Over the weekend, the Ivy race became a little less confusing--now, three teams are tied for second instead of five.
Yale, behind the gallant gallops of brilliant tailback Rich Diana, rumbled past Princeton for the 14th straight year, snapping the Tigers' five-game winning streak and assuring itself of at least a share of the Ivy title for the third time in four seasons.
The Elis now stand alone atop the Ivies, holding a 5-1 record. Diana trudged past the Tiger line for 165 yards on 34 carries in New Haven. Princeton receiver Cris Crissy shattered the Tiger records for most receptions and most yards gained in a season with his three catches for 65 yards, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Garden Staters from dropping out of second place.
The Ivy outcome, then, boils down to The Game at Soldiers Field. If the Crimson can beat the Bulldogs, four teams may share the Ivy crown. Dartmouth, 28-24 victor over Brown Saturday, eliminated the Bruins from the hunt, and will have to top Princeton in the Tigers' den to have a shot--provided, of course, that Harvard wins.
The Big Green bounced back from a 24-7 deficit to topple Brown, as sophomore halfback Sean Maher scored on a nine-yd. pitchout with 1:44 to go and the field in near darkness. Dartmouth must pray for a Harvard win and cap of its 100th anniversary season with a triumph
Meanwhile, at Columbia's Baker Field, Cornell subdued the hapless Lions, 24-0--the third consecutive week Columbia has failed to score. The Big Red, together with Dartmouth and the Crimson, stands at 4-2 in the Ivies. Cornell must face Penn (1-5) at Ithaca and hope that Harvard takes The Game.
Saturday, the Big Red walked all over Columbia before a paltry gathering of 5750. The Lions surrendered six interceptions, vitiating Joe Cabrera's 100-yd. plus day.
So the situation is this: if Yale wins, it's academic--the Elis win the championship outright. The Brown-Columbia contest means nothing. If the Crimson wins, Yale and Harvard will tie for the league laurels, together with Dartmouth, providing the Big Green can defeat the Tigers--and Cornell--providing the Big Red avoids an upset at the hands of a dangerous Penn squad. Stay tuned.