Football Steps Back into Ivy Play, Hosts Cornell Saturday

Jack Cook and the Crimson are 2-0 at home this fall (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Harvard football will close out its three-game homestand on Saturday, Oct. 12, as the Crimson welcomes Ivy League-rival Cornell to Harvard Stadium. The 1 p.m. game will broadcast live on ESPN+ and be carried over the radio on Bloomberg WRCA (1330 AM/106.1 FM) and WHRB (95.3 FM) in Boston.

The Crimson toppled Howard by a score of 62-17 last week, while the Big Red slipped at home to Georgetown, 14-8. 

How to Follow
Broadcast –  ESPN+ (Talent: Alex Vispoli, Ben Altsher and Kevin Gehl) | International Stream
Audio - Bloomberg Radio (Talent: Bernie Corbett and Mike Giardi '94)
Live Stats – Cornell
Twitter: @HarvardFootball
Game Notes: Harvard | Cornell
Podcast: Click here for audio

What to Know
• Harvard blocked three punts in the first half, two by defensive back Khalil Dawsey (Ivy League Rookie of the Week) and one by running back DeMarkes Stradford (Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week), in a 62-17 victory over Howard Oct. 5.
• Since the 2006 season, Harvard owns a 44-11 record (.800) in games played during the month of October.
• Harvard's 34 points in the second quarter against Howard (62-17 win) on Oct. 5 marked the most for the Crimson since tallying 35 points in the second quarter in a 69-0 win over Columbia on Nov. 3, 2012.
• As a team, Harvard leads the Ancient Eight in scoring offense (42.3), rushing defense (74.7), kickoff coverage (41.1), sacks (4.67) and opponent penalties (96.3). Truman Jones is tied for the conference lead in sacks (3.5), and Nasir Darnell leads the league in forced fumbles (2) and fumble recoveries (2).
• Harvard stands tied for first in the country in blocked punts (3), first in fumbles lost (0), first in team sacks (4.67 per game), second in team tackles for a loss (9.7 per game), second in first-downs defense (45), third in scoring offense (42.3), fifth in blocked kicks (3), fifth in punt-return defense (0.5) and sixth in rushing defense (74.7). Nasir Darnell leads the nation in forced fumbles (2) and is second in fumble recoveries (2). DeMarkes Stradford is tied for the national lead in punt blocks for a touchdown (1).

At The Helm
In his 26th season, Harvard's all-time winningest head coach, Tim Murphy, enters this week's game with a 176-76 record with the Crimson and a 208-121-1 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 176 and he is just one of eight coaches to win 100-plus games. Murphy also owns 123 Ivy League wins, tied for second-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 step back out of Ivy League play to visit Holy Cross Saturday, Oct. 19 at 1 p.m.