CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Harvard. Yale. The 136th playing of The Game at the Yale Bowl Saturday at 12 p.m. The Game will be shown live on ESPNU and will be carried over the radio on Bloomberg WRCA (1330 AM/106.1 FM) and WHRB (95.3 FM) in Boston.
The Crimson moved to 4-5 overall and 2-4 in the Ivy League after falling at home on Senior Day to Penn, 24-20, last week. No. 25/24 Yale topped No. 19/18 Princeton, 51-14, to improve to 8-1 and 5-1. The Crimson is looking to knock off the Bulldogs, as Yale would earn at least a share of the Ivy League title with a victory.
How to Follow
Broadcast – ESPNU (Talent: Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Jack Ford) | International Stream
Audio - Bloomberg Radio (Talent: Bernie Corbett and Mike Giardi '94)
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What to Know
• Saturday's game will be the 136th 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 two of the last three. All-time, Yale leads the series 67-60-8, but the Crimson has the advantage since Ivy League play began in 1956, 36-26-1, and is 18-7 against its archrival under Tim Murphy, The Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football.
• Last year marked the first time since 1894 that The Game wasn't played on either Harvard or Yale's campus, as Harvard defeated Yale, 45-27, at Fenway Park. The road team has won 16 of the last 29 iterations of The Game.
• Harvard, which comes into the game leading the nation in blocked kicks, blocked punts and sacks, blocked its seventh punt and ninth kick overall against Penn last week. The Crimson also collected 5.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks in the game, including 0.5 sacks by Brogan McPartland, who paces the conference with 7.5 sacks on the year. Jake Smith completed 26-of-41 passes for 322 yards and a touchdown last week and needs just 113 yards to be the ninth Harvard quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards in a career.
At The Helm
In his 26th season, Harvard's all-time winningest head coach, Tim Murphy, enters this week's game with a 178-80 record with the Crimson and a 209-125-1 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, third-most all-time. Murphy has led Harvard to nine Ivy League championships (1997, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015).