Sunday, November 12, 2017

Saturday Wrap

Scores and a few pithy thoughts after Week 9 of the Ivy League season:

Yale 35, Princeton 31
The Bulldogs won at least a share of the Ivy League title in a back-and-forth shootout. Freshman phenom Zane Dudek ran for 180 yards for the Bulldogs (8-1, 5-1). Yale can claim the outright championship with a win at home against Harvard or losses by Dartmouth and Columbia. Princeton (5-4, 2-4) lost its third in a row (by a total of 12 points). The teams combined for 1,040 yards of offense. Princeton quarterback Chad Kanoff passed for 454 yards and four touchdowns and will provide a stiff test this week for Dartmouth, which has faced teams struggling simply to play catch the past two weeks.

Penn 23, Harvard 6
Two hard-to-figure teams are now both 5-4 overall and 3-3 in the Ivy League. Tre Solomon ran 77 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the game and that would be all Penn would need. Harvard not only saw a 16-year run of a least seven wins a season come to a halt, but was held without a touchdown for the first time since 1998.

Columbia 18, Cornell 8
Chris Schroer ran for 183 yards as the Lions held offensively challenged Cornell scoreless until the final three-plus minutes. Columbia (7-2, 4-2) clinched its fifth winning record in Ivy League play since the conference started formal competition in 1956. More importantly, the Lions can claim at least a share of their second Ivy League title (the other was in 1961) with a win at home over Brown Saturday and a Yale loss. Cornell, which two weeks ago came to Dartmouth tied for the Ivy League lead, is now 3-6 and 3-3 in the Ivies.

Lehigh 34, Holy Cross 21
The Mountain Hawks (4-6, 4-1) have a shot at going to the NCAAs. Holy Cross (4-7, 2-3) does not.

Sacred Heart 16, Saint Francis 7
Pioneers (4-6, 2-3 NEC) beat the somethings from Saint Francis (5-5, 3-3 NEC).

Jacksonville 13, Stetson 10
Roger Hughes' Hatters (2-9, 1-7 Pioneer Football League) but up a surprising good fight against Jax (7-3, 5-2 PFL).