Football goes to Cornell for the Friday night game on ESPNU

Alex Washington

Gil Talbot


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard University football returns to the Ivy League when it travels to play at Cornell University on Friday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m. in a nationally televised game on ESPNU at Schoellkopf Field in Ithaca, New York.

The Crimsons (2-1) opened the season with straight wins over Merrimack (28-21, OT) and Brown (35-28) before a tight loss to No. 11/10 Holy Cross (30-21) in from his last outing. The Big Red also went 2-1 to start the year with wins over VMI (28-22) and Colgate (34-31) alongside an Ivy League loss to Yale (38-14) . Harvard leads the all-time series with Cornell, 49-34-2.

What there is to know

  • As a team in the NCAA FCS rankings, the Crimson ranks second in team sacks per game (4.67), third in team tackles for loss per game (9.0), fourth in defense in rushing (76.7 yards per game), third in tackles for loss. allowed per game (3.33), eighth sacks allowed per game (1.00)
  • In the NCAA individual rankings, the senior running back Aidan Borguet ranks third in points per game (12.0), seventh in rushing yards per game (112.7), 17e in all-purpose yards per game (127.0) and 17e in touchdowns (five). Senior wide receiver Kym Wimberley is sixth in receiving yards per game (97.3) and sixth in receptions per game (8.0) while a sophomore receiver Ledger hatch ranks fourth in yards per reception (25.33). Senior Quarterback Charlie Dean stands 23rd in points manager per game (14.0) and senior defensive lineman Nate Leskovec leads FCS in sacks per game (1.50).
  • Senior running back Aidan Borguet rushed for 338 yards (112.67 per game) and five rushing touchdowns — alongside one receiving touchdown — on 54 carries this season. He ranks second in the Ivy League in rushing yards per game and tied for first in points per game (12.0).
  • Senior wide receiver Kym Wimberley had 24 receptions for 292 yards and three receiving touchdowns this season. He paces the Ivy League in receptions per game (8.0) and receiving yards per game (97.33).
  • Senior captain and defensive lineman Truman Jones was selected as a semi-finalist for the 2022 William V. Campbell® Trophy, college football’s premier varsity-athlete award. Jones is one of 37 nominees for the Football Championship Subdivision Award.
  • Senior Quarterback Charlie Dean won the NEFW Gold Helmet Award after leading the Crimson to a 35-28 win over Brown on September 24. victory.
  • After his victory over Brown on September 24 – under Tim MurphyFamily head coach Thomas Stephenson for Harvard Football, Harvard holds a 23-5 (.821) record in its first Ivy League games since 1994.
  • Senior defensive lineman Nate Leskovec earned national recognition after posting a school-best 4.5 sacks and seven tackles in the Crimson’s win over Merrimack, earning FedEx Ground Stats Perform FCS National Defensive Player of the Week and NCAA Player of the Week honors FCS. Leskovec also won the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week award.
  • Senior running back Aidan Borguet earned weekly Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week and NEFW Gold Helmet honors after his performance against Merrimack. Borguet had 166 all-purpose yards (127 rushing, 39 receiving) and three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) to help propel the Crimson to the overtime victory.
  • Junior defensive tackle Thor Griffith earned an honorable mention on the FedEx Ground Stats Perform FCS National Defensive Player of the Week list after posting nine tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks in Harvard’s win over Merrimack.
  • Senior defensive back MaxJones earned a spot on the prestigious Allstate AFCA Good Works team, which recognizes 22 college football student-athletes and one honorary head coach for their outstanding contributions to their communities. Off the court, Jones started the Project Proximate scholarship program, which aims to help Black and Latino students acquire and develop the tools to be agents of change to close the racial wealth gap.
  • Below Tim Murphy, family head coach Thomas Stephenson for Harvard Football, the Crimson are 19-9 in the season opener. The 2022 campaign marks Murphy’s 29th at the helm of the program.
  • The Crimson have won 11 straight home openers. Harvard hasn’t given up the first game of a campaign at home since a 27-25 loss to Holy Cross to start the 2000 season.
  • Harvard won its second straight season opener and third in the last four seasons it has competed behind a 28-21 (OT) win over Merrimack.
  • Harvard finished atop the Ivy League preseason poll, garnering 108 points and eight votes for first place. Dartmouth also recorded 108 points but secured four first-place points with Princeton, who were left with 105 points when the votes were tallied.


Harvard remains on the road to play Howard University on Saturday, October 15 at 4:00 p.m. (ESPN3) in Washington, DC at Audi Field in the Truth and Service Classic.

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