Sunday, November 13, 2016

Saturday Wrap

(Click to enlarge)

Princeton 31, Yale 3

It is either a measure of how strong the Princeton attack is or how much Yale has struggled on the other side of the ball that the headline out of New Haven for a game in which Princeton scored 31 points is, "Defense Strong, But Tigers Too much." To be sure, Princeton was limited to 332 yards of total offense but utility quarterback John Lovett still had three rushing touchdowns as the Tigers used two fourth-quarter touchdowns to expand a 17-3 lead. Yale was held to 200 yards of total offense. Princeton can guarantee itself at least a share of the Ivy League title with a win over Dartmouth on Saturday. Records: Princeton 7-2, 5-1 Ivy; Yale 2-7, 2-4 Ivy.

Cornell 42, Columbia 40
Columbia piled up 562 yards of offense and Cornell 559 in a game just about as even as the final score would suggest. Chris Walker carried 22 times for 233 yards and three touchdowns for Cornell, which got 267 yards and two touchdowns passing from Dalton Banks. Columbia got 284 yards and three touchdowns through the air from Anders Hill and 105 rushing yards from Alan Watson. Columbia hurt itself with 11 penalties for 156 yards while Cornell had eight for 72. Cornell took its largest lead of the game, 42-33, with 4:53 remaining but Columbia made it close on a TD with 1:58 left. The Big Red then recovered the onside kick to end the drama. Records: Cornell 4-5, 2-4; Columbia 2-7, 1-5

Penn 27, Harvard 14
Friday night

Fordham 54, Holy Cross 14
With standout tailback Chase Edmonds collecting three of his four touchdowns in the first half, Fordham vaulted out to a 40-7 lead at the break in front of a crowd of 21,375 at Yankee Stadium. The Rams would go on to forge a 608-302 advantage in total offense while holding the Crusaders to minus-five yards rushing. Records: Fordham 7-3, 4-1 Patriot; Holy Cross 4-7, 2-4 Patriot.

Albany 36, New Hampshire 25
New Hampshire's playoff hopes took a big hit as the Great Danes used a 19-3 second half to win in front of 7,012 in Durham. Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks ran for 298 yards and three touchdowns as Albany came from well behind to win going away. No. 21 New Hampshire led 22-0 before Albany finally got on the board with 34 seconds left in the first half. Records: New Hampshire  6-4, 5-2 CAA; Albany 6-4, 3-4 CAA.

Towson 34, William & Mary 24
In a 21-10 hole in the third quarter, Towson got a 70-yard touchdown run from Shane Simpson and an 81-yard kickoff return for a touchdown after a W&M field goal on the way to its second win in a row. Simpson finished with 202 yards rushing. Morgan Mahalak, the Oregon transfer who did not play against Dartmouth, threw for 166 yards and Aidan O'Neill booted two field goals for the Tigers. Records: Towson 3-7, 2-5 CAA; William & Mary 4-6, 2-5 CAA.
Perhaps the line of the year comes from Steve Politi of After Rutgers lost Saturday at Michigan State he wrote:
To review, this team has lost to Ohio State 58-0, Michigan 78-0 and now Michigan State 49-0. Add it up, and (Rutgers coach Chris) Ash has lost his first three games against the dominant Big Ten East powers by a combined 185-0 score. The only person to have a harder time with Michigan and Ohio this fall was Hillary Clinton.