Thursday, October 27, 2011

Crimson Face Dartmouth Under Lights Saturday at 6 PM

Saturday's forecast calls for some late-autumn snow as Harvard takes on Dartmouth under the lights.

What: Harvard Crimson (5-1, 3-0 Ivy) vs. Dartmouth Big Green (2-4, 1-2 Ivy)
Where: Harvard Stadium, Allston, Massachusetts
When: Saturday, October 29th at 6:00 PM (Pregame at 5:30 PM)
How: On 95.3 FM WHRB in the Greater Boston area, or streaming live around the world at

With the reigning Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week starting under center for the third straight time, the Harvard Crimson are set to take on the Dartmouth Big Green in a battle under the lights of Harvard Stadium. Collier Winters, who started against Princeton for the second time this season after sustaining a hamstring injury at Holy Cross, looks to continue his record-setting form from last week, when he completed 34 of 42 passes for 5 TDs and 403 yards. If, however, the expected inclement weather arrives, the focus may shift from Winters to Harvard's ground game--a unit that has been middle-of-the-pack in the Ivy League so far this season. Meanwhile, Dartmouth--WHRB's perennially disappointing Ivy League dark horse candidate--is coming off of a lopsided victory over the Columbia Lions. Nick Schwieger, who is the reigning co-Ivy League Player of the year and leads the Ivy League in rushing yards, posted 157 yards and 3 TDs en route to a 37-0 shutout victory. Stopping the run game was difficult for Harvard last week--the Crimson gave up 267 to the Tigers--and doing so will be essential if the Crimson expect to remain undefeated in Ivy League play.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Breaking: Harvard Men's Basketball Ranked 1st in Ivy Preseason Poll

Scottie Rodgers, Ivy League Athletics Associate Director for Communications, has just announced during the Ivy League Preseason Teleconference that the Harvard Men's Basketball Team has been ranked first in the Ivy League Preseason Media Poll, receiving 16 out of 17 first place votes. Princeton and Yale were tied for second in points. On the women's side, the Princeton Tigers received the first place ranking, while the Harvard Crimson were ranked second and the Dartmouth Big Green third.

More to follow later in the day.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Winters, Smith Receive Ivy League Honors

Crimson senior signalcaller Collier Winters has been named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week for his outstanding performance this past Saturday against the Princeton Tigers. Returning from a hamstring injury sustained against the Holy Cross Crusaders in the first week of the 2011 campaign, Winters churned out a career best 403 yards and 5 TD's (plus a sixth on the ground) in a crazy 56-39 win. With Saturday's performance, Winters becomes only the third QB in Harvard history to throw for 5 touchdowns in a single game--a mark also tied one week earlier by Colton Chapple. Winters was nearly unstoppable on the day, completing 34 of 42 pass attempts to nine different Crimson wide receivers. A Crimson player has now won Ivy Offensive Player of the Week honors for the past three weeks--twice for Colton Chapple and once for Collier Winters.

Harvard Freshman Seitu Smith III was also tabbed for Ivy League Special Teams and Co-Ivy League Rookie of the Week Honors. After posting an incredible 91 yard kickoff return for a touchdown against the Bucknell Bison last week, Smith put up 220 all-purpose yards against the Tigers. Clifton Dawson '07, one of the greatest running backs in Harvard history, was the last freshman with over 200 all-purpose yards. Smith has consistently helped to ensure the Crimson good field position, averaging a fourth-in-the-nation 31 yards per return on kickoffs.

Linebacker Josh Boyd also received an Honor Roll mention for his career-high 17 tackles and a fumble recovery.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Harvard-Princeton Football Postgame Press Conference

Here is Harvard's postgame press conference following Saturday's wild 56-39 victory over the Princeton Tigers. Along with Harvard head coach Tim Murphy, Senior Captain Alex Gedeon and Senior Quarterback Collier Winters both took questions. Among the game's more incredible superlatives: Harvard has not had three consecutive 40+ point games since 1932 (that stretch included a 47-point win over Penn State), and Saturday's contest represented the highest combined point total in a Harvard game since a 124-0 defeat of Wesleyan in 1891.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Quick Hits: Harvard vs. Western Ontario

Some quick reactions to last night's game.

1. Raph Girard looked sharp in net for the Crimson, giving up 1 goal on 16 shots in 31 minutes of play. It was a slightly tougher day at the office for Steve Michalek who gave up 3 goals in quick succession on entering the second period. The first was a poorly directed rebound by him and the second was one that trickled through his five hole and got slammed home before he could reach back and find it. Tough to see, although ideally someone is tying up those forwards crashing the net. Third goal was a beauty by the Mustangs and it was impressive that Michalek almost got a glove on the one-timer. Harvard can't allow that pass through the slot, especially on the PK. Not too worried about Michalek though - it's always tough to come in halfway through a game and tougher still when it's your first collegiate action. He settled down nicely in the third period, though he had less to do.

2. Defensively, saw some good things all around. I was particularly impressed with the poise Patrick McNally showed on the point, especially on the power play. It's always good to see a freshman come in and play well and McNally was able to tally two assists from the point on the PP and get a few shots off, plus he looked comfortable defensively. That said, three goals from Harvard were on rebounds and another was a pass through the slot leading to a one-timer - Harvard needs the D-men to help out better there.

3. This offense certainly came alive last night. Obviously these types of comparisons are tough but Notre Dame scored only 4 on Western and Michigan State put up only 6 (though defensively, they gave up a goose egg and 1 respectively). Seven goals from the Crimson, 4 of which were PPGs. I think the ECAC has better goaltenders than Harvard faced last night but it was good to see a new emphasis on the cycle from Harvard and it was good to see them get shots on net and pucks in it. Tommy O'Regan grabbed a few assists tonight, again, something good to see from a freshman. Colin Blackwell dominated the face-off dot and also displayed a lot of wheels. He had a great chance on the breakaway that he just put wide on the backhand but he's going to score some goals for the Crimson.

4. Hopefully the Crimson were able to avoid the injury bug last night. Ryan Grimshaw got hit into the end boards pretty hard last night and looked slow to get up but after getting some helmet repairs was able to return to the game. There was also the CTH-elbowing major by Western on either McNally or O'Regan that shook the freshman up but he looked no worse for wear after it. The fact that both players returned after the big collisions, plus having two weeks until the first official game, hopefully means they'll be fine going into the start of the season.

Harvard travels to Brown tonight for a scrimmage. Any information we get (we usually don't get much) will get put up on Western plays Dartmouth today at 4pm.

Football: Ivy League Week 6 Preview

Yale (3-2) at Pennsylvania (3-2)
Eli dropped a game in Lafayette last weekend. Apparently the Bulldogs tried an onside kick down two points with about 13 minutes left in the fourth. It didn’t work, and the Leopards scored an insurance touchdown. Good hustle, though, boys. Penn had an exciting comeback win over, uh, Columbia. I have no idea what to make of Penn; they’ve outgained opponents by 73 ypg, but have needed two last-minute touchdowns to take down Dartmouth and Columbia. One of these teams is going to emerge 3-0 in the Ivy.

Brown (4-1) at Cornell (2-3)
The Bears remain undefeated against non-Harvard teams, having pounded Princeton 34-0 last weekend. They held Tigers QB Tommy Wornham to a hilarious 11-of-27 for 75 yards. While we’re on the topic of stingy pass defense, Cornell allowed 3-of-10 for 52 yards with two interceptions last weekend against Colgate. The Big Red lost anyway. It’s a beautiful world we live in.

Princeton (1-4) at Harvard (4-1)
Last week Colton Chapple completed a modest 13 passes against Bucknell—it’s just that five were for touchdowns. A 223-to-(-5)-yard rushing edge and four opponent interceptions will do that for a guy. Princeton’s trip to Providence was an all-purpose pantsing. The Tigers gave up twice as many yards as they earned and threw an interception to boot. Even with that loss, though, Princeton has only been outgained by 32 ypg; they should be a tougher out for Harvard than the records would indicate.

Columbia (0-5) at Dartmouth (1-4)
WHRB Sports’ 8-time Defending Ivy League Sleeper Pick has now dropped four in a row. Last week’s not-that-close loss at Holy Cross saw Dartmouth outgained by nearly 300 yards. Which: Oh boy. Nick Schwieger’s 110 ypg rushing accounts for about 42% of the Big Green’s total offence on the year. Meanwhile, Columbia is bad.

Picks to bet your Felipe’s Super Carnitas Burrito on
Penn over Yale; Cornell over Brown; Harvard over Princeton; Nick Schwieger over Columbia.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Football: Ivy League Week 5 Preview

Princeton (1-3) at Brown (3-1)
All three Princeton losses have come against non-conference opponents, including a 28-23 loss last weekend against Hampton. The Tigers are out-gaining their opponents by 72 yards/g on the ground, but giving most of that back through the air. The Brown Bears have taken Princeton’s record and flipped it, going 3-0 out-of-conference. Look, we get it, Brown. You’re different. And I mean that’s great. But it sorta feels like you’re trying too hard, y’know?

Cornell (2-2) at Colgate (3-3)
Big Red vs Big…what is that, Magenta? Wikipedia claims it’s a Maroon. Whatever. Colgate RB Nate Eachus has 628 rushing yards in only four games. The Red (it’s more brown than red, but I guess you know best) Raiders have won two straight with Eachus back from injury. Cornell’s last outing saw them give up 530 yards of offense to your Harvard Crimson. Sophomore QB Jeff Mathews (155.2 efficiency rating) has built on last year’s strong freshman campaign.

Bucknell (4-2) at Harvard (3-1)
The Bison run defense has been very good this year, allowing only 62 yards/g. Their pass defense has been less good, giving up closer to 244. Bucknell’s +13 turnover margin on the year helps explain their winning record; Senior DB Bryce Robertson has five picks already. Harvard, meanwhile, goes for their fourth straight win after last week’s offensive explosion at Cornell. Come on guys, you’re not going to lose on Drew Faust’s 375th birthday, are you?

Dartmouth (1-3) at Holy Cross (2-3)
After two close losses, Dartmouth had a more Dartmouth-y 30-0 loss to Yale last weekend. Senior RB Nick Schwieger’s 39 yards was enough to move him into first on Dartmouth’s all-time rushing list. Holy Cross could also use a win, having dropped consecutive seven-point games to Brown and New Hampshire. The Crusaders are only 11-for-15 on extra point attempts, somehow.

Pennsylvania (2-2) at Columbia (0-4)
Oatmeal has won two straight, including last week’s 35-20 victory over Fordham. Billy Ragone has looked more like himself lately, completing 68% of his passes with no picks in those two wins. Meanwhile, Columbia is bad.

Yale (3-1) at Lafayette (1-4)
The Bulldogs have won games by 10, 20, and 30 points this year, and lost one by 30. I’m just going to assume this means Yale doesn’t have the constitution to keep games close and exciting. Boooo Yale. You’re boring all these nice people! Lafayette hasn’t played since losing to Harvard two weeks ago. The Leopards’ have been doubled-up on the ground so far this year.

Picks to bet your BoardPlus on
Princeton over Brown; Colgate over Cornell; Cornell joins the 300-team New Mountain West Conference; Harvard over Bucknell; Holy Cross over Dartmouth; Columbia over Columbia (to Penn’s benefit); Lafayette over Yale by 40.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Day of Surprises Ends in Predictable Crimson Win

by Scott Reed
WHRB Sports
My Opinion

The October day in Ithaca was sunny and warm, a backup quarterback set records, and a movie star was in attendance - it was an odd, surreal game at Schoellkopf Field. Everything about the afternoon seemed atypical - everything except, of course, the outcome, as Harvard beat Cornell for the 10th time in their last eleven meetings.

The Ithaca day dawned radiant and, dare we say, almost hot, in a region known for its harsh winters and crisp autumns (This writer chooses to avoid upstate New York for this very reason). This pleasant surprise of a day was the backdrop for an unusually competitive Harvard-Cornell game and the best statistical performance by a Harvard quarterback in nine years.

The game was more competitive than Harvard-Cornell matchups of recent memory - the Crimson had won the last four games between the two with ease and had beaten the Big Red in nine of their past ten games. Saturday, however, Harvard found itself on the ropes for three quarters, as the Big Red offense, behind sophomore quarterback Jeff Matthews, kept pace with the Crimson every step of the way. Cornell set the tone early as they took the opening kickoff and drove 70 yards on three passing plays for the first score of the day. Matthews easily and quickly picked apart the Harvard secondary in a manner reminiscent of Holy Cross's Ryan Taggert in the Crimson's season opening loss. "It was an eye-opener that this was going to be a tough game," Harvard head coach Tim Murphy would say afterward of the drive. Although the Harvard offense would respond, Cornell would regain the lead 17-10 in the second quarter and 24-20 late in the third. It was not the kind of matchup between the two programs that Ivy League fans were used to seeing: the Crimson had romped by more than two touchdowns in each of their last four games with Cornell.

Of course, this team is not the Cornell of the last four years either, as the Big Red came in with a record of 2-1 and leading the league in total offense and total defense. That Cornell would challenge Harvard was not a surprise to the Crimson themselves, or at least to the coaching staff - a special meeting was called the Thursday before the game to address the importance of not looking past them. Saying that a team will take a game seriously is one thing, however, while doing it is another, and early on Harvard was surprised and given all it could handle.

Surprises occurred off the field as well on Saturday, as actor Bill Murray was spotted in attendance; Murray was shown several instances on the video board at Schoellkopf field and could be seen at times conversing with the Harvard band.

The most surprising storyline of the afternoon, however, and without a doubt the biggest story of the game, was the day recorded by Colton Chapple, Harvard's backup quarterback filling in for the injured Collier Winters for the third straight game. Chapple, a career second-stringer, ended the day with an eye-popping 414 yards through the air. That was the most passing yards recorded by a Harvard quarterback since Neil Rose threw for 443 at Dartmouth back in 2002. The nine year stretch between then and Saturday included the entire quarterbacking tenures of Ryan Fitzpatrick (now the starter for the Buffalo Bills) and Chris Pizzotti, two of the best signalcallers in Crimson history.

Could Chapple be better than those two? The opinion here is that he isn't anything close to Fiztpatrick or Rose in terms of raw talent, but that shouldn't take away from the outstanding day he had, a day that will go down in the Harvard history books. After the game, Chapple was quick to credit his wide receivers "We've got a lot of playmakers, and I was just trying to get the ball to them." Harvard does indeed have talent on the outside, and was bolstered by 100-yard receiving days from seniors Alex Sarkisian and Chris Lorditch. There were clear height mismatches that the Crimson were able to exploit, as Harvard's receivers often had six or eight inches of height on the Cornell cornerbacks. Yet, mismatches and talented wide receivers alone cannot account for Harvard's brilliant passing performance: there was something simply special about Chapple on Saturday.

In the end, though, a day full of surprises ended in a predictable final result, as Harvard continued its winning tendencies over Cornell. That Harvard was able to weather the storm from the Big Red and respond with 21 unanswered points is a testament not only to Chapple and the offense but to the coaching staff as well. And with the Crimson win, Harvard, which started 0-1 and now sits at 3-1 with two good options at the quarterback position, moves ahead to a future that looks much brighter than it did four weeks ago.

Scott Reed is the play-by-play announcer for Harvard football and men's basketball on WHRB.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Chapple Named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week

Colton Chapple squares up in the pocket. Courtesy of the Harvard Department of Athletics

Following an incredible performance in Ithaca on Saturday afternoon, Harvard Quarterback Colton Chapple has been named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week. Chapple was 23-38 for 414 total yards and four touchdowns in the Crimson's 41-31 victory over the Cornell Big Red. Chapple's 414 yards were good enough for second-most in a single game for any Harvard quarterback, behind only Neil Rose's 444-yard effort on November 2nd, 2002, against the Dartmouth Big Green. Saturday also marked the first time that any Crimson QB had thrown for over 400 since 2002.

Joining Chapple on the Ivy League Honor Roll were Wide Receiver Alex Sarkisian and Offensive Lineman Will Whitman. Sarkisian, who also co-hosts Kicking a Touchdown, WHRB's halftime feature, was Chapple's favorite target on the day, making 7 receptions for 117 yards and a TD. Whitman, meanwhile, is the first freshman to start at offensive line during head coach Tim Murphy's 18-year tenure, and has been outstanding at that: at Cornell, Whitman had 10 knock-down blocks and did not allow a single pressure, knock-down, or sack on Chapple.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Harvard Crimson Travel to Ithaca to Square Off Against Big Red

Schoellkopf Field, home of the Cornell University Big Red.

What: Harvard Crimson at Cornell Big Red
Where: Schoellkopf Field, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
When: 12:30 PM (Pregame at 12:00 PM)
How: On 95.3 FM WHRB in the greater Boston area, or streaming live around the world at

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

ECAC Hockey: Dialing It Down To 11? An Editorial

With today's announcement that Notre Dame now considers itself an East Coast team in every sport but football and has thus joined Hockey East, there are now vultures circling over the ECAC. Eleven teams is difficult (though not impossible) to schedule so it's possible that once again, a former ECAC team will be joining the original "superconference." The candidates for Hockey East, at least from an ECAC-centric view, are RPI and Quinnipiac. (Okay, there are some people mentioning Cornell based on traditional strength and Harvard based on geography. It's not going to happen though, so let's all just move on from the Ivies for a second.) There are some Atlantic Hockey teams that Hockey East may go after (well, UConn) that would make sense and just to not be cruel, Alabama-Huntsville is probably getting dolled up and pointing out they are about as east as Notre Dame. For more on almost all of these possibilities and why they will or won't happen, read this post by Without a Peer, an RPI site.
While that's all well and good for Hockey East, the biggest concern on this blog is the future of the ECAC's team. If RPI or Quinnipiac leave, it's now the ECAC that has to find a 12th team, again. So let's go through the candidates.
Rochester Institute of Technology (Atlantic Hockey) -'s Jason Klump told us RIT is the "blatantly obvious" choice for the potential 12th spot in the conference. They certainly fit the profile, especially if RPI is the team that jumps. Strong academics, Division III team in Liberty League, like most of the ECAC, doesn't offer athletic scholarships, etc. Here's the one problem - they are in Rochester. I don't mean to say this to denigrate the fine city of Rochester itself but to point out that Rochester's location doesn't quite fit the ECAC blueprint. RIT's closest team would be Cornell, a good 2 hour drive away. RIT would thus likely become Cornell's travel partner, while Colgate, about an hour and a half from Ithaca and the Big Red's geographic rival, would probably get paired with Union, over two hours away. If it's Quinnipiac that leaves (and judging by the value they've been placing in athletics, as evidenced by their big and shiny new sports complex, you have to imagine President Lahey is outside Joe Bertagna's office with a boombox blaring power ballads), then the same thing probably happens, with RPI becoming Harvard's travel partner, Brown and Dartmouth pairing together, and Yale and Princeton becoming an item. While Rochester wouldn't be the furthest trip in the league, with that distinction belonging to the Princeton-North Country swing, it is still a long trip (7 hours from Cambridge, though blissfully as a broadcaster, almost all highway driving.)
Army (Atlantic Hockey) In some ways I think Army makes the most sense of any team to add for the ECAC. A Division-I school, does not offer scholarships, Patriot League ties with Colgate, strong academics, great location that it could easily become either Union or Princeton's travel partner depending on who leaves and that is also close to New Haven. Plus they were an ECAC team two decades ago. The problem is that Army is not going to leave fellow military academy Air Force behind, and those West Point to Colorado Springs Friday-Saturday trips don't seem too appealing. It's just not going to happen.
Holy Cross (Atlantic Hockey) I admit, this is probably the most appealing option to me in terms of adding teams. Again, a Division I institution that does not offer scholarships, it has Patriot League ties with Colgate and a Bay State rivalry with Harvard in other sports (they are the tradition season opener in football and typically on the basketball schedule as well.) There's no denying that the Ivy League and Patriot League get along together so it would be a great fit in that regard. Worcester could also be an easy pairing with either Union if RPI leaves, or with some reshuffling, Harvard if Quinnipiac leaves. On the other hand, there's a reason Holy Cross did not get brought on board when Vermont left in 2004 and that isn't changing.
Connecticut (Atlantic Hockey) First, let me make the pitch for Hockey East to leave the ECAC alone and go after UConn. The Huskies are traditional rivals with Notre Dame in Big East basketball. They were once rivals with Boston College and want to head to the ACC in other sports to be reunited with Boston College. They are a large state school and fit the profile of many of the Hockey East teams. Plus they are already playing women's hockey in your conference. Alright, that being done with, here are the problems for UConn and Hockey East, though not necessarily problems for UConn and the ECAC. Not a great rink, can't offer men's scholarships thanks to Title IX (so come to a conference where over half the league doesn't offer scholarships, is my thinking). That said, UConn doesn't really "feel" like an ECAC school but frankly, their big name, even if not in hockey, should be a plus for the ECAC, feelings aside. Also, if Quinnipiac leaves, this is sort of a slam dunk in terms of geography.
Other Atlantic Hockey Schools/Alabama-Hunstville Geographically, probably not close enough. Sorry.
Penn/Columbia/MIT/Other Schools Without Hockey Teams Unless Terry Pagula accidentally leaves out the "State" when sending his giant check to the "Penn State Hockey Team," Penn's not getting a hockey team in time to be the 12th team. Same with anyone else that would fit the academic and/or geographic profile.
Callup from Division III If the ECAC is trying to get Tufts or UMass-Boston or any other school to make the jump (not to pick on those schools, they were just first to come to mind), the ECAC is probably in trouble.

Alright, looking at all that, geography aside I think RIT is probably the best choice for the league, but I like Holy Cross or UConn more personally. That said, I think there's another solution that everyone is missing and after thinking it through, it is the solution I'm most in favor of. What is it and why have I grown to like it? Find out after the jump.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Crimson Capture Victory in Easton, Defeat Leopards 31-3

It was about as flashy as the beige Honda our broadcast team drove to the game. The longest pass thrown by either quarterback was thrown by Harvard starter Colton Chapple--for 21 yards. Excepting a late-fourth quarter break by Harvard freshman Zach Boden, the longest rush for either side went for 11. The Crimson and the Leopards combined for a staggering 167 penalty yards on 24 infractions (including a false start called against the Leopards "offensive line").

In fact, when all was said and done, there wasn't a lot on the stat sheet to separate Harvard from Lafayette--well, except, of course, the fact that the Crimson had scored 31 points to the Leopards' 3. Lafayette netted about 70 more yards through the air than did the Crimson (230 to Harvard's 165); Harvard, about 70 more on the ground (111 to 42). Return numbers and turnover totals were similar; even the number of first downs was the same (16 apiece).

The difference, however, was in Harvard's ability to full take advantage of short-field opportunities when they presented themselves. For most of the game, both teams repeatedly stalled when facing protracted drives starting deep within opposing territory. By comparison, both of Harvard's first two touchdowns came on drives when the Crimson started off with the ball inside of Leopards territory; once after a great return (on a "re-punt", no less) by freshman Seitu Smith, and another after a fumble was forced by Crimson linebacker Grant Sickle.

Throughout the day, the Harvard defense continued to assert itself, particularly in the backfield and along the line of scrimmage. The Crimson sliced through Lafayette's offensive line, sacking the Lafayette signalcaller five times in addition to stripping Leopards QB Andrew Shoop and forcing a turnover in the second frame. The line, meanwhile, for Harvard was virtually impenetrable, holding a normally-limited Lafayette ground game to a truly lethargic 42 total yards.

Although Harvard second-string QB Colton Chapple only saw action during the first half due to a tight back, he was impressively consistent: 14 for 18 for 121 yards and a touchdown. While third-string sophomore Michael Pruneau (4-6, 44 yards, TD), who saw his first collegiate action on Saturday, was not stellar in replacement--his first two drives included two fumbles, one of which was recovered by the Leopards--he managed the offense sufficiently to protect Harvard's lead and secure the victory. TE Kyle Juszczyk was the favorite target for Crimson QB's on the day, catching four passes for 58 yards. WR Alex Sarkisian and TE Cameron Brate each had a TD.

This Saturday, Harvard resumes its Ivy League play in Ithaca, New York against the Cornell Big Red (2-1, 0-1 Ivy).

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Tune in to Harvard at Lafayette Saturday at 1

The Colton Chapel, a nondenominational church on the campus of Lafayette College, in Easton, Pennsylvania.

What: Harvard Crimson at Lafayette Leopards
Where: Fisher Stadium, Easton, Pennsylvania
When: 1:00 PM (Pregame at 12:30)
How: 95.3 FM in the Greater Boston area, or streaming live around the world at

The Harvard Crimson travel to Easton, Pennsylvania, to take on the Lafayette Leopards in a repeat of a contest staged in Easton 364 days ago. Making the parallels with last year more district, the presumptive starting quarterback for the Harvard Crimson today will be backup Colton Chapple. Chapple, who had his first start with the Crimson as a sophomore last season at Lafayette, will be filling in for the second game in a row for Harvard first-string signalcaller Collier Winters, who tweaked a hamstring in the season opener against the Holy Cross Crusaders. In last year's contest, Chapel guided the Crimson to an easy 35-10 victory.