October 5, 2004

Surprising Results Make For Wild Football Week

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Penn 35, Dartmouth 0

Perennial Ivy League powerhouse Penn showed no brotherly love for fellow Ivy contender Dartmouth last Saturday on its way to a shutout victory. Senior wideout Dan Castles led the offensive attack with 3 first-half touchdowns, tacking on 145 receiving yards for the day. The third Castles touchdown reception was the second longest of his career, a 52-yard bomb from junior quarterback Pat McDermott. McDermott finished the game with 249 total passing yards. The Quakers showed they could also get the job done with tenacious defense — picking off three Green passes and returning two of them for touchdowns. Penn improved to 2-1 overall, while Dartmouth fell to 0-3.

Harvard 38, Lafayette 23

After missing the extra point attempt following its first touchdown, Havard fell behind early 7-6 to Lafayette. However, Crimson sophomore running back Clifton Dawson proved to be too much for Lafayette to handle as he rushed for 172 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries — his third consecutive three-touchdown performance. The Harvard defense proved to be a genuine complement to the offense, coming up with two late interceptions and blocking a Lafayette field goal. Havard (3-0) remains undefeated heading into this Saturday’s home contest against Cornell.

Yale 31, Colgate 28

The Bulldogs (2-1) clawed their way back from a 28-14 deficit in the fourth quarter, scoring 17 points in a matter of 4:40. The comeback was capped off by the game winning 37-yard field goal by Andrew Sullivan with seven ticks left on the clock. Yale’s dramatic win began with a quick touchdown in the fourth quarter followed by an interception by Yale safety Matt Handlon. A demoralized Colgate team got the ball back with just under two and a half minutes remaining but failed to capitalize, gaining just seven yards on a quick three and out drive. This gave the Bulldogs just enough time, the appropriate field position, and the emotional momentum to convert a clutch nine yard pass on third and five during the closing drive. A subsequent 15 yard run set up the Bulldogs improbable game-winning kick.

Princeton 27, Columbia 26

This Ivy-cat battle between the Princeton Tigers and the Columbia Lions could not be settled in regulation time. The Tigers pounced on errant field goal kicking by the Lions — who missed two extra point attempts and two field goals — to pull off a thrilling win. Princeton’s drive at the end of regulation time ended in a game-tying field goal to force overtime. Columbia scored on the opening drive of overtime, but the point after touchdown was blocked by Princeton.

The Tigers were able to score on the ensuing drive and sent their PAT through the uprights to to win the game at Wien Stadium.

Brown 20, University of Rhode Island 13

Each year this matchup promises to be a good one as both teams battle for the Governor’s Cup — the greatest symbol of Rhode Island football supremacy. The Bears offense got off to a rough start by throwing an interception on the opening play of the game. However, the Brown defense was able to hold URI to just one touchdown, forcing three fumbles and one interception.

Archived article by Dennis Adams
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