Football Readies to Host Brown Under the Lights Friday on ESPNews

Jake McIntyre setting the Harvard-career field goals record last week (Brock Scott).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Harvard football will open the home portion of its 146th season when the Crimson hosts Ivy League-rival Brown in the conference opener Friday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNews and ESPN+, and carried over the radio on Bloomberg WRCA (1330 AM/106.1 FM) and WHRB (95.3 FM) in Boston.

The Crimson is coming off a 31-23 defeat in the season opener at San Diego, while the Bears topped Bryant by a score of 35-30. 

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What to Know
• This week's game marks the 119th time that Harvard and Brown have met on the gridiron. The Crimson controls the all-time series, 86-30-2, and has won eight-straight contests against their rivals from Providence, Rhode Island. Since the beginning of Ivy League play in 1956, Harvard leads the series, 44-19, against Brown and has won the last nine home games in the series.
Jake Smith threw for a career-high 325 yards and three touchdowns, including TD passes of a career-high 80 and 75 yards, in the opener at San Diego Sept. 21. Smith's 80-yard connection with Jack Cook is tied for the fourth-longest TD pass in school history. 
• This week's game will be Harvard's 1,324th varsity football game. The Crimson has an all-time record of 875-398-50 (.680).
• Since Tim Murphy began patrolling the Harvard sideline in 1994, the Crimson is 43-16 (.729) in games played in the month of September. Harvard boasts a 34-9 (.791) mark in the month since 2001.

At The Helm
In his 26th season, Harvard's all-time winningest head coach, Tim Murphy, enters this week's game with a 174-76 record with the Crimson and a 206-121-1 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 174 and he is just one of eight coaches to win 100-plus games. Murphy also owns 122 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).

Up Next
Harvard will remain home and host Howard Saturday, Oct. 5 at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN+.