With victories over the Tigers and Bulldogs, the Cantabs and Quakers remain undefeated and atop the Ivy League standings after week five. Brown remained a game behind the leaders, and Cornell kept its streak of futility alive. In other action, Columbia posted its first win in 364 days.
Harvard 28, Princeton 26
Princeton’s kicker Taylor Northrup had the length to get it done, but he just could not split the posts.
With seven seconds left in the game, the place-kicker’s 49-yard field goal attempt sailed left of the uprights at Harvard Stadium and preserved a 28-26 Crimson win. Northrup had nailed attempts of 43 and 42 yards earlier in the game, but with the pressure on, he could not deliver.
Harvard quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick hooked up with receiver Carl Morris in the end zone for a 13-yard touchdown reception early in the fourth quarter that gave the Crimson (5-0, 3-0 Ivy) a 28-20 lead.
Princeton (1-4, 1-2) narrowed the deficit to 28-26 on a Cam Atkinson touchdown run. The two-point conversion failed, setting the stage for Northrup’s case of performance anxiety.
Brown 49, Cornell 21
Cornell (0-5, 0-3) stayed its course as it got drubbed at the paws of the Brown Bears (3-2, 2-1), 49-21 in Ithaca, N.Y.
The porous Big Red defense continued to give up easy scores, yielding a season-high 49 points.
The Bears got it done on the ground and in the air, rushing for 228 yards and throwing for 250. Brown quarterback Kyle Rowley completed 22 of 34 pass attempts, including three for scores.
Chas Gessner hauled in nine passes for 113 yards and two touchdown catches. Rowley hooked up with his brother Travis in the end zone for his other touchdown strike.
Columbia 27, Dartmouth 20
Something had to give in this matchup of two teams that had combined for only five league wins in the previous two seasons.
That something was Dartmouth quarterback Greg Smith’s middle finger.
With Smith on the sidelines with a broken digit and freshman Evan Love starting in his place, Columbia (1-4, 1-2) took full advantage, posting a 27-20 win over the Big Green (1-4, 1-2) in Hanover, N.H.
Columbia quarterback Jeff McCall threw for 213 yards and two touchdowns, and running back Jonathon Reese scampered for 139 yards on 25 carries as the Lions snapped a streak of 12 straight road losses.
Doug Peck led Columbia receivers with seven catches, but it was a 19-yard McCall touchdown throw to Jarel Cockburn that gave the Lions an insurmountable 24-7 advantage late in the third quarter.
A Love to Mike Gratch connection late in the game pulled the Big Green to within seven, but Dartmouth would get no closer.