Around the League
Nathan Ford and Cornell look strong so far (CREDIT: Cornell Athletics)
Brown 28 Duquesne 17
Jake's Take: Duquesne is not a strong opponent, but Brown's new starting QB and RB looked pretty good. Michael Daugherty had three TD passes and Derek Knight ran for 208 yards and a 61 yard TD. On the other hand, I don't see much that Harvard has to fear before they face the Bears at home this coming Saturday night.
Cornell 38 Bucknell 14
Jake's Take: Cornell had the best weekend of any Ivy school with this strong game and a nice crowd to boot. The Big Red have to be overjoyed by QB Nathan Ford's passing performance, a big improvement over last season. Now Cornell has to improve on its real problem last season: winning on the road. The Big Red go on the road to Yale this weekend.
Colgate 31 Dartmouth 28 (OT)
Jake's Take: The Big Green blew a 28-0 lead and in my experience, losses like these are almost impossible to forget. But if you have to suffer them... it's best for them to come in week 1. Milan Williams had a good day running the ball for 179 yards, but he also had two killer fumbles, the second coming with just 50 seconds left in regulation at the Colgate seven yard line. Now Dartmouth has to take on huge favorite New Hampshire, so good news does not seem to be just around the corner.
Holy Cross 31 Harvard 28
Jake's Take: Harvard's strong defense finished up on a sour note against Yale in 2006, and they picked up where they left off with a surprisingly weak performance against Holy Cross. The Crusaders ran by committee and got 153 yards on the ground. Meanwhile, Holy Cross QB Domminic Randolph threw for 339 yards and four TD's against the Crimson's highly-regarded secondary. One good note for Harvard was the decent game put in by Cheng Ho at tailback. He finished with 116 yards and a big 49-yard TD run.
Lafayette 8 Penn 7
Jake's Take: Penn spends the whole offseason obsessing about their kicking game, and then they try a fake punt from their one yard line! But there was some bad kicking too. Andrew Samson missed a 28-yard field goal attempt right off the bat, and later missed a 43-yarder. The worst news for the Quakers is Joe Sandberg injured his hamstring and it's unclear how long he'll be out. Penn QB Robert Irvin was unimpressive, but Lafayette does have a great team.
Lehigh 32 Princeton 21
Jake's Take: A very shaky start for the Tigers, but they recovered to make the score look respectable. Bill Foran's first start at QB mirrored his team's effort; he started slow but finished stronger. Princeton's 2006 rushing woes are continuing into this season.
Yale 28 Georgetown 14
Jake's Take: Yale had a much tougher day than I expected. Mike McLeod had another very strong game, but almost everything else is still a question mark for the Elis as they get set to host the one really hot team in the Ivies right now in Cornell.