Sunday, October 09, 2016

Weekend Roundup

A look at the weekend results with a few thoughts . . .

Harvard 29, Cornell 13
Crimson quarterback Joe Viviano continued his standout play with 22-of-35 passing for 229 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions while running for another 57 yards. Cornell's Dalton Banks came back to earth with three interceptions while completing 19-of-39 passes for 257 yards and a pair of scores. Harvard is 2-0 in the Ivy League and 4-0 overall while Cornell is 3-1 and 1-1.

Stetson 31, Brown 21
A week after losing to previously winless Rhode Island the Bears turned the ball over six times to help Roger Hughes' Hatters win their first-ever meeting with an Ivy League team. The former Dartmouth offensive coordinator (and Princeton head coach) saw his 3-2 team erase a 14-0 deficit, tie the contest at 21, and outscore the 1-3 home team 10-0 in the second half. Brown lost three fumbles and threw three interceptions.

Columbia 15, Wagner 13
Five field goals from freshman Oren Milstein (18, 18, 33, 36 and 39 yards) helped the Lions win for the first time as they rallied from a 13-3 deficit late in the second quarter. Columbia got 107 yards rushing from Alan Watson while improving to 1-3. Wagner slips to 3-2.

Penn 28, Central Connecticut 15
Tre Solomon ran for 114 yards and Central Connecticut as a team had just 22 yards rushing on 30 carries as the Quakers won for the second week in a row after starting 0-2. Alek Torgersen was 22-of-30 for 216 yards and two touchdowns without an interception and added 31 rushing  yards for Penn, now 2-2 and 1-0 in the Ivy. Central Connecticut is 1-4.

Princeton 31, Georgetown 17
The Tigers ran for 233 yards and outgained the Hoyas, 414-188, in a game they should have won even more handily after forcing five turnovers. Georgetown opened the scoring by returning a blocked field goal 51 yards for a touchdown before the Tigers reeled off the next 21 points. Princeton missed four field goals and tossed an interception in the end zone. Princeton is now 3-1 while Georgetown is 3-2 after losing to an Ivy for the second week in a row.

Stony Brook 27, Towson 20
For the second week in a row Towson had the ball deep with a chance to tie or win on its final possession and instead turned it over on downs. Standout running back Darius Victor did not play for the Tigers, who let a 17-10 halftime lead slip away. Towson fell to 1-4 while Stony Brook improved to 3-2.

Bucknell 21, Holy Cross 20
With standout quarterback Pete Pujals still unavailable after being hurt in the second quarter of the Dartmouth game the Crusaders squandered a 20-7 halftime lead to fall to 2-4. Bucknell improved a 2-3 by holding Holy Cross to nine first downs and 20 rushing yards. Blaise Bell got the start at quarterback for the Crusaders and was just 11-of-23 passing for 81 yards.

New Hampshire 13, Elon 10 (Friday)
The Wildcats broke up a pass in the end zone with 36 seconds remaining to improve to 4-2 and drop the home team to 2-4. Dalton Crossan ran for 152 yards and Moran Ellman booted field goals of 35 and 40 yards in the fourth quarter to lift the Wildcats.