Harvard at Cornell
Matt Koran and the Crimson have won 17-straight games (Gil Talbot).
The No. 24/24 Harvard football team will return to Ivy League play, as the Crimson visits conference rival Cornell Saturday afternoon. The game, which will be broadcast live on the American Sports Network and the Ivy League Digital Network, is set for a 12 p.m. kickoff. It will be shown live in New England on Comcast SportsNet and on tape delay in New York on SNY (check your local listings). Harvard enters the weekend with a 3-0 overall record and 1-0 mark in the Ancient Eight, while Cornell stands at 0-3 and 0-1.
The Crimson, which was the only undefeated team in Division I last season, has won 17-straight games, the second-longest active streak in Division I (Ohio State, 18). Harvard has also won 12-consecutive Ivy League games dating back to 2013, which is tied for the school record (2001-12). The Crimson is also seeking its 12th-straight road victory, which would tie the program record set from 1974-77.
About the Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a third season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.
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Saturday's game will be the 80th all-time meeting between Harvard and Cornell. The Crimson leads the series, 45-32-2, and has won nine-straight against the Big Red, dating back to 2006. Harvard owns a 16-15-2 mark against Cornell in games played in Ithaca.
Quarterback Scott Hosch has thrown six touchdown passes, tossed for 708 yards (236.0 per game) and owns a completion percentage of 63.6 (49-of-77) this fall. Running back Paul Stanton, Jr. has gained 274 yards (91.3 per game) on the ground has moved into second place in the Harvard record books with 31 career-rushing scores. Stanton has scored four rushing touchdowns, while freshman Noah Reimers, who has been named Ivy Rookie of the Week in consecutive weeks, paces the team with five scores on the ground. The Crimson has blocked a punt in each of its first three games and is outscoring opponents, 139-37, overall, including 89-10 in the first half of games.
Last Time Out
Freshman running back Noah Reimers scored three touchdowns on the ground, while Paul Stanton, Jr., added two rushing scores of his own, as Harvard held off Georgetown, 45-0, at Harvard Stadium Oct. 2. The Crimson outgained the Hoyas, 494-222. Overall, Harvard had six rushing touchdowns, the most for the Crimson in a game since scoring six times on the ground in a 69-0 win over Columbia at Harvard Stadium on Nov. 3, 2012.
In last year's 24-7 win over Cornell at Harvard Stadium on Oct. 11, Scott Hosch went 19-of-34 for 240 yards and a score. Paul Stanton, Jr. and Andrew Casten '15 both tallied rushing touchdowns, and the Crimson held the Big Red to only 175 yards of total offense.
Going For Three
Harvard has won at least a share of the last two Ivy League titles and is seeking to become the first team to capture three consecutive Ancient Eight titles since Dartmouth (1990-92).
The Crimson has tied the program record by topping 12-straight Ivy League opponents since 2013.
The current streak began with the 24-21 win over Dartmouth on Nov. 2, 2013.
Harvard defeated Brown, 27-20, on Sept. 22, 2001 and won 12 straight Ancient Eight contests until falling at Penn, 44-9, on Nov. 16, 2002.
Scott Hosch has moved into second place on Harvard's career completion percentage list. Hosch is 158-of-253 (.625). Conner Hempel '15 is the school's all-time leader (234-of-352, .665).
Among The Nation's Best
Harvard leads the nation with three blocked punts, zero sacks allowed and zero fumbles lost. The Crimson also stands second in scoring defense (12.3 points allowed per game), third in scoring offense (46.3 points per game), and ninth in rushing defense (100.3 yards allowed per game).
Andrew Fischer ranks fifth with a 21.0-punt return average and Ben Braunecker is eighth with a 22.33-yard per reception average.
Just Block It
The Crimson has blocked a punt in each of its first three games. Scott Peters had a rejection in fourth quarter at Rhode Island Sept. 19, and Zach Miller blocked a punt in the first quarter vs. Brown Sept. 26. In the win over Georgetown Oct. 2, Tanner Lee got his hand on a punt in the second quarter.
Offense Clicking Early
Harvard has scored 139 points in its first three games this season (41 at Rhode Island, 53 vs. Brown and 45 vs. Georgetown). This marks the most through three games since it scored a combined 152 points against Buffalo (W, 66-0), New Hampshire (W, 40-0) and Penn State (W, 46-13) to start the 1932 season.
With his three rushing touchdowns (2, 1 and 1 yards) in the 45-0 win over Georgetown Oct. 2, running back Noah Reimers became the first Crimson freshman to have three scores on the ground in a game since Clifton Dawson '07 had four (23, 3, 3 and 71 yards) in a 34-27 victory over Lafayette on Oct. 18, 2003.