Andrew Hatch looks bigger with bifocals
The results from the two late Ivy games are in and they seem rather telling.
Harvard crushed Holy Cross 34-6 behind a near perfect game from QB Andrew Hatch. Hatch went 20-25 for 276 yards, three TD's and no INT's. Somebody check if there's surveillance camera film of Coach Murphy deliberately injuring Collier Winters ;) .
The entire Harvard machine looked very strong from top to bottom. Next week, the Crimson take on Brown in the first big Ivy intraleague game of the year. More on that later.
Also last night, Penn came back to beat Lafayette at home, 19-14. A sloppy first half put the Quakers down 14-6, but when QB Billy Ragone replaced starter Ryan Becker, the game turned around.
Keiffer Garton did not play for Penn, and Lafayette's top QB was also out most of the game. It's hard to get a good read on the Quakers right now and next week's game against super powerhouse Villanova won't provide much insight either.
Speaking of Villanova, the Wildcats crushed the Lions' next opponent Towson, 43-7. It was 36-0 at the half before Villanova presumably brought in the second team. Towson was held to just eight first downs and 180 total yards. Tiger receiver Hakeem Moore was a bit of a bright spot, catching a 59-yard TD pass after the Wildcats made it 43-0.
Getting back to Brown-Harvard, the game looks like it will be even better than first thought as Brown's offense has clearly not missed a beat despite the graduation of a bevy of skill players. The Bears 33-30 double OT win is even more impressive considering it came without starting QB Kyle Newhall Caballero who is out indefinitely with a reinjured hand. Senior backup Joe Springer stepped in and looked shaky at times, but still put up big numbers.
Jake's Ivy Power Rankings 9/19
1. Harvard (preaseason #1)
The older and wiser Hatch is the real deal. Next stop, the canasta tournament in Boca!
2. Brown (preseason #3)
Up a notch after the impressive win vs. Stony Brook, but the Bears can't beat the Crimson without Caballero.
3. Penn (preseason #2)
Down a notch after a win over a hobbled Lafayette, but will Bagnoli risk putting Garton in next week against Villanova? No way.
4. Dartmouth (preaseason #6)
Up two big nothes because you gotta like the offensive explosion in the second half and Schwieger's 200+ rushing yards. But how did they stumble so badly in the first half against Bucknell? Next week against Sacred Heart looks like a bigger lock than before.
5. Yale (preseason #4)
Good offense, bad defense for the Elis so far. Wasn't it supposed to be the other way around?
6. Columbia (preseason #5)
Offense seems anemic, defense looks tough. Stephens seems like he's out for he year with that late injury. Lions need to get act together in time for Princeton in two weeks.
7. Princeton (preseason #7)
Not as bad as many thought they would be and Culbreath looks like he's back. Defense may have dropped a notch though.
55. Cornell (preseason #8)
41-7 loss Wagner?!? Oh. My. God.