Sunday, October 02, 2016

Weekend Wrap

A look at how Dartmouth opponents fared yesterday starting with two surprises:

Cornell 39, Colgate 38
No. 25 Colgate built a 28-5 lead over the Big Red, which fought back to spoil Homecoming in Hamilton. After outscoring Colgate (1-3) in the third period, 21-7, Cornell (3-0) tallied the winning touchdown on a 19-yard pass from Dalton Banks to Collin Shaw with 28 seconds remaining. Banks passed for 454 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions, completing 25-of-45 throws. The Big Red got 110 yards rushing from Chris Walker on 13 carries and 105 receiving yards from James Hubbard on five catches. With Jake Melville passing for 399 yards, Colgate piled up 597 yards of offense but Cornell wasn't far behind with 567. Cornell visits Harvard Saturday in a battle of the unbeatens.

Rhode Island 28, Brown 13
The toothless and previously winless Rams (1-4) managed just 10 first downs and five completions in 25 passes but held the Brown (1-2)  offense to just six points in winning a rain-soaked Governor's Cup for the first time since 2010. The Bears' only offensive touchdown came in the first quarter. A 30-yard interception return put them ahead at the half, 13-7, but Rhody regained the lead early in the third quarter and put the contest away with 36- and 42-yard touchdown runs by Harold Cooper in the fourth quarter.

Princeton 48, Columbia 13
The Tigers (2-1) gave up the first score of the game and then tallied seven consecutive touchdowns to outscore the Lions (0-3) by a 42-0 count over the second and third quarters. Keying the explosion was Coach Bob Surace's gutsy decision to go for it on fourth-and-one at his own 29 with the score tied at 6-6. Chad Kanoff paced the Princeton attack with 21-for-25 passing for 230 yards and three touchdowns.

Lehigh 63, Yale 35
The Mountain Hawks (3-2) got 524 passing yards and six touchdowns from quarterback Brad Mayes, 13 catches and three touchdowns from one receiver and six catches for 169 yards and two touchdowns from another in a route of epic proportions. Trailing, 35-7, in the second quarter, Yale (0-3) scored three consecutive touchdowns to pull within 35-28 only to see Lehigh answer with four TDs in a row. Lehigh piled up 651 yards of offense while improving its record against Ivy League teams this fall to 3-0. The Mountain Hawks averaged 51.3 points in wins over Penn (49-28), Princeton (42-28) and Yale.

UNH 21, William & Mary 12
New Hampshire drew a record-setting crowd of 21,943 as Trevor Knight passed for 118 yards and ran for 95 yards to lead the Wildcats (3-2). William & Mary is 2-3. Capacity at Wildcat Stadium is 11,015.

Holy Cross 38, Lafayette 28
Making his first career start in place of the injured Peter Pujals, Geoff Wade completed 21-of-27 throws for 238 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another 29 yards as Holy Cross (2-3) ended a three-game slide. The Crusaders rallied to erase a 21-16 Leopards (1-4) lead with 22 fourth-quarter points.

Richmond 31, Towson 28 
The next opponent to invade Memorial Field carried a lead into the fourth quarter against the nation's sixth-ranked FCS team only to fall behind and then see a potential game-winning drive die at the Richmond 38 with less than a minute remaining. Towson (1-3) ran for 225 yards but struggled with the passing game (105 yards) as Richmond (4-1) continued to roll in a that began with a 37-20 win over Virginia.

Friday Night
Harvard 31, Georgetown 17
Harvard (3-0) played without offensive lineman Max Rich and DJ Mott, didn't use 2015 Ivy League rookie of the year receiver Justice Shelton-Mosley and sat quarterback Joe Viviano after five drives including touchdown marches of 70, 80 and 88 yards. Viviano found a seat before the first half was over as the Crimson was never challenged by previously undefeated but injury ravaged Georgetown (3-1).
A fire in a Dartmouth dormitory has displaced 70 students including Big Green defensive lineman Davaron Stockman, who is the lede of a story in the Valley News.

Ironically, Stockman's remarkable journey from flood-ravaged Louisiana and personal struggles is featured in a wonderful story in the paper as well. (LINK)