Liam Shanahan and the Crimson have won four-straight games (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Harvard football begins the stretch run, as the Crimson visits No. 13/13 Princeton in a key Ivy League matchup of conference unbeatens Saturday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN+ and will be carried over the radio on Bloomberg WRCA (1330 AM/106.1 FM) and WHRB (95.3 FM) in Boston.
The Crimson improved to 4-1 overall (2-0 Ivy) by earning a 31-21 win at Holy Cross last week, while the Tigers, who are carrying the second-longest win streak in the FCS (15 games) are 5-0 (2-0 Ivy) after topping Brown by a score of 65-22 in Providence, Rhode Island. No. 13/13 Princeton is the highest ranked team the Crimson has faced since Penn was ranked No. 8 on Nov. 15, 2003.
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What to Know
• Harvard, which comes into the game leading the nation in blocked kicks, blocked punts, sacks and first-down defense, has won four-straight games after picking up a 31-21 win at Holy Cross last week. Brogan McPartland recorded 2.0 sacks, while Devin Darrington ran the ball 28 times for 109 yards, including a touchdown. Jake Smith threw three touchdown passes in the game, giving him 14 on the season and 10 shy of the Crimson's single-season record with five games to play.
• Tim Murphy, The Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football, is one win shy of tying Yale's Carm Cozza (179) for most overall wins in Ivy League history.
• Saturday's game will be the 112th 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, 48-56-7, but leads the series since Ivy League play began in 1956 (32-29-2). Harvard has taken eight of the last 12 contests between the Ancient Eight rivals. With the shift in Ivy League scheduling last year, this will mark the Crimson's first visit to Princeton since 2016. Last year, the Tigers earned a 29-21 victory at Harvard Stadium.
• The Crimson takes a number of impressive streaks into this week's game. Harvard has won 11-straight games when leading at the half, 30-consecutive when scoring 30 or more points and seven-straight when allowing opponents to score 20 points of less.
At The Helm
In his 26th season, Harvard's all-time winningest head coach, Tim Murphy, enters this week's game with a 178-76 record with the Crimson and a 209-121-1 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 (Yale's Carm Cozza) has compiled more wins than Murphy's 178 and he is just one of 11 coaches to win 100-plus games. Murphy also owns 124 Ivy League wins, tied for second-most all-time. Murphy has led Harvard to nine Ivy League championships (1997, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015).
Harvard will return home to Harvard Stadium to host No. 16/17 Dartmouth Saturday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m.