No. 19 Football Opens Ivy League Slate at Brown

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Harvard at Brown
Saturday, Sept. 24
Brown Stadium
OWS/ILDN
Bill Spaulding, Jack Ford
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Harvard (1-0, 0-0 Ivy)
Brown (1-0, 0-0 Ivy)
Harvard leads, 83-30-2
W, 53-27 (Sept. 26, 2015)
W5
Harvard vs. Brown (PDF)


Harvard has won a program-record 15-straight road games (Gil Talbot).

The Storyline 

The No. 19/RV Harvard football team opens Ivy League play Saturday, as the Crimson visits conference rival Brown at Brown Stadium. Harvard, which has won three-straight Ivy titles, is coming off a 51-21 win over Rhode Island in the season opener, while the Bears defeated Bryant, 35-27, last week.

This week's contest will be broadcast live on One World Sports and the Ivy League Digital Network. 

By coaching this week, Tim Murphy will surpass long-time Harvard head coach Joe Restic (1971-93) by coaching in his 221st game with the Crimson. Murphy boasts a 157-63 record, while Restic was 117-97-6.

Series History
Saturday's game marks the 116th time that Harvard and Brown have met on the gridiron. The Crimson controls the all-time series, 83-30-2, and has won five-straight contests against their rivals from Providence, Rhode Island. Since the beginning of Ivy League play in 1956, Harvard leads the series, 41-19, against Brown. 

The Numbers
The Bears overcame a 21-0 deficit to top Bryant, 35-27, Sept. 17. Quarterback Kyle Moreno went 16-of-29 for 224 yards and three touchdowns. Moreno, who had two rushing scores on the day, ran for a two-yard score with 35 seconds left to clinch the game for Brown. The Bears' defense recorded 5.0 tackles for a loss, 3.0 sacks and three interceptions in the season-opening victory. 

Harvard, which won its 15th-straight nonconference game by topping Rhode Island, 51-21, carries the longest road winning streak in the FCS (15 games) into Saturday's matchup at Brown.

Last Time Out
Making his first-career start, Harvard QB Joe Viviano completed 24 passes for 290 yards and three TDs. Viviano also rushed for a score in the victory against Rhode Island Sept. 16. Wide receiver Justice Shelton-Mosley caught nine passes for 108 yards, tight end Anthony Firkser added seven grabs for 111 yards and two TDs and running back Semar Smith rushed 19 times for 107 yards and a score. Defensively, linebacker Luke Hutton led the Crimson with seven tackles.

Opening Day
With the victory over Rhode Island, Harvard has now won 14 of the last 16 season openers, including five in a row, and is an impressive 118-23-2 (.832) all-time in the first game of the season. Under current head coach Tim Murphy, the Crimson is 17-6 (.739) on opening day. 

Road Streak
Dating back to the beginning of the 2013 season, Harvard has rattled off 15-consecutive wins on the road, setting a new program record (breaking record set from 1974-77). The streak is the longest in the FCS and second longest in all of Division I (Ohio State, 19). 

The Crimson last lost on the road, 30-21, at Penn Nov. 10, 2012, and has gone more than three full seasons without dropping a game away from Cambridge.

Talented Tandem
In the 51-21 win over Rhode Island Sept. 16, Justice Shelton-Mosley and Anthony Firkser both surpassed 100 yards receiving. Shelton-Mosley made nine grabs for 108 yards, while Firkser had seven catches for 111 yards and two TDs. It marked the first time two Crimson players had more than 100 receiving yards since Shelton-Mosley (eight catches, 131 yards, 1 TD) and Ben Braunecker (seven catches, 130 yards, 1 TD) achieved the feat at Columbia on Nov. 7, 2015. 

Preseason Accolades
Harvard players have earned several preseason honors. Sophomore Justice Shelton-Mosley, a wide receiver, was selected to the College Football Performance Awards FCS National Performer of the Year Watch List. Shelton-Mosley also earned STATS FCS Preseason All-America honors, and senior captain Sean Ahern was tabbed to the Lott Impact Award Watch List. Ahern was the only FCS player on the Lott Impact Award Watch List.

Nation's Best D
Last season, Harvard ranked first in the FCS in rushing defense (84.4 rushing yards allowed per game) and was second in scoring defense (13.0 points allowed per contest). 

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                      110
Bob Blackman            Dartmouth/Cornell    100
Joe Restic                   Harvard                       92 

Better Than Average
With nine wins last year, Harvard clinched its 117th season at .500 or better in the program's 143-year history. It also marked the Crimson's 17th-straight year at .500 or better. 

Harvard Owns New England
Since 1994, the Crimson owns a record of 113-43 (.724) in games played in New England. Since the 2001 campaign, Harvard stands at 88-16 (.846), and the team is 34-3 since the start of 2012 (.919) in contests held in the region.  

September Under Murphy
Since Tim Murphy began patrolling the Harvard sideline in 1994, the Crimson is 37-13 (.740) in games played in the month of September. Harvard boasts a 28-6 (.824) mark since 2001 and has won 11 straight in September. 

Road Trip
Harvard is 35-9 in its last 44 road games (.795). The Crimson is 27-5 (.844) in its last 32 Ivy League road games. 

Over Par
Harvard has scored points in an Ivy League and school-record 179-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). 

Successful Signal Callers
Eleven of the last 12 Harvard QBs have won their first career start. Six of those games have come on the road. 

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

Joe Viviano.......... vs. Rhode Island..... Sept. 16, 2016

Going For Four
Harvard has won at least a share of the last three Ivy League titles and is seeking to become the first team to capture four consecutive Ancient Eight titles since Penn (1982-86). This marks the first time the Crimson has won three straight crowns. 

The other schools to win three straight: Yale (1967-69), Dartmouth (1969-73), Yale (1979-81) and Penn (1982-86).

Harvard Coach Tim Murphy
In his 23rd season as Harvard's all-time winningest head coach, Tim Murphy enters this week's game with a 157-63 record with the Crimson and a 189-108-1 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 one Ivy coach has compiled more wins than Murphy's 156 and he is just one of five coaches to win 100-plus games. Murphy also owns 110 Ivy League wins, third most all-time. Murphy has led Harvard to nine Ivy League championships (1997, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015). He is 15-7 against Brown.

Brown Coach Phil Estes
Phil Estes is in his 19th season as the head coach at Brown. Estes, a 1980 graduate of New Hampshire, has led the Bears to three Ivy League titles (1999, 2005, 2008) and is 109-71 (73-53 Ivy) during his tenure at Brown. Estes is 4-14 vs. Harvard.

Offense Clicking Under Murphy
With its 51-point performance vs. Rhode Island Sept. 16, Harvard improved to 38-1 (.974) 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 31-1 (.969) when it does not fumble and 32-0 when not committing a turnover. 

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 263 victories. 

Team             W                L                 T               Ivy Titles

Harvard    263            148            9                17

Dartmouth  247              164           9                18

Yale           240           172           8                14

Penn          226           190           4                17

Princeton  224           191           5                10

Brown        181           232           7                4

Cornell      178           237           5                3

Columbia  94             321           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 .533 against Princeton.

Harvard In The National Polls

Harvard is appears at No. 19 in the FCS Coaches' poll and is receiving votes in the STATS media poll this week. 

Harvard in the national polls in 2016:

                                    FCS Coaches'   STATS

Presesaon                    19 (127)            ARV (294)

Sept. 5                        21 (98)              ARV (183)

Sept. 12                      22 (102)            ARV (153)

Sept. 19                      19 (127)            ARV (277)

Non-Conference Call
Harvard has won 33 of its last 40 non-league games dating back to 2003 (.825).

The Crimson has rattled off 15-straight victories against non-Ivy League opponents. The last non-Ivy team to defeat Harvard was Holy Cross (30-22) Sept. 17, 2011.            

Double Trouble
Harvard has reached double figures in scoring in 62-straight games and 128 of its last 129 contests (.992). The last team to hold Harvard to single digits was Penn (7) in 2009. 

Harvard vs. The CAA
With Harvard's 51-21 victory over Rhode Island Sept. 16, the Crimson boasts a record of 25-4-2 (.839) against schools currently in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). 

Into The Night
After 1,204 games, Harvard played its first night game Sept. 22, 2007. The Crimson is 13-0 all-time in night games at Harvard Stadium following its 14-13 win over Dartmouth in 2015. Harvard is 5-0 at home at night against Brown, 4-0 vs. Holy Cross, 2-0 against Dartmouth, 1-0 vs. Georgetown and 1-0 vs. Rhode Island.. 

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.

Harvard played a program-record three night home games in 2015: Brown (W, 53-27), Georgetown (W, 45-0) and Dartmouth (W, 14-13).

The Crimson is averaging 14,932 fans in its night home games, with an all-time high of 21,704 in a 34-6 win over Holy Cross in 2010.

Preseason Prognostication
The Crimson was chosen first in the Ivy League football preseason media poll in August. Harvard received seven first-place votes and led Penn (nine first-place votes) by seven points in the poll. 

2016 Ivy League Preseason Media Poll:

Rank School                Points

1. Harvard (7)            126

2. Penn (9)                  119

3. Dartmouth             83

4. Yale                        81

5. Princeton               79

6. Brown (1)                61

7. Columbia                43

8. Cornell                    20

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                      157

Al Bagnoli                                     Penn & Columbia       150

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

Phil Estes                   Brown                          109

*-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 sixth place on the all-time list for games coached in the Ivy League.

Carm Cozza                Yale                             303

Tuss McLaughry         Brown                          244

Al Bagnoli                   Penn, Columbia          239

Lou Little                    Columbia                    236

Edward Robinson        Brown                          234

Tim Murphy              Harvard                      220

Joe Restic                  Harvard                       220

Bob Blackman            Dartmouth/Cornell    208