Halfway through the season, Harvard remains the lone undefeated team. Within the conference, Penn and Princeton are undefeated. The Tigers are scheduled to play the Crimson this Saturday, and the outcome of the game will end one team’s perfect conference record. Meanwhile, Cornell and Dartmouth are 1-1, and Brown, Columbia, and Yale are winless.
Brown (3-2, 0-2 Ivy) was shut out at Princeton on Saturday, 19-0. The road-weary Bears, who have only played one home game this season, struggled offensively at Princeton, gaining only 242 yards in total offense against the Tigers. The Princeton defense paid special attention to shutting down the Bears’ ground attack, allowing Brown only 17 yards on the ground. The loss puts Brown at the bottom of conference standings, despite the fact that the Bears remain undefeated in nonconference play. After visiting three states in the last three weeks, Brown finally returns home in search of its first conference win against Cornell this Saturday.
After losing by 32 last Saturday at Harvard, Cornell (3-2, 1-1 Ivy) got back on track as it hosted Monmouth, holding on to win a 41-38 shootout against the visitors. After a quiet first quarter that saw the home team go up 7-0 on Monmouth, the game exploded in the second quarter, with the two squads combining for four scores, including three touchdowns. The action continued in the third quarter, during which Monmouth came back from a 17-14 halftime deficit to take a 23-20 lead in the waning seconds. There were rallies by both teams in the fourth quarter, with Cornell scoring two touchdowns to take a 34-23 lead followed by two touchdown passes by Monmouth senior quarterback Kyle Frazier. However, the Monmouth effort fell short as Cornell managed to score a field goal between the two Frazier touchdowns. The three points made the difference, and Cornell remain undefeated at home. After Saturday’s exciting game, the Big Red now heads to Providence to take on Brown.
The Big Green (3-2, 1-1 Ivy) fell to Sacred Heart at home this weekend, losing 27-10. Dartmouth hurt its chances of winning by turning the ball over four times, with sophomore quarterback Alex Park tossing a pair of interceptions and the Sacred Heart defense forcing two additional fumbles in the second half. Sacred Heart’s 27 points came off of a meager 231 yards of total offense, 138 of which were generated solely by sophomore running back Keshaudas Spence. Despite taking the early lead on a field goal, the Big Green was unable to keep pace, scoring one touchdown compared to Sacred Heart’s four. After the blowout loss, Dartmouth travels to New York this weekend to take on the Columbia Lions.
No. 22 Harvard (5-0, 2-0 Ivy) concluded a three-game home stand by putting up another dominant performance against Bucknell, dismantling the visitors 35-7. Harvard seemed to be too much for Bucknell, as the opposition never led during the game. Senior quarterback Colton Chapple proved to be an aggressive offensive asset, completing 11 of 18 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for another 120 yards on eight carries, scoring two more touchdowns on the ground. With the victory over Bucknell, Harvard outscored its opponents 132-23 during the three games. This weekend Harvard hits the road, visiting Princeton on Saturday.
The Quakers (2-3, 2-0 Ivy) managed to keep pace with conference leaders Princeton and Harvard after knocking off Columbia at home this past Saturday. The game began as a low-scoring affair, with Columbia controlling the scoreboard at halftime with a 6-3 lead. Penn took the lead on a third-quarter touchdown, only to lose it after a 14-point Columbia rally, giving the visitors a 20-10 lead late in the fourth quarter. With their backs against the wall, senior quarterback Billy Ragone led the Quakers to victory, tossing two into the end zone, including the game-winning six-yard touchdown pass with only 50 seconds remaining in the game. The Quakers head to New Haven to take on Yale this Saturday.
After narrowly dropping their first two games, the Tigers (3-2, 2-0 Ivy) are proving themselves to be among the conference’s best squads with a decisive shutout victory over Brown. In the nationally televised performance, the defense allowed only 17 rushing yards while scoring a safety in the second quarter. Offensively, Princeton’s points came on a rare touchdown by an offensive lineman and a third-quarter score by sophomore running back Will Powers. The Tigers host undefeated and No. 22 Harvard this Saturday in what will be a battle of conference unbeatens in Princeton.
Yale’s (1-4, 0-2 Ivy) losing streak extended to four this weekend as the Bulldogs dropped a third-consecutive home game to Lafayette, losing 20-10. Despite generating nearly 400 yards of total offense and winning the time-of-possession battle, the Bulldogs turned the ball over four times. Of the four turnovers, two occurred in Lafayette territory, costing the Bulldogs potential scoring opportunities early in the game. With the loss, the Bulldogs have now been outscored 101-48 in their last three home games. Yale will host undefeated Penn this Saturday as the Bulldogs continue to look for their elusive first conference win.