I sat down to watch the Cornell-Yale game on my DVR and it turns out Versus lost the feed from the Yale Bowl after the first half. My heart goes out to the guys working that game. I certainly hope they can get the kinks out in time for this week's broadcast of the Penn-Dartmouth game from New Hampshire.
But this leaves me without much to go on as far as scouting both teams. Cornell's defense was getting great penetration throughout the first two quarters and Yale's "D" looked strong too. Other than that, I'm not sure what happened other than to say that Yale's attempt at a two point conversion failed with no time left in a 14-12 Big Red win.
In other games...
-Penn's walking wounded made a fight of it in Easton Saturday night, finally falling to Lafayette in overtime by a 20-17 score. The Quakers moved the ball not one yard o three tries in the opening OT possession and Andrew Samson missed the ensuing 42-yard field goal try.
More importantly, it looks like Penn is dealing with a myriad of offensive injuries, starting with junior QB Keifer Garton, who sat most of the game in favor of QB/Punter Kyle Olson. Frosh running back Lyle Marsh had a spectacular debut in ace of the banged up starting RB's Michael DiMaggio and Mat Hamscher, but it wasn't enough.
So the question is: Are the Big Green facing the Quakers at just the right time with the Ivy opener for both teams just five days away in Hanover?
-Princeton chalked up an anemic six first downs in their 17-14 win over Lehigh in Bethlehem. QB Tommy Wornham was just 9 of 20 for no TD's, but he avoided throwing any picks and he had a good day running the ball with a 68 yard TD scamper. Two interceptions by Lehigh, including one that was returnedby Steven Cody for a 77-yard pick six, doomed the Mountain Hawks.
The Tigers Jordan Culbreath went down with an injury in the game and his replacements at tailback were not too impressive. If he's out for this Saturday's game against our Lions, the Columbia coaches will have to be ready for what should be a very different Princeton offensive attack.
-Dartmouth hung tough with UNH for the first half, before a 20-14 deficit turned into a 44-14 final score. As always, log on to Bruce Wood's excellent Big Green Alert Blog to get all the info from Big Green Land.
The big issue with the Big Green is apparently stopping the run. This is a big carryover from last year and has to make Columbia feel confident about their matchup in three and a half weeks. On the other hand, Dartmouth's own running attack is showing new signs of life as Nick Schweiger became the first Big Green back to run for 100+ yards since two Dartmouth backs torched the Lions in a 37-28 win in Hanover in 2007.
-Harvard seems like the best team in the Ivies right now with a solid win over Brown Friday night. Ivy Offensive Player of the Week Collier Winters played like a champ all night. But the Crimson defense and running game remain a bit suspect, and there may be some tougher challenges ahead for this team.