Harvard Looks to Separate from Pack at Dartmouth

Take a look at the Ivy League standings this week. The Harvard football team is currently in first place. Well, actually it's a tie. With Yale. OK, and Brown. And Penn. And Cornell.

Harvard (3-3, 2-1 Ivy) is deadlocked with four other teams atop the Ivy League. Fresh off a 35-21 win at Princeton, the Crimson will attempt to keep the good times rolling at Dartmouth tomorrow at noon.

"We're tied for first place, so we have the ability to control our own destiny," said senior tailback Chuck Nwokocha. "Every game is a must-win, and if we keep coming out on top, we can win the league."


While Harvard knocked off Princeton last week, Dartmouth did not fare as well, losing 49-21 to Columbia. Dartmouth (1-5, 0-3) is the only Ivy team without a win against a conference opponent.

"I couldn't feel better about our chances going into this game," said junior quarterback Neil Rose. "If we play at our level, I don't think we can be stopped."

It will be difficult for Dartmouth to contain Rose. Harvard rode Rose's golden arm from beginning to end last week. The Hawaiian superstar was 25-36 for 292 yards and two touchdowns on the day. Senior tight end Chris Stakich and sophomore wideout Carl Morris each hauled in a touchdown pass of over 20 yards en route to the victory.

"I think defenses have had a hard time game-planning us," Rose said. "We throw the ball to all sides of the field, we have a power running game, and we run the option. It's a great attack."

Rose is getting by with a little help from his friends. Sophomore running backs Nick Palazzo and Matt Leiszler, who combined for 139 rushing yards against the Tigers, have been sensational all season. Leiszler scored two touchdowns against Princeton, giving him five for the year.

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