October 26, 2004

Saturday Football Action an All-Ivy Affair

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For the first five weeks of the season, Ivy League teams alternated between playing each other and matching up against other foes from the Patriot League or Atlantic 10. During Week 6, the extra-curricular activities ended (for the most part), and serious Ivy-v.-Ivy competition began in exclusivity.

Here now, to give your week that certain spark, a look at the weekend that was in the Ivy League.

Penn 17, Yale 7

The Quakers now officially have the greatest dynasty in the history of the Ivy League. Ivy League offensive player of the week Sam Matthews rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns to lead Penn to its 18th consecutive league victory in New Haven. The streak, which began in November, 2001, eclipses the mark of 17 straight Ivy wins that Penn set from 1992-1995.

Penn put up 497 total yards of offense, while holding the Bulldogs to just 313. Yale, which has struggled so far this year to a 3-3 overall record, got its only scoring in the game on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Alvin Cowan to Chandler Henley in the first quarter.

Yale entered the season with aspirations for a title, but saw those mostly dashed with Saturday”s loss. The Bulldogs are now 1-2 in Ivy play, while the Quakers are just one of two remaining unbeatens in the league.

No. 19 Harvard 39, Princeton 14

The other Ivy unbeaten is Harvard. The Crimson also put together an impressive road victory on Saturday, when it pounded the Tigers into submission, improving to a perfect 6-0 on the season. Running back Clifton Dawson set single-season school records in touchdowns and rushing touchdowns with his three. He compilied a total of 201 yards on the ground on 31 carries.

Aside from Dawson”s performance, Harvard received important contributions from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who passed for 172 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He also scrambled for an additional 41 yards and a touchdown on eight rushing attempts.

Columbia 9, Dartmouth 6

In a battle of Ivy cellar-dwellars, Columbia overcame Dartmouth on three Nick Rudd field goals. The Green”s six points were the lowest offensive output by any Columbia opponent since the Lions shut out Harvard in 1998. Rudd completed on field goal attempts from 39, 31, and 19 yards. All of Dartmouth”s scoring came on a 1-yard run on a draw play quarterback Charlie Rittgers late in the third quarter. The extra point attempt failed, setting up Rudd”s 19-yard game winner two minutes into the fourth quarter.

The Sun 24, Cornell Review 12

Clearly, this was the most important game of the week. Behind four touchdowns from sophomore assistant sports editor Kyle Sheahen, The Sun won the long-awaited grudge match against the Cornell Review Sunday afternoon. Junior arts and entertainment editor Zach Jones piloted the Sun offense, passing for three touchdowns. He also had 60 yards rushing, and blocked a punt.

Defensively, Jones and sophmore senior writer Michael Morisy combined for about 20 tackles.

Senior editor Pete Norlander left the game early due to injury. Currently, there is no timetable for his return. The Sun pulled off the win, no thanks to various members of the editorial board who had ‘better things to do.’

Archived article by Owen Bochner
Sun Sports Editor