Sunday, November 24, 2019

The Week That Was

Some incredible stories on the final Saturday of the season . . .

Yale 50, Harvard 43 (2 OT)
The Bulldogs rallied from deficits of 22-3 in the third quarter and 35-19 in the fourth, scoring two touchdowns in the final 1:28 of regulation to claim a share of the Ivy League title in a game held up for nearly an hour by protesters from both schools who stormed the field in an effort to publicize their demand that the schools divest their fossil fuel investments. Yale's Kurt Rawlings threw for 417 yards and four touchdowns, including a 10-yarder to JP Shohfi with 18 seconds left to force overtime. Harvard freshman Aidan Borguet didn't have his first carry until 3:02 remained in the first half but finished with 269 yards on 11 rushes, He had touchdowns of 47, 59, 60 and 67 yards, averaging 24.5 yards per attempt. Zane Dudek ran four yards in the second overtime to give Yale the win when the defense stoned Harvard. Yale closes out the year 9-1 overall and 6-1 in the Ivy League with the lone loss at Dartmouth. The Crimson finishes 4-6 overall and 2-5 in conference. Attendance before arrests was 44,989.

Princeton 28, Penn 7
The Quakers drew first blood midway through the first quarter before the Tigers ran off the next 28 points behind a rushing attack led by Collin Eaddy (172 yards and two touchdowns) and Ryan Quigley (92 yards and a score). Tavish Rice added two field goals for Princeton. Penn's Nick Robinson threw for 354 yards and Karekin Brooks ran for 95. Princeton's determination was on display in the opening quarter when coach Bob Surace had his team go for it on fourth-and-one at its own 29 on the first series after Penn's touchdown. Eaddy ran two yards for the first down and Princeton went on to march 92 yards in 11 plays to tie the score. The Tigers, who came within seconds of finishing in a three-way tie for the Ivy League title (They needed Brown's TD pass at the end to beat Dartmouth and Harvard to hold on in overtime against Yale.) close out their season 8-2 overall and 5-2 in the Ivy. Penn finished 5-5, 3-4. Attendance was 7,898.

Cornell 35 Columbia 9
The Big Red used five rushing touchdowns, including two from Harold Coles (who ran 58 yards for a score on Cornell's second play) to cruise to its second win in a row. The Lions lost their fourth in five games, a streak interrupted only by a 48-24 win over Harvard. Coles finished with 122 yards for Cornell, which got another 72 from SK Howard and efficient 17-of-26 for 244 yards passing from Richie Kenney. Cornell held Columbia to 339 yards of offense with the leading rusher for the Lions being punter Drew Schmid, whose only carry was a 27-yard touchdown on a fake. Cornell closes out the season at 4-6 overall and 3-4 in the league while Columbia is 3-7 and 2-5. The Empire State "regional rivalry" game drew 3,744.

Marist 26, Valparaiso 14
Drama in Indiana as hapless Valpo was at the Marist 11 and driving for the go-ahead touchdown only to see the Red Foxes' Andrew McElroy pick off a pass and return it 90 yards for the insurance touchdown with 20 seconds left. Valparaiso managed just 12 yards passing and 244 total yards while falling to 1-11 and 1-7 in the Pioneer Football League. Marist improved to 4-7 and 4-4 in front of 1,088.

San Diego 47, Jacksonville 28
The Dolphins were within 30-28 early in the fourth quarter but were outscored, 17-0, over the final 10:38. Quarterback Calvin Turner kept Jacksonville in it for as long as he could with a season-high 172 yards and two touchdowns rushing and 105 yards and one touchdown on three pass completions. San Diego, which forced three turnovers in the fourth quarter, improved to 9-2 overall and 8-2 in the PFL with its 37th consecutive league victory, second-longest in NCAA history. The all-time FCS record for league wins in a row is 39 set by Duquesne between 1999 and 2006.  Jacksonville finished 3-9 and 1-7. Attendance was 1,203.