Sunday, November 06, 2016

Weekend Wrap

How Dartmouth opponents fared yesterday . . .

Harvard 28, Columbia 21
Trailing 14-7 at the half, the Crimson took the lead with a 21-point third period and then held on to win after a Columbia touchdown with just over four minutes left made it a one-possession game. The Lions drove from their own seven to the 48 in the closing seconds before an interception of a Hail Mary at the 10 ended the upset bid. The Crimson allowed a blocked punt for a touchdown and twice had the ball on the Columbia one without scoring in a sloppy game. Joe Viviano threw for 260 yards and three touchdowns for the Crimson, who benefited from four Columbia turnovers (three fumbles and an interception). The Ivy League's lone unbeaten, Harvard can earn a share of the title with a victory next week at Penn, which will need a win to stay alive in the race. Records: Harvard 7-1, 5-0 Ivy; Columbia 2-6, 1-4 Ivy.

Princeton 28, Penn 0
Princeton ended Penn's 10-game Ivy League winning streak with its first shutout in more than four years. Jeremiah Taylor gave the Tigers the only points they would need when he returned a blocked punt 14 yards for a touchdown on Penn's opening possession. Chad Kanoff completed 17-for-24 passes for 160 yards and John Lovett 6-of-9 for 63 yards with a touchdown passing and a touchdown rushing to lead Princeton, which scored one TD in each quarter while posting its first shutout of the Quakers in 38 years. Records: Princeton 6-2, 4-1 Ivy; Penn 5-3, 4-1 Ivy.

Brown 27, Yale 22
Thomas Linta completed 19-of-33 passes for 194 yards and Livingstone Harris carried 12 times for 92 yards and a touchdown to pace Brown. The Bears also got two field goals and three PATs from a most unlikely source –  junior Ben Rosenblatt, a transfer from Trinity who joined the team just 10 days ago. Records: Brown 3-5, 2-3 Ivy; Yale 2-6, 2-3 Ivy.

Holy Cross 21, Georgetown 20
With Geoff Wade throwing for 308 yards, the Crusaders built a 21-10 first-half lead and then held on for the win. Brendan Flaherty caught nine passes for 196 yards for Holy Cross. Georgetown, which lost its sixth in a row, got a 100-yard kickoff return from Michael Dereus. Records: Holy Cross 4-6, 2-3 Patriot; Georgetown  3-6, 0-4 Patriot.

Towson 23, Elon 6
Oregon transfer Morgan Mahalak returned to the lineup for Towson and passed for 148 yards as Towson ended its longest losing streak since 2010. Shane Simpson ran for 187 yards and Aidan O'Neill kicked three field goals for the Tigers. Records: Towson  2-7, 1-5 CAA; Elon 2-7, 1-5 CAA.

New Hampshire was idle.