Football Returns to Ivy League Action at Cornell Saturday

DJ Bailey has four sacks and a forced fumble through three games (Gil Talbot).
DJ Bailey has four sacks and a forced fumble through three games (Gil Talbot).
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Harvard (2-1, 1-0 Ivy) at Cornell (0-3, 0-1 Ivy)
Oct. 7, 2017
    1:30 p.m.
Schoellkopf Field
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    Eleven Sports | Ivy League Network
Bill Spaulding, Matt Goldstein
Bloomberg 1330 AM/106.1 FM
Bernie Corbett, Mike Giardi '94
Harvard leads, 47-32-2
     W, 29-13 (Oct. 8, 2016)
Harvard vs. Cornell (PDF)

The Storyline
Riding a two-game win streak, the Harvard football team will travel to Ithaca, New York to take on Ivy League rival Cornell. The game will be shown live on Eleven Sports and the Ivy League Network. Bill Spaulding and Matt Goldstein will have the call on the broadcast. 

Harvard enters game at 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the Ancient Eight, while the Big Red is 0-3 and 0-1. 

Series History
Harvard holds a 47-32-2 advantage in the all-time series against Cornell. The series dates back to the first meeting in 1890, a 77-0 triumph for the Crimson. The win was the first of 10 straight to begin the series between to the two schools. Harvard is currently enjoying an 11-game win streak against the Big Red. Harvard took last season's meeting in Cambridge, 29-13. Cornell's last win in the series came in 2005 on its home turf.  

The Numbers
Charlie Booker III rushed for two touchdowns for the second-straight game, and Justice Shelton-Mosley returned a punt for a 91-yard touchdown, the longest in school history, in last week's 41-2 victory at Georgetown at RFK Stadium. Raishaun McGhee picked off a pass and returned it for a 23-yard TD, marking the second-consecutive game Harvard had an INT return for a score. 

Dalton Banks completed 22-of-43 passes for 239 yards, but he tossed four INTs as Cornell fell at home to Colgate, 21-7. Reis Seggebruch (15 tackles) and Kurt Frimel (10 tackles, two sacks) led the way for the Big Red defense.

Among the Nation's Best
Jake McIntyre ranks tied for first in the country with a perfect field-goal percentage (4-of-4). D.J. Bailey stands first with 1.33 sacks per contest. Justice Shelton-Mosley is fourth in the nation in punt return average (17.6), while Charlie Booker III has the ninth-best yards per rushing attempt (7.21). 

As a team, the Crimson stands sixth in punt returns (17.6) and is ninth in sacks per game (3.33) and rushing defense (72.3).

Take It To The House
Raishaun McGhee picked off a pass and returned it 23 yards for a TD at Georgetown Sept. 30. In the previous game, Tanner Lee ran back an interception for 39 yards for a touchdown against Brown Sept. 23. Prior to Lee's INT return, it was the first interception returned for a TD by a Harvard player since Connor Sheehan (90 yards) against Yale, Nov. 22, 2014.

History in the Making
Justice Shelton-Mosley is the top returner in Harvard history in punt returns. The junior standout is averaging 14.6 yards per punt return. He is also tied for first in school history in career kickoff return average at 26.9 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.

Crimson in October
Since the 2006 season, Harvard owns a 40-6 record (.870) in games played during the month of October. 

Two-Score Day
Charlie Booker III has rushed for two touchdowns in each of the last two weeks. Prior to this, the last Crimson running back with two rushing TDs was Semar Smith versus Cornell (Oct. 8, 2016).

Where We Are Now
This week's game will be Harvard's 1,306th varsity football game. The Crimson has an all-time record of 866-389-50 (.683).

Thirty Road
Harvard has reached the 30-point plateau in 26 of its last 37 road games and has scored at least 40 in 10 of its last 29.

The Crimson has also scored at least 30 points in 36 of its last 51 games overall. 

Double Trouble
Harvard has reached double figures in scoring in 74-straight games and 140 of its last 141 contests (.993). The last team to hold Harvard to single digits was Penn (7) in 2009. 

Harvard has had at least one All-American in each of the last 18 years. Last year, offensive lineman Max Rich earned All-America third team honors. 

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)

Keeping Points Off the Board
For the 51st time in the Tim Murphy era, the Crimson held an opponent to less than 10 points, as Harvard topped Georgetown, 41-2, on Sept 30, 2017. In those 51 games, the Crimson owns a 49-2 record (.961). 

Over Par
Harvard has scored points in an Ivy League and school-record 191-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).

Preseason Prognostication
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. 

The Captain
Linebacker Luke Hutton was named the 144th captain of Harvard football. The Crimson elects just one captain each season. 

Half Full
The Crimson is 96-4 (.960) when leading at halftime since the start of the 2003 season. Harvard last surrendered a halftime lead against Penn on Nov. 14, 2015 (led 25-21, lost 35-25).

Ivy Glory
Harvard has won eight Ivy League Championships since 2001, which is more than Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Princeton and Yale combined during that time.

Ivy League Network
The Ivy League Network returns for a fifth 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 Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.

Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Network or to sign-up today, click here.

What's Next?
Harvard returns home to host Lafayette Saturday, Oct. 14, in its final out-of-conference game this season.