ACADEMIC INTEGRATION COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS

 

Harvard Football Travels to Lafayette Saturday at 1 p.m.

The Particulars
Harvard takes to the road for a non-conference game Saturday at Patriot League-member Lafayette. It will mark Harvard's second-consecutive season with a trip to Easton, Pa. after taking a 35-10 victory there 364 days ago on Oct.2, 2010.

The game can be heard on the radio (WBNW 1120 AM, WPLM 1390 and WESO 790) with Bernie Corbett and Mike Giardi '94 on the call.

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 game is being carried by the Lafayette Sports Network on RCN-8 in Boston.

Series History
Saturday's game will be the 16th meeting between Harvard and Lafayette in a series that dates to 1966. The Crimson holds an 14-3 lead in the rivalry and has won nine of the last 10 meetings - including five-straight at Fisher Stadium.   

Last Year's Meeting
Ivy League Player of the Year Gino Gordon '11 gained 170 yards and two touchdowns on just 12 carries, leading Harvard over Lafayette, 35-10, in Easton, Pa.

With quarterback Colton Chapple making his first start for the Crimson, Harvard led 21-0 before the Leopards scored on Davis Rodriguez's 45-yard field goal 33 seconds before halftime.

Gordon, who had 92 yards on 10 carries in the first half, ran 74 yards for a touchdown on third-and 15 to put Harvard ahead 28-3 with 8:59 left in the third quarter. He didn't play the rest of the way and finished with a 14.2-yard average per carry.

Chapple was 6-for-11 for 82 yards and a touchdown.

Ryan O'Neil completed 27 of 42 passes for 210 yards for the Leopards but was sacked four times for 32 yards. Harvard's defense also came up with 12 pass breakups in the game.

Harvard's Last Time Out
Emergency starter Colton Chapple threw two touchdown passes and Harvard forced five turnovers in a 24-7 victory over Brown on Friday night.

Treavor Scales rushed for 129 yards and a touchdown for the Crimson, which improved to 5-0 in night games at Harvard Stadium. Harvard also improved to 9-0 following a loss since the 2006-07 season and won its 11-straight home opener.

Kyle Newhall-Caballero passed for 269 yards and a touchdown for the Bears while Mark Kachmar had 19 carries for 97 yards but the duo committed all five turnovers amidst steady Harvard pressure

Brown trimmed Harvard's lead to 14-7 on Newhall-Caballero's 30-yard TD pass to Tellef Lundevall in the third quarter, but Katchmer fumbled on Harvard's 1-yard line and Chapple responded with a 56-yard scoring pass to Adam Chrissis with 6:39 left in the game.

Lafayette's Last Time Out
After a first-half field goal demonstration that left Stony Brook and Lafayette tied at 6-6, the Seawolves turned to Miguel Maysonet and turned him loose. The running back erupted for four second-half touchdowns as previously winless Stony Brook earned its first victory 37-20 on Saturday night.

Despite completing just one pass in 13 attempts, the Seawolves cruised after halftime. Maysonet ran 35 yards for a third-quarter touchdown and a 13-6 lead that Stony Brook never relinquished. His 1-yard burst then made it 20-6.

After Wesley Skiffington's third field goal of the game for Stony Brook, Maysonet struck again. He raced 30 yards for his third touchdown and finished the scoring with a 9-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

Lafayette's Andrew Shoop was 32-for-56 passing for 400 yards and two touchdowns. But he was also intercepted three times on the night.

Harvard Coach Tim Murphy
In his 18th season as Harvard's head coach, Tim Murphy enters Saturday's game with a 112-59 record with the Crimson and a 144-104-1 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 9-2 all-time against Lafayette. 

Lafayette Coach Frank Tavani
Frank Tavani is in his 12th year on the Lafayette sideline, and he takes a 64-65 record into Saturday's game. Tavani led has the Leopards to Patriot League titles and NCAA tournament appearances in three of the last five years. He is 1-9 against Harvard.

Recovery Time
Since 2007, Harvard is 9-0 following a loss. The Crimson has not lost consecutive games since weeks nine and 10 of the 2006 season.

Home Openers
Harvard has won its last 11 home-openers.

Into The Night
Harvard is 5-0 all-time in night games at Harvard Stadium.

Harvard drew 18,898 fans to its first-ever night game in 2007 at The Stadium.

A year later, in its 2008 opener against Holy Cross, the Crimson drew 20,462 in the first Friday night game at The Stadium.

The Crimson drew 17,263 to its third night game - against Brown in 2009.

21,704 fans saw Harvard's 34-6 win over Holy Cross on Sept. 18, 2010.

In 2011, Harvard saw rain hit the Stadium for the first time in a night game but 18,565 still turned out for a 24-7 win over Brown.

Out of the Gates
Harvard has won its Ivy League opener in 11 of the last 13 seasons with 10 of the wins coming against Brown and the other coming against Columbia.

Participation
In its 24-7 win over Brown, Harvard received contributions from numerous defensive players; Five different players had a tackle for a loss, two others forced a fumble (three forced in all), three others still recovered those fumbles and two others intercepted a pass in the win. Harvard also had 10 QB hurries in the game.

Seeing Red
In its 24-7 win over Brown, Harvard forced turnovers on both Brown possessions in its "Red Zone." Dan Minamide intercepted a pass in the end zone and Zach Hodges forced a fumble at the 1-yard line.

Ivy Honors
Junior linebacker Bobby Schneider was tabbed as the Ivy League's Defensive Player of the Week after recording seven tackles (5 solo), including a key 9-yard sack while also intercepting a pass in the Crimson's 24-7 win over Brown.

Defensive end Zach Hodges was named the league's Rookie of the Week after he had three tackles, three QB hurries and forced a key fumble at Harvard's 1-yard line by poking the ball free from behind Brown's Mark Katchmer as he was headed towards the end zone. 

Brate
Sophomore tight end Cameron Brate led all players with 93 receiving yards on five receptions with one touchdown against Brown including three highlight-reel catches. 

Defense
In its last 46 Ivy League games, just two teams have managed 400-yards of total offense against Harvard. 

Running To Par
Since 2000, Harvard is 36-8 when a player rushes for 100 yards.

Half Full
The Crimson is 50-2 when leading at halftime since the start of the 2003 season. Harvard last surrendered a halftime lead against Lehigh on Oct. 16, 2010 (led 17-0, lost 21-19).

Ball Control
Since the 2000 season, Harvard is 30-0 when it does not fumble and 23-0 when not committing a turnover.

Run Stoppers
Harvard has held 12 of its last 22 Ivy League foes under 100 yards rushing dating back to the 2008 season

Going back to 2006, the Crimson has held Ivy foes under 100 yards in 22 of 36 games including five times each in 2006, 2007 and 2009.