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Harvard Travels to Yale For 126th Playing of The Game

Harvard and Yale meet for the 126th playing of The Game on Saturday.

The Particulars
With Harvard still harboring hopes of an Ivy League championship, Harvard and Yale play the 126th edition of "The Game" at Yale Bowl in New Haven, Conn. 

Versus
Saturday's game will be shown live on Versus TV. Check your local listings and cable/ satellite providers for information.

On Radio
All Harvard games can also be heard on a variety of radio stations including AM 1120 (Boston), 1390 (Plymouth), 970 (Sturbridge) as well as Harvard's student station, WHRB-FM 95.3. Additionally, Saturday's game is the Ivy League Game of the Week and will be heard nationally on Sirius Satellite Radio.  

Live Statistics
All Harvard home football games will feature live game statistics. Fans can visit the Live Stats page to follow along on their computer.

Series History
Yale holds a 65-52-8 series lead against Harvard in the 125 previous editions of The Game, though the Crimson has won seven of the last eight against the Bulldogs - including last season's 10-0 shutout of the Bulldogs.

Where We Stand
Penn controls its own destiny this weekend as the Quakers can clinch the championship outright with a win at Cornell. A Penn loss coupled with a Harvard victory would mean a shared title and the Crimson's third-straight Ivy title.

Last Year's Meeting
After fighting through swirling winds, single-digit temperatures and first-half miscues, Harvard emerged with a commanding 10-0 victory over the Yale Bulldogs for the program's 13th Ivy League Championship in the 125th edition of ‘The Game'

With the victory, Harvard became just the eighth team in history to come back from a loss in its league opener and still win the championship.

The Crimson defense held McLeod to 65 yards on 21 rushing attempts and the Bulldog offense to just 90 total yards - the fewest Harvard has allowed since last year's game, when Yale was held to 123 yards.

The Harvard offense, though it did not find the end zone more than once, moved the ball and controlled the clock throughout. The Crimson possessed the ball for 39:15 while netting 370 yards of offense, 261 of those coming on the ground.

Running back Gino Gordon led the ground attack with 39 touches for 168 yards and the lone touchdown. The 168 rushing yards by Gordon mark the top day for a Harvard back against Yale since 2003 when Clifton Dawson ran for 174 on 32 carries, and the most rushing attempts since 1998, when Eion Hu also racked up 177 yards on the ground via 40 carries en route to a 26-21 Harvard victory.

Chris Pizzotti, in his final game in a Crimson uniform, had an effective day in 30 mile-per-hour winds, finishing 12 of 21 passing for 109 yards. He also ran 16 times for 74 yards.

Harvard's Last Time Out
Penn defeated Harvard, 17-7, last weekend at The Stadium. The Quakers withstood a late charge from the Crimson, stopping them on three consecutive plays within the 5-yard line including a fourth down play from the one.

Penn ended the drive, stopping Harvard quarterback Collier Winters at the goal line on fourth down with 2:40 left to play to get the ball back.

An early second half touchdown from Winters to Chris Lorditch was the only blemish on a Quaker defense that has allowed just 14 points in their last 18 quarters of play.

A close fourth down call went Penn's way as well early in the game as Kyle Olson was ruled to have crossed the goal line on a QB sneak before fumbling the ball into the hands of a Harvard player.

Despite driving rain throughout the entire game, Olson and Keiffer Garton combined to go 20-for-32 for 181 yards and one touchdown for the Quakers.

Yale's Last Time Out
Kenny Gunter gained 119 yards on 23 carries, including a 3-yard run for the game's first score, as Princeton defeated Yale 24-17 last Saturday.

The Tigers took a 14-0 first-quarter lead to win for the 50th time in the series.

Princeton's second score came on a 2-yard run by quarterback Tommy Wornham, who rushed for 55 yards and was 16-of-23 passing for 136 yards.

Matt Zimmerman's 30-yard run put Princeton ahead 21-3 with 11:04 left in the third quarter before Yale cut it to 21-17 on Patrick Witt's 33-yard pass to Peter Balsam and Shane Bannon's 1-yard run.

Witt was intercepted by Dan Kopolovich at the Princeton 17 late in the third quarter and by Glenn Wakam at the Yale 14 midway through the fourth. Wakam's pick led to Ben Bologna's 27-yard field goal for the final margin.

Harvard Coach Tim Murphy
In his 16th season as Harvard's head coach, Tim Murphy enters Saturday's game with a 103-55 record with the Crimson and a 135-100-1 overall head coaching record, which includes five years at Cincinnati and two years at Maine. Murphy is one of just five coaches to win 100 games since the formation of the Ivy League in 1954. Murphy has led Harvard to five Ivy League championships (1997, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008). He is 10-5 all-time against Yale.

Yale Coach Tom Williams
Tom Williams is in his first season as the Joel E. Smilow ‘54 Head Coach of Football at Yale. Williams had previously served as a defensive assistant for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars. 

Great Eight
The Crimson has registered at least seven wins in each of the last eight years, making Harvard the first team in the history of Ivy League football to post such a string of successful seasons. Two years ago, Harvard became the first Ivy team to post a string of seven such seasons together.

The current stretch is the Crimson's best eight-year run since a 28-year streak of seven-plus win seasons came to an end in 1911. The program has won 64 games over the past eight seasons for the best stretch since a stretch from 1908-1915 when the program also won 64 games.

Complete Game Notes
For complete games notes in PDF format, click on the link at the beginning of this page.