Harvard (5-4, 3-3 Ivy) at Yale (8-1, 5-1 Ivy)
Harvard football will head to the Yale Bowl in New Haven, Connecticut to face archrival Yale in the 134th playing of The Game on Saturday, Nov. 18. The Game, slated for a 12:30 p.m. opening kickoff, will be shown live nationally on CNBC and the Ivy League Network. Paul Burmeister and Ross Tucker will have the call.
Heading into week 10, Harvard sits tied for fourth place in the Ivy League with a 3-3 conference mark and 5-4 overall record. Yale, which clinched at least a share of the Ancient Eight crown, stands at 5-1 in the Ivy and 8-1 overall. Columbia (7-2, 4-2) and Dartmouth (7-2, 4-2) would also clinch a share of the title with victories combined with a Crimson win over the Bulldogs Saturday.
Saturday's game will be the 134th edition of The Game, with the first meeting having occurred in 1875 (4-0 Harvard win). After the Crimson topped Yale for a series-record nine-straight times from 2007-15, Yale managed a 21-14 victory at Harvard Stadium last year. All-time, Yale leads the series 66-59-6, but the Crimson has the advantage since Ivy League play began in 1956, 35-25-1.
In the 50 games played at the Yale Bowl between these two ancient rivals, Harvard owns a 27-22-1 advantage.
The Crimson is coming off a 23-6 setback to Penn on Senior Day at Harvard Stadium last week. Jake McIntyre hit two field goals (23, 32 yards) in the loss, which marked the first time that Harvard did not score a touchdown in a game since 1998. Joe Viviano got the start at QB and was 6-of-14 for 109 yards. He also led the team with 58 rushing yards on 13 carries. Tanner Lee paced the defense with 10 stops, while adding an interception and a forced fumble.
Kurt Rawlings completed 26-of-34 passes for 304 yards and two touchdowns, and Zane Dudek ran the ball 35 times for 180 yards and three touchdowns as the Bulldogs overcome a 24-7 deficit to top Princeton, 35-31, and clinch a share of the conference crown. Matthew Oplinger recorded 10 tackles and had a quarterback hurry.
Where We Are Now
This week's game will be Harvard's 1,312th varsity football game. The Crimson has an all-time record of 869-392-50 (.682).
Down The Stretch Into November
Since 2007, the Crimson owns a 28-7 mark (.800) in contests played during the month of November.
Among the Nation's Best
Justice Shelton-Mosley leads the nation in punt returns for touchdowns (two) and punt return average (18.8). Shelton-Mosley is also 42nd in kickoff returns (23.3). Jake McIntyre ranks 19th in field-goal conversion (.800), and Charlie Booker III ranks 29th in rushing yards, (733)
As a team, the Crimson stands fifth in punt returns (18.5).
Leading The Ivy
Harvard paces the Ivy League in punt returns (18.5). Justice Shelton-Mosley is the league's top punt returner (18.8) and is third in the conference in all-purpose yards per game (112.2). Alex White is tied for fourth with 4.5 sacks, and Luke Hutton is sixth with 73 tackles.
Getting it Done on the Road
Harvard is 40-13 in its last 53 road games (.755). Harvard earned 13-straight Ivy League road wins, a program and conference record, before falling at Penn, 27-14, Nov. 11, 2016.
Longest Ivy Road Win Streaks
13 - Harvard (2013-16)
12 - Harvard (1974-77)
12 – Penn (2002-05)
12 – Penn (2008-11)
Ryan Antonellis caught two touchdown passes in Harvard's win over Dartmouth Oct. 28. This marked the first time a Crimson tight end had two TDs since Anthony Firkser caught two against Georgetown on Sept. 30, 2016.
Harvard is 313-6-1 (.980) all-time when the Crimson scores 30 or more points.
Harvard has reached the 30-point plateau in 26 of its last 39 road games and has scored at least 40 in 10 of its last 31.
The Crimson has also scored at least 30 points in 37 of its last 57 games overall.
Harvard Coach Tim Murphy
In his 24th season as Harvard's all-time winningest head coach, Tim Murphy enters this week's game with a 168-70 record with the Crimson and a 200-115-1 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 168 and he is just one of eight coaches to win 100-plus games. Murphy also owns 118 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).
Take It To The House
Adam Scott's 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Lafayette Oct. 14 was the 10th-longest in program history and the first time since Oct. 15, 2011 (Seitu Smith II vs. Bucknell) that Harvard has returned a kickoff for a TD.
Since 2000, Harvard is 62-10 (.861) when a player rushes for 100 yards.
Linebacker Luke Hutton was named the 144th captain of Harvard football. The Crimson elects just one captain each season.
Ivy League Network
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