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No. 18/18 Football Closes Non-Conference Slate at Lafayette Saturday

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Harvard at Lafayette
Saturday, Oct. 17
Fisher Stadium
Campus Insiders
Matt Martucci, Dan Conley 
Live Stats
Harvard (4-0, 2-0 Ivy)
Lafayette (1-5, 0-2 PL)
Harvard leads, 15-3
W, 24-14(Oct. 18, 2014)
W4
Harvard vs. Lafayette (PDF)


Ben Braunecker and the Crimson have won 12-straight road games (Patrick Shanahan).

The Storyline
The No. 18/18 Harvard football team will play its final non-conference game of the season, as the Crimson visits Lafayette Saturday afternoon. The game, which will be broadcast on GoLeopards.com, is set for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff. Harvard enters the weekend 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the Ivy League, while the Leopards stand 1-5 and 0-2 in the Patriot League.

The Crimson, which was the only undefeated team in Division I last season, has won 18-straight games, the second-longest active streak in Division I (Ohio State, 19). Harvard has also won 12-consecutive road games, which is tied for the program record set from 1974-77.

Harvard is one of 24 remaining undefeated teams in Division I this season. 

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Social Stream
Use the Social Stream on GoCrimson.com to stay connected with the Crimson on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram this year. The Social Stream brings the conversation from all three platforms into one convenient location, allowing fans of all Harvard Athletics teams to monitor the action in real time.

Series History
Saturday's game will be the 19th all-time meeting between Harvard and Lafayette. The Crimson leads the series, 15-3, and has gone 12-2 vs. the Leopards under head coach Tim Murphy (since 1994). Harvard has won four straight against Lafayette, including a 24-14 win last season on Oct. 18 at Harvard Stadium, and is 6-1 all-time in Easton.

 

The Numbers
Harvard quarterback Scott Hosch has thrown nine touchdown passes, tossed for 952 yards (238.0 per game) and owns a completion percentage of 58.9 (63-of-107) this fall. Running back Paul Stanton, Jr. has gained 375 yards (93.8 per game) on the ground and is tied with freshman running back Noah Reimers with the team lead with five TDs. Stanton ranks second in school history with 34 total career touchdowns and 32 rushing scores. The Crimson, which has held opponents to a total of three points in the last two games, is outscoring opponents, 179-40, overall, including 106-13 in the first half of games.

Lafayette, which is coming off a 38-7 loss at Georgetown Oct. 10, is led by QB Drew Reed who is 100-of-149 for 988 yards (197.6 per game) and six touchdowns. Opponents are outrushing the Leopards, 220.7 to 55.2 per game. Lafayette is 0-3 at home, while Harvard is 2-0 on the road. The Leopards are 0-1 against Ivy League schools this year, having fallen to Princeton, 40-7, Sept. 19 while the Crimson stands 1-0 vs. the Patriot League with its 45-0 win over Georgetown Oct. 2.
 
Last Time Out
Freshman wide receiver Justice Shelton-Mosley led the Crimson with 163 all-purpose yards (78 KR, 46 RV, 39 PR), and Scott Hosch went 14-of-30 for 244 yards and 3 TDs, as the Crimson went on the road and knocked off Cornell, 40-3, to win its 13th-straight Ivy game, a program record. Paul Stanton, Jr., rushed 17 times for 101 yards and a TD, and the Crimson defense forced three interceptions and held the Big Red to a total of 192 yards. Dan Moody recorded 2.0 sacks, a career-best.
 
Last Year's Meeting
In last year's 24-14 victory over Lafayette, Andrew Fischer caught six balls for 107 yards and a score on a 78-yard pass by Scott Hosch. Hosch finished 11-of-23 for 203 yards and two scores through the air, while Paul Stanton, Jr., ran 17 times for 102 yards and a TD.

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).

Ivy Win Streak
The Crimson has set a program record by topping 13-straight Ivy League opponents since 2013. The 13-consecutive conference victories are the second longest active streak in Division I (Florida State, 25).
 
The current streak began with the 24-21 win over Dartmouth on Nov. 2, 2013. 

Perfect Start
Scott Hosch is the first quarterback in Harvard history to start his career 10-0. Hosch went 6-0 last year and is 4-0 this season.

Dominant D
Over the last two weeks, the Crimson has held opponents to a total of three points (45-0 win over Georgetown, 40-3 win at Cornell). This marks the best defensive effort in back-to-back games since shutting out Boston University (16-0) and Columbia (57-0) in 1973.
 
Harvard has only allowed 414 total yards over the last two weeks (222 vs. Georgetown, 192 vs. Cornell).
 
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 (10.0 points allowed per game), fourth in scoring offense (44.8 points per game), sixth in punt returns (19.56 yards per return) and eighth in rushing defense (95.3 yards allowed per game).
 
Andrew Fischer ranks fourth with a 21.0-punt return average and Ben Braunecker is seventh with a 22.0-yard per reception average.
 
Offense Clicking Early
Harvard has scored 179 points in its first four games this season (41 at Rhode Island, 53 vs. Brown, 45 vs. Georgetown and 40 at Cornell). This marks the most through four games since it scored a combined 191 points against Dartmouth (W, 48-0), Exeter (W, 62-0), Amherst (W, 26-0) and Williams (W, 55-0) to start the 1892 season.

Keep On Winning
Harvard has the FCS's longest current winning streak. The Crimson has won 18-straight dating back to its dramatic 24-21 win over Dartmouth at Harvard Stadium Nov. 2, 2013. The current 18-game streak is the fifth longest in team history.

The Crimson's 18-game win streak is the second-longest active Division I (Ohio State, 19).

Road Streak
Dating back to the beginning of the 2013 season, Harvard has rattled off 12-consecutive wins on the road, tying the program record (set from 1974-77). The streak is the longest in the FCS and third longest in all of Division I (Ohio State, 15; Florida State, 14).
 
The Crimson last lost on the road, 30-21, at Penn Nov. 10, 2012, and has gone more than two full seasons without dropping a game away from Cambridge.
 
Remaining Unbeatens
Harvard, which has won 18-straight games and was the only Division I team to go undefeated in 2014 (10-0), is one of 24 remaining unbeaten teams in 2015.
 
Rookie Scores
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.
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