For the second straight week, Penn (7-1, 5-0 Ivy) pulled out a somewhat fortuitous victory in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, this time beating Princeton (4-4, 2-3) to extend the Quakers’ Ivy League winning streak to 20. Harvard (8-0, 5-0) defeated Columbia (1-7, 1-4) to set up a battle for the Ivy championship next Saturday in Philadelphia. Meanwhile, Cornell (3-5, 3-2), winless in the conference a year ago, now stands alone in third place after downing Dartmouth (0-8, 0-5), which has yet to win a game this fall.
Penn 16, Princeton 15
Penn overcame an eight-point, fourth-quarter deficit to edge Princeton for its 20th straight Ivy League victory.
The game ultimately came down to a battle of the kickers. Penn rookie Derek Zock kicked a 27-yard field goal — the first of his career — with less than three minutes in regulation to put the Quakers up, 16-15. Prior to the kick, Penn had missed 10 of 13 field goal attempts inside the 40-yard line this season.
The Tigers had a chance to win the game with 18 seconds left when Derek Javarone missed a 41-yard field goal wide right. Javarone had kicked three field goals of 27, 32 and 33 yards, respectively, earlier in the game, but could not convert when it counted most.
In Penn’s opening drive of the fourth quarter, quarterback Pat McDermott connected on a 19-yard touchdown pass to Gabe Marabella to pull the Quakers within two. But Penn failed to connect on the two-point attempt, and the score remained 15-13.
Von Bryant scored on a 12-yard run for the Quaker’s other touchdown while Greg Fields tallied on an eight-yard run for Princeton’s touchdown.
Saturday’s game marked the second straight week Penn has rallied in the fourth quarter to keep its league winning streak alive. Now all eyes will be on next week’s showdown between Harvard and Penn in Philadelphia.
Harvard 38, Columbia 0
Harvard blanked Columbia, 38-0, for its ninth consecutive win to stay on top of the Ivy League table and remain the nation’s only unbeaten Div. I-AA team this season. It was also the Crimson’s second shutout of the year, as they held the Lions scoreless for the first time since 2000.
The game marked a milestone for sophomore running back Clifton Dawson, who gave Harvard a 7-0 lead on a two-yard run at the six minute mark of the opening quarter. It was Dawson’s 16th touchdown of the season, giving him a total of 96 points this fall, in turn breaking Harvard’s 92-year-old single-season scoring record. Charlie Brickley previously held the record with 94 points.
Brian Edwards also had a strong game for the Crimson, returning a punt 81 yards for a touchdown. It was his third return for a score this season.
Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had two touchdown passes. The first came on a one-yard pass to Jason O’Neill in the first quarter and the other on a seven-yard pass to Corey Mazza in the third quarter. Fitzpatrick was 12-of-18 for 121 yards passing with one interception.
O’Neill caught his second touchdown pass with 1:02 left in the third quarter on an eight-yard pass from Garrett Schires.
Cornell 14, Dartmouth 7
Ryan Kuhn threw for 135 yards and a touchdown as Cornell recorded its third league victory with a 14-7 win over Dartmouth.
After a first quarter which saw the two teams combine for just 66 total yards, the Big Red came through with a pair of 50-yard scoring plays and headed into half time, 14-0.
Dartmouth began the second quarter with the ball, but after a false penalty Cornell safety Brad Kitlowski jarred the ball loose from Dartmouth receiver Andrew Hall at midfield, and his teammate Nate Tarsi picked up the fumble and raced 50 yards to the end zone for the game’s first score.
Cornell quarterback Ryan Kuln threw for 135 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown pass to senior Chad Nice for Cornell’s second touchdown of the game.
Dartmouth fought back in the third quarter as Charles Rittgers hit Bob Murphy on a 73-yard touchdown pass. Murphy led all receivers with a game-high 113 yards on six catches, while Rittgers completed 11 of 16 passes without an interception for 175 yards passing.
Both teams were stifled on the ground, with Cornell gaining a mere 16 net rushing yards and Dartmouth an even less impressive 14. Both teams averaged less than a yard per rush for the game.