No. 12/13 Football Hosts Penn Saturday on Senior Day; Crimson Can Clinch Share of Ivy Title With Win

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Harvard vs. Penn
Saturday, Nov. 14
Harvard Stadium
ASN/ILDN
Scott Sudikoff, Jack Ford
Live Stats
Harvard (8-0, 5-0 Ivy)
Penn (5-3, 4-1 Ivy)
Harvard leads, 48-35-2
W, 34-24 (Nov. 15, 2014)
W2
Harvard vs. Penn (PDF)


Harvard's senior class is 35-3 during its four-year career (Gil Talbot).



The Storyline
The No. 12/13 Harvard football team will host Penn in a crucial Ivy League contest in its home finale on Senior Day Saturday. The game, which will be carried live on the American Sports Network and Ivy League Digital Network, is slated for a 12:05 kickoff. Harvard, which is one of nine remaining undefeated teams in Division I, stands at 8-0 overall and 5-0 in Ivy games, while the Quakers are 5-3 and 4-1.

The Crimson, the only undefeated team in Division I last season, has won 22-straight games, tied for the longest active streak in Division I (Ohio State). Harvard has also won a program-record 16-consecutive Ivy League games, claimed 11-straight victories at Harvard Stadium and reached its highest national ranking by moving up to No. 12 in this week's FCS media poll.

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. 

Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Digital Network or to sign-up today, click here.

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.

Ivy League Title Race
With two games remaining, Harvard sits alone in first place with a 5-0 Ivy League record. Dartmouth and Penn are tied for second at 4-1 and are the only other schools within striking distance for the conference title. A Harvard win over Penn would clinch at least a share of the Crimson's third-straight Ancient Eight championship. A Crimson victory combined with a Brown win over Dartmouth Saturday would give Harvard a full share of the crown.

Series History
Saturday's game will be the 86th all-time meeting between Harvard and Penn with the first game having been played in 1881 (2-0 Harvard win). The Crimson leads the all-time series, 48-35-2, including 35-23-1 in Ivy League play. Harvard has won two-straight and three of the last four against its Ivy rival from Philadelphia.

 

The Numbers
Harvard quarterback Scott Hosch (2,261) is 395 yards shy of breaking the school record for passing yardage in a season (Neil Rose '03 - 2,655). Hosch is also tied for fifth in single-season touchdown passes (16). Running back Paul Stanton, Jr. ranks second in school history with 38 total career touchdowns and 36 rushing scores and is third with 228 career points. Stanton is 168 yards shy of 3,000 rushing yards for his career and is fourth on the all-time Harvard list (2,832). The Crimson, which has held opponents to a total of 39 points in the last five games, is outscoring opponents, 301-76, overall.

The Quakers are led defensively by linebacker Tyler Drake, who has amassed 61 tackles, 10.5 tackles for a loss and 7.5 sacks. QB Alek Torgersen, who threw a game-winning 11-yard TD pass to Eric Fiore against Princeton Nov. 7, has 1,556 yards and 15 TDs on the season.

Last Time Out
Scott Hosch tossed for over 300 yards for the third time this season, finishing with 324 yards and two TDs in a 24-16 win at Columbia. Justice Shelton-Mosley caught eight passes for 131 yards and a score, while Ben Braunecker made seven receptions for 130 yards and a TD. Shelton-Mosley, who added an 86-yard punt return for a touchdown, finished with 270 all-purpose yards, the most for a Crimson player since Paul Stanton, Jr. accumulated 275 at Penn on Nov. 15, 2014.

Last Year's Meeting
Paul Stanton, Jr., carried the ball 22 times for a career-high 235 yards and found the endzone three times, as the Crimson overcame a 24-17 deficit and defeated the Quakers, 34-24, to improve to 9-0 and clinch a share of the Ivy League title. Scott Hosch was 13-of-20 for 174 yards and 1 score, while Chris Evans had a team-high nine tackles.

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 other schools to win three straight: Yale (1967-69), Dartmouth (1969-73), Yale (1979-81) and Penn (1982-86).
 
Thank You, Seniors!
Harvard's class of 2016 owns a 35-3 record (.921) during their four years in Cambridge, giving the group the highest winning percentage for a Harvard class in the Ivy League era (since 1956). Last year's class finished 36-4 (.900).
 
This year's class will be honored in a pre-game ceremony at Harvard Stadium on Saturday.
 
Ivy Win Streak
The Crimson has set a program record by topping 16-straight Ivy League opponents since 2013. The 16-consecutive conference victories mark the longest active streak in Division I.
 
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 14-0. Hosch went 6-0 last year and is 8-0 this season.

Dominant D
Over the last six weeks, the Crimson has held opponents to a total of 39 points. This marks the best defensive effort in six-straight games since the end of the 1931 and beginning of 1932 seasons (37 points in six games).

The Crimson defense has surrendered only a total of 76 points through eight games (10 at Rhode Island, 27 vs. Brown, 0 vs. Georgetown, 3 at Cornell, 3 at Lafayette, 10 vs. Princeton, 13 vs. Dartmouth). Harvard last gave up that few points in the first eight games in 1966 when it surrendered a total of 60 (7 vs. Lafayette, 0 vs. Tufts, 7 at Columbia, 0 vs. Cornell, 14 vs Dartmouth, 7 vs. Penn, 18 at Princeton and 7 vs. Brown).

Between the final touchdown surrendered in the win over Brown Sept. 26 and Princeton's TD in the second quarter Oct. 24, the Crimson defense went 212:30 in-between allowing the opposition to get in the endzone.
 
Keep On Winning
Harvard has the FCS's longest current winning streak. The Crimson has won 22-straight dating back to its dramatic 24-21 win over Dartmouth at Harvard Stadium Nov. 2, 2013. The current 22-game streak is tied for the fourth- longest in team history.
 

Harvard's Longest Win Streaks
1.             24 games- 1890-91
2.             23 games- 1901-02
3.             22 games- 1912-14
3.             22 games – 2013-present
5.             21 games- 1898-99

The Crimson's 22-game win streak is the tied for the longest active Division I (Ohio State).
 
Harvard's 22-game win streak is tied for the 12th-longest ever for an Ivy League school.
 
Remaining Unbeatens
Harvard, which has won 22-straight games and was the only Division I team to go undefeated in 2014 (10-0), is one of nine remaining unbeaten teams, including one of three FCS squads, in 2015. 

The undefeated teams are: Harvard, Houston, Clemson, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Ohio State, Iowa, Dayton and McNeese State.

Ivy Coaching Wins
Tim Murphy ranks third all-time in Ivy League wins.

Mr. 3000
Paul Stanton, Jr. (2,832) needs just 168 rushing yards to become the fourth Harvard player with 3,000 career yards on the ground (Clifton Dawson '07, 4,841; Chris Menick '00, 3,330; Eion Hu '97, 3,073).
 
Record-Breaking Passing Game
Scott Hosch (2,261) is 395 yards shy of breaking Harvard's single-season passing record, set by Neil Rose '03 with 2,655 in 2000. Hosch also stands ninth in school history with 3,689 career passing yards, is tied for fifth with 16 touchdown passes for a single-season (this fall) and is tied for seventh with 24 career passing TDs. 
 
Among The Nation's Best
Harvard is second in the country in scoring defense (9.5 points allowed per game), third with six blocked kicks and fourth in rushing defense (80.8 yards allowed per game).
 
Justice Shelton-Mosley ranks third in punt return average (19.0), and Scott Hosch is eighth in passing yards per game (283.6) and ninth in passing yards per completion (14.64).
 
Rookie Standout
Justice Shelton-Mosley is currently Harvard's single-season leader in punt return average, as he has returned 10 punts for 190 yards (19.0 avg.) this fall. In Harvard's 24-16 win at Columbia Nov. 7, Shelton-Mosley returned a punt for 86 yards in the fourth quarter, the third-longest punt return for a score in school history.

 

Road Streak
Dating back to the beginning of the 2013 season, Harvard has rattled off 14-consecutive wins on the road, setting a new program record (breaking record set from 1974-77). The streak is the longest in the FCS and second longest in all of Division I (Ohio State, 16).

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.
 
Honoring D.J.
In honor of D.J. Monroe '13, who passed away Oct. 13, all Harvard football players will a wear "DJM 36" decal on the back of their helmets for the remainder of the season.
 
Tanner Lee has changed his number to 34 for the remainder of the year, also in tribute to D.J.
 
Accurate Passer
Scott Hosch has moved into fourth place on Harvard's career completion percentage list. Hosch is 264-of-429 (.615). Conner Hempel '15 is the school's all-time leader (234-of-352, .665).