Ivy League Football Roundup
Dartmouth came close, they really did. But in the end, as in every other week this season, the Big Green fell short of victory.
Saturday's game versus Yale (3-1, 1-1 Ivy), which the Big Green lost 24-14, is one of Dartmouth's closer defeats, and it probably tasted rather sweet in comparison to the 48 points Penn scored on Dartmouth (0-4, 0-2) last weekend.
Two key Dartmouth turnovers in the first half helped keep the Elis in the game. After driving 68 yards for a touchdown on the game's opening possession, the Big Green's two subsequent drives resulted in a fumble and an interception.
The Yale interception, picked off by safety Barton Simmons, quickly hurt the Big Green as Yale took the momentum and the interception for a touchdown drive.
That drive, a six-play, 75 yard drive, culminated in a 29 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Pete Lee to wide receiver Billy Brown, evening the score at seven apiece.
But Dartmouth regained the lead shortly thereafter on an eight yard TD pass from QB Brian Mann to wideout Matt DeLellis, which capped an 11 play, 65 yard drive.
Yale retaliated by driving all the way to the one yard line before being stuffed on fourth and goal.
Dartmouth, gaining confidence and momentum, mounted a threat to Yale with a last second drive in the first half. That threat was ended with 14 seconds to play in the half on an interception by Yale's Josh Phillips.
With 1:23 left in the third quarter, Yale pulled closer on a Mike Murawczyk field goal. Then, the Elis finally turned the tide at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
Facing a fourth and goal from the Dartmouth five yard line, Yale decided to try for the endzone, a bold call in light of their red zone failure in the first half.
Lee calmly completed a five yard pass to Eric Johnson to put Yale ahead for good. The extra point made it 17-14 and Yale would later tack on a 79 yard TD run by Rashad Bartholomew to seal the victory.
Brown 44, Fordham 17
The opening play foreshadowed the entire game. Brown's Brandon Buchanon returned the opening kickoff 97 yards to begin Brown's thrashing of Fordham.
Brown (3-1, 0-1), which was in control the entire way, jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.
Brown's offense dominated, with impressive performances from running back Mike Malan, quarterback Eric Webber, and wide receiver Stephen Campbell.
Malan rushed for two touchdowns and 129 yards on 30 carries. Webber picked apart Fordham's secondary, completing 23 of 49 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns.
Webber's job was made easier by the presence of Campbell, the nation's leading receiver. Campbell caught 8 passes for 96 yards, giving him 37 catches for 362 yards and three touchdowns already this year.
Holy Cross 34, Penn 17
The Holy Cross offense scored a season-high 34 points en route to beating the Quakers (2-2, 1-0).
The Crusaders utilized two different quarterbacks, and both had their way with the Quaker defense.
Holy Cross's starter, Brian Hall, tallied one touchdown, while rushing for 51 yards and throwing for 139 yards on 9 of 13 passing before leaving the game with a torn MCL.
Coming in for Hall was Erreick Stewart, who picked up right where his teammate left off. Stewart threw for 127 yards and two touchdowns.
The Quakers employed backup quarterback Mike Mitchell in place of starter Gavin Hoffman in the third quarter, and Mitchell responded by leading the Quakers to two touchdowns and making the score appear respectable.
Colgate 34, Princeton 6
The Tigers of Princeton suffered a resounding defeat at the hands of the Red Raiders of Colgate.
The lone bright spot for the Tigers (1-3, 1-0) was the exciting play of backup freshman quarterback David Splithoff who came in to relieve starter Jon Blevins after he sprained his ankle near the end of the third quarter.
Splithoff engineered two impressive drives, the first for 80 yards and a touchdown on 13 plays, and the second a 98 yard drive that began at Princeton's one yard line and stopped on a fourth and goal at Colgate's one yard line.
Colgate was propelled by the exceptional play of QB Tom McCune. McCune, in a tremendous all-around performance, completed 16 of 27 passes for 218 yards and three touchdowns. On the ground McCune gained another 58 yards and tallied two more scores.
Columbia 47, Lafayette 22
Columbia used two clutch offensive performances to humble Lafayette and rebound from last week's heart breaking overtime loss to Princeton.
Columbia (2-2, 0-1) emerged victorious on the strength of running back Jonathan Reese and QB Jeff McCall.
Reese, in only three quarters work, scored three touchdowns and gained a career-high 201 yards on 30 carries.
McCall likewise threw for three touchdowns on a day when the Lions scored their highest point total since 1961.
Columbia racked up 404 yards of total offense, 306 of which were gained on the ground.