Harvard at Columbia
Harvard has won 13-straight road games, a program record (Gil Talbot).
The No. 13/15 Harvard football team travels to New York City to take on Columbia in an Ivy League contest Saturday afternoon. The game, which will be carried exclusively on the Ivy League Digital Network, is slated for a 1:05 p.m. kickoff. Harvard, which is one of 14 remaining undefeated teams in Division I, stands at 7-0 overall and 4-0 in Ivy games, while the Lions are 2-5 and 1-3.
The Crimson, the only undefeated team in Division I last season, has won 21-straight games, tied for the longest active streak in Division I (Ohio State). Harvard has also won a program-record 15-consecutive Ivy League games and a school-record 13-straight road contests.
About the Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a third season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.
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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.
Ivy League Title Race
With three games remaining, Harvard sits alone in first place with a 4-0 Ivy League record. Dartmouth and Penn are tied for second at 3-1, while Princeton and Brown are in fourth at 2-2.
Saturday's game will be the 74th all-time meeting between Harvard and Columbia with the first game having been played in 1877 (8-0 Harvard win). The Crimson controls the series, 58-14-1, including 50-8-1 since Ivy League play began 1956. Harvard has claimed 11-straight victories against Columbia, the longest streak since winning 16-consecutive contests between 1979-1994. Harvard has shut out the Lions in three-straight contests, or the last 189:31 of action.
Harvard quarterback Scott Hosch, who threw the game-winning touchdown pass with 38 seconds left last week vs. Dartmouth, has amassed 1,937 yards, 14 touchdowns and only three interceptions 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. The Crimson, which has held opponents to a total of 23 points in the last four games, is outscoring opponents, 277-60, overall.
Last Time Out
Scott Hosch threw for 276 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner with 38 seconds left on a five-yard play to Justice Shelton-Mosley, as the Crimson came back from a 13-0 deficit to top Dartmouth, 14-13. Jacob Lindsey forced a fumble with 2:54 remaining, and Matt Koran scooped up the ball to give the Crimson the ball back, setting up the score by Shelton-Mosley. With one second remaining, Stone Hart blocked a potential 46-yard game-winning field goal attempt, preserving the comeback victory.
Connor Sheehan '15 tied the Harvard single-game, season and career records by returning two interceptions for touchdowns in a 45-0 win over Columbia at Harvard Stadium on Nov. 8, 2014. Sheehan returned the first INT 48 yards in the first quarter and had a 49-yard return in the third. Semar Smith rushed 11 times for 114 yards and a touchdown, while Paul Stanton, Jr. also ran 11 times for 83 yards and a score.
Legendary Coach Matchup
Saturday's contests features two of the winningest coaches in Ivy League history. Al Bagnoli has won 113 Ivy contests between his time at Penn and Columbia, and Tim Murphy has claimed 108 Ancient Eight victories at Harvard.
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 15-straight Ivy League opponents since 2013. The 15-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.
Longest Ivy Win Streaks
Team Years Ended By
20 Penn ................... 2001-04........Harvard, 31-10
18 Penn ................... 2008-11........Brown, 6-0
17 Penn ................... 1992-95........Columbia, 24-14
17 Penn ................... 2008-12........Yale, 27-13
13 Penn ................... 1983-85........Harvard, 17-6
13 Yale .................... 1967-68........Harvard, 29-29
13 Princeton...........1964-65........Dartmouth, 28-14
12 Harvard................2001-02.......Penn, 44-9
Scott Hosch is the first quarterback in Harvard history to start his career 13-0. Hosch went 6-0 last year and is 7-0 this season.
Over the last five weeks, the Crimson has held opponents to a total of 23 points. This marks the best defensive effort in five-straight games since the end of the 1931 and beginning of 1932 seasons (23 points in five games).
Offense Clicking Early
Harvard has scored 277 points in its first seven games this season (41 at Rhode Island, 53 vs. Brown, 45 vs. Georgetown, 40 at Cornell, 42 at Lafayette, 42 vs. Princeton and 14 vs. Dartmouth). This marks the most through seven games since it scored a combined 297 points against Dartmouth (W, 48-0), Exeter (W, 62-0), Amherst (W, 26-0), Williams (W, 55-0), Boston Athletic Association (W, 40-0), Chicago Athletic Club (W, 32-0) and MIT (W, 34-0) to start the 1892 season.
The Crimson defense has surrendered only a total of 60 points through seven games (10 at Rhode Island, 27 vs. Brown, 0 vs. Georgetown, 3 at Cornell, 3 at Lafayette, 10 vs. Princeton, 13 vs. Dartmouth). Harvard last gave up that few points in the first seven games in 1966 when it surrendered a total of 53 (7 vs. Lafayette, 0 vs. Tufts, 7 at Columbia, 0 vs. Cornell, 14 vs Dartmouth, 7 vs. Penn and 18 at Princeton).
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.
Win Over Ranked Foe
With Harvard's 14-13 over then-No. 22/22 Dartmouth, the Crimson picked up its first victory over a ranked team since topping No. 11 Yale, 37-6, in 2007.
Keep On Winning
Harvard has the FCS's longest current winning streak. The Crimson has won 21-straight dating back to its dramatic 24-21 win over Dartmouth at Harvard Stadium Nov. 2, 2013. The current 21-game streak is tied for the fourth- 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. 21 games – 2013-present
The Crimson's 21-game win streak is the tied for the longest active Division I (Ohio State).
Harvard, which has won 21-straight games and was the only Division I team to go undefeated in 2014 (10-0), is one of 14 remaining unbeaten teams, including one of three FCS squads, in 2015.
Making The Kicks
Kenny Smart has hit 36-of-38 PATs this fall, ranking him tied for third for most extra points for a single-season in school history (David Mothander '14, 52 in 2012).
Ivy Coaching Wins
Tim Murphy ranks third all-time in Ivy League wins.
Carm Cozza Yale 135
Al Bagnoli Penn/Columbia 113
Tim Murphy Harvard 108
Bob Blackman Dartmouth/Cornell 100
Joe Restic Harvard 92