Harvard vs. Dartmouth
Harvard has won 20-straight games and is 11-0 all-time in night games at Harvard Stadium (Gil Talbot).
The No. 15/16 Harvard football team hosts No. 22/22 Dartmouth in a pivotal Ivy League showdown under the lights of Harvard Stadium Friday evening. The game will be carried live on the NBC Sports Network and is slated for a 7:35 p.m. kickoff. Harvard and Dartmouth, two of 17 remaining undefeated teams in Division I, stand at 6-0 overall and 3-0 in Ivy games. The Crimson and Big Green are two of the five remaining undefeated FCS programs.
The Crimson, which was the only undefeated team in Division I last season, has won 20-straight games, the second-longest active streak in Division I (Ohio State, 21). Harvard has also won a program-record 14-consecutive Ivy League games and has extended its home win streak to 10 games.
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Saturday's game will be the 119th all-time meeting between Harvard and Dartmouth with the first game having been played in 1882 (8-0 Harvard win). The Crimson leads the series, 68-45-5, including 35-22-2 since Ivy League play began 1956. Harvard has claimed 11-straight victories against Dartmouth, the longest streak since winning 18-consecutive contests between 1882 and 1902.
Harvard quarterback Scott Hosch, who is coming off a career-high 437-yard performance against Princeton, has thrown for 1,661 yards, 10 touchdowns and only one interception this fall. Running back Paul Stanton, Jr. ranks second in school history with 38 total career touchdowns and 36 rushing scores and is third with 228 career points. Stanton has rushed for at least 100 yards in each of the last four games. The Crimson, which has held opponents to a total of 10 points in the last four games, is outscoring opponents, 263-47, overall, including 141-20 in the first half of games. This is Harvard's first matchup with a ranked team since falling at No. 18 Penn, 34-14, on Nov. 13, 2010.
Last Time Out
Scott Hosch threw for a career-high 437 yards (29-of-40 passing) and two TDs, as the Crimson won its 20th-straight game, knocking off Princeton, 42-7, at Harvard Stadium Oct. 24. Hosch's 437 yards was the third-most in team history. Paul Stanton, Jr. added 119 rushing yards and two scores, and Andrew Fischer (10 catches, 190 yards) and Ben Braunecker (seven catches, 133 yards) were Hosch's favorite targets.
In last year's 23-12 win at Memorial Field, Paul Stanton, Jr. ran for a-then career-high 180 yards and had two rushing scores, as the Crimson improved to 7-0 and 4-0 in Ivy play. The Harvard defense forced five fumbles, and Sean Ahern led the team with 10 tackles.
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).
The Crimson has set a program record by topping 14-straight Ivy League opponents since 2013. The 14-consecutive conference victories is the longest active streak in Division I.
The current streak began with the 24-21 win over Dartmouth on Nov. 2, 2013.
Scott Hosch is the first quarterback in Harvard history to start his career 12-0. Hosch went 6-0 last year and is 6-0 this season.
Over the last four weeks, the Crimson has held opponents to a total of 10 points. This marks the best defensive effort in four-straight games since the end of the 1931 and beginning of 1932 seasons (three points in four games).
Offense Clicking Early
Harvard has scored 263 points in its first six games this season (41 at Rhode Island, 53 vs. Brown, 45 vs. Georgetown, 40 at Cornell, 42 at Lafayette and 42 vs. Princeton). This marks the most through six games since it scored a combined 263 points against Dartmouth (W, 48-0), Exeter (W, 62-0), Amherst (W, 26-0), Williams (W, 55-0), Boston Athletic Association (W, 40-0) and Chicago Athletic Club (W, 32-0) to start the 1892 season.
The Crimson defense has surrendered only a total of 47 points through six games (10 at Rhode Island, 27 vs. Brown, 0 vs. Georgetown, 3 at Cornell, 3 at Lafayette, 10 vs. Princeton). Harvard last gave up that few points in the first six games in 1966 when it surrendered a total of 35 (7 vs. Lafayette, 0 vs. Tufts, 7 at Columbia, 0 vs. Cornell, 13 vs Dartmouth), 7 vs. Penn).
Between the final touchdown surrendered in the win over Brown Sept. 26 and Princeton's TD in the second quarter Oct. 24, the Crimson defense went 212:30 in-between allowing the opposition to get in the endzone.
Keep On Winning
Harvard has the FCS's longest current winning streak. The Crimson has won 20-straight dating back to its dramatic 24-21 win over Dartmouth at Harvard Stadium Nov. 2, 2013. The current 20-game streak is the fifth longest in team history.
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. 20 games – 2013-present
Harvard, which has won 20-straight games and was the only Division I team to go undefeated in 2014 (10-0), is one of 17 remaining unbeaten teams in 2015.
Historic Outputs vs. Tigers
In Harvard's 42-7 win over Princeton Oct. 24, the Crimson posted several notable offensive achievements including:
- Two 100-yard receivers (Andrew Fischer, 190 and Ben Braunecker, 133) - first time since at Princeton in 2012
- A 400-yard passer (Scott Hosch, 437) - most since Colton Chapple '13 (448) at Princeton in 2012
- Four 100-yard all-purpose players (Andrew Fischer, 255; Ben Braunecker, 133; Paul Stanton, Jr., 121 and Justice Shelton-Mosley, 121) since at Princeton in 2012
- Most team total yards (647) since at Princeton in 2014 (698)
- Most individual total yards (Scott Hosch, 447) since Colton Chapple '13 (530) at Princeton in 2012
- Most individual receiving yards (Andrew Fischer, 190) since Kyle Juszczyk '13 (192) at Princeton in 2012