THE GAME: 24th-Ranked Harvard Hosts Yale Saturday at Noon
Harvard and Yale renew one of the most storied rivalries in sports with the 129th edition of "The Game" at Harvard Stadium. Saturday's game will be shown live on NBC Sports TV. Check your local listings and cable/ satellite providers for information.
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Where We Stand
Penn controls its fate in the final week of play as the Quakers sit one game ahead of Harvard and Princeton. The Quakers will have to win on the road against pass-happy Cornell however, which Princeton could not do earlier this year in a similar position to solidify its hold on first place. Additionally, Penn will have to win without the services of dual-threat QB Billy Ragone, who badly hurt his ankle late in last week's game.
Since 2007, Harvard is 10-0 following a loss. The Crimson has not lost consecutive games since weeks nine and 10 of the 2006 season.
Yale holds a 65-55-8 series lead against Harvard in the 128 previous editions of The Game, though the Crimson has won 10 of the last 11 against the Bulldogs and will vie for a program-record sixth-straight victory on Saturday.
Harvard will be going for its sixth-straight win over Yale this year, which would set the school's best run in the series and provide a rare undefeated career for Harvard's seniors. In the series, six Harvard graduating classes have gone unbeaten against the Bulldogs with the latest coming from 2008-12 (each of the last two graduating classes). 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
Harvard continued its football dominance over Yale, spotting the Bulldogs an early touchdown before scoring 45 unanswered points.
Harvard's 45 points were the most scored by the Crimson against Yale since it won by the same 45-7 score at Cambridge in 1982.
The Crimson produced over 500 yards of offense and Collier Winters had the best passing day for a Harvard player in series history, completing 27 of 42 passes for 355 yards. Harvard also forced four Yale turnovers.
Harvard's Last Time Out
Billy Ragone threw two touchdowns and rushed for another to help Pennsylvania take down 16th-ranked Harvard 30-21 and clinch at least a share of the 2012 Ivy League title.
Ragone, who also rushed for 95 yards, completed 9 of 10 passes and paced a Quaker offense that rushed for 227 yards and held possession for five minutes longer (32:51-27:09) than its opponent.
Penn took a 21-14 lead into halftime and pushed that advantage to 28-14 behind backup quarterback Andrew Holland's 18-yard touchdown pass to Mitchell King.
Harvard cut the deficit to 28-21 behind Colton Chapple's lone touchdown pass of the day. Harvard had the chance to tie the game but Chapple was sacked three straight times -- with the third resulting in a safety -- on the Crimson's final possession.
Yale's Last Time Out
Trocon Davis picked off a pass at the Princeton goal line and returned it 100 yards to break a tie 61 seconds before halftime and the Tigers went on to a 29-7 Ivy League victory.
Yale had begun a drive at the 39-yard line of Princeton after an interception of its own and reached the 5. Davis, a junior, intercepted running back Mordecai Cargill's pass for his first career pick and returned it the length of the field for a 14-7 lead.
The Tigers tacked on a touchdown and a 2-point conversion on the opening possession of the third quarter, driving 65 yards in nine plays with Connor Michelsen completing four passes and Quinn Epperly running for the final yard.
Cargill carried 24 times for 101 yards for Yale.
7 Since 2000
Harvard has finished with at least seven wins in each of the last 12 years, and is the only program in Ivy League history to have such a stretch of success. Five years ago, Harvard became the first Ivy team with seven such seasons together.
The current stretch is the Crimson's best 12-year run since a 28-year streak of seven-plus win seasons came to an end in 1911.
Better Than Average
In 2012, Harvard clinched its 113th season at .500 or better in the program's 139-year history. It marked the Crimson's 14th straight year at .500 or better.
Harvard Coach Tim Murphy
In his 19th season as Harvard's all-time winningest head coach, Tim Murphy enters Saturday's game with a 127-61 record with the Crimson and a 159-106-1 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). Murphy serves as president for the American Football Coaches Association this season. He is 13-5 all-time against Yale.
Yale Coach Tony Reno
Tony Reno, a former Yale assistant coach, was named the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Yale Football on Jan. 12, 2012. The 34th head coach at Yale, Reno was a six-year assistant at Yale before spending three years as a special teams coach at Harvard. Upon being hired, he took with him three Harvard assistants, Joe Conlin, Dwayne Wilmot and Kris Barber as well as former video assistant Drew Petzing.
Harvard In The National Statistics
Category Rank Number
Rushing Offense 22 203.8
Passing Offense 17 280.3
Passing Efficiency 5 159.5
Total Offense 7 484.1
Scoring Offense 4 40.0
Rushing Defense 2 63.8
Pass Efficiency Def. 34 118.8
Total Defense 21 318.0
Scoring Defense 8 16.7
Net Punting 24 37.3
Kickoff Returns 71 19.4
Punt Returns 78 6.6
Turnover Margin 26 .6
Sacks 1 4.6
Tackles for a Loss 9 7.7
Sacks Allowed 77 2.3
Individuals In The National Statistics
Category Rank Name (stat)
Rushing 37 Treavor Scales (91.7)
Pass Efficiency 2 Colton Chapple (164.4)
Total Offense 9 Colton Chapple (314.7)
Receptions/Game 46 Kyle Juszczyk (5.4)
Receiving Yards 36 Kyle Juszczyk (76.2)
All-Purpose Yards 78 Treavor Scales (103.9)
Punting 7 Jacob Dombrowski (43.9)
Sacks 5 Zach Hodges (1.0)
12 John Lyon (0.83)
Tackles for a Loss 7 Zach Hodges (1.67)
51 John Lyon (1.11)