Harvard (3-2, 1-1 Ivy) vs. Princeton (4-1, 1-1 Ivy)
Harvard football will begin the home stretch of the season when the Crimson face Princeton in the first of five Ivy contests to close the year. Friday night's game will be broadcast nationally on the NBC Sports Network. Paul Burmeister and Ross Tucker will have the call.
Heading into week six, Harvard stands at 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the Ivy League, while the Tigers are 4-1 and 1-1. Tonight's game marks the 15th night contest in Harvard Stadium history, and the Crimson is 14-0 in said games.
Friday's game will be the 110th all-time meeting between Harvard and Princeton with the first game having been played in 1877 (1-0 Harvard win). The Crimson trails the series, 48-54-7, but leads the series since Ivy League play began in 1956 (32-27-2). The Crimson has taken eight of the last 10 contests between the Ancient Eight rivals, including the last three meetings. Last year, Harvard held off Princeton, 23-20, in an overtime contest in Princeton, New Jersey.
Harvard scored two touchdowns on special teams last week in a 38-10 win over Lafayette, as Justice Shelton-Mosley returned a punt 85 yards in the first quarter, and Adam Scott opened the third quarter with a 90-yard kick return for a TD. Scott's score was Harvard's first kickoff return for a touchdown since Seitu Smith '16 (91 yards) vs. Bucknell in 2011. Shelton-Mosley now leads the country with two punt returns for touchdowns this fall. Charlie Booker III ran for a career-best 159 yards and had a one-yard TD in the second. Luke Hutton, who leads Harvard with 35 tackles on the year, had six tackles, including one sack against the Leopards. Charlie Walker paced the Crimson defense with eight stops last week in Harvard's 700th game played at Harvard Stadium.
In a 53-0 win at Brown, Charlie Volker had four rushing touchdowns, including a Princeton record 96-yard score in the second quarter. Volker finished the game with 16 carries for 163 yards. Quarterback Chad Kanoff was 21-of-27 for 231 yards and two touchdowns. Princeton outgained Brown, 538-170, and amassed 28 first downs, while holding Brown to only 12.
The Crimson has now played 700 games inside the Coliseum-like Harvard Stadium.
Below is a list of benchmark games for the Crimson inside the Stadium.
700 - Oct. 14, 2017 vs. Lafayette - W, 38-10
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
Where We Are Now
This week's game will be Harvard's 1,308th varsity football game. The Crimson has an all-time record of 867-390-50 (.682).
Among the Nation's Best
Justice Shelton-Mosley leads the nation in punt returns for touchdowns (two) and punt return average (22.5). Shelton-Mosley is also 22nd in kickoff returns (25.3). Charlie Booker III ranks fifth in yards per rush (7.09) and is 29th in rushing yards overall (496). Jake McIntyre ranks 17th in field-goal conversion (.833). Jake Smith stands 21st in passing yards per attempt (8.37).
As a team, the Crimson stands third in punt returns (22.5), fourth in fourth-down percentage defense (.125) and eighth in scoring defense (14.8).
Leading The Ivy
Harvard paces the Ivy League in scoring defense (14.8) and total defense (292.8). Charlie Booker is second with 99.2 rushing yards per game. Justice Shelton-Mosley is averaging 123 all-purpose yards per game, good for third in the Ancient Eight.
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 currently sits tied for 10th in program history with 101 career receptions, while his 1,348 yards gained ranks 13th all-time.
History in the Making
Justice Shelton-Mosley is the top returner in Harvard history in punt returns. The junior standout is averaging 16.3 yards per punt return. He is also second in school history in career kickoff return average at 26.8 yards per runback. His totals of 19.0 yards per punt return and 33.1 yards per kickoff return in 2015 are both single-season Crimson records.
Shelton-Mosley has returned three of the six longest punt returns for touchdowns in school history.
at Georgetown 2017 91 yards
at Columbia 2015 86 yards
vs. Lafayette 2017 85 yards
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).
Run The Ball
Charlie Booker III had a career-high 159 yards on 23 carries against Lafayette, marking the first time a Harvard player topped 150 rushing yards in a game since Nov. 15, 2014 (Paul Stanton Jr., 235 yards vs. Penn).
Take It To The House
Adam Scott's 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Lafayette was the 10th-longest in program history and the first time since Oct. 15, 2011 (Seitu Smith II vs. Bucknell) that Harvard has returned a kickoff for a TD.
In the 38-10 win over Lafayette, Harvard had three players with 100 all-purpose yards on the afternoon – Charlie Booker III (159 yards), Justice Shelton-Mosley (129 yards) and Adam Scott (104 yards), the first time since Sept. 16, 2016 (vs. Rhode Island) that the Crimson has achieved that feat.
Winning The Ground Game
Harvard's 296 rushing yards against Lafayette were the most for a Crimson team since Nov. 8, 2014, when Harvard had 304 rushing yards against Columbia. The Crimson also held the Leopards to only 12 rushing yards on 13 carries.
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.
Ivy League Network
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