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The only two remaining undefeated teams in the Ivy League will battle on Saturday.

October 3, 2016

Around the Ivy League: Cornell and Harvard Sit At Top of Early Conference Standings

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After three weeks of regular season play, Cornell and No. 22 Harvard are the last standing undefeated teams in the Ivy League. Saturday’s clash between the two teams assures that only one will continue its bid for an undefeated season. Around the league, Princeton and Dartmouth both have posted two wins, while Penn and Brown have 1-2 records. Columbia and Yale, both winless, are currently bringing up the rear.

The Red garnered 21 points in this week’s STATS FCS poll. Two of last year’s conference champions, Dartmouth and Penn, also received votes, 11 and seven respectively.

Against Georgetown, Harvard racked up 535 yards of offense in the Crimson’s 31-17 defeat of the Hoyas. Joe Viviano continued his efficient play at quarterback for Harvard completing 15 of 21 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns, two of them to Anthony Firkser — the currently league leader in receiving yards — who finished with 147 yards on the day. The Crimson jumped out to a two-touchdown lead early before Georgetown closed the gap, but 17 straight points from Harvard placed the Hoyas in a hole they were unable to dig out of.

Arguably the only quarterback to play more efficiently than Viviano over the weekend was Princeton’s Chad Kanoff, who completed 21 of 25 passes and had three touchdown in the Tigers’ 48-13 blowout of Columbia. After a tight first quarter, four second quarter touchdowns — including two in an 18-second span — downed the Lions, who drop to 0-3 on the season. Princeton squares off against Georgetown next, while Columbia will take on Wagner.

Brown held Rhode Island to just 10 first downs and 44 passing yards, yet the Rams were able to come out on top to earn their first win of the season, a 28-13 home victory. Rhode Island scored three touchdowns in the second half to sent Brown to 1-2. Two weeks after a masterful performance against Bryant, Bears’ quarterback Kyle Moreno completed just 20 of 50 passes. Brown hosts Setson next week in the first ever matchup between the programs.

Last year, Penn’s lone Ivy League loss came against Dartmouth. Against the Green this season, the Quakers avenged last season’s defeat and earned their first win of the 2016 season. Penn scored four times on the ground to defeat Dartmouth — a co-champion last year. The Quakers welcome CCSU to Philadelphia next week. Dartmouth will play continue the in-conference portion of its schedule next week against Yale.

Six first half touchdowns helped Lehigh trounce the Bulldogs at home. The Mountain Hawks opened up a 35-7 lead under four minutes into the second quarter and cruised to a 63-35 win. Lehigh quarterback Brad Mayes threw for 524 yards and six scores. The 63 points posted by the Mountain Hawks was tied for the most points ever allowed by the Bulldogs in the 144-year history of the program. Yale drops to 0-3 on the season, the squad’s worst start since 1993.