The tie at the top of Ivy League football is no logner. In a battle of undefeated teams Saturday, Pennsylvania defeated Princeton, 30-14, to grab the inside track to the Ancient Eight crown.
Pennsylvania shredded the vaunted Princeton rushing defense for 297 rushing yards and 451 total yards, including a school-record 272 from Penn junior Terrance Stokes (who was awarded Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts).
Princeton's superstar tailback Keith Elias managed just 59 yards on 15 carries as the Tigers fell behind early and took to the air to catch up, but the real culprit was turnovers: the Tigers fumbled the ball eight times and lost five of them. Five of those turnovers came on the snap from center.
Schedule Still Tough
The schedule is still tough for the Quakers; standing between them and their first undefeated season since 1986 is a Harvard team licking its wounds and a Cornell squad hitting its stride.
Princeton plays Yale this weekend then finishes the season at Dartmouth. Princeton and Dartmouth have one league loss--both to Pennsylvania.
Dartmouth rallied to win for the third straight week, but its 42-25 victory over Columbia was a rally in name only. The Big Green trailed 10-0 and 25-21 before Dartmouth quarterback Jay Fiedler turned up the heat. For the game, Fiedler threw for three touchdowns, ran for one and option-pitched for two more.
The Yale Watch
Decimated by injuries all year, Yale added two more names to its hospital roster: offensive tackle Michael Bender and guard Keenan Smith. A full 25 players on the Bulldogs' preseason roster were unable to play for the second straight week.
In the meantime, Yale fell to Cornell, 21-0 as the Big Red held the Bulldogs to 2.2 yards per play.