Football Set to Host San Diego Saturday in 2018 Opener

The Crimson begins its 145th season of football Saturday (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard football will open its 145th season when the Crimson hosts Pioneer League opponent San Diego Saturday, Sept. 15 at 12 p.m. The game will be shown live on ESPN+ and will be carried over the radio on Bloomberg WRCA (1330 AM/106.1 FM). The Crimson is coming off a 5-5 overall (3-4 Ivy League) season last year, while the Toreros stand at 1-1 on the season. 

How to Follow
Broadcast: ESPN+
Live Stats: vs. San Diego
Twitter: @HarvardFootball
Game Notes: Harvard vs. San Diego

What to Know

- Saturday's game marks the third time Harvard and San Diego have met on the gridiron, with the Crimson holding a 2-0 series lead.

- Jake Smith returns at quarterback for his sophomore season, as he completed 97-of-171 passes for 1,154 yards with five touchdown passes.

- This week's game will be Harvard's 1,313th varsity football game. The Crimson has an all-time record of 869-393-50 (.681).

- The Crimson owna a record of 6-0 against current members of the Pioneer League. 

- Harvard has won 14 of the last 17 season openers (.824) and is an impressive 118-24-2 (.826) all-time in the first game of the season.

Harvard Coach Tim Murphy
In his 25th season as Harvard's all-time winningest head coach, Tim Murphy enters this week's game with a 168-71 record with the Crimson and a 200-116-1 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 168 and he is just one of eight coaches to win 100-plus games. Murphy also owns 118 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).

Next Up
Harvard will open Ivy League play at Brown Friday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU and ESPN+.