Sunday, September 25, 2016

Saturday Recap

A quick look at how Dartmouth's opponents fared yesterday . . .

Harvard 32, Brown  22
The Crimson's Joe Viviano showed again why he is a dangerous dual-threat quarterback, passing for 205 yards and running for 76 and a pair of touchdowns as Harvard (2-0) built a 25-10 lead at the half. Brown (1-1) closed to 25-16 late in the third quarter and then recovered an onside kick. But it hadn't gone 10 yards, setting the Crimson up at the Bear 49. Harvard took advantage with a four-play drive capped by Semar Smith's nine-yard run to double-up Brown, 32-16. The last of Kyle Moreno's three TD passes closed the scoring with 3:48 remaining. Moreno threw for 302 yards but was picked off three times.

Cornell 27, Yale 3
Cornell appears to have found its mojo and Yale to have lost its way as sophomore Dalton Banks completed 22-of-31 throws for 297 yards and two touchdowns for the surprising Big Red (2-0), who played in front of a Homecoming crowd of 15,493. Cornell built a 24-3 halftime lead as it won its opening two games for the first time since 2009. The Bulldogs (0-2) pulled starting quarterback Rafe Chapple after he completed just 3-of-10 passes with two interceptions and replaced him with Tre Moore, who went 21-for-33 with one interception for 174 yards, but the damage was done. Neither team ran the ball effectively with Cornell managing just 89 yards and Yale 104.

Georgetown 17, Columbia 14
The Lions (0-2) lost their second close game in as many weeks after falling to St. Francis by four points in their opener. Trailing 17-0 at the half, Columbia settled on Anders Hill at quarterback in the second half and piled up 294 yards to Georgetown's 94 after the break. The Lions rolled the dice on a fourth-and-four late at the Georgetown 43 but Hill's completion for three yards gave the ball back to the Hoyas with 3:44 left. After its defense held, Columbia fumbled away the ensuing punt and Georgetown (3-0) ran out all but the final five seconds of the game. The Lions turned the ball over three times and missed a field goal in a disappointing first half.

Fordham 31, Penn 17
The Quakers (0-2) had the ball down seven points midway through the fourth quarter against the Rams (2-1) but were stopped at the Fordham 27. The home team then locked up the game on Chase Edmonds' fourth touchdown of the afternoon. Edmonds, one of the top players in the FCS, ran for 152 yards and three touchdowns and caught four passes for 49 yards to lead Fordham. Penn got 93 yards on the ground from Tre Solomon but just 125 yards through the air from quarterback Alex Torgersen, who was sacked five times on the game and turned the ball over three times in the first half.

Lehigh 42, Princeton 28
Four Princeton turnovers and 461 yards passing by Lehigh's Nick Shafniski spelled doom for the Tigers (1-1), who got three touchdown runs from Ivy League 60-meter sprint champion Charlie Volker. Princeton quarterback Chad Kanoff was picked off three times by Lehigh, which a week ago spanked Penn by a 49-28 count. The Mountain Hawks finished with 621 yards of total offense.

New Hampshire 39, Rhode Island 17
Winless URI was within eight points until the Wildcats drove 63 yards for a touchdown with 5:29 remaining and then tacked on a fumble return for a score to put the game out of reach. New Hampshire (2-2) narrowly outgained Rhode Island, 407 yards to 395, but got two TD throws from quarterback Trevor Knight and one rushing touchdown from the first-year starter. Rhody is 2-29 dating back to late in the 2013 season.