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Walter Mitty, AKA Patrick Rooney
First, a mea culpa:
Yale drubbed Dartmouth in a game I thought the Big Green would win. The final score was 38-7. Big Green QB Alex Jenny may be out for the year and the bench is not deep in Hanover. There is some chatter at Yale about how new Head Coach Tom Williams kept his first-teamers in the whole game, but I have no confirmation of that. It's not clear if this game is splash for Yale or confirmation that things are a lot worse than we thought for Dartmouth. The Big Green losing streak is 16 and counting.
Okay, so I got that one wrong. But I was one of the ONLY people who picked Brown over Holy Cross and the Bears did win it in a 34-31 thriller. Brown QB Kyle Newhall-Caballero passed for about a million yards and snagged the Ivy Offensive Player of the Week Award. Junior Patrick Rooney booted the 34-yard field goal with four seconds remaining to win the game. Rooney wasn't even listed on the Brown depth chart Saturday!
The Bears had great passing numbers of course, and the defense has nothing to be ashamed of after going up against the great Crusader attack. BUT still no signs of a credible running attack from Brown and that may come back to haunt them down the road.
Harvard still looks like the #1 team in the Ivies after pulling away from Cornell in Ithaca, 28-10. The Crimson running attack looks better than ever with another hero whenever they need to have one. This time it was TWO runners in Gino Gordon and Treavor Scales. Harvard may be moving away from the passing attack more and more each week.
Penn used its defense to do just about all the work in a 21-3 win over Bucknell at Franklin Field. A lot of key Penn starters sat out the entire game or significant portions of it, so it's hard to get a handle on where the Quakers are as they head into the big battle with Columbia this coming Saturday. Oh and another thing, Bucknell is really not very good.