You’ve seen the t-shirt.
You know, the one where the portly Bulldog has its back facing you, the viewer, while presumably performing some sort of oral favors for the cowboy-looking pilgrim.
That Cantabrigian might as well have donned a San Diego Toreros jersey, because that’s the metaphorical representation of what happened in Yale’s 17-14 loss to the I-AA mid-major Toreros.
It was the only blemish on a perfect opening weekend for Ivy football that saw seven of the eight league squads post victories, including six wins over Patriot League schools.
This weekend marks the start of the 2005 Ivy season, but it also provides the best opportunity for some league schools—Dartmouth and Penn—to make a huge splash on a national stage.
With that, let’s get to the slate of games for this Saturday.
GAME OF THE WEEK: VILLANOVA (1-1) AT PENN (1-0)
Quakers coach Al Bagnoli has always been and likely will always remain an outspoken proponent of I-AA playoffs.
And that’s good news, because round one begins Saturday.
Penn once again welcomes Villanova to Franklin Field, needing a win under the lights to have a shot at cracking the top 25 for the first time since the final week of the 2004 season.
In the nine meetings between the Quakers and Wildcats, Penn has claimed five, with its last victory coming during the Taft administration. In fact, the Quakers lost its best opportunity to beat Villanova by swapping the Wildcats for Lehigh during its perfect 2003 season.
With a staunch defense and an offense that is much improved over the one which Villanova shut down for over three quarters last year, Penn will put up a very tough fight. The kicking game will be the difference, and Quakers kicker Derek Zoch had an outstanding opening weekend.
Penn ends the four-game, 94-year losing streak with a six-point win.
DARTMOUTH (1-0) AT NO. 2 NEW HAMPSHIRE (2-0)
The Big Green forced tons of Colgate mistakes and overcame a meager offensive performance to pull off a 26-21 upset. Welcome to your rude awakening, Dartmouth.