Cornell – Harvard Game Notes

  • Though it’s too early to call a match-up a big game, an upstart Cornell team will be looking for its first 2-0 Ivy start since 2000.
  • The last time both Harvard and Cornell were unbeaten heading into their game was 1973 when the 3-0 Crimson topped the 2-0-1 Big Red 21-15 in Ithaca, N.Y.
  • The last Big Red victory over the Crimson was a 27-13 victory over a Harvard team ranked 20th nationally during the 2005 campaign – the last winning season for the Big Red (6-4).
  • Harvard has won 10 straight match-ups against the Big Red and has claimed at least a share of three straight Ivy titles.
  • After knocking off the defending Patriot League champion and 2015 NCAA quarter-finalist Raiders, the Big Red received 21 votes in the STATS FCS Top 25 poll, good for 40th among all Football Championship Subdivision schools.
  • It’s the first time Cornell has received votes in the national polls since Sept. of 2009, when it earned 14 votes in the Sports Network’s FCS College Football Poll (45th overall).
  • Cornell is averaging 30.0 points per game this season and is averaging better than 300 passing and 100 rushing yards for the first time in school history.
  • Entering the game, Harvard and Cornell rank 1-2 in the Ivy League in scoring defense, total offense, passing offense, pass efficiency and interceptions.
  • The game will be broadcast on OneWorld Sports and simulcast on the Ivy League Digital Network, while local listeners can tune in to WHCU 95.9 FM/870 AM to listen to Barry Leonard and Phil Mahoney on the call.