The Football Notebook

Healing Ivy League Egos

The Ivy League played its only non-league weekend of the season last Saturday.

Final Score: Non-Ivy Division 1-AA schools 227, Ivy League schools 120.

Eight times the Ivy League faced non-league opponents. Six times it lost. In the two wins (Penn 38, Bucknell 35; Cornell 17, Colgate 14), the margin of victory was only a field goal.

If Holy Cross didn't score on the final play of the game against Princeton, maybe a 3-5 record against non-Ivy teams last weekend would have been respectable.

Then again...maybe not.


The only way the Ivy League will ever earn respect among Division 1-AA schools is by winning its non-Ivy games.

Scores such as Connecticut 41, Yale O won't help.

Pollin' Along: This week's Lambert Trophy Division 1-AA Top 10 poll is out, and UPenn (after defeating Dartmouth and Bucknell) is the fifth-best team in the East.

UMass, after defeating Harvard, 45-28, last Saturday at The Stadium, is tied with Holy Cross--the Crimson's next opponent--for the number seven slot.

Who Cares?: Minuteman quarterback Dave Palazzi, who threw three touchdowns against the Crimson, takes a rather lackadaisical approach when it comes to learning about an opponent's offense.

"I just go out there and do my job," Palazzi said. "I could care less about what the other offense is like."

Okay, Dave.

Gimme That: Harvard tight end Dan Gajewski knows how to make a catch even when he doesn't make it.

With 4:25 left to play in the third quarter and Harvard down, 24-14, Harvard quarterback Tom Yohe was looking for Gajewski in the end zone. UMass linebacker Drew Comeau had different ideas.

Comeau looked like he picked off Yohe's pass, but Gajewski snatched it away from Comeau, turning an interception into a touchdown.