Devin Darrington and the Crimson are 2-0 on the year (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –Harvard football will step back into non-conference play as the Crimson hosts No. 20/22 Rhode Island Friday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. The game will be shown live on ESPN+ and will be carried over the radio on Bloomberg WRCA (1330 AM/106.1 FM). This is Harvard's second-straight Friday night game and the second of three this season.
The Crimson is off to a 2-0 overall (1-0 Ivy League) start in its 145th season, while the Rams are 2-1 and 2-0 in the CAA. Rhode Island is the highest ranked team Harvard has played since its game at No. 18 Penn on Nov. 13, 2010 (34-14 Penn win).
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What to Know
- This week's game will be the fifth all-time meeting between Harvard and Rhode Island, with the Crimson leading, 3-1.
- The Crimson boasts a record of 25-5-2 (.813) against schools currently in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).
- Harvard has scored points in an Ivy League and school-record 200-consecutive games. The Crimson has not been shut out since a 24-0 loss to Columbia in the 1998 season opener.
- Harvard ranks second in the country in net punting with a 45.33 average. Individually, Aaron Shampklin is fourth in scoring with 12.0 points per game and fifth with 9.03 yards per rush. Jake Smith stands seventh in completion percentage with a .706 mark.
- Justice Shelton-Mosley currently sits fourth in program history with 137 career receptions, and fifth with 1,814 yards receiving yards.
Harvard Coach Tim Murphy
In his 25th season as Harvard's all-time winningest head coach, Tim Murphy enters this week's game with a 170-71 record with the Crimson and a 202-116-1 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 170 and he is just one of eight coaches to win 100-plus games. Murphy also owns 119 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).
Harvard will retrn to conference play and visity Ivy League rival Cornell Saturday, Oct. 6. The game will begin at 1:30 and be broadcast live on ESPN+.