November 4, 2010

Watch Live as Harvard Hosts Columbia at The Stadium Saturday at Noon

 

The Particulars
Following a pair of Ivy League road games, Harvard returns home for a matchup with the Columbia Lions. Kickoff is at noon.

The game will be shown live on GoCrimson.com with Bernie Corbett and Mike Giardi '94 on the call. The game is part of the football season pass and can also be purchased as a one-time event. Streaming is offered on computers, iPads and iPhones.

For those unable to watch the game live, it will also be available as an archived event immediately following the game.

The game can also be heard live on the radio and over the internet on AM 1120 (Boston), 1390 (Plymouth), 970 (Sturbridge), as well as WHRB-FM 95.3 (Cambridge) with students Scott Reed and Charlie Hobbs.

The Series
Saturday's game will be the 69th meeting between Harvard and Columbia in a series that dates back to 1877.

Harvard holds a 53-14-1 series lead and has won the last six meetings against the Lions. Harvard has won seven straight home games in the series and 14 of the last 15 games played at The Stadium.

Last Year's Meeting
Less than six minutes into the game Harvard led 14-0 en route to a 21-0 first quarter and 24-0 halftime lead. The Crimson eventually led 34-0 in the fourth quarter before settling for a 34-14 victory at Columbia.

Columbia had three first half turnovers with two fumbles in the "red zone" and an interception. Harvard's defense limited Columbia to minus-18 yards rushing on the day.

Harvard's Last Time Out
Quarterback Collier Winters, making his first start of the season, rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another score to lead Harvard to a 30-14 win at Dartmouth.

Winters scored on runs of 1 and 5 yards in the first quarter to give the Crimson a 14-0 lead. He connected with Adam Chrissis on a 10-yard touchdown, pushing Harvard's margin to 24 points in the second quarter.

Winters completed 19 of 31 passes for 212 yards for the Crimson. Treavor Scales led Harvard with 124 yards rushing on 18 carries, while Gino Gordon ran for 93 yards on 17 attempts - all in the first half as he rested the remainder of the game.

The Big Green didn't score until late in the first half when Shawn Abuhoff returned an interception 82 yards for a score.

David Mothander made field goals from 27, 35 and a career-long of 43 yards away for Harvard. Chrissis caught seven passes for 86 yards.

Harvard sacked Dartmouth QB Connor Kempe four times and intercepted him three more. Dartmouth had only allowed one sack all season entering the game.

Columbia's Last Time Out
Columbia fell behind Yale 31-7 and couldn't  mount a comeback as the Lions fell, 31-28. Yale's Patrick Witt threw three second-quarter touchdown passes before surviving three second half turnovers.

Witt found Cameron Sandquist for 10- and 15-yard scores and hit Allen Harris for a 16-yarder 35 seconds before halftime to give the Bulldogs a 31-7 lead.

Alex Thomas carried 19 times for 137 yards for Yale, including a 42-yard run for the game's first touchdown.

Turnovers helped the Lions rally in the fourth quarter. A 41-yard Sean Brackett pass to Nico Gutierrez after an interception made it 31-21. A fumble deep in Yale territory led to Brackett's 5-yard pass to Andrew Kennedy, their third touchdown connection of the day, to make it 31-28.

The Lions were pinned at their 8 by Greg Carlsen's 51-yard punt with 4:26 left and lost the ball on downs at their 35.

Brackett was 16-for-35 with two interceptions.

Harvard Coach Tim Murphy
In his 17th season as Harvard's head coach, Tim Murphy enters Saturday's game with a 109-57 record with the Crimson and a 141-102-1 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 12-4 all-time against Columbia.

Columbia Coach Norries Wilson
Norries Wilson is in his fifth year as head coach at Columbia, and he brings a 15-33 record into Saturday's game against Harvard after pulling off a 5-5 record in his first year. Wilson had been offensive coordinator at Connecticut before taking over on the Lion sideline. He is 0-4 against Harvard.

Elite Company
With 109 career victories on the Harvard sideline, head coach Tim Murphy ranks second on the Crimson's all-time wins chart. Murphy is eight wins away from Joe Restic's school record 117 wins (from 1971-93).

Ivy Era Coaches
Since the formal naming of the Ivy League in 1956, just five coaches have reached the 100-win plateau with two of them being Harvard men.

Carm Cozza, Yale: 179
Al Bangnoli, Penn: 128
Bob Blackman, Dartmouth 127
Joe Restic, Harvard: 118
Tim Murphy, Harvard: 108

In The News
Former assistant football coach Richard C. "Dick" Corbin died Friday, October 22, 2010 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Memorial donations to The Jimmy Fund, c/o Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, Mass. 02445. 
Road Sweet Road
Harvard has won its last nine games at Dartmouth's Memorial Field dating back to 1994, meaning that head coach Tim Murphy has never lost a road game in the series.

Sack Masters
Dartmouth had allowed just one sack in its first five games but surrendered four to Harvard on Oct. 30. Josue Ortiz had two of the sacks and leads the Ivy League in that category as well as tackles for loss.

Sack Race
Twelve different players have a sack for Harvard (22 total) thus far - more than the team totals for Columbia (11), Cornell (8) and Princeton (6) and one fewer than Dartmouth and Yale.

Take Your Pick
Nine different players have an interception for Harvard (11 total). Yale ranks second in the Ivy with nine team interceptions.

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