Harvard at Rhode Island
Harvard carries a 14-game winning streak into the season (Rafael Suanes).
The No. 25 Harvard football team will open its 142nd season, as the Crimson travels down to Kingston, Rhode Island to take on Rhode Island. Harvard, which is coming off a perfect 10-0 slate in 2014, visits the Rams, who are 0-2 this fall. Video for the game will be available on GoRhody.com.
The Crimson, which was the only undefeated team in Division I last season, has won 14-straight games, the second-longest active streak in Division I (Ohio State, 15). Harvard has also won 10 consecutive road games, the longest such streak in the FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) and the third-longest streak in Division I (Ohio State, 14; Florida State, 12).
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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.
Saturday's game will be the second all-time meeting between Harvard and Rhode Island. The Crimson won the first game in 1923 at Harvard Stadium 35-0.
The Rams are coming off a 35-7 loss in their conference opener at Albany last week. Quarterback Paul Mroz completed 17-of-38 passes for 180 yards and had a 21-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Kharyi Denny in the fourth quarter. Denny finished with 79 receiving yards on four catches, while running back Harold Cooper ran for 66 yards on 16 carries. Defensive back Tim Wienclaw paced the URI defensive effort with 12 tackles on the day.
Harvard opens its season while much of the country is already in its third week of play. The Crimson, which captured a share of the program's 16th Ivy League title last season, went 10-0 overall and 7-0 in conference play in 2014 and was voted to finish first in the Ancient Eight this fall.
Harvard vs. The CAA
The Crimson boasts a record of 23-4-2 against schools currently in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).
Last Time Out
Conner Hempel '15 connected with Andrew Fischer for a 35-yard touchdown pass with 55 seconds remaining to break a 24-24 tie, as Harvard toppled Yale, 31-24, in The Game. Paul Stanton, Jr. rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries, and Fischer finished the day with eight grabs for 149 receiving yards and two TDs.
Defensively, Zack Hodges '15 recorded two sacks to complete his Harvard career as the school's all-time sack leader with 27.0. Connor Sheehan '15 returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown, and Scott Peters clinched the win with an interception with 10 seconds to play.
Harvard players have earned several preseason honors. Offensive linemen Cole Toner and Anthony Fabiano were tabbed to the Reese's Senior Bowl Watch List. Toner was also named to the STATS FCS Preseason All-America team.
Newcomer Justice Shelton-Mosely, a wide receiver, was selected as the College Sports Madness Preseason National Freshman of the Year.
Nation's Best D
Last season, Harvard ranked first in the FCS in scoring defense (12.3 points allowed per game), was second in tackles for loss (3.50 per game) and fourth in rushing defense (86.8 yards allowed per game).
Keep On Going
Harvard has the FCS's longest current winning streak. The Crimson has won 14 straight dating back to its dramatic 24-21 win over Dartmouth at Harvard Stadium Nov. 2, 2013. The current 14-game streak is tied for the fifth longest in team history (2011-12). The program's longest was 24 games from 1890-1891.
The Crimson's 14-game win streak is the second-longest active Division I (Ohio State, 11).
Harvard has also won 11 straight Ivy League contests. The program record for consecutive Ivy wins is 12 games from 2001-02. The 11-consecutive conference victories is the third longest active streak in Division I (Florida State, 22; New Hampshire 12).
Dating back to the beginning of the 2013 season, Harvard has rattled off 10-consecutive wins on the road, including a 5-0 mark last fall. The streak is the longest in the FCS and fourth longest in all of Division I Ohio State, 14; Florida State, 12; Missouri, 11).
The Crimson last lost on the road, 30-21, at Penn Nov. 10, 2012, and has gone two full seasons without dropping a game away from Cambridge. The Harvard program record for longest road undefeated streak is 12 games from 1974-77.
Running The Ball
Harvard has scored at least one rushing touchdown in 24-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.
Better Than Average
With 10 wins last year, Harvard clinched its 116th season at .500 or better in the program's 142-year history. It also marked the Crimson's 17th-straight year at .500 or better.
Quarterback Scott Hosch was 6-0 as the starting quarterback for Harvard in 2014. Hosch finished the year 109-of-176 (.619) with 1,428 yards and eight touchdowns.
Andrew Fischer ranked 29th in the country in kickoff returns, averaging 23.7 yards per return. Fischer also stood 26th in punt returns (9.1 avg.).
With his performance last year, Fischer now ranks tied for third in school history in career kickoff return average (22.9).
Stanton Hits The Record Books
Senior running back Paul Stanton, Jr. has moved up to seventh in team history with 2,097 career rushing yards on 337 carries (6.2 avg.) Stanton is also fourth in the Harvard record books with 27 rushing touchdowns.
Stanton ranked fourth in the FCS last year with 6.73 yards per rush.
Harvard Owns New England
Since 1994, the Crimson owns a record of 106-42 (.716) in games played in New England. Since the 2001 campaign, Harvard stands at 81-15 (.844), and the team is 27-2 since the start of 2012 (.931) in contests held in the region.
September Under Murphy
Since Tim Murphy began patrolling the Harvard sideline in 1994, the Crimson is 34-13 (.723) in games played in the month of September. Harvard boasts a 25-6 (.806) mark since 2001 and has won eight straight in September.
Harvard completed its 17th undefeated season in program history and third under head coach Tim Murphy in 2015. The Crimson also earned its seventh undefeated season in Ivy play.
The Crimson has gone undefeated in 2001, 2004 and 2014 under Murphy.
Harvard is 30-9 in its last 39 road games (.769). The Crimson is 22-5 (.815) in its last 27 Ivy League road games.