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The Red has won its first two games of the season, making the team one of three Ivy teams to start 2-0.

September 26, 2016

Around the Ivy League: Cornell Joins No. 19 Harvard, Dartmouth in Starting Season 2-0

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After two weeks of play, Cornell is among three Ivy League teams that have yet to record a loss. Joining the Red are Harvard and Dartmouth, two of last year’s co-champions. Along with Columbia and Yale, the third co-champion, Penn, remains winless. Princeton and Brown have both posted 1-1 records so far.

A 25-point second quarter powered the Crimson to a 32-22 victory over the Bears. Despite scoring just once outside that huge second period, No. 19 Harvard survived Brown’s upset attempt. The Crimson’s running back Semar Smith and quarterback Joe Viviano both rushed for two touchdowns, as Harvard outgained the Bears on the ground, 189-74. Harvard squares off against undefeated Georgetown next weekend while Brown visits Rhode Island.

Led by the defensive efforts of Folarin Orimolade — who was named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week — Dartmouth beat Holy Cross 35-10 in Connecticut. Orimolade had two sacks and four tackles for a loss in the victory. The Green forced four Crusader turnovers and had over 150 more total yards than Holy Cross. After letting up a touchdown in the first quarter, Dartmouth clamped down on its opponent and held them to just three points the rest of the game. The Green opens its Ivy season against Penn on Friday.

The Lions clambered back after trailing 17-0 to end the first half, but it was not enough as Georgetown defeated Columbia to move to 3-0 on the season. The Lions had 12 more first downs than the Hoyas and almost 120 more offensive yards, but Georgetown was still able to come out on top, capitalizing on four Columbia turnovers. The Lions are back in action next week, when the team hosts Princeton.

Penn continued its early season struggles with a 31-17 loss to Fordham. The Rams took advantage of the Quakers’ sloppy play and left them at 0-2 to start the season. With the game knotted up at seven midway through the opening period, the Rams scored 17 unanswered points and went into the half with a 24-10 advantage, a lead the team would not relinquish.

Thanks to 461 yards from quarterback Nick Shafnisky, Lehigh trounced Princeton 42-28. Shafnisky also threw for four touchdowns. His Tiger counterpart, Chad Kanoff, did not find the same level of success, tossing three interceptions on the day. Two separate Mountain Hawks had over 140 receiving yards. The Tigers hung with Lehigh early on, trailing by just a touchdown going after two quarters, but the Mountain Hawks broke away, scoring two touchdowns in the third period while holding Princeton scoreless.