Harvard Football Travels to Cornell Saturday at 12:30
Harvard returns to the road this weekend for a Saturday Ivy League game at Cornell. Kickoff is slated for 12:30 p.m.
The game can be heard on the radio (WBNW 1120 AM, WPLM 1390 and WESO 790) with Chris Villani 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.
Saturday's game will be the 76th meeting on the gridiron between Harvard and Cornell since 1890, and the Crimson holds a 41-32-2 series lead.
The Crimson owned the early series, capturing the first 10 games (1890-1913), while Cornell won 11 straight from 1986-1996.
Harvard has won nine of the last 10 contests while averaging 33.5 points in those nine wins compared to 15 for Cornell. Harvard has scored at least 31 points in four of the last five years against the Big Red with a 28-10 win in 2009 at Ithaca, N.Y. being the lone exception.
Last Year's Meeting
Gino Gordon '10 ran for 158 yards and a touchdown to help Harvard defeat Cornell 31-17 at The Stadium.
The Crimson finished with 314 yards on the ground, holding the ball for 31:18 minutes. The Crimson's big-play ability proved too much as the home side had 17 plays of 10 yards or greater during the game.
Gordon ran for the only score of the first half -a 19-yard touchdown with 3:35 left.
The Crimson pushed their lead to 24-3 on a 43-yard touchdown run by Rich Zajeski with 8:29 remaining to pull away.
Treavor Scales had 93 yards on 11 carries and Colton Chapple was 16-for-35 with 191 yards and a touchdown for Harvard.
The Crimson collected nine sacks on the day as well while holding Cornell to just 80 yards of offense in the first half.
Harvard's Last Time Out
Colton Chapple hit Alex Sarkisian with a 4-yard touchdown pass for Harvard with 3 seconds left in the first half and the Crimson went on to a 31-3 victory over Lafayette last Saturday.
The Crimson drove 52 yards in 10 plays to take a 17-3 lead after recovering a fumble by Leopards quarterback Andrew Shoop 1:47 before halftime. Chapple completed six passes on the drive.
Chapple was 14-for-18 passing for 121 yards before giving way to Michael Pruneau at the start of the second half.
Pruneau threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Brate in the third quarter and Zach Boden scored on a 43-yard run in the fourth, while Harvard held the Leopards, who were playing their home opener, to 94 yards in the second half.
After the teams traded first-quarter field goals, Harvard went ahead 10-3 on a 4-yard scoring run by Treavor Scales.
Cornell's Last Time Out
Zack Imhoff had 3.5 of Cornell's eight sacks in 31-7 win over Wagner on Saturday.
Imhoff also had two forced fumbles and blocked a punt for Cornell, which tallied their most sacks since a record 10 at Harvard in 1992.
The defense provided excellent field position for Cornell, as all five of the Big Red's scoring plays started in Wagner territory. Jeff Mathews threw for three of those touchdowns and rushed for another.
Matthews, who became the first Cornell quarterback to throw for three TDs in a game since 2008, was 18 of 26 with 197 yards. He threw to eight different receivers, including Shane Savage for two touchdowns.
Wagner, which finished with 274 yards of offense, was led by Dominique Williams with 137 yards on 26 carries, including a 1-yard TD early in the fourth quarter.
Harvard Coach Tim Murphy
In his 18th season as Harvard's head coach, Tim Murphy enters Saturday's game with a 113-59 record with the Crimson and a 145-104-1 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 11-6 all-time against Cornell.
Cornell Coach Kent Austin
Kent Austin, who spent five years in the Canadian Football League and two years as offensive coordinator at the University of Mississippi, was named Cornell's head coach on Jan. 27, 2010. Prior to his time in Oxford, Austin spent 15 seasons in the CFL as a player, assistant coach and head coach, winning Grey Cup titles at each step. In his only season as head coach, Austin directed Saskatchewan Roughriders to a Grey Cup title in 2007 and earned CFL Coach of the Year honors. Austin was a four-year letter winner at Mississippi, graduating with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1985. He is 0-1 against Harvard.
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.
Wide receiver Chris Lorditch is two receptions shy (80) of joining Harvard's all-time top 10.
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.
Against Lafayette, nine different players had a tackle for a loss and five had a sack.
Against Lafayette, Harvard held a road opponent without a touchdown for the first time in 24 games (28-0 win at Dartmouth on Oct. 28, 2006).
Harvard has reached the 30-point plateau in four of its last six road games.
Harvard is 273-5-1 all-time (.980) when the Crimson scores 30 or more points.
With its win at Lafayette, Harvard has now defeated the Leopards in 10 of the last 11 meetings including the last six times in Easton, Pa.
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.