Football Faces Final Non-League Test at Harvard
Oct. 15, 2013
THE OPENING KICK
MATCH-UP: Looking for their second win of the season, the Leopards (1-4) take the first of two straight trips to Massachusetts to face No. 25 Harvard on Saturday. Lafayette's second straight Ivy League test will pit it against a Crimson corps that is 4-0 and likely the top team in the Ancient Eight.
ABOUT HARVARD: Harvard comes into week five of its season unbeaten on the year (4-0) and is looking to start the season with five straight victories for the second consecutive year. The Crimson have wins over San Diego, Holy Cross and Ivy League foes, Brown and Cornell.
Harvard returns 12 starters, (6 on offense, 6 on defense) from a team that was 8-2 overall and second in the Ivy in 2012.
Junior QB Conner Hempel leads Harvard with 803 yards passing on 55-of-81 with seven touchdowns. He started the first three games before missing the Cornell game.
Sophomore tailback Paul Stanton has excelled in his first year as the starter. Stanton has rushed for 330 yards on 59 attempts with six touchdowns including the game-winning score in triple overtime against Holy Cross.
Senior TE Cameron Brake is one of the offensive leaders for the Crimson. Brake was a Sports Network All-America Second-Team selection and All-Ivy League First-Teamer in 2012. He has 14 catches for 228 yards with two touchdowns in 2013.
The Harvard defense features junior DE Zach Hodges (6-3, 235), the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year in 2012. Hodges leads the defensive unit in tackles-for-loss (6.5) and fumbles recovered (3) to go along with 2.5 sacks. Sophomore LB Eric Medes and senior DB D.J. Monroe lead the team with 28 stops apiece.
Tim Murphy (Springfield '78), who is in his 20th season as head coach, is Harvard's all-time winningest coach. He has led the Crimson to six Ivy League championships.
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