Harvard (4-3, 2-2 Ivy) at Columbia (6-1, 3-1 Ivy)
For the first time in four weeks, Harvard football will head out on the road and will visit Columbia on Saturday for a 1 p.m. kickoff to be broadcast on Eleven Sports and the Ivy League Network. Bill Spaulding and Jack Ford will have the call.
Heading into week eight, Harvard is one-game out of first place, sitting at 2-2 in the Ivy League and 4-3 overall. Columbia (6-1, 3-1) is tied for first with Yale (6-1, 3-1) and Cornell (3-4, 3-1).
Saturday's game will be the 76th all-time meeting between the Crimson and Lions, with Harvard holding a sizable advantage in the series, 60-14-1. Harvard has won 13-straight against Columbia.
The Crimson is coming off a fourth-quarter comeback victory over Dartmouth last week. Harvard trailed, 14-0, in the second quarter and 14-12 entering the fourth to emerge with a 25-22 win. Jake Smith, the Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Week, threw three touchdown passes (eight, four and 11 yards, respectively), and Ryan Antonellis caught two TDs (eight and four). Smith went 18-of-35 for 125 yards through the air and ran nine times for 64 yards. Tanner Lee paced the Crimson defense with 10 tackles, while also breaking up two passes and intercepting a pass that sealed the victory.
In a 23-6 loss at Yale last week, quarterback Anders Hill completed 15-of-35 passes for 175 yards and ran for Columbia's lone score, a one-yard rush. Defensive back Ryan Hill led all players with 18 tackles, including one for a loss.
Where We Are Now
This week's game will be Harvard's 1,310th varsity football game. The Crimson has an all-time record of 868-391-50 (.682).
Down The Stretch Into November
Since 2007, the Crimson owns a 27-6 mark (.818) in contests played during the month of November.
Among the Nation's Best
Justice Shelton-Mosley leads the nation in punt returns for touchdowns (two) and punt return average (23.1). Shelton-Mosley is also 47th in kickoff returns (22.8). Charlie Booker III ranks 14th in rushing yards per game (93.0) and 23rd in yards per rush (5.71). Jake McIntyre ranks 32nd in field-goal conversion (.750).
As a team, the Crimson stands first in punt returns (22.43), 10th in kickoff returns (24.13) and 17th in rushing defense (100.1).
Leading The Ivy
Harvard paces the Ivy League in kickoff returns (24.1) and punt returns (22.43). Justice Shelton-Mosley is the league's top punt returner (23.1) and is second in the conference in all-purpose yards per game (120.0).
Since 2000, Harvard is 35-2 (.946) when it does not fumble and 34-1 (.971) when not committing a turnover. The lone loss came to Yale in 2016.
Harvard is 313-6-1 (.980) all-time when the Crimson scores 30 or more points.
Harvard has reached the 30-point plateau in 26 of its last 38 road games and has scored at least 40 in 10 of its last 30.
The Crimson has also scored at least 30 points in 37 of its last 55 games overall.
Harvard has reached double figures in scoring in 78-straight games and 144 of its last 145 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 167-69 record with the Crimson and a 199-114-1 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 167 and he is just one of eight coaches to win 100-plus games. Murphy also owns 117 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).
Since 2000, Harvard is 62-10 (.861) when a player rushes for 100 yards.
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.
Smith threw a career-high three touchdowns passes in the Crimson's win over Dartmouth Oct. 28.
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.
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.
Offense Clicking Under Murphy
Harvard is 40-1 (.976) 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.
Ivy League Network
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