Saturday, October 29, 2016

Game Day

It's Homecoming and Harvard, two words that go quite nicely together.

The Weather Underground forecast in Hanover is for 46 degrees at kickoff with a 75 percent chance you'll get wet unless you are sitting behind the glass in Floren Varsity House (or up in the press box ;-). The rain should taper off as the game goes on with the temperature continuing to hover around 45 degrees.
Boston Herald Harvard-Dartmouth preview.
Last night . . .

Yale 31, Columbia 23
Columbia outgained Yale, 381 yards to 289 yards, had 20 first downs to Yale's 14, and 12 tackles for loss compared to six for the Bulldogs. And still the Lions lost in a nationally televised contest that wasn't as close as the final score would suggest.

The game was a perfect illustration of the adage, turnovers kill. Columbia lost three fumbles and tossed two interceptions while Yale did not turn the ball over at all.

The Bulldogs scored all of their 24 first-half points in the second quarter and Columbia all of its 23 points in the final 9:21 of the fourth quarter to make the final close.

The Lions used a TD pass and two-point run to get within eight points with 19 seconds remaining only to see Yale recover the onside kick and run out the clock. Both teams are now 2-5 with Yale 2-2 in the Ivy League and Columbia 1-3.

Elsewhere around the Ivy League today it will be Cornell entertaining Princeton at 12:30 and Penn playing host to Brown at 1 p.m.
Dartmouth grad Kyle Hendricks didn't have his best stuff last night but did not allow a run in 4 1/3 innings as the Cleveland Indians beat his Chicago Cubs, 1-0, to take a 2-1 lead in the World Series. Hendricks was not involved in the decision. Find a story centered around Hendricks HERE.

In four postseason starts this fall Hendricks has pitched 20 2/3  innings and allowed just three earned runs with 20 strikeouts and six walks. He has a sparkling 1.30 ERA.