Yale’s stunning win over Harvard knocked the Crimson from its three-year perch at the top of the Ivy League. With Harvard’s loss and wins from Penn and Princeton, the Tigers and the Quakers are co-champions of the conference. Brown and Yale tied for fourth, Columbia and Cornell took sixth and Dartmouth placed last.
Piling up 527 yards of offense on Cornell, the Quakers bulldozed their way to a 42-20 victory in Ithaca on Cornell’s senior day. With Princeton’s victory over Dartmouth, Penn earns a share of the league title for the second straight year.
Four years of cutting summers short for training camp, four go-arounds of seemingly endless days in the weight room and four seasons of donning the carnelian and white all led up to to this weekend’s tilt against Penn for the Red’s group of 26 seniors.
With just one week left in the Ivy League football season, Harvard, Princeton and Penn are locked in a three-way tie for first place. Going into this weekend, Harvard sat atop the standings with a perfect 5-0 Ivy record. The Crimson traveled down to Philadelphia to take on Penn — who was 4-1 at the time — on Friday night, with a share of the league lead on the line. The game started off rather slowly. Penn’s defense had given up just three points going into the fourth quarter, and the Quakers led 14-3.
Just over a month ago, the sky was the limit for Cornell football. The Red was undefeated, and the team could not help but wonder about the possibility of contending for a league championship. Fast forward five weeks, and now the team is just looking to avoid another last place finish. The Red sprinted out of the gate to a 3-0 start, but after its thrilling comeback win over Colgate back in early October, it has dropped five straight. “It’s been an up and down year obviously for us,” said senior captain and linebacker Jackson Weber.
Just a little over a month ago, Cornell football looked poised for season that defied its preseason last place ranking. A team that once had touchdowns to spare now finds itself searching for where the season went off the tracks. In last week’s loss to Dartmouth, the Red started off looking like the team that began 3-0, as sophomore quarterback Dalton Banks was able to march his offense down the field, although the effort it resulted in just two field goals. It was a disappointing loss for the squad, with a 13-3 lead dissolving in the fourth quarter. The shades of solid play with Dartmouth are what the Red must build upon going into the last two matchups of the season against Columbia and Penn.