Paul Stanton is averaging 76.6 yards per game on the ground (Gil Talbot).
For the second-straight week, No. 18/20 Harvard visits a fellow unbeaten Ivy League team, as the Crimson heads north to face the Big Green. Harvard (6-0) and Dartmouth (5-1) are tied for first in the Ancient Eight with matching 3-0 conference marks.
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Saturday's game will be the 118th meeting between Harvard and Dartmouth in a rivalry that dates back to 1882. Harvard has only faced Yale (130 times) more in its history than the Big Green.
Last Year's Meeting
In Harvard's dramatic 24-21 win over Dartmouth at Harvard Stadium last season, placekicker Andrew Flesher drilled a 23-yard field goal with only 48 seconds left to break a tie and give the Crimson its third Ivy win of the year.
Flesher made two other field goals in the game (34, 32 yards), finishing the game with 10 points. Running back Paul Stanton, Jr., took 26 handoffs and ran for 146 yards, including a career-high dash of 63 yards. Wide receiver Ricky Zorn caught four passes for 40 yards and also tossed a 32-yard TD pass on a reverse to wide receiver Andrew Berg '14. Quarterback Conner Hempel went 18-of-27 for 135 yards and ran for 70 on the ground.
In a losing effort, Dartmouth QB Dalyn Williams finished 11-of-24 for 156 yards through the air, and Bo Patterson came down with five catches for 90 yards. Stephan Dazzo returned a fumble for 33 yards for a score for the Big Green.
Last Time Out
Quarterback Conner Hempel threw for a career-high 382 yards and tied his career-best with 25 completions, helping the Crimson knock off Princeton, 49-7, last weekend. With the victory, Harvard head coach Tim Murphy became the fourth coach to win 100 Ivy League games. Hempel threw for 3 TDs and added two more on the ground. The Crimson snapped a two-game losing streak to the Tigers and outgained them, 698-244.
Dating back to the beginning of the 2013 season, Harvard has rattled off eight-consecutive wins on the road, including a 3-0 mark this fall. The streak is the second longest in the FCS behind North Dakota State (18) and is tied for fifth longest in all of Division I with Missouri.
The Crimson last lost on the road, 30-21, at Penn Nov. 10, 2012.
Hempel's Big Day
In addition to setting a career-best with 382 yards through the air on 25-of-31 passing (3 TDs) at Princeton Oct. 25, Hempel's passing yards ranked seventh most in school history for a single-game.
Hempel also ran for 52 yards and two scores against the Tigers, giving him a total of 5 TDs and 434 total yards of offense, the fifth-most in school history.
Driving Down The Field
In the 49-7 win over Princeton Oct. 25, the Crimson amassed a school-record 698 yards of total offense (392 passing, 306 rushing).
The previous record was 640 vs. Dartmouth in 1999 (63-21 win).
Margin Of Victory
Harvard's 42-point win (49-7) against Princeton marked the largest margin of victory in 107 meetings between the schools. The previous high was 34 points in a 37-3 victory in 2009.
With his 0.5 sacks against Princeton last week, defensive end Zack Hodges now has 24.0 in his career (3.0 as freshman, 9.0 as sophomore, 6.5 as junior, 5.5 as senior) and is the school's all-time leader.
Defense Wins Games
Harvard ranks second in the country in scoring defense (10.5 points allowed per game), is third in rushing defense (78.3 ypg) and seventh in total defense (287.2 yards allowed per game).
Running The Ball
Harvard has scored at least one rushing touchdown in 20-straight games. The last time the Crimson was kept out of the end zone on the ground came in a 39-34 loss at Princeton Oct. 20, 2012.
Through three conference games, Harvard and Dartmouth are tied atop the standings with 3-0 marks. Yale and Princeton are just off the pace and own 2-1 records with four games remaining.
Conner Is Golden
For his effort in the 49-7 win at Princeton Oct. 25, Conner Hempel earned the New England Football Writers Association's Gold Helmet. Hempel was also tabbed Ivy League Co-Offensive Player of the Week.
Senior quarterback Conner Hempel is Harvard's all-time leader in completion percentage (.680, 208-of-306).
Andrew Fischer ranks 10th in the country in kickoff returns, averaging 28.3 yards per return. Fischer also stands 11th in punt returns (13.4 avg.).
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 22nd in the country in yards per carry (6.12).
Harvard has scored points in an Ivy League and school-record 164-consecutive games. The Crimson has not been shut out since a 24-0 loss to Columbia in the 1998 season opener.
Brown held the previous Ivy record (162 games), which was stopped on Oct. 13, 2012 (19-0 loss at Princeton).
With Hempel In The Lineup
During the portion of two games Conner Hempel has played quarterback this season, the Crimson are outscoring opponents, 83-0. Hempel played the beginniing and end of the Holy Cross game Sept. 19. Harvard outscored the Crusaders, 34-0, in the portion of the game Hempel played in the 41-18 victory.
Hempel also helped the Crimson open the game at Princeton Oct. 25 with a 49-0 lead. Harvard went on to win that contest, 49-7.
With its 6-0 record, Harvard is just one of four remaining undefeated FCS teams (Coastal Carolina, Illinois State and North Dakota State) and one of seven Division I teams (Florida State, Marshall and Mississippi State) in the country.
Keeping Points Off The Board
For the 45h time in the Tim Murphy era, the Crimson held an opponent to under 10 points, as Harvard topped Princeton, 49-7. In those 45 games, the Crimson owns a 43-2 record.
With his 237 all-purpose yards (107 rec., 86 KR, 32 PR and 12 rush) against Lafayette Oct. 18, Andrew Fischer amassed the most for a Harvard player since Clifton Dawson '07 had 253 (189 rush, 47 KR, 17 rec.) against Brown Sept. 24, 2005.
In the victory over Lafayette, Scott Hosch connected with Andrew Fischer for a 78-yard TD strike in the second quarter. The touchdown was the eighth longest touchdown pass in school history.
Harvard Owns New England
Since 1994, the Crimson owns a record of 103-42 (.710) in games played in New England. Since the 2001 campaign, Harvard stands at 78-15 (.839), and the team is 24-2 since 2011 (.923) in contests held in the region.