Stone Hart and the Crimson are 2-1 at home (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard football will begin the stretch run of the season by hosting No. 18/23 Princeton in a key Ivy League contest at Harvard Stadium Saturday, Oct. 20 at 12 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 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the Ivy League, while the Tigers are 5-0 and 2-0 in the Ancient Eight. This will mark Harvard's second ranked opponent this season (No. 20/22 Rhode Island Sept. 28). The Tigers are the highest ranked team the Crimson has faced sicne its game at No. 18 Penn on Nov. 13, 2010 (34-14 Penn win).
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What to Know
- Saturday's game will be the 111th all-time meeting between Harvard and Princeton with the first game having been played in 1877 (1-0 Harvard win). The Crimson trails the series, 48-55-7, but leads the series since Ivy League play began in 1956 (32-28-2). The Crimson has taken eight of the last 11 contests between the Ancient Eight rivals. With the shift in Ivy League scheduling this year, this game will mark the first time since 1973-75 that Harvard has hosted Princeton in back-to-back years. Last year, the Tigers emerged with a 52-17 win in Cambridge.
- Running back Aaron Shampklin amassed more than 100 yards on the ground for the third time this season, as he dashed for 128 yards on 13 carries, including a 57-yard touchdown run, in Harvard's 33-31 win over Holy Cross last week. Placekicker Jake McIntyre, who is just three field goals away from tying the all-time Harvard career record of 30 (Matt Schindel '08), hit the game-winner from 25 yards out as time expired against the Crusaders.
- After hitting the game-winning field goal as time expired against Holy Cross Oct. 12, Jake McIntyre was honored as the Division I Gold Helmet winner by the New England Football Writers' Association.
- This week's game will be Harvard's 1,318th varsity football game. The Crimson has an all-time record of 872-395-50 (.681).
- Harvard ranks third in the country in first downs defense (75) and fourth-down conversion defense (.143). The Crimson is also sixth in fewest penalty yards per game (34.8) and ninth in third-down conversiond defense (.290). Jake McIntyre is averaging 2.0 field goals per game, good for second in the nation.
We're one month away from Harvard-Yale at Fenway Park! Get excited for one of the greatest rivalries in college football with this throwback to the 1968 H-Y game, when we beat Yale, 29-29!https://t.co/l5vs5eokkn#GoCrimson pic.twitter.com/4g90rX7HGR— Harvard Football (@HarvardFootball) October 17, 2018
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 171-73 record with the Crimson and a 203-118-1 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 171 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).
Youth Autograph Day
- Post Game Autograph Session with your favorite Crimson players! FREE Team Photos will be provided.
- Youth Football Day – Try your Skills in the Harvard Mini-Combine, Take a Tour of the Facilities, and all Youth receive a Harvard Athletics Football Helmet Decal!
The Crimson will travel north to take on No. 24/ARV Dartmouth Saturday, Oct. 27 at 1:30 p.m. The game will be shown live on ESPN+.