Ivy League Football: Week 3 Conference Recaps and Results
At the conclusion of Week 3 play, all of the squads in the Ancient Eight got their first test of conference play. The identities of these teams became apparent in these opening matchups as they all look to rally around or forget these recent results and head toward the remaining seven games in conference plays.
Here are the Week 3 Conference recaps and results.
Holy Cross 3 (0-4, 0-0), Harvard 52 (3-0, 0-0)
For the first time this season, it was not Treavor Scales leading the Harvard offense. Quarterback Colton Chapple passed for 260 yards and five touchdowns, four passing and one rushing, in an absolute blowout. Harvard put up 49 points in the first half alone and remain the only undefeated team in the conference at this point.
Penn 28 (1-2, 1-0), Dartmouth 21 (2-1, 0-1)
After stereotypically slow starts to their first two games of the season, the Quakers kicked off conference play with an unseen intensity. With 20 unanswered points in the first half, Penn quickly took the lead against the Big Green and never looked back. Although the Quakers were not particularly effective with yards per carry, they pushed through three rushing touchdowns to take down Dartmouth.
Colgate 47 (2-3, 0-0), Yale 24 (1-2, 0-1)
After Yale fell in its Ivy League opener last weekend against Cornell, they looked towards a home game against Colgate to help turn things around. However, the Raiders put up 35 first half points and yet again, the Bulldogs defense failed them. Tyler Varga remains the bright aspect of this Yale squad as he tallied 156 total yards and a rushing and a receiving touchdown.
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Princeton 33 (1-2, 1-0), Columbia 6 (1-2, 0-0)
Princeton has finally won a game and the Tigers did so in a determined fashion. Despite the Lions' tough defense against Marist and Fordham, Princeton used its offensive attack to put this game out of reach. Freshman Anthony Gaffney returned the opening kickoff for 94 yards, while a second quarter fake field goal turn 14-yard touchdown pass put the game out of reach for Columbia, down 20-3 at the half. Tough defense by Princeton extend the scoreline and provided a nice jump to start conference play for the Tigers.
Brown 37 (2-1, 0-1), Georgetown 10 (3-2, 0-0)
The Bears provided quite the fight for Harvard last weekend and played with the same mentality at Georgetown this weekend. Led by running back Spiro Theodhosi who put up 142 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown, Brown looked intimidating offensively. The secondary, led by senior defensive back A.J. Cruz, really limited the Hoyas' offense, picking up three interceptions.
Cornell 15 (2-1, 1-0), Bucknell 10 (1-3, 0-1)
Believe it or not, quarterback Jeff Mathews did not throw for a touchdown in this game. The junior quarterback rushed in a score in a low-scoring match-up between the two teams. The Bucknell defense did a solid job keeping Mathews in check, but it was not enough to earn themselves a victory. However, Kurt Ondash did pick up 118 receiving yards on seven catches. But the Big Red are well aware that next weekend against defending Ivy League champions, Harvard, they must be much more effective offensively.
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