Harvard (1-1, 1-0 Ivy) at Georgetown (1-2, 0-0 Patriot)
For the second-time in four years, Harvard will visit the nation's capital, as the Crimson will face Georgetown at RFK Stadium Saturday afternoon. The game will be broadcast live on the Patriot League Network.
RFK Stadium is named after Harvard graduate Robert F. Kennedy '48, who played for the Crimson in 1946 and 1947 and went on to become United States Attorney General and U.S. Senator from New York.
Saturday's game is just the fourth in the all-time series between Harvard and Georgetown, with the previous three meetings coming over the last three seasons. The Crimson is 3-0 against the Hoyas, outscoring them by a combined margin of 110-20.
Charlie Booker III rushed for two touchdowns, and Aaron Shampklin and Lavance Northington each added TDs on the ground, as the Crimson improved to 1-1 overall and 1-0 in the Ivy League with a 45-28 win over Brown at Harvard Stadium Sept. 23. Joe Viviano was 11-of-13 for 150 yards, and Jake Smith, making his first collegiate start, was 5-of-7 for 72 yards and a TD. Tanner Lee returned an interception 39 yards for a TD and Luke Hutton paced the team with eight tackles.
In a 35-14 loss at Columbia last week, Clay Norris completed 10-of-19 passes for 174 yards and had two TD strikes. Michael Dereusc caught one of those TDs for an 83-yard score and finished the day with four receptions for 126 yards. David Akere had 11 tackles, including five solo stops, to lead the defense.
Jake Smith became the first freshman since Ryan Fitzpatrick '05 to start a game during his rookie season. Fitzpatrick started Oct. 27, 2001 against Dartmouth, a 31-21 Harvard victory.
Take It To The House
Tanner Lee returned an interception 39 yards for a touchdown against Brown Sept. 23. It was the first interception returned for a TD by a Harvard player since Connor Sheehan (90 yards) against Yale, Nov. 22, 2014.
Harvard Against the Patriot League
Harvard has amassed a 205-138-8 (.595) all-time record against opponents currently in the Patriot League.
In its 24 years under head coach Tim Murphy, the Crimson is 19-5 in its Ivy League openers since 1994.
Among the Nation's Best
Charlie Booker ranks sixth in the country with 8.31 yards per rush, and Justice Shelton-Mosley is 10th with a 13.8 punt return average.
As a team, the Crimson stands 17th with 3.0 sacks per game and 18th with a 13.75 punt return average. Harvard ranks 27th in completion percentage (.635).
Justice is Served
Justice Shelton-Mosley was a unanimous selection to the All-Ivy League first team, while also being named to the Academic All-Ivy League team in 2016. Shelton-Mosley led the Crimson with 48 catches en route to 568 yards and one receiving touchdown.
Shelton-Mosley currently sits 13th in program history with 94 career receptions, while his 1,246 yards gained ranks 15th all-time.
On the Rise
Senior quarterback Joe Viviano has his sights on climbing the Harvard record books after a dominant season as a first-year starter in 2016. He currently has the sixth-highest career completion percentage, completing 201-of-329 passes (.611). Viviano is also 14th with 2,355 career passing yards.
Where We Are Now
This week's game will be Harvard's 1,305th varsity football game. The Crimson has an all-time record of 865-389-50 (.683).
Harvard has finished with at least seven wins in each of the last 16 years and is the only program in Ivy League history to have such a stretch of success. Nine years ago, Harvard became the first Ivy team with seven such seasons together.
The current stretch is the Crimson's best 16-year run since a 28-year streak of seven-plus win seasons came to an end in 1911.
Harvard has reached the 30-point plateau in 25 of its last 36 road games and has scored at least 40 in nine of its last 28.
The Crimson has also scored at least 30 points in 35 of its last 50 games overall.
Harvard has reached double figures in scoring in 73-straight games and 139 of its last 140 contests (.993). The last team to hold Harvard to single digits was Penn (7) in 2009.
Harvard Coach Tim Murphy
In his 24th season as Harvard's all-time winningest head coach, Tim Murphy enters this week's game with a 164-67 record with the Crimson and a 196-112-1 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 164 and he is just one of eight coaches to win 100-plus games. Murphy also owns 116 Ivy League wins, second most all-time. Murphy has led Harvard to nine Ivy League championships (1997, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015).
September Under Murphy
Since Tim Murphy began patrolling the Harvard sideline in 1994, the Crimson is 40-14 (.741) in games played in the month of September. Harvard boasts a 31-7 (.816) mark in the month since 2001.
Offense Clicking Under Murphy
Harvard is 39-1 (.975) under head coach Tim Murphy when scoring 40 or more points. The lone loss was at home against Princeton, 51-48, in triple overtime, Oct. 26, 2013.
Keeping Points Off the Board
For the 50th time in the Tim Murphy era, the Crimson held an opponent to less than 10 points, as Harvard topped Princeton, 42-7, on Oct. 24, 2015. In those 50 games, the Crimson owns a 48-2 record (.960).
Harvard In the NFL
The Crimson had an FCS-best 13 former players invited to NFL training camps to begin the 2017-18 campaign. Harvard had 10 more players in camp than the next closest Ivy, Penn, which had three. In total, 21 former Ivy League players received invitations to NFL training camps.
FORMER HARVARD PLAYERS ON NFL ROSTERS
Cameron Brate - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ben Braunecker - Chicago Bears
Nick Easton - Minnesota Vikings
Ryan Fitzpatrick - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kyle Juszczyk - San Francisco 49ers
Tyler Ott - Seattle Seahawks
Adam Redmond - Indianapolis Colts
Cole Toner - Cincinnati Bengals