Led by Aaron Shampklin, the Crimson rushed for 288 yards at Cornell last week (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard football will conclude the non-conference portion of its schedule when the Crimson hosts Holy Cross at Harvard Stadium Friday, Oct. 12 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).
The Crimson heads into the game 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the Ivy League, while the Crusaders are 1-5 and 0-2 in the Patriot League.
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What to Know
- Harvard and Holy Cross have met 69 times on the gridiron, with the Crimson holding 42-25-2 advantage in the series which dates back to 1904. The Crusaders won the last matchup, 27-17, in Worcester, Massachusetts on Oct. 15, 2016, ending a three-game win streak for the Crimson the series.
- Aaron Shampklin had a career-high 191 yards on 27 carries (including one touchdown) at Cornell Oct. 6, marking the most rushing yards for a Crimson player since Paul Stanton, Jr. '16 had 235 yards on 22 carries (including 3 TDs) at Penn on Nov. 15, 2014.
- Harvard ranks third in the country in first downs defense (58) and is fourth in fewest penalty yards (149). Wesley Ogsbury stands fourth with 0.8 interceptions per game, and Aaron Shampklin is fifth 131.8 rushing yards per game and eighth with 7.42 yards per rush.
- As a team, Harvard leads the Ancient Eight in third-down conversion defense (.268) and fourth-down conversion defense (.143). Aaron Shampklin is the conference leader in rushing (131.8 yards per game) and all-purpose yards (135.5).
- Justice Shelton-Mosley currently sits third in program history with 148 career receptions, and fifth with 1,921 yards receiving yards.
- Jake McIntyre, who is on the Fred Mitchell Award Kick-Off Watch List for the top placekicker in the FCS, has moved into sixth in program history for career scoring among kicker with 126 career points. He has made 23 field goals and 57 extra points in his career.
Harvard Coach Tim Murphy
In his 25th season as Harvard's all-time winningest head coach, Tim Murphy, The Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football, enters this week's game with a 170-73 record with the Crimson and a 202-118-1 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).
The Crimson will remain home and host Ivy League rival No. 21/25 Princeton Saturday, Oct. 20 at 12 p.m.