CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard. Yale. The 135th playing of The Game at historic Fenway Park. The Game will be shown live on ESPN2 and ESPN+ and will be carried over the radio on Bloomberg WRCA (1330 AM/106.1 FM).
The Crimson heads into the game 5-4 overall and 3-3 in the Ivy League, while the Bulldogs own a 5-4 and 3-3 mark. The winner of The Game will finish third in the Ancient Eight standings this year.
What to Know
- Saturday's game will be the 135th edition of The Game, with the first meeting having occurred in 1875 (4-0 Harvard win). After the Crimson topped Yale for a series-record nine-straight times from 2007-15, Yale has taken the last two. All-time, Yale leads the series 67-59-6, but the Crimson has the advantage since Ivy League play began in 1956, 35-26-1, and is 17-7 against its archrival under Tim Murphy, The Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football.
- This marks the first time since 1894 that The Game wasn't played on either Harvard or Yale's campus. This year is the 50th anniversary of the famous "29-29 win" for Harvard in the 1968 Game, and members of those teams will be honored in a halftime ceremony. In addition, the 1968 captains, Vic Gatto of Harvard and Brian Dowling of Yale, will take part in the coin toss.
- Harvard's defense forced four turnovers and held Penn to only 229 total yards, including just 58 rushing yards, in last week's 29-7 win over the Quakers at Franklin Field. The victory marked the largest for the Crimson at Penn since 1967. Running back Aaron Shampklin ran for 84 yards on 16 carries, giving him exactly 1,000 yards on the season. Brian Dunlap caught two touchdown passes (9 and 12 yards).
- With his 84 yards at Penn last week, Aaron Shampklin became the 11th Harvard running back to rush for at least 1,000 yards on the season and the first since Treavor Scales '13 in 2012. Shampklin sits at exactly 1,000 yards this fall.
- This season, the Crimson has an unblemished record when leading after the first half (5-0), scoring 30 or more points (4-0) and allowing opponents to score 20 points of less (4-0).
Harvard Coach Tim Murphy
In his 25th season as Harvard's all-time winningest head coach, Tim Murphy, The Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football, enters this week's game with a 173-75 record with the Crimson and a 205-120-1 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 173 and he is just one of eight coaches to win 100-plus games. Murphy also owns 121 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).