Harvard (2-2, 1-1 Ivy) at Lafayette (2-4, 2-0 Patriot)
Coming off a 17-14 defeat at Cornell last week, Harvard will return home to host Lafayette in the Crimson's 700th game played at Harvard Stadium. Harvard owns a 445-220-34 (.660) record at the historic venue built in 1903.
Harvard enters game at 2-2 overall, while the Leopards of Lafayette is 2-4.
Saturday's game will be the 20th all-time meeting between Harvard and Lafayette. The Crimson leads the series, 16-3, and has gone 13-2 vs. the Leopards under head coach Tim Murphy (since 1994). Harvard has won five-straight against Lafayette, and is 9-2 all-time against the Leopards in Cambridge.
Luke Hutton recorded 12 tackles, including eight solo stops, Tim Haehl added 11 tackles and Devin Judd made an interception and had nine stops, but the Crimson fell on the road at Cornell, 17-14, Oct. 7. Harvard led, 14-0, but the Big Red rallied in the second half to take the Ivy victory. Jake Barann caught a 36-yard TD pass from Jake Smith, and Lavance Northington had a one-yard TD rush for Harvard.
Lafayette rallied from a 10-point deficit to score 14 points in the fourth quarter and knock off Fordham, 14-10, last week. Sean O'Malley finished with 256 passing yards and two TD strikes to Rocco Palumbo, who amassed nine receptions for 129 yards. Brandon Bryant led all players with 15 tackles and had one sack in the win for the Leopards.
With Saturday's kickoff, the Crimson will have played 700 games inside the Coliseum-like Harvard Stadium.
Below is a list of benchmark games for the Crimson inside the Stadium.
600 - Nov. 15, 1997 vs. Penn – W, 33-0
500 – Nov. 18, 1978 vs. Yale – L, 28-35
400 - Nov. 18, 1961 vs. Brown – W, 21-6
300 - Oct. 26, 1946 vs. Holy Cross – W, 13-6
200 - Oct. 4, 1930 vs. Vermont – W, 35-0
100 – Nov. 20, 1915 vs. Brown – W, 16-7
Harvard Against the Patriot League
Harvard has amassed a 206-138-8 (.597) all-time record against opponents currently in the Patriot League.
Where We Are Now
This week's game will be Harvard's 1,307th varsity football game. The Crimson has an all-time record of 866-390-50 (.682).
Among the Nation's Best
Justice Shelton-Mosley is fourth in the nation in punt return average (17.6), while Charlie Booker III has the eighth-best yards per rushing attempt (7.17). Jake Smith stands eighth with yards per completion (15.41), and Jake McIntyre is 21st in field-goal percentage (.800).
As a team, the Crimson stands sixth in punt returns (17.6), seventh in fourth-down percentage (.800) and 11th in scoring defense (16.0).
Jake Smith became the first freshman since Ryan Fitzpatrick '05 to start a game (Sept. 23 vs. Brown) during his rookie season. Fitzpatrick started Oct. 27, 2001 against Dartmouth, a 31-21 Harvard victory.
Charlie Booker III has rushed for two touchdowns in Harvard's wins over Brown (Sept. 23) and Georgetown (Sept. 30). Prior to this, the last Crimson running back with two rushing TDs was Semar Smith versus Cornell (Oct. 8, 2016).
Crimson in October
Since the 2006 season, Harvard owns a 40-7 record (.851) in games played during the month of October.
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 165-68 record with the Crimson and a 197-113-1 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 165 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).
Take It To The House
Raishaun McGhee picked off a pass and returned it 23 yards for a TD at Georgetown Sept. 30. In the previous game, Tanner Lee ran back an interception for 39 yards for a touchdown against Brown Sept. 23. Prior to Lee's INT return, it was the first interception returned for a TD by a Harvard player since Connor Sheehan (90 yards) against Yale, Nov. 22, 2014.
Keeping Points Off the Board
For the 51st time in the Tim Murphy era, the Crimson held an opponent to less than 10 points, as Harvard topped Georgetown, 41-2, on Sept 30, 2017. In those 51 games, the Crimson owns a 49-2 record (.961).
Every four-year player recruited by Crimson head coach Tim Murphy has both graduated and been part of at least one Ivy League championship team. Murphy has led Harvard to Ivy League championships in 1997, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Harvard Owns New England
Since 1994, the Crimson owns a record of 119-47 (.717) in games played in New England. Since the 2001 campaign, Harvard stands at 94-20 (.825), and the team is 40-7 since the start of 2012 (.851) in contests held in the region.
Harvard has scored points in an Ivy League and school-record 192-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).
The Crimson is 96-5 (.950) when leading at halftime since the start of the 2003 season. Harvard last surrendered a halftime lead against Cornell on Oct. 7, 2017 (led 14-0, lost 17-14).
Harvard has won eight Ivy League Championships since 2001, which is more than Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Princeton and Yale combined during that time.
Ivy League Network
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Harvard continues its three-game homestand with a night game against Princeton Friday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network.