No. 24 Football Opens Home Slate vs. Brown Saturday on FOX College Sports


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Harvard vs. Brown
Saturday, Sept. 26
Harvard Stadium
FOX College Sports/ILDN
Eric Frede, Steve DeOssie, Katy Fitzpatrick
Live Stats
Harvard (1-0, 0-0 Ivy)
Brown (0-1, 0-0 Ivy)
Harvard leads, 82-30-2
W, 22-14 (Sept. 27, 2014)
W4
Harvard vs. Brown (PDF)


Harvard carries a 15-game winning streak into Harvard Stadium (Rafael Suanes).

The Storyline
The No. 24 Harvard football team will host Ivy League rival Brown in the Crimson's home opener under the lights of Harvard Stadium. Harvard, which is playing the first of three home night contests this fall, stands at 1-0, while the Bears sit at 0-1. Saturday's showdown will be shown live on FOX College Sports and will be available following the game on the Ivy League Digital Network.

The Crimson, which was the only undefeated team in Division I last season, has won 15-straight games, the second-longest active streak in Division I (Ohio State, 16). Harvard has also claimed 11-consecutive games against Ivy League opponents, one shy of the program record set from 2001-02.

About the Ivy League Digital Network (Brown game will be available on-demand)
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Social Stream
Use the Social Stream on GoCrimson.com to stay connected with the Crimson on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram this year. The Social Stream brings the conversation from all three platforms into one convenient location, allowing fans of all Harvard Athletics teams to monitor the action in real time.

Series History 
Saturday's game will be the 115th all-time meeting between Harvard and Brown, with the Crimson controlling the series, 82-30-2. Harvard, which won 21-straight games against the Bears to open the series from 1893-1913, has topped Brown four years in a row and taken five of the last six contests against its Ivy rival.

The Numbers
Scott Hosch, who has tabbed the College Sports Madness Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week and Ivy Co-Offensive Player of the Week, threw for a career-high 336 yards and three touchdowns in the 41-10 victory for the Crimson at Rhode Island Sept. 19. Paul Stanton, Jr., rushed for a four-yard touchdown, giving him 30 total touchdowns for his career and moving him into sole possession of second place in the Crimson record books (Clifton Dawson '07, 66). Matt Koran paced the Crimson defense with nine tackles.

In Brown's 20-16 defeat to Bryant Sept. 19, quarterback Marcus Fuller tossed for 403 yards and a touchdown on 32-of-52 passing, while Troy Doles pulled in six catches for 147 yards and a TD. Linebackers Max Tylki and Michael Walsh both finished with 2.0 tackles for a loss for the Bears.

Last Time Out
Harvard opened the 2015 campaign with a 41-10 win on the road at Rhode Island Sept. 19. The Crimson scored in all four quarters and outgained the Rams, 476-310. Five Crimson receivers (Anthony Firkser, Andrew Fischer, Ben Braunecker, Seitu Smith II and Ryan Halvorson) finished with more than 50 yards. Scott Peters blocked a punt, and Kolbi Brown returned it for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, the first blocked punt return for a touchdown for Harvard since D.J. Monroe against Holy Cross in 2012.

Last Year's Meeting
A year ago, Scott Hosch made his first career start under center, completing 24-of-34 passes for 234 yards, including a nine-yard touchdown to Andrew Fischer in the first quarter to lead the Crimson to a 22-14 victory at Brown Stadium. The quarterback also rushed for a game-clinching touchdown in the fourth quarter. Paul Stanton, Jr. accumulated 120 yards on the ground with one touchdown, while Fischer pulled in 12 receptions for 115 yards, including the TD.

#HarvardTop5

 

Going For Three
Harvard has won at least a share of the last two Ivy League titles and is seeking to become the first team to capture three consecutive Ancient Eight titles since Dartmouth (1990-92).

Ivy Win Streak

The Crimson has topped 11-straight Ivy League opponents since 2013 and is just one victory shy of the all-time program record.

The current streak began with the 24-21 win over Dartmouth on Nov. 2, 2013.

Harvard defeated Brown, 27-20, on Sept. 22, 2001 and won 12 straight until falling at Penn, 44-9, on Nov. 16, 2002.

Nation's Best D

The Crimson currently ranks fourth in the nation in 2015 in scoring defense (10.0 points allowed per game)

Ivy Coaching Wins

Tim Murphy ranks third all-time in Ivy League wins.

Carm Cozza             Yale                         135

Al Bagnoli                                Penn                        112

Tim Murphy             Harvard                  104

Bob Blackman         Dartmouth/Cornell    100

Joe Restic                   Harvard                       92

Keep On Winning

Harvard has the FCS's longest current winning streak. The Crimson has won 15-straight dating back to its dramatic 24-21 win over Dartmouth at Harvard Stadium Nov. 2, 2013. The current 15-game streak is tied for the fifth longest in team history (2011-12). 

Harvard's Longest Win Streaks

1.             24 games- 1890-91

2.             23 games- 1901-02

3.             22 games- 1912-14

4.             21 games- 1898-99

5.             15 games – 2013-present

The Crimson's 15-game win streak is the second-longest active Division I (Ohio State, 16).

Harvard has also won 11 straight Ivy League contests. The 11-consecutive conference victories are the second longest active streak in Division I (Florida State, 23).

Road Streak

Dating back to the beginning of the 2013 season, Harvard has rattled off 11-consecutive wins on the road. The streak is the longest in the FCS and third longest in all of Division I Ohio State, 14; Florida State, 13).

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.

Spreading It Around

In Harvard's 41-10 win at Rhode Island, Sept. 19, five Crimson receivers (Anthony Firkser, Andrew Fischer, Ben Braunecker, Seitu Smith II and Ryan Halvorson) finished with more than 50  yards. This marked the first time Harvard has finished with that many receivers in program history.

Running The Ball

Harvard has scored at least one rushing touchdown in 25-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.

Under Center

Quarterback Scott Hosch is 7-0 as the starting quarterback over the last two years. Hosch finished 2014 109-of-176 passing (.619) with 1,428 yards and eight touchdowns. This season, he is 18-of-27 (.667) for 336 yards and three TDs.

Return It

Andrew Fischer ranks tied for second in school history in punt return average (10.4) and fourth in in career kickoff return average (22.5).

Stanton Hits The Record Books

Senior running back Paul Stanton, Jr. has moved up to sixth in team history with 2,169 career rushing yards on 356 carries (6.1 avg.) Stanton is also second in the Harvard record books with 30 total touchdowns and fourth with 28 career 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 107-42 (.718) in games played in New England. Since the 2001 campaign, Harvard stands at 82-15 (.845), and the team is 28-2 since the start of 2012 (.933) in contests held in the region.

September Under Murphy

Since Tim Murphy began patrolling the Harvard sideline in 1994, the Crimson is 35-13 (.729) in games played in the month of September. Harvard boasts a 26-6 (.813) mark since 2001 and has won nine straight in September.

Road Trip

Harvard is 31-9 in its last 40 road games (.775). The Crimson is 22-5 (.815) in its last 27 Ivy League road games.

Undefeated

Harvard completed its 17th undefeated season in program history and third under head coach Tim Murphy in 2014. The Crimson also earned its seventh undefeated season in Ivy play.

The Crimson has gone undefeated in 2001, 2004 and 2014 under Murphy.

One Pass Play, One TD

In Harvard's 41-10 win at Rhode Island Sept. 19, Quarterback Jimmy Meyer threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to Justice Shelton-Mosley in the fourth quarter. The pass was the first of Meyer's career, making him 1-of-1.

Over Par

Harvard has scored points in an Ivy League and school-record 169-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).

Keeping Points Off The Board

For the 46th time in the Tim Murphy era, the Crimson held an opponent to less than 10 points, as Harvard topped Columbia, 45-0, on Nov. 8, 2014. In those 46 games, the Crimson owns a 44-2 record.

Successful Signal Callers

Ten of the last 11 Harvard QBs have won their first career start. Six of those games have come on the road, including the last four.

Garrett Schires.. vs. Lafayette.. Oct. 18, 2003

Richard Irvin.......... at Holy Cross Sept. 17, 2005

Liam O'Hagan...... vs. Brown       Sept. 24, 2005

Chris Pizzotti........ vs. Holy Cross Sept. 6, 2006

Jeff Witt................. at Brown......... Sept.13, 2006

Andrew Hatch..... vs. Holy Cross Sept. 18, 2010

Colton Chapple.. at Lafayette.. Oct. 2, 2010

Conner Hempel. at San Diego Sept. 21, 2013

Michael Pruneau.............................. at Cornell Oct. 12, 2013

Scott Hosch.......... at Brown......... Sept. 27, 2014

Harvard Coach Tim Murphy

In his 22nd season as Harvard's all-time winningest head coach, Tim Murphy enters Saturday's game with a 148-62 record with the Crimson and a 180-106-1 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 148 and he is just one of five coaches to win 100-plus games. Murphy also owns 104 Ivy League wins, third most all-time. Murphy has led Harvard to eight Ivy League championships (1997, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013 and 2014). He is 14-7 vs. Brown as Harvard head coach.

Brown Coach Phil Estes

Phil Estes has entered his 18th season coaching the Bears and is 103-67 entering Saturday's game. A 1980 graduate of New Hampshire, Estes has led Brown to three Ivy League titles (1999, 2005, 2008) and owns a 4-13 record against the Crimson since taking over in 1998.

Opening Day

Harvard has won 13 of the last 15 season openers and is an impressive 117-23-2 (.831) in the first game of the season. Under current head coach Tim Murphy, the Crimson is 16-6 (.727) on opening day.

Harvard vs. The CAA

With Harvard's 41-10 win at Rhode Island Sept. 19, the Crimson boasts a record of 24-4-2 against schools currently in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).

One Of The Best

Since the beginning of the 2013 season, Harvard owns a 20-1 record (
.952), which is the second best winning percentage in Division I.

Best Records Since Start of 2013 Season:

Florida State 30-1 (.967)

Harvard – 20-1 (.952)

NDSU 32-2 (.941)

Ohio State 29-3 (.906)

Michigan State 27-3 (.900)

#GameDayAtTheGame

For the first time, ESPN's College Gameday was hosted by Harvard on Nov. 22, 2014. Viewed by approximately 1.9 million viewers, the Emmy Award-winning show aired live on Harvard's Dillon Quad. It marked the second time the Crimson appeared on the program, as Penn hosted College Gameday in 2002 on a day it faced the Crimson at Franklin Field.

Twelve years to the day Penn and Harvard were on Gameday in 2002 (Nov. 16), ESPN announced Harvard would host the show.

Offense Clicking Under Murphy

With its 41-point performance at Rhode Island Sept. 19, 2015, Harvard improved to 32-1 (.970) 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.

Ball Control

Since 2000, Harvard is 29-1 (.967) when it does not fumble and 27-0 when not committing a turnover.

Preseason Accolades

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.

Crimson Colored Ivy

Since the formation of the Ivy League in 1956, Harvard has been the winningest team during league play. The Crimson also has a conference-best 257 victories.

Team         W             L              T               Ivy Titles

Harvard  257         147         9              16

Dartmouth  241        163         9              17

Yale         237         168         8              14

Princeton 222         186         5              10

Penn        220         189         4              16

Brown      178         228         7              4

Cornell     177         231         5              3

Columbia 93           315         5              1

Harvard is the only Ivy League school with a winning record against all other Ivies.

Harvard                  7

Yale                         6

Dartmouth               4

Princeton                                 4

Penn                        3

Brown                      2

Cornell                     2

Columbia                                 0

Harvard's lowest winning percentage is .525 against Princeton.

Stanton Runs Wild

Stanton's 235 rushing yards at Penn Nov. 15 of last year was the third most for a single-game in school history behind Matt Johnson '92 (323 yards at Brown in 1991) and Chris Menick '00 (261 yards vs. Holy Cross in 1997). Stanton carried the ball 22 times and had a long rush of 75 yards on a TD in the second quarter. He also finished with three catches for 41 yards, giving him 276 all-purpose yards on the day. Stanton's all-purpose yard total was the most for a Harvard player since Matt Johnson ran for those 323 yards at Brown and his 235 rushing yards is the most since Menick's game in 1997.

Harvard Most Popular In Mass.
According to a survey released by TicketCity in August 2014, 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 In The National Polls
Harvard is appears at No. 24 in the STATS media poll and is receiving votes in the FCS Coaches poll this week.

Harvard in the national polls in 2015:

                                FCS Coaches"    STATS

Presesaon                               22 (99)              23 (620)

Sept. 7                     25 (44)              25 (324)

Sept. 14                  ARV (43)             25 (297)

Sept. 21                  ARV (42)            24 (549)

Stanton Vs. Ivy Defenses
Over the last two seasons (14 games), running back Paul Stanton, Jr., is averaging 110.4 rushing yards per game against Ivy League opponents. Stanton has scored 20 TDs on the ground and accumulated a total of 1,545 rushing yards on 244 attempts (6.3 per carry).

Long Toss
In the victory over Lafayette on Oct. 18, 2014, 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.

Brothers In The Endzone
Brothers Seitu and Semar Smith both scored touchdowns in Harvard's victory over Columbia Nov. 8. 2014. Seitu, a senior had a 22-yard TD grab late in the second quarter, and Semar rushed for a three-yard score early in the third stanza.

Lonely At The Top

Harvard is the only school in Division I Football Championship Subdivision that has registered three unbeaten, untied seasons since 1995. The Crimson was 9-0 in the 2001 season before going 10-0 in 2004 and 10-0 in 2014.

Shutout Streak

The Crimson has shut out Columbia for three-straight seasons and 189:31 of action overall, dating back to 2011. This marks the first time the Crimson has shut down opponents in that many games since holding Brown scoreless in 1932, 1933 and 1934. Harvard has outscored the Lions, 148-0, during this stretch.

Into The Night

After 1,204 games, Harvard played its first night game Sept. 22, 2007. The Crimson is 9-0 all-time in night games at Harvard Stadium following its 41-18 win over Holy Cross last season. Harvard is 4-0 at home at night against Holy Cross, 4-0 vs. Brown and 1-0 against Dartmouth 

The Crimson drew 18,898 fans to its first-ever night game in 2007 against Brown at The Stadium. A year later, in its 2008 opener against Holy Cross, the Crimson drew 20,462 in the first Friday night game at The Stadium. 17,256 fans attended Harvard's night game against Brown last season, and 15,132 passed through the gates at Harvard Stadium for its night game against Holy Cross in 2014.

Harvard will play a program-record three night games in 2015: Brown (Sept. 26), Georgetown (Oct. 2) and Dartmouth (Oct. 30).

The Crimson is averaging 16,169 fans in its night home games, with an all-time high of 21,704 in a 34-6 win over Holy Cross in 2010.

Non-Conference Call

Harvard has won 30 of its last 37 non-league games dating back to 2003 (.811). Harvard finished 3-0 against non-Ivy foes last year and is 1-0 against non-conference opponents in 2015.

The Crimson has rattled off 12-straight victories against non-Ivy League opponents. The last non-Ivy team to defeat Harvard was Holy Cross (30-22) Sept. 17, 2011.

Preseason Prognostication

The Crimson was chosen first in the Ivy League football preseason media poll in August. Harvard received 11 first-place votes and led Dartmouth (four first-place votes) by 14 points in the poll.

2015 Ivy League Preseason Media Poll:

Rank School             Points

1. Harvard (11)       130

2. Dartmouth (4)     116

3. Yale (1)                                98

4. Princeton             82

5. Brown (1)             80

6. Penn                    51

7. Columbia             29

8. Cornell                 26

Clean Sheet

Harvard's 45-0 win over Columbia on Nov. 8 marked the Crimson's third shutout in as many seasons. During head coach Tim Murphy's tenure in Cambridge, Harvard has held opponents scoreless 11 times, including five times against Columbia and two times against Dartmouth.

Harvard shutouts since 1994:

Oct. 26, 1996 vs. Princeton    W, 24-0

Nov. 1, 1997 at Dartmouth    W, 24-0

Nov. 15, 1997 vs. Penn           W, 33-0

Nov. 4, 2000 vs. Columbia       W, 34-0

Oct. 11, 2003 at Cornell         W, 27-0

Sept. 18, 2004 vs. Holy Cross W, 35-0

Nov. 6, 2004 vs. Columbia       W, 38-0

Oct. 28, 2006 at Dartmouth   W, 28-0

Nov. 3, 2012 vs. Columbia       W, 69-0

Nov. 9, 2013 at Columbia       W, 34-0

Nov. 8, 2014 vs. Columbia       W, 45-0

Ivy Era Coaches

Since the formation of the Ivy League in 1956, just seven coaches have reached the 100-win plateau, with two of them being Harvard men.

Carm Cozza             Yale                         179

Tim Murphy             Harvard                  148

Al Bagnoli                                Penn, Columbia       148

Edward Robinson     Brown                        140*

Bob Blackman,         Dartmouth & Cornell 127

George Woodruff    Penn                          124*

Tuss McLaughry       Brown & Dartmouth  120

Joe Restic               Harvard                    117

Lou Little                  Columbia                                 110

*-pre Ivy League formation

Most Games On The Sideline

Since the formation of Ivy League football, many historic figures have patrolled the sidelines as head coaches. Tim Murphy has moved into seventh place on the all-time list for games coached in the Ivy League.

Carm Cozza             Yale                         303

Tuss McLaughry       Brown                      244

Lou Little                  Columbia                 236

Edward Robinson     Brown                      234

Al Bagnoli                                Penn, Columbia       229

Joe Restic                               Harvard                    220

Tim Murphy             Harvard                  210

Bob Blackman         Dartmouth/Cornell    208

Coming Down With It

Wide receiver Andrew Fischer is tied for 11th in school history with 92 receptions. Fischer has 1,094 receiving yards and seven touchdowns to his credit.

Harvard On National TV

The Crimson will play seven games on national or regional television this season.

Date        Game                       Network

Sept. 26  Brown at Harvard    FOX College Sports

Oct. 2        Georgetown at Harvard               ESPN3

Oct. 10      Harvard at Cornell      ASN

Oct. 24      Princeton at Harvard   ASN

Oct. 30      Dartmouth at Harvard NBC Sports Network

Nov. 14     Penn at Harvard         ASN

Nov. 21     Harvard at Yale          NBC Sports Network

The Crimson was 7-0 in TV games in 2014.

Record-Breaking Effort on D

Linebacker Connor Sheehan '15 returned three interceptions for touchdowns last season, setting a new school single-season record. Sheehan INTs for 49 and 48 yards against Columbia and had a 90-yard TD return off an interception against Yale.

Patriot Games

Harvard has amassed a 202-137-8 (.594) record against opponents currently in the Patriot Football League. Harvard was 3-0 against Patriot League teams in 2014, topping Holy Cross, Georgetown and Lafayette.

Where We Are Now

Saturday's game will be Harvard's 1,284th varsity football game. The Crimson has an all-time record of 849-384-50 (.681).

Crimson Overtime History

Harvard boasts the best overtime winning percentage among Ivy League schools (.714). Here is a look at each team's record in overtime:

                Brown............. 4-7 (.364)

                Columbia...... 3-3 (.500)

                Cornell............ 5-5 (.500)

                Dartmouth.. 4-6 (.400)

                Harvard.......... 5-2 (.714)

                Penn................ 6-6 (.500)

                Princeton..... 8-7 (.533)

                Yale.................. 6-3 (.667)

                TOTAL............. 37-36 (.506)

Harvard's All-Time Overtime Games:
Sept. 21, 1996...........at Columbia..........L, 13-20
Oct. 17, 1998...........vs. Holy Cross....W, 20-14
Oct. 25, 2003...........vs. Princeton......W, 43-40
Sept. 24, 2005............vs. Brown............W, 38-35 (2ot)
Nov. 19, 2005...........at Yale...................W, 30-24 (3ot)
Oct. 5, 2013...............at Holy Cross.....W, 41-35 (3ot)
Oct. 26, 2013.............vs. Princeton......L, 48-51 (3ot)

Ivy Openers

In its 21 years under head coach Tim Murphy, the Crimson is 16-5 in its Ivy League openers since 1994.

The Captain

Linebacker Matt Koran was named the 142nd captain of Harvard football. The Crimson elects just one captain each season.

Best In The FCS

Harvard has had considerable success since 2001 ranking No. 1 among the Football Championships Subdivision's top 10 in winning percentage.

1. Harvard                    115      25         .821

2. North Dakota State 113      32         .779

3. Montana                   149      44         .772

4. Dayton                       118      38         .756

Half Full

The Crimson is 81-3 (.964) when leading at halftime since the start of the 2003 season. Harvard last surrendered a halftime lead against Princeton on Oct. 20, 2012 (led 20-0, lost 39-34).

When At Home...

Harvard outscored opponents at home, 165-63, last fall.

Magic Numbers

Harvard is 302-6-1 (.979) all-time when the Crimson scores 30 or more points.

Double Trouble

Harvard has reached double figures in scoring in 52-straight games and 119 of its last 120 contests. The last team to hold Harvard to single digits was Penn (7) in 2009.

Thirty Road

Harvard has reached the 30-point plateau in 20 of its last 25 road games and has scored at least 40 in seven of its last 17.

The Crimson has also scored at least 30 points in 26 of its last 31 games overall.

Ivy League Mark

Harvard's 69-0 victory over Columbia Nov. 3, 2012, set an Ivy League record for margin of victory. It also tied Harvard's modern era record for points in a game, last set in 1946 against Coast Guard and again in 1926 at Tufts.

Stingy

In its last 73 Ivy League games, just eight teams have managed 400 yards of total offense against Harvard.

Dominance At The Stadium

The Crimson won 15 straight home games between Nov. 6, 2010 and Oct. 19, 2013 before losing to Princeton in triple overtime Oct. 26, 2013.  During that stretch, Harvard also claimed 10 consecutive wins against Ivy opponents at home. Since the loss to Princeton in 2013, the Crimson has won seven straight at home, tied for the fourth-longest active streak in the FCS (North Dakota State, 24; Illinois State, 14; Morgan State, 8; Southeastern Louisiana, 7).

Since the start of the 2010 season, the Crimson is 24-2 (.923) in the friendly confines of Harvard Stadium.

Rising Tide

Harvard's 49 first half points against Holy Cross Sept. 28, 2012 set a modern era record for points scored in the first half. The previous record had been 41 set in 2005 at Columbia.

The 49 points tied a modern record for points scored in any half, trying the mark set at Columbia in 1985.

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 ranked third all-time in a single-season in school history.

Last fall, Stanton has run for 11 TDs, giving him 28 rushing scores and 30 total for his career. Stanton ranks fourth in career rushing touchdowns and is second in overall touchdowns, trailing only Clifton Dawson '07 (66).

Recovery Time

Since 2007, Harvard is 12-0 following a loss. The Crimson has not lost consecutive games since weeks nine and 10 of the 2006 season

Lucky Seven

Harvard has finished with at least seven wins in each of the last 14 years and is the only program in Ivy League history to have such a stretch of success. Seven years ago, Harvard became the first Ivy team with seven such seasons together.

The current stretch is the Crimson's best 14-year run since a 28-year streak of seven-plus win seasons came to an end in 1911.

Out Of The Gates

Harvard has won its Ivy League opener in 14 of the last 16 seasons with 13 of the wins coming against Brown and the other coming against Columbia.

Crimson in October

Since the 2006 season, Harvard owns a 32-5 record (.865) in games played during the month of October.

Speed Limit

Harvard's 35-point second quarter outburst against Columbia Nov. 3, 2012 marked the most points scored in any quarter in its modern era. The previous mark had been 31, set in the first quarter against Bucknell in 1968.

Running To Par

Since 2000, Harvard is 56-9 (.862) when a player rushes for 100 yards.

Run Stoppers

Harvard has held 26 of its last 48 Ivy League foes under 100 yards rushing, dating back to the 2008 season.

Going back to 2006, the Crimson has held Ivy foes under 100 yards in 36 of 62 games including five times each in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2014. 

800

With its win at Lehigh on Oct. 3, 2009, Harvard became the ninth school in Division I to record 800 wins all-time.

Friendly Confines

Harvard is 436-218-34 (.658) all-time in Harvard Stadium. The program's 400th home victory came in 2006 in a 33-23 win over Cornell in front of 13,287 fans.

Harvard In The NFL

The Crimson had five former players on NFL rosters on opening weekend in 2015.

HARVARD 2015 NFL OPENING DAY ROSTERS

Active:

Desmond Bryant - Cleveland Browns (7th Season)

Nick Easton - San Francisco 49ers (1st Season)

Ryan Fitzpatrick – New York Jets (11th Season)

Kyle Juszczyk - Baltimore Ravens (3rd Season)

Practice Squad:

Cameron Brate - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2nd Season)

Quick Strike

During its 35-point second quarter against Columbia Nov. 3, 2012, Harvard scored three touchdowns in a span of 45 seconds. The last comparable stretch of scoring came in 1985 when Harvard scored 21 points in 41 seconds during a victory over Holy Cross.

Home Opener

Harvard has won its last 14 home openers.

The Stadium

Harvard's record at Harvard Stadium since 2001 is 59-10 (.855). The Crimson has won 42 of its last 47 there (.894). The team has seven undefeated home marks in the stretch.

2001       6-0

2004       5-0

2007       5-0

2008       5-0

2011       5-0

2012       6-0

2014       5-0

The Digits

Entering 2015, Harvard's record over the past ...

Two seasons            19-1 (.950)

Three seasons         27-3 (.900)

Four seasons           36-4 (.900)

Five season              43-7 (.860)

Six seasons              50-10 (.833)

Seven seasons         59-11 (.843)

Eight seasons          67-13 (.838)

Nine seasons           74-16 (.822)

10 seasons             81-19 (.810)

Recognition

Harvard has had at least one All-American in each of the last 16 years.

Champions Abound

Every four-year player recruited by Crimson head coach Tim Murphy has both graduated and been part of at least one Ivy League championship team. Murphy has led Harvard to Ivy League championships in 1997, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013 and 2014.

Success

Over the past 18 years, Harvard has won eight Ivy League championships (six outright) and had three undefeated seasons while posting the Football Championships Subdivision's highest winning percentage during the 2000's (.802).

Playing The Percentages

In 2009, Harvard football put the finishing touches on a decade that saw Harvard post the second-highest national winning percentage in the Football Championship Subdivision and seventh highest in all of Division I. Harvard's .768 winning percentage from 2000-09 trailed only Montana while FBS schools Texas, Boise State, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Florida were the only schools to finish ahead of Tim Murphy's Crimson. Rounding out the national top 10 in the decade was LSU, USC and Appalachian State.

Best records since 2001:

1. Boise State          159         27           .855

2. Harvard              115         25           .821

3. Ohio State           141         32           .815

4. Oklahoma            151         39           .795

5. LSU                      145         40           .784

6. Montana              144         42           .774

7. USC                     129         40           .763

8. Dayton                 118         38           .756

9. TCU                     135         44           .754

10. Texas                 138         46           .750

Crimson Among The All-Time Best

Harvard currently ranks ninth among all college football programs -- and second among FCS schools -- in all-time wins.

                SCHOOL          WINS

1.             Michigan          917

2.             Yale                 885

2.             Notre Dame    885

4.             Texas               882

5.             Nebraska         875

6.             Ohio State       865^

7.             Oklahoma        852

8.             Alabama          851

9.             Penn State      851

10.           Harvard          849

11.           Penn                830*

*Penn forfeited five wins in 1997 due to the use of an ineligible player.

FCS PROGRAMS ALL-TIME

                SCHOOL                  WINS

1.             Yale                         885

2.             Harvard                  849

3.             Penn                       830

4.             Princeton                805

5.             Dartmouth              677

6.             Delaware                 675

7.             North Dakota State                673

8.             Lehigh                     672

9.             Lafayette                 669

10.           Dayton                     650

*Penn forfeited five wins in 1997 due to the use of an ineligible player.

Perfect In Postseason

Harvard has played one postseason game in its history. The Crimson defeated Oregon, 7-6, to win the Rose Bowl, Jan. 1, 1920. It's the only time since 1898 that Yale hasn't been Harvard's last opponent.

Tradition

Harvard boasts one of the oldest and most successful college football programs in America, with numerous national and Ivy League Championships in its history. Since helping inaugurate intercollegiate competition more than 150 years ago, Harvard has become synonymous with excellence in athletics and academics.

Hall Of Fame

Tim Murphy was inducted into the Springfield College Athletics Hall of Fame on Oct. 20, 2007 -- just hours after leading the Crimson to a 27-10 victory over Princeton. A 1978 graduate of the college, Murphy joined five other members as the school's 35th class to be inducted.

Down The Stretch Into November

Since 2007, the Crimson owns a 24-3 mark (.889) in contests played during the month of November.

Home Improvement

Stadium lighting and the addition of a new video board was completed in 2007 and a state-of-the-art, pressurized removable bubble is placed over the field following the conclusion of each season in December, allowing for year-round use of the 112-year-old facility. This past summer, brand new FieldTurf was installed, including brand new logos at midfield and in the endzones.

Harvard On The West Coast

For only the third time in team history, the Crimson played a game on the West Coast, downing San Diego, 42-20, on Sept. 21, 2013. Harvard won the 1920 Rose Bowl, 7-6, against Oregon on Jan. 1, 1920. Nearly three decades later, the Crimson dropped a road game at Stanford, 44-0, in Harvard's season opener on Sept. 24, 1949.

Name Recognition

Harvard Stadium, the Yale Bowl, the Rose Bowl and the L.A. Coliseum are the only college football venues recognized as National Historic Landmarks.

Harvard In The NFL Draft

Kyle Juszczyk '13 was a fourth-round draft pick by the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in April 2013.

On Sept, 21, 2014 in a game against the Cleveland Browns, Juszczyk became the first player from Harvard with a touchdown catch since Pat McInally '75 in 1980.

NFL

Over the past 17 years, Harvard has seen 29 players move on to professional careers. Harvard has had more players sign NFL contracts than any program in the Ivies in the past 15 years. Just recently, Matt Birk '98 was named the NFL's Director of Development.

Other Notable Football Alumni

Harvard football players have distinguished themselves professionally in a number of fields. Hon. Hamilton Fish '10 was a two-time All-America who went on to a distinguished career as a United States representative. Former U.S. attorney general Hon. Robert R. Kennedy '48 was a three-year letterwinner for Harvard, while his brother, Hon. Edward M. Kennedy '54 lettered for the Crimson in 1955 (and caught Harvard's lone touchdown pass against Yale in 1954); Academy Award-winning actor Tommy Lee Jones '69 was a first-team All-Ivy League offensive tackle for the Crimson and a member of Harvard's undefeated 1968 team.

Top Of The Charts

Harvard has won seven national championships in football -- in 1890, 1989, 1899, 1910, 1912, 1913 and 1919.

Four Times

Clifton Dawson '07 became just the ninth Division I player in history to reach 1,000 yards in four different seasons. The eight other players who have done it are Tony Dorsett (Pittsburgh, 1973-76), Amos Lawrence (North Carolina, 1977-80), Denvis Manns (New Mexico State, 1995-98), Jerry Azuman (New Hampshire, 1995-98), Ron Dayne (Wisconsin, 1996-99), Adrian Peterson (Georgia Southern, 1998-01), DonTrell Moore (New Mexico, 2002-05) and Steve Baylark (Massachusetts, 2003-06).

Double Agent

Harvard graduate and current offensive coordinator Joel Lamb '93 was the offensive coordinator at Yale for three years -- and assistant in New Haven for nine -- before joining the Harvard staff in 2006.

Rose Garden

Harvard has won more Rose Bowl games (one) than two current members of the Pac-12 (Arizona, Washington State) and one member of the Big Ten (Indiana). Harvard has won as many Rose Bowl titles as Oregon State, Minnesota, Penn State and Arizona State.

Miscellany

Harvard has won 141 national team championships in 19 different sports, most recently the 2014-15 women's squash College Squash Association (CSA) crown.

Harvard is the national's oldest university, founded in 1636.

Breadth

Harvard sponsors 42 varsity sports, the largest athletic program in all of NCAA Division I colleges. There are roughly 1,200 student-athletes who compete in intercollegiate athletics at Harvard -- more than any other Division I school. In 2012, Sports Illustrated placed Harvard in the top 45 of "America's Best Division I Sports Colleges," the only Ivy League school to appear in the top 50.

Ivy League Digital Network

After an incredibly successful first two years that saw over 2,000 events streamed live, the Ivy League Digital Network has returned for 2015-16, providing fans with unprecedented coverage of the Ivy League.

Multiple subscription options are available to fans including school-specific and league-wide passes.

Featuring live and on-demand video and audio content from home and away contests across a variety of sports, the nine-channel network features a channel for each of the eight schools and a League-wide channel showcasing all available digital content across the conference. 

Connect with The Ivy League® Digital Network by using the hashtag #ILDN on social media or by following the Ancient Eight on Facebook (facebook.com/TheIvyLeague), Twitter (@Ivy_Athletics) or Instagram (instagram.com/IvyLeagueSports).

In The Name

Harvard Stadium is the nation's first sports venue to use the term "Stadium." The next oldest was old Yankee Stadium.

Academics

Harvard is universally regarded as the top academic institution in America and also has the highest graduation rate (approximately 98 percent). Harvard student-athletes pursue a wide range of academic courses along with their peers. Over the past six seasons, the football team graduated an award-winning opera singer, Noah Van Niel, the FCS ADA Division I Scholar-Athlete of the year, Andrew Berry, who graduated with both a bachelor's and master's degree in four just four years, and a Rhodes Scholar in Zar Zavala.

Diversity

Harvard students are regular kids, who come from all corners of the country. With its diverse student body and metropolitan environment, Black Enterprise ranks Harvard as one of the nation's top colleges and universities for African-Americans.

Boston/Cambridge

Boston is an unrivaled "College Town" with more colleges and universities than any metro area. The Sporting News dubbed Boston the nation's best sports town in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2007. It was ranked second in 2010, 2011 and third in 2009.