GAME 4: HARVARD AT CORNELL


• The Cornell football team will play a pivotal early Ivy League game hen traditional conference power Harvard visits Schoellkopf Field on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 1:30 p.m.

• The contest will be broadcast live on ESPN+ with Jason Weinstein and Buck Briggs ‘76 on the call, or locally on WHCU 870 AM/97.7 FM with Barry Leonard and Terry Cullen.

• Coming off its first win of 2018, a 43-24 victory over previously unbeaten Sacred Heart, Cornell will be out to even its Ivy League mark after dropping a 30-24 contest to defending champ and preseason favorite Yale two weeks ago.

• No team has won or shared an Ivy title with two or more losses since 1982, and two losses has only been good for a title just twice since the formation of the Ivy League in 1956.

• Junior David Jones was named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week after intercepting two passes, including returning one 48 yards for a touchdown, and took a punt back 46 yards to register another touchdown as the home team jumped out to a 16-0 lead.

• The Big Red offense rushed for 263 yards and the defense limited the Pioneers to 81 yards on the ground in the he first three quarters to earn its first-ever win in the series.

• Entering the game, Sacred Heart had allowed just 34 points in its first three games combined — before surrendering 36 to Cornell by halftime.• The Big Red has been balanced offensively, averaging 165.7 rushing and 155.3 passing yards per game.• The offense has been led by senior quarterback Dalton Banks (three total touchdowns) and running back Harold Coles (217 yards, two touchdowns, 7.8 yards per carry) and hasn’t committed a turnover in three games (185 plays)

• Defensively, Cornell has eight players hat have reached double figures in tackles this season, with junior Jelani Taylor (21 tackles), Cyrus Nolan (11 tackles, 2.5 sacks) and David Jones (nine tackles, two interceptions) leading the way.• Special teams have been strong, with junior All-Ivy place-kicker/punter Nickolas Null ranking among the national leaders in punting (43.1 yards per punt) while going 3-of-4 on field goals, and classmate David Jones posting 29.0 yards per kickoff return and 17.0 yards per punt return

• The Crimson will be making its second straight trip to Ithaca, with the Big Red topping Harvard 17-14 last fall. The Big Red will also be looking for consecutive victories over Harvard for the first time since the 1999 and 2000 campaigns.

• Harvard won its Ivy opener over Brown two weekends ago and will attempt to bounce back from a 23-16 loss at No. 20 Rhode Island last Saturday.• Head coach David Archer ‘05 is in his sixth year directing the Big Red and had Cornell in the Ivy title race in November for the first time since 2000 last fall..

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