downed Cornell, 34-24, at Schoellkopf Field. Pruneau finished 23-of-29 for two passing TDs, while also adding a score on the ground. Ricky Zorn caught seven passes and accumulated 54 yards, while Andrew Fischer made four receptions and had a team-high 64 yards. Fischer also added 86 yards on kickoff returns for 150 yards of total offense. Paul Stanton, Jr., carried the ball 16 times for 72 yards and a TD.
Cornell QB Jeff Matthews finished the day with two touchdowns and 472 yards on 39-of-56 passing. Matthews's 472 yards was the most for a quarterback ever against Harvard in the Crimson's history. Grant Gellatly was Matthews's favorite target, making 12 grabs for 181 yards and a TD, while Ty Bostain recorded 12 catches for 112 yards. Harvard held the Big Red to -15 yards rushing on 18 carries.
In his second-career start, running back Andrew Casten rushed for four touchdowns and had 139 yards on 19 carries, helping the Crimson run past Georgetown, 34-3, at Multi-Sport Field last Saturday. Casten, who also caught two balls for a total of 49 receiving yards, scored three times in the first half alone. Casten posted the most rushing TDs in a game since Treavor Scales '12 (four) at Brown in 2012. The Brick, New Jersey native fell one TD shy of the Harvard record for rushing touchdowns in a game (five), held by Tom Ossman '52 in a game at Brown in 1951.
While Harvard has rolled to a 3-0 start, Cornell heads into the weekend in search of its first win (0-3). The Crimson leads the Ivy League and ranks fourth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 11.7 points per game. Junior Matt Koran has been a force at linebacker, totaling 19 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble.
Cornell heads to Cambridge after a 51-13 home loss to Yale last weekend. Freshman Jake Jatis has seen the most action at QB, completing 18-of-36 passes, while James Few (two games played) and Kyle Gallagher (three games played) have also seen action. Few paces the squad with two passing TDs on the season. Junior Luke Hagy has rushed for 183 yards on the season. Defensively, Miles Norris has pulled down 27 tackles this season, including two sacks.
Quarterback Conner Hempel is Harvard's all-time leader in completion percentage (.665, 183-of-275).
This season, QB Scott Hosch ranks first in the nation in completion percentage (.732, 52-of-71), while Harvard quarterbacks are first overall in the country (.750, 63-of-84).
After his three touchdown performance against Holy Cross Sept. 19, running back Andrew Casten busted the Georgetown defense for four rushing scores (2, 22, 6 and 3) Oct. 4. The Harvard record for rushing TDs in a game is five, held by Tom Ossman '52, who found the back of the end zone five times against Brown Nov. 17, 1951.
Casten ranks second in the nation in scoring (14.0 ppg) and is seventh in yards per carry (7.39).
Coming Down With It
Wide receiver Andrew Fischer doubled his career-high with 12 catches (115 yards, 1 TD) in the win at Brown Sept. 27.
Fischer ranks eighth in the country this fall with 7.3 receptions per contest.
Harvard has scored points in a school-record 161 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).
The Crimson has won seven straight road games, dating back to its 42-20 win at San Diego Sept. 21, 2013. The streak is the second longest in the FCS, trailing only North Dakota State (15).
Keeping Points Off The Board
Harvard ranks fourth in the country in scoring defense (11.7 points allowed per game) and is sixth in rushing defense (89.0 ypg).
3rd Down? No Problem
The Crimson boasts the nation's third-best conversion rate on third downs (.575, 23-of-40). Harvard converted nine third downs in the 34-3 win at Georgetown Oct. 4.
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.