Harvard. Yale. Saturday. The Game.
Pictured: Matt Curtis (91), Carl Ehrlich (56) and Eric Schultz (52), here making a tackle against Yale's Mike McLeod in 2007, are just some of the greats to have produced greatly on the biggest stage in college football.
Harvard and Yale renew one of the most storied rivalries in sports with the 128th edition of "The Game" at Yale Bowl. Saturday's game will be shown live on Versus TV. Check your local listings and cable/ satellite providers for information.
The game will be carried live on Versus TV. Randy Moss will handle the play-by-play, Ross Tucker the color commentary and Carolyn Manno will be the sideline reporter. Check your local listings for channel assignments.
- Complete Game Notes (4/PDF)
- Yale Parking/ Venue Information
- Extended Harvard-Penn Highlights (Newly Uploaded Nov. 14)
- Coach Murphy Speaks at the New England Football Luncheon
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.
Where We Stand
The final week of Ivy League play has been rendered four games played for pride. Harvard ran away with the league this year, winning its 14th Ivy League championship - and doing so in Week 9 of the season. It marks the first time that Harvard has clinched an outright league title before the final week of the season.
Over the past 14 years, Harvard has won six Ivy League championships (five outright) and had two undefeated seasons while posting the Football Championship Subdivision's second-highest winning percentage.
Yale holds a 65-54-8 series lead against Harvard in the 127 previous editions of The Game, though the Crimson has won nine of the last 10 against the Bulldogs. The Crimson has won the last five games at Yale Bowl - including 2009's memorable 14-10 win.
With Harvard's 37-6 win at Yale in 2007, Harvard spoiled Yale's bid for a perfect season in a game that determined the Ivy League championship.
It is the only time in the history of FCS football that a team (Yale) has lost at home in a season-ending game while vying for a perfect season. The last time it happened elsewhere in college football came in 1986 when Boston College defeated Holy Cross, 56-26.
Harvard will be going for its fifth-straight win over Yale this year, which would match the school's best run in the series and provide a rare undefeated career for Harvard's seniors. In the series, five Harvard graduating classes have gone unbeaten against the Bulldogs with the latest coming from 2008-11 (last year's graduating class). Yale has had six such occurrences but none since a six-year undefeated streak from 1902-07 provided three graduating classes with perfect HY records.
Last Year's Meeting
Three second-half scores by Harvard proved to be the difference as the Crimson downed Yale, 28-21, in the 127th playing of The Game at Harvard Stadium. Senior tailback Gino Gordon rushed for a score in each half and quarterback Collier Winters was 13-of-16 for 124 yards and a touchdown in the victory.
The turning point came after halftime as Marco Iannuzzi returned the opening kickoff of the half 84 yards for a touchdown. Following a Gordon score, Winters found Alex Sarkisian in the end zone for a commanding 28-14 lead. Yale scored late but Harvard held on behind the defensive play of Nick Hasselberg, who had 20 tackles in the game.
Harvard's Last Time Out
Harvard limited Penn to 24 rushing yards as the Crimson dominated the visiting Quakers, 37-20. After falling behind 7-0 on a series of bizarre occurrences, Harvard scored 37 straight points with running backs Treavor Scales and Zach Boden each averaging better than 7 yards per carry. Collier Winters threw for a score and ran for another and Josue Ortiz led the defense with 3.5 tackles for a loss, 2 sacks, a fumble and a recovery and a game-high 10 tackles.
Yale's Last Time Out
Patrick Witt threw for three touchdowns and Yale defeated Princeton, 33-24.
Witt finished with 379 yards on 26 of 33 passes for Yale. Princeton brought it within six, 30-24, on Chuck Dibilio's 6-yard touchdown with 9:38 remaining. But, on the ensuing possession, Yale ate up 6:18 and scored on a 27-yard field goal by Philippe Panico.
The Tigers then went three-and-out on their next possession, and Mark Hayes fumbled the ball at the Princeton 41-yard line on their final play with 42 second left.
Jackson Liguori had 123 yards on 10 catches for Yale, which has won eight of the last 10 against Princeton. Dibilio finished with three touchdowns and 178 yards on 31 carries.
Harvard Coach Tim Murphy
In his 18th season as Harvard's all-time winningest head coach, Tim Murphy enters Saturday's game with a 119-59 record with the Crimson and a 151-104-1 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 six Ivy League championships (1997, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2011). He is 12-5 all-time against Yale.
Every four-year player recruited by Crimson head coach Tim Murphy has both graduated and been part of at least one Ivy League championship team. Murphy has led Harvard to Ivy League championships in 1997, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2011.
Pomp And Circumstance
Five Harvard players — senior defensive end Josue Ortiz (Avon Park, Fla.), senior offensive lineman Scott Fritz (Houston, Texas), junior defensive end John Lyon (Durham, N.C.), junior linebacker Joshua Boyd (Hyde Park, Mass.), and junior offensive lineman Jim Deng (Old Saybrook, Conn.) — were valedictorians of their high school classes.
Ivy Era Coaches
Since the formation 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
Edward Robinson, Brown: 140**
Al Bagnoli, Penn: 136
Bob Blackman, Dartmouth: 127
George Woodruff, Penn: 124**
Tuss McLaughry, Brown & Dartmouth: 120**
Tim Murphy, Harvard: 119
Joe Restic, Harvard: 117
** - pre Ivy League formation
Yale Coach Tom Williams
Tom Williams is in his third 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. He is 0-2 against Harvard.
Harvard In The National Statistics
Category Rank Number
Rushing Offense 30 183.2
Passing Offense 25 244.6
Passing Efficiency 5 160.09
Total Offense 19 427.8
Scoring Offense 6 36.6
Rushing Defense 6 91.2
Pass Efficiency Defense 24 112.84
Total Defense 26 324.1
Sacks 23 2.7
Scoring Defense 10 18.2
Net Punting 21 36.8
Kickoff Returns 6 24.5
Turnover Margin 23 .78
Harvard has averaged 473 yards of offense over its past six games.
Harvard has scored at least 30 points in seven straight games in a single season for the first time since 1890.
Harvard has reached the 30-point plateau in six of its last eight road games.
Harvard has allowed just one 100-yard rusher this season. In six games so far, the Crimson defense has held the opposing team's leading rusher to 51 or fewer yards (Holy Cross - 37, Lafayette - 15, Cornell - 46, Bucknell - 1, Dartmouth - 51, Penn - 25).
In its last 51 Ivy League games, just three teams have managed 400-yards of total offense against Harvard.
The following current players rank high on various all-time and single-season lists at Harvard:
Category Rank Number
Collier Winters - 2011
Season Completion Pct. 1 .699 (102-146)
Career Completion Pct. 2 .615 (344-559)
Career TD Passes 4 31
Career Passing Yards 7 3,992
Total Offense 7 4,591
Chris Lorditch - 2011
Career Receptions 8 98
Career TD Receptions 6 12
Career Yards 6 1,570
Yards per Reception 2 16.0
Adam Chrissis - 2011
Career Receptions 9 94
Career Yards 11 1,118
Josue Ortiz - 2011
Career Sacks 2 19
Seitu Smith - 2011
Season Kickoff Yards 1 611
Season KO Average 1 30.5
Four for Forty
Harvard scored at least 40 points in four straight games (Cornell, Bucknell, Princeton, Dartmouth), marking the first such occurrence since 1890.
The Crimson is 57-2 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).
Harvard has held 14 of its last 27 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 24 of 41 games including five times each in 2006, 2007 and 2009.
Harvard is 279-5-1 all-time (.981) when the Crimson scores 30 or more points.
Harvard's record at Harvard Stadium since 2001 is 48-9 while winning 28 of its last 32 there. The team has five undefeated home marks in that stretch (6-0 in 2001, 5-0 in 2004, 5-0 in 2007, 5-0 in 2008, 5-0 in 2011).
Where We Are Now
Saturday's game will be Harvard's 1,252nd varsity football game. The Crimson has an all-time record of 820-381-50 (.672).
Harvard has scored points in a school-record 137 consecutive games. The Crimson has not been shut out since a 24-0 loss to Columbia in the 1998 season opener.