Harvard vs. Dartmouth
Linebacker Jordan Hill established a new Harvard record for a freshman with his 17-tackle performance at Princeton Oct. 22 (Zack Williamson).
No. 23/24 Harvard football will conclude its three-game road trip and close out the month of October, as the Crimson visits Dartmouth Saturday, Oct. 29. Harvard heads into the weekend with a 5-1 overall mark and is 3-0 in Ivy League action, while the Big Green stands 3-3 and 0-3 in the Ancient Eight.
Saturday's game will be the 120th all-time meeting between Harvard and Dartmouth, with the first game having taken place back in 1882 (a 8-0 win for the Crimson). Harvard controls the all-time series with a 69-45-5 edge, and the Crimson has taken 12-straight games against their rivals to the north. Harvard has also won 11-consecutive games in Hanover, New Hampshire.
The Crimson is coming off a dramatic, 23-20, overtime victory on the road at Princeton Oct. 22. Joe Viviano scored the game-winning touchdown on a one-yard rush in OT and added 215 passing yards and two TDs through the air in the victory. Linebacker Jordan Hill recorded 17 tackles, a new Harvard best for a freshman.
Leading the receiving corps is senior H-back Anthony Firkser who has 33 receptions through six games for 520 yards (86.7 yards per game). Firkser owns six touchdowns. On the ground, Semar Smith has seen action in five games, rushing for 359 yards (71.8 yards per game) and six scores. Viviano has completed 64.5 percent of his passes (98-of-152) and has 1,149 yards and nine TDs.
Dartmouth began the season 2-0, but has dropped three of its last four games, including all three Ivy contests. Hunter Hagdorn led the Big Green with three receptions for 115 yards, including a 65-yard TD, but the Big Green fell at Columbia, 9-7, Oct. 22.
QB Jack Heneghan has played in all six games and is 126-of-234 (.538) for 1,444 yards and eight touchdowns. Linebacker Folarin Orimolade has 6.0 sacks, 10.5 tackles for a loss, three forced fumbles and 50 overall tackles to his credit.
Ivy Standings Picture
With four conference games remaining, Harvard sits in a first-place tie with Penn, as both teams own 3-0 Ivy records. Princeton stands third at 2-1. Harvard is off to its third-straight season with a 3-0 conference mark.
Third and Got It
The Crimson is converting over 50 percent of its third-down opportunities (.510), a number that ranks sixth in the FCS. Harvard has also connected on 50 percent of its fourth-down tries (3-of-6).
Crimson in October
Since the 2006 season, Harvard owns a 39-5 record (.886) in games played during the month of October.
The duo of Justice Shelton-Mosley and Anthony Firkser has combined for 847 yards on 62 catches this season, each averaging over 80 yards per game. Both surpassed 100 yards receiving in the opening contest against URI, and Firkser neared the 150 mark against Georgetown. The tight end has six touchdowns to his credit through six games.
Through five games, the Crimson ranks 17th and in the FCS in both rushing and scoring defense. The Crimson has allowed 112.0 yards rushing and 20.0 points per game.
Better Than Average
Harvard has clinched its 119th season at .500 or better in the program's 144-year history. It also marks the Crimson's 19th-straight year at .500 or better.
Harvard is 37-10 in its last 47 road games (.787). The Crimson is 29-5 (.853) in its last 34 Ivy League road games.
Harvard ripped off 16-straight wins over non-Ivy opponents from 2011-16. It marks the longest streak in Ivy League history.
Harvard Owns New England
Since 1994, the Crimson owns a record of 116-44 (.730) in games played in New England. Since the 2001 campaign, Harvard stands at 91-17 (.850), and the team is 37-4 since the start of 2012 (.925) in contests held in the region.
Harvard has scored points in an Ivy League and school-record 184-consecutive games. The Crimson has not been shut out since a 24-0 loss to Columbia in the 1998 season opener.
Brown held the previous Ivy record (162 games), which was stopped on Oct. 13, 2012 (19-0 loss at Princeton).
Going For Four
Harvard has won at least a share of the last three Ivy League titles and is seeking to become the first team to capture four consecutive Ancient Eight titles since Penn (1982-86). This marks the first time the Crimson has won three straight crowns.
The other schools to win three straight: Yale (1967-69), Dartmouth (1969-73), Yale (1979-81) and Penn (1982-86).
The loss at Holy Cross Oct. 15 snapped a 16-consecutive road win streak, an Ivy League and program record (breaking the Crimson record set from 1974-77). The streak was the longest in the FCS. Dartmouth owns the next-longest road win streak in the Ivies, rattling off 14 in-a-row from 1995-97.
Harvard Coach Tim Murphy
In his 23rd season as Harvard's all-time winningest head coach, Tim Murphy enters this week's game with a 161-64 record with the Crimson and a 193-109-1 overall head coaching record, which includes five years at Cincinnati and two years at Maine. Since the formation of the Ivy League in 1956, only one Ivy coach has compiled more wins than Murphy's 161 and he is just one of five coaches to win 100-plus games. Murphy also owns 113 Ivy League wins, third most all-time. Murphy has led Harvard to nine Ivy League championships (1997, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015). He is 19-3 against Dartmouth.
Against Brown Sept. 24, Murphy surpassed long-time Harvard head coach Joe Restic (1971-93) by coaching in his 221st game with the Crimson against Brown. Restic was 117-97-6.
Dartmouth Coach Buddy Teevens
Midway through his 17th season as head coach at Dartmouth, Buddy Teevens (Dartmouth '79) boasts a record of 78-86-2 overall and 57-57-1 during two different stints at the helm of the Big Green (1987-91, 2005-present). Teevens led Dartmouth to the Ivy title in 1990, 1991 and 2015. Teevens is 2-13-1 against Harvard and 0-11 against Tim Murphy.
Offense Clicking Under Murphy
With its 51-point performance vs. Rhode Island Sept. 16, Harvard improved to 38-1 (.974) under head coach Tim Murphy (since 1994) when scoring 40 or more points. The lone loss was at home against Princeton, 51-48, in triple overtime Oct. 26, 2013.
Since 2000, Harvard is 31-1 (.969) when it does not fumble and 32-0 when not committing a turnover.
Crimson Colored Ivy
Since the formation of the Ivy League in 1956, Harvard has been the winningest team during league play. The Crimson also has a conference-best 265 victories.
Down The Stretch Into November
Since 2007, the Crimson owns a 26-4 mark (.867) in contests played during the month of November