Both Yale and Harvard were triumphant in league play this weekend, while only Penn was successful against a nonconference opponent. Here’s a closer look at how the other seven football teams in the Ivy League fared this week.
Harvard 31, Cornell 17
The Crimson (3-1, 1-1 Ivy) defeated the Big Red (1-3, 0-2 Ivy) at home for its first Ivy win of the season. Going into halftime, Harvard led by only seven due to a 19-yard run from senior running back Gino Gordon, who recorded 158 rushing yards. The game remained close going into the fourth quarter, after both teams had successful field goal attempts. However, a pass from Crimson sophomore quarterback Colton Chapple to junior wide receiver Levi Richards and a 43-yard run into the end zone by sophomore running back Rich Zajeski put the Crimson up 24-3. Cornell attempted to rally back after freshman quarterback Jeff Mathews connected with junior tight end Ryan Houska, but the extra point attempt was blocked by sophomore defensive tackle Nnamdi Obukwelu. Harvard quickly scored again to take a 31-9 lead. The Big Red was unable to overcome the large deficit, but did manage to score in the final four seconds of the game. Harvard had 505 total offensive yards, more than double Cornell’s 208.
Yale 23, Dartmouth 20
The Bulldogs (3-1, 2-0 Ivy) won over the Big Green (2-2, 0-2 Ivy) in the final seconds of the game thanks to sophomore place-kicker Philippe Panico’s 19-yard field goal—the first of his career. The lead switched back and forth between the two teams four times over the course of the game. At the start of the fourth quarter, Yale led 20-13, but Dartmouth scored a touchdown off a 41-yard punt return by junior cornerback Shawn Abuhoff. Dartmouth took possession after Panico missed a 43-yard field goal attempt with 2:31 to go. However, the Big Green fumbled the ball, which was picked up by senior cornerback Chris Stanley with a little over a minute of game time remaining, allowing Yale to set up its final scoring drive. Despite winning the game with a field goal, Yale was only 1-3 in field goal attempts.
Holy Cross 17, Brown 13
The Bears (2-2, 1-0 Ivy) lost for the second straight week, this time to the Crusaders. The game was a defensive battle, much unlike the four previous meetings between the two teams, which were offensive showcases. Brown was missing starting quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero, who is out with a broken wrist after last week’s game against Rhode Island. Down 10-0 in the second quarter, the Bears scored both of their touchdowns after sophomore quarterback Patrick Donnelly entered the game. However, a touchdown from Holy Cross late in the third quarter put the Crusaders back on top to end the game.
Colgate 44, Princeton 10
Princeton (1-3, 0-1 Ivy) suffered another big loss this week, coming out on the wrong end of a lopsided score. Despite successfully kicking a 27-yard field goal early in the first quarter, the Tigers were unable to answer 44 straight points from Colgate until late in the fourth quarter. Princeton’s only touchdown was from a pass by junior quarterback Tommy Wornham to senior wide receiver Trey Peacock. Senior running back Jordan Culbreath contributed 38 rushing yards in nine carries, while Wornham had 206 passing yards and completed only 20 of his 41 passes, which included two interceptions. Both of Princeton’s scoring drives required 13 plays.
Penn 31, Bucknell 10
Head coach Al Bagnoli recorded his 125th win for Penn (3-1, 1-0 Ivy), making him the winningest coach in program history. The previous record was set by George Woodruff in 1901. After having a 10-7 lead at halftime, the Red and Blue scored 21 unanswered points to blow the game open, averaging a gain of 6.5 yards per play throughout the game. Senior wide receiver David Wurst had a career-high 102 receiving yards from nine receptions, becoming the first Quaker since October 2007 to surpass 100 receiving yards in a single game. Penn has beaten Bucknell every time in their last six meetings.