Harvard (0-1, 0-0) vs. Brown (1-0, 0-0)
The Harvard football team hosts the 699th game in Harvard Stadium history, as the Crimson plays hosts to Ivy League rival Brown. The game will be broadcast live on NESN and the Ivy League Network, and Alex Vispoli and Eric Gallanty will have the call. Harvard stands at 0-1 on the year after falling at Rhode Island, 17-10, last week, while Brown owns a 1-0 mark with a victory over Bryant in its season opener.
Dating back to 2001, Harvard has won 16-straight home openers. The Crimson is 444-220-34 (.660) all-time in games played at historic Harvard Stadium.
Saturday's game marks the 117th time that Harvard and Brown have met on the gridiron. The Crimson controls the all-time series, 84-30-2, and has won six-straight contests against their rivals from Providence, Rhode Island. Since the beginning of Ivy League play in 1956, Harvard leads the series, 42-19, against Brown.
Harvard Athletics will host a student tailgate in the Dillon Quad beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday. The tailgate will run until kick-off and feature free t-shirts, games, food and music to get students hyped for the game.
Running back Charlie Booker III gained a career-high 139 yards on the ground, including single rushes of 57 and 50 yards, in the season opener at Rhode Island last week. Quarterback Joe Viviano went 17-of-32 for 192 yards in the air, and wide receiver Justice Shelton-Mosley paced the team with five catches for 52 yards. Defensive back Tim Haehl, linebacker Anthony Camargo and safety Tanner Lee each made eight tackles to lead the defense.
Brown quarterback Nick Duncan rushed for two scores and had 10 carries for 73 yards overall in the victory over Bryant Sept. 16. Duncan also threw for 152 yards (14-of-27) and had one TD pass, while wide receiver Scott Boylan added a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Linebacker Isaiah Thompkins recorded 12 tackles, including two sacks, and made an interception.
In its 23 years under head coach Tim Murphy, the Crimson is 18-5 in its Ivy League openers since 1994.
Junior Justice Shelton-Mosley, a wide receiver, was selected to the STATS FCS Preseason All-America third team. Shelton-Mosley earned STATS FCS All-America third team honors after the 2015 campaign.
Ivy League's Finest
Seven returning Crimson earned All-Ivy honors in 2016, led by first team selection junior Justice Shelton-Mosley. Seniors Luke Hutton and Raishaun McGhee, along with junior DJ Bailey and sophomore Jake McIntyre received second team laurels, while senior Tanner Lee and junior Adam Scott notched honorable mention recognition.
Among the Nation's Best
Sophomore Charlie Booker III ranks third in the nation in rushing yards per attempt (10.69) and is sixth in rushing yards per game (139.0). He is also 22nd with 142.0 all-purpose yards per contest.
Justice is Served
Justice Shelton-Mosley was a unanimous selection to the All-Ivy League first team, while also being named to the Academic All-Ivy League team in 2016. Shelton-Mosley led the Crimson with 48 catches en route to 568 yards and one receiving touchdown.
Shelton-Mosley currently sits 13th in program history with 93 career receptions, while his 1,209 yards gained ranks 15th all-time.
History in the Making
Justice Shelton-Mosley is the top returner in Harvard history in punt returns. The junior standout is averaging 13.5 yards per punt return. He is also second in school history in career kickoff return average at 25.9 yards per runback. His totals of 19.0 yards per punt return and 33.1 yards per kickoff return in 2015 are both single-season Crimson records.
On the Rise
Senior quarterback Joe Viviano has his sights on climbing the Harvard record books after a dominant season as a first-year starter in 2016. Viviano ranked fifth all-time for a season with 173 completions, seventh with 2,354 total yards and eighth in single-season passing at 2,013 yards. He currently has the sixth-highest career completion percentage, completing 190-of-316 passes (.601).
Linebacker Luke Hutton was named the 144th captain of Harvard football. The Crimson elects just one captain each season.
Where We Are Now
This week's game will be Harvard's 1,304th varsity football game. The Crimson has an all-time record of 864-389-50 (.682).
For just the third time in the storied history of the Ivy League, there has been a tie among the top of the football preseason poll. The Crimson (five first-place votes), along with Princeton (six first-place votes), have tied for the top spot in the 2017 poll. This was the third-straight year Harvard has ended up on top of the preseason poll.
Harvard and Princeton both totaled 120 points, followed by Penn (110 points), Yale (71), Dartmouth (60), Brown (57), Columbia (38) and Cornell (36). Penn earned five first-place votes, along with Brown who earned one.
Getting it Done on the Road
Harvard is 38-12 in its last 50 road games (.760). Harvard earned 13-straight Ivy League road wins, a program and conference record, before falling at Penn, 27-14, Nov. 11, 2016.
13 - Harvard (2013-16)
12 - Harvard (1974-77)
12 – Penn (2002-05)
12 – Penn (2008-11)
Harvard has finished with at least seven wins in each of the last 16 years and is the only program in Ivy League history to have such a stretch of success. Nine years ago, Harvard became the first Ivy team with seven such seasons together.
The current stretch is the Crimson's best 16-year run since a 28-year streak of seven-plus win seasons came to an end in 1911.
Since 2000, Harvard is 32-2 (.941) when it does not fumble and 32-1 (.970) when not committing a turnover. The lone loss came to Yale in 2016.
Harvard is 310-6-1 (.979) all-time when the Crimson scores 30 or more points.
Harvard has reached double figures in scoring in 72-straight games and 138 of its last 139 contests (.993). The last team to hold Harvard to single digits was Penn (7) in 2009.
Since 2000, Harvard is 61-10 (.859) when a player rushes for 100 yards.
Aiming for the Top
Head coach Tim Murphy sits one Ivy League title short of tying the record for most first-places finishes in the league for a head coach. With a title this year, Murphy would tie Yale's Carm Cozza (1965-96) for the most Ivy League titles for a head coach with 10.
Most Ivy League Titles By Coach:
10 - Carm Cozza (Yale, 1965-96)
9 - Tim Murphy (Harvard, 1994-present)
9 - Al Bagnoli (Penn/Columbia, 1992-present)
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