Ivy League Football: Week 2 Conference Recaps and Results
In a wild second week of Ivy League football, conference play kicked off with key matchups between Harvard and Brown, and Cornell and Yale. While the rest of the Ancient Eight battled it out in non-league games, college football fans received a better gauge on who intends to contend for an Ivy League title.
Here are the highlights and recaps from Week 2.
Georgetown 21 (3-1, 0-0), Princeton 20 (0-2, 0-0)
The Tigers look as though they have a long way to go this season if they want to surprise the Ivy League. Falling to Georgetown, who lost to Yale 24-21 last weekend, Princeton has now dropped nine straight football games. With less than a minute to go, the Tigers held a 20-18 lead, but a late Hoya drive and a Matt MacZura field goal quelled the Tigers' drive for an upset.
Fordham 20 (3-1, 0-0), Columbia 13 (1-1, 0-0)
Fordham running back Carlton Koonce may have single-handedly beaten the Lion. He scorched the Columbia defense for 250 yards on 35 carries and a touchdown, also adding an 18-yard catch and score to his daily total. The Rams, who also upset Cornell last weekend, proved to be quite the matchup for a Columbia defense that was so effective in Week 1 against Marist.
Dartmouth 13 (2-0, 0-0), Holy Cross 10 (0-3, 0-0)
It may have taken the Big Green a huge turnover late in the fourth quarter and a last second field goal from kicker Riley Lyons, but it was enough to get a second victory on the season. Dartmouth has yet again asserted that they will be a run-first offense this season and used running backs Dominick Pierre and Dalyn Williams for 36 carries throughout the game. Next week's match-up against the under-performing Penn Quakers will be another test for the Dartmouth squad.
Which Ivy League team that started slow will rebound?
Cornell 45 (1-1, 1-0), Yale 6 (1-1, 0-1)
It appeared that the Big Red took their surprising loss to Fordham seriously in Week 1. Quarterback Jeff Matthews obliterated the Bulldogs as Cornell put up 35 points in the first half alone in this offensive onslaught. Matthews finished with four touchdown passes on the day and 340 yards. Defensively, Cornell looked much improved from Week 1, although Yale back Tyler Varga was relatively effective, gaining 91 yards on merely 13 carries.
Villanova 24 (3-1, 0-0), Penn 8 (0-2, 0-0)
In their attempt to put last week's loss against Lafayette behind them, Penn took a step back with this game. The Wildcats dominated this matchup from the very beginning of the game as the Villanova defense shut out the Quaker offense for the first three quarters. Villanova averaged nearly six yards a carry on the day and rushed for over 220 yards as a unit. Now, Penn looks towards conference play against Dartmouth next week, another run-heavy team; things are going to have to change for the squad.
Harvard 45 (2-0, 1-0), Brown 31 (1-1, 0-0)
Treavor Scales might just give Jeff Matthews a run for his money as far as an Ivy League MVP is concerned. The senior running back torched Brown in a manner similar to how he torched San Diego. On a mere 18 carries, Scales put up 136 yards and four touchdowns leading the charge on what was an incredibly high-scoring game from these two members of the Ancient Eight. As Harvard attempts to continue its reign as Ivy League champion for one more season, this was definitely a solid start to the campaign.
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