Tom Stewart and the Crimson will play their second-straight ranked Ivy opponent (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard football will face its second-straight ranked Ivy League opponent when the Crimson travels north to take on No. 20/ARV Dartmouth Saturday, Oct. 27 at 1:30 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 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the Ivy League, while the Big Green is 6-0 and 3-0 in the Ancient Eight. This will mark Harvard's third ranked opponent this season (No. 20/22 Rhode Island Sept. 28 and No. 18/23 Princeton Oct. 20) and is the first time the Crimson will have faced three ranked teams in a single campaign in program history.
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What to Know
- Saturday's game will be the 122nd all-time meeting between Harvard and Dartmouth, with the first game having taken place back in 1882 (a 8-0 win for the Crimson). Harvard controls the all-time series with a 71-45-5 advantage, and the Crimson has taken 14-straight games against their rivals to the north. The Big Green is Harvard's second-most played rival, behind Yale (134 games). The Crimson has won three-straight close games against Dartmouth by scores of 14-13 in 2015, 23-21 in 2016 and 25-22 in 2017, respectively.
- Running back Aaron Shampklin, the Ivy League's leading rusher, amassed more than 100 yards on the ground for the fourth time this season and third-consecutive game, as he ran for 123 yards on 22 carries, including a five-yard touchdown run, in Harvard's 29-21 setback to Princeton Oct. 20.
- Jake McIntyre, who is on the Fred Mitchell Award Kick-Off Watch List for the top placekicker in the FCS, has moved into fifth in program history for career scoring among kicker with 142 career points (Jim Villanueva '84). He has made 27 field goals and 58 extra points in his career. McIntyre is now tied with Villanueva and Patrick Long '10 or third in career field goals.
- Harvard ranks eighth in the country in third-down conversion defense (.287), ninth in fewest penalty yards per game (36.0) and 13th in rushing defense (100.5) Jake McIntyre is averaging 1.67 field goals per game, good for sixth in the nation. Aaron Shampklin is sixth with 129.7 rushing yards per game and seventh with 7.34 yards per rush. Wesley Ogsbury stands ninth with 0.5 interceptions per game.
- As a team, Harvard leads the Ancient Eight in third-down conversion defense (.287) and is tied for the conference lead in PAT percentage (1.00). Aaron Shampklin is the conference leader in all-purpose yards (133.7) and rushing yards per game (139.7).
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 171-74 record with the Crimson and a 203-119-1 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).
The Crimson will return home to host Columbia on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 12 p.m. The game will be shown live on ESPN+ and NESN and will serve as Senior Day for the Crimson's 31 senior student-athletes, who will be honored in a pregame ceremony.