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Harvard Football Travels to Columbia for 12:30 p.m. Saturday Kickoff

The Particulars
After enjoying three straight home games, Harvard hits the road for an Ivy League game against Columbia in New York City on Saturday.

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.

Series History
Saturday's game will be the 70th meeting between Harvard and Columbia in a series that dates back to 1877.

Harvard holds a 54-14-1 series lead and has won the last seven meetings against the Lions by an average margin of 35-11. However, Harvard is just 4-3 in New York since 1996 despite winning three straight at Wien Stadium.

Ivy Updates
Harvard controls its destiny in the Ivy race as the lone undefeated team in league play at 4-0. Brown, Penn and Yale are tied at 3-1. Penn has defeated Yale; Brown has defeated Penn; and Harvard has defeated Brown. 

Last Year's Meeting
Harvard raced to a 23-0 lead en route to a 23-7 win over Columbia at The Stadium.

Gino Gordon '10 ran for 109 yards and three different Crimson players ran for a TD. Defensively, the team was led by Matthew Hanson, Collin Zych and Nick Hasselberg who all totaled nine tackles.

Harvard's Last Time Out
A week after passing for 403 yards and five touchdowns, and playing in a blizzard, Harvard had three different players rush for more than 100 yards and two touchdowns apiece in a 41-10 rout of Dartmouth.

Harvard's sixth consecutive win also raised its all-time night record at home to 6-0. Collier Winters ran 15 times for 126 yards, two touchdowns and was 10-of-13 through the air for 116 yards.

Treavor Scales carried 18 times for 139 yards, including two 1-yard scores. Zach Boden ran for touchdowns of 8 and 7 yards while gaining 112 yards. Dartmouth has lost its eighth straight to Harvard and 14th of the last 15.

Columbia's Last Time Out
Yale backup RB Mordecai Cargill ran for a career-high 230 yards and two touchdowns to help Yale hold off Columbia 16-13.

Cargill scored on a 19-yard run in the third quarter and a 4-yard scamper to start the fourth, giving Yale a 16-0 lead with 12:03 to play.

Sean Brackett led a fourth-quarter Columbia rally with a 26-yard strike to Zack McKown and a 4-yard score to Mike Stephens to pull within the final margin, but the Yale defense came up big to close it out.

After Columbia stopped Yale on a fourth-and-one on the ensuing possession, Yale returned the favor as Nick Okano intercepted Brackett on fourth-and-seven at Columbia's 31-yard line.

Brackett threw for 95 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Lions.

The Matchup
Harvard produced 511 yards of offense last weekend in a blizzard with much of the damage coming in the first three quarters. The Crimson ranks as the nation's 6th-highest scoring team at nearly 37 points per game. On the defensive side of the ball, Harvard ranks 10th nationally at fewer than 18 points per game.

Columbia, despite its record, has played reasonably well on defense - especially on pass defense where the Lions allow fewer than 200 yards per game.

The Key Players
Matthew Hanson leads the Ivy League in passes defended (8); Josue Ortiz ranks second in the Ivy in sacks (6.0) and ranks third in tackles for a loss (8.0); Alex Gedeon is third in the league in total tackles (67).

Colton Chapple leads the Ivy and ranks third nationally in passing efficiency (169.2). Collier Winters does not have enough attempts to qualify but would rank second in the league and 12th nationally with his 158.3 mark.

Seitu Smith III leads the league and ranks third nationally in kickoff return average (31.2).

Harvard Coach Tim Murphy
In his 18th season as Harvard's head coach, Tim Murphy enters Saturday's game with a 117-59 record with the Crimson and a 149-104-1 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 13-4 all-time against Columbia. 

Elite Company
With 117 career victories on the Harvard sideline, head coach Tim Murphy has tied 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: 135
Bob Blackman, Dartmouth: 127
Joe Restic, Harvard: 117
Tim Murphy, Harvard: 117

Columbia Coach Norries Wilson
Norries Wilson is in his sixth year as head coach at Columbia, and he brings a 16-42 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 0-5 against Harvard.

Better Than Average
In 2011, Harvard clinched its 112th season at .500 or better in the program's 138-year history. It marked the Crimson's 13th straight year at .500 or better.

Into The Night
Harvard is 6-0 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 and snow hit the Stadium for the first time in a night game but 18,565 still turned out for a 24-7 win over Brown. In a 41-10 win over Dartmouth, a rare October blizzard limited the crowd to just over 6,000 but the game was luckily broadcast nationally on TV.

Offensive
Harvard has averaged 504 yards of offense over its past four games.

300
After having just two 300-yard rushing games from 2000-07, Harvard has had a 300-yard rushing game in each of the past four seasons. Harvard finished with 395 rushing yards in a 41-10 win against Dartmouth in 2011.

Four for Forty
Harvard has scored at least 40 points in four straight games, marking the first such occurrence since 1890.

Triple Threat
Harvard had three individuals rush for 100 yards and two touchdowns apiece against Dartmouth (Treavor Scales - 139, Collier Winters - 126, Zach Boden - 116). It marked the first time in program history that three players ran for 100 or more yards in a game.

Record Nights
Against Dartmouth, Collier Winters (126) and Zach Boden (116) each ran for career highs.

All-Purpose
Harvard has had three players with 100-plus all-purpose yards in consecutive games (Princeton, Dartmouth).

Defense
In its last 49 Ivy League games, just three teams have managed 400-yards of total offense against Harvard.