So now it’s settled. The University of Pennsylvania (9-0, 6-0 Ivy) clinched the Ivy League title this weekend and added to its 15-game winning streak after defeating Harvard (6-3, 3-3). Dartmouth’s (4-5, 3-3) small winning streak came to an end after a late Brown (4-5, 3-3) comeback in the forth quarter. Cornell (1-8, 0-6) has yet to win an Ivy League game this season after extending its eight-game losing streak with a loss to Columbia (4-5, 3-3).
Penn 32, Harvard 24
The Quakers captured their 13th Ivy League Title — their 12th since 1982 — after bringing down Harvard on Saturday. Penn quarterback Mike Mitchell completed 21 of 35 passes for 271 yards on the day. Mitchell completed three touchdown passes on Penn’s first four possessions to give the Quakers the early 22-0 lead. Harvard tailback Clifton Dawson became the first rookie Cantab to rush for over 1,000 yards in a single season.
The Quakers’ opening run began when Mitchell hit tight end Brian Adams in the end zone on an 11-yard pass early in the first quarter. On Penn’s next possession, less than two minutes later, Mitchell fired a 44-yard cannon through two Crimson defenders into the arms of wide receiver Dan Castles for the touchdown.
After a minute and a half gone by in the second quarter, Mitchell capped off an 86-yard drive with a seven-yard touchdown pass to sophomore fullback Kevin Desmedt. On Penn kicker Peter Veldman’s extra point attempt, Quaker wide receiver Gabe Marabella recovered a bad snap and scrambled to find tight end Matt Boyer open for the two-point conversion.
The Crimson finally retaliated when Dawson pushed the ball in from the Quaker two-yard line for the touchdown.
With a commanding halftime 22-7 lead, Penn continued to frustrate Harvard in the second frame. Early in the third, Penn scored its fourth and final touchdown of the game when junior runningback Michael Recchiuti scored his first touchdown of the season on a two-yard run. After the ensuing kickoff, the Quaker defense held the Crimson to the Penn four-yard line, sacking starting Cantab signal-caller Ryan Fitzpatrick twice and then his replacement Garret Schires on fourth down to turn over possession. Harvard linebacker Bobby Everett then hit Mitchell on the following play, knocking the ball loose, but Penn recovered it on the one-yard line. On fourth and 23, Penn coach Al Bagnoli signaled the team to take a safety, making it 29-9 with 5:17 left in the third.
But Harvard gave Penn a run for its money, scoring 15 points in the final quarter. To open the fourth quarter, Fitzpatrick returned to the game and capped off a 52-yard scoring drive with a five-yard touchdown pass to tight end Matt Fratto. Penn responded with a 35-yard field goal kick by Veldman to make it 32-16. Late in the quarter, Crimson linebacker Dante Balestracci stripped the ball from Penn runningback Sam Matthews and got the ball to the Quaker one-yard line. Dawson scored on the following play.
Harvard didn’t recover the onside kick, but forced Penn to punt with 44 seconds left in the game. Harvard brought the ball all the way to the Penn 17-yard line, but Quaker linebacker Steve Lhotak stopped Fratto on the game-saving tackle on the six-yard line to end the game 32-24.
Brown 26, Dartmouth 21
The Bears made a huge comeback against Dartmouth late in the fourth quarter to come up with the win and stop the Big Green’s four-game win streak. Trailing 21-20 with two minutes left in the game, Brown got the ball on its own five-yard line. Bears quarterback Kyle Slager then completed six of nine passes on the drive to get the Bears to first-and-10 on the Dartmouth one-yard line. Runningback Nick Hartigan then ran the ball in for the win.
The Big Green held a 7-0 lead through the first quarter, but Brown answered back with a 71-yard drive capped off by Slager’s four-yard touchdown run. But the Bears missed the ensuing extra point to maintain the 7-6 deficit. Dartmouth widened its lead with another touchdown just four seconds before the end of the half.
Brown tied the game 14-14 when the Bears scored again on a three-yard run, followed by the two-point conversion on a Slager pass to wide receiver Lonnie Hill.
With 10 minutes left in the game, the Big Green took the lead again with a 25-yard touchdown pass. Brown fought back on its next possession and scored on a 25-yard run by Hartigan. The Bears’ extra point failed yet again and Dartmouth continued to hold on to a slim 21-20 edge.
In the final two minutes Brown brought the ball up to the Big Green one-yard line and Hartigan punched it in for the game-winning touchdown.
With his 194 yards on the day, Hartigan broke Brown’s single-season rushing record with a total of 1,297 yards for the season.
Columbia 34, Cornell 21
Columbia scored in the first minute and one-half into the first quarter and held on to the lead for the entire game.
On the opening kickoff to Cornell, Lions defender Stephen McKoy forced a Big Red fumble, which was recovered by Columbia kicker Eric Ledbetter. Three plays later, Columbia quarterback Jeff Otis connected with tight end Wade Fletcher on a 16-yard touchdown pass in the end zone.
Later in the first quarter, Columbia scored again when Nick Rudd hit a 22-yard field goal. The Big Red responded when runningback Joshua Johnston made a seven-yard touchdown run to make the game 10-7 at the end of the first quarter.
Late in the first half, Otis then hit wide receiver Travis Chmelka on a 35-yard pass for the touchdown. Rudd hit a career-long 43-yard field goal just before the end of the half to make the game 20-7.
Halfway through the third quarter McKoy intercepted a Cornell pass to give the Lions the possession. Otis then capped off a 61-yard drive with a six yard touchdown pass to Fletcher.
Cornell made the game a little more interesting with two touchdowns in the second frame — one at the end of the third quarter and another with five minutes left in the game — to make the score 27-21.
With less than two minutes left in the game, Otis scored another touchdown on a bootleg, giving Columbia a 34-21 lead.
On its final possession, Cornell got the ball to the Columbia five-yard line, but time expired before the Big Red could make another play.