Football Set for Clash with Dartmouth on NESN Saturday

Stuart Johnson has been a force on the defensive line for the Crimson this season (Gil Talbot).
Stuart Johnson has been a force on the defensive line for the Crimson this season (Gil Talbot).
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Harvard (3-3, 1-2 Ivy) vs. Dartmouth (5-1, 2-1 Ivy)
Oct. 28, 2017
    12 p.m.
Harvard Stadium
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    NESN | Ivy League Network
Alex Vispoli, Dylan Hornblum
Bloomberg 1330 AM/106.1 FM
Bernie Corbett, Mike Giardi '94
Harvard leads, 70-45-5
     W, 23-21 (Oct. 29, 2016)
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The Storyline
Harvard football will close out a three-game homestand when the Crimson hosts Dartmouth on Saturday for a noon kickoff to be broadcast on NESN and the Ivy League Network. Alex Vispoli and Dylan Hornblum will have the call. 

Heading into week seven, Harvard stands at 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the Ivy League, while the Big Green enters the final week of October at 5-1 and 2-1.  

Series History
Saturday's game will be the 121st 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 70-45-5 advantage, and the Crimson has taken 13-straight games against their rivals to the north.  

The Numbers
The Crimson is looking to rebound from a 52-17 defeat at home to Princeton Oct. 20. Jake Smith went 20-of-31 for 268 yards through the air and also gained 52 yards on the ground (on eight carries). Ryan Antonellis (six catches for 81 yards) and Justice Shelton-Mosley (six catches for 54 yards) were Smith's favorite targets in the game. Captain Luke Hutton paced the team with 10 tackles and has led Harvard in tackling in three contests this fall. The loss to Princeton dropped Harvard's all-time record in night games at home to 14-1 and was the most points Harvard surrendered in a game since allowing 52 at Penn (52-13 loss) on Nov. 12, 1988.  

The Big Green is coming off a 22-17 setback to Columbia in Hanover, New Hampshire Oct. 21. The Lions led, 16-0, and 22-7, but the Big Geen came back and had a chance to take the lead in the final moments of the game. Jack Heneghan tossed for 331 yards (21-of-36) and had one TD pass, while Hunter Hagdorn came down with eight receptions for 100 yards. Eric Meile led all players with 16 tackles, including one for a loss, and he broke up two passes.  

Where We Are Now
This week's game will be Harvard's 1,309th varsity football game. The Crimson has an all-time record of 867-391-50 (.682).

Among the Nation's Best
Justice Shelton-Mosley leads the nation in punt returns for touchdowns (two) and punt return average (21.5). Shelton-Mosley is also 26th in kickoff returns (24.6). Charlie Booker III ranks 12th in yards per rush (6.38) and is 13th in rushing yards per game (94.7). Jake McIntyre ranks 11th in field-goal conversion (.857). Jake Smith stands 19th in passing yards per attempt (8.46).  

As a team, the Crimson stands second in punt returns (21.5), sixth in kickoff returns (25.77) and 17th in rushing defense (102.0).

Leading The Ivy 
Harvard paces the Ivy League in kickoff returns (25.8) and punt returns (21.5). Justice Shelton-Mosley is the league's top punt returner (21.5) and leads the conference in all-purpose yards per game (125.5).

Ball Control
Since 2000, Harvard is 34-2 (.944) when it does not fumble and 33-1 (.971) when not committing a turnover. The lone loss came to Yale in 2016. 

Magic Numbers
Harvard is 313-6-1 (.980) all-time when the Crimson scores 30 or more points. 

Double Trouble
Harvard has reached double figures in scoring in 77-straight games and 143 of its last 144 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 166-69 record with the Crimson and a 198-114-1 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 166 and he is just one of eight coaches to win 100-plus games. Murphy also owns 116 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). 

100 Club
Since 2000, Harvard is 62-10 (.861) when a player rushes for 100 yards.

Freshman QB
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.

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.

Crimson in October
Since the 2006 season, Harvard owns a 41-8 record (.837) in games played during the month of October. 

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.