Saturday, November 7, 2009

If Harvard Can Make It Here...

This week's video: 2008 Harvard-Columbia Halftime Show

After a three game home stand, the Harvard Crimson (5-2, 4-0) take to the road again, this time traveling down to New York City to face the Columbia Lions (2-5, 1-3) in Ivy League play.

Last week on Halloween, it was all a treat for the Crimson as they faced the Dartmouth Big Green, particularly in the backfield. Gino Gordon became the first Crimson player to gain over a 100 yards on the ground and 100 yards in the air for the Crimson. Counterpart Treavor Scales added another 120 yards, and the two combined for five touchdowns as the Crimson ran away with the score 42-21.

The Lions, meanwhile, lost their fourth straight, after giving up a 22-10 lead against the Yale Bulldogs. Yale scored with 58 seconds left to win 23-22. Columbia was lead by freshman Sean Brackett, who passed for 180 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception in his first start. Brackett was starting for sophomore M.A. Olawale, who was sidelined with a shoulder injury.

After the jump, we'll look at the rest of the Ivy League. For more on the Harvard-Columbia game, tune into our pregame show at 12:00 PM with James Yoon and Charlie Hobbs, and of course, the game at 12:30 PM with Alasdair Wilkins and Scott Reed.

Around the Ivy League

The Cornell Big Red (2-5, 1-3) travel to Hanover, NH to face the Dartmouth Big Green (1-6, 1-3) in a battle of fifth place teams. Cornell was leading 13-10 last week against the Princeton Tigers, but gave up a 78 yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter that proved decisive as they fell 17-13. Ben Ganter was 18/32, 0 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions, and Cornell gained 400 yards on the day (181 passing, 219 rushing). Dartmouth meanwhile, saw their one game win streak come to a quick end at the hands of the Crimson. Dartmouth gave up over 500 yards on the day while only gaining 262 yards, but they did force three turnovers, while turning the ball over twice themselves.

Meanwhile, Brown (4-3, 2-2) will look to rebound after their second Ivy loss which snapped a four game winning streak as the Bears travel to the Yale Bowl to face the Elis (4-3, 2-2) in a battle of third place teams. Last week, Brown and Penn battled to a 7-7 tie through four quarters of play, but gave up a touchdown pass in the extra frame to lose the game 14-7. It was a game fought in the air, as both teams accounted for almost five hundred and fifty yards passing, but less than 150 yards combined on the run. Kyle Newhall had 241 yards but 0 touchdowns for the Bears. Yale was able to rally from a 22-10 fourth quarter deficit to beat the Columbia Lions 23-22 thanks to Patrick Witt, who took over in the game and threw two fourth quarter touchdown passes. Yale was outgained 415-308 on the day, but their passing game was explosive, as they gained 230 yards in the air.

In the late game, traditional rivals face off as the Princeton Tigers (2-5, 1-3) travel to Franklin Field to face the Penn Quakers (5-2, 4-0). Princeton was able to earn their first Ivy win of the season as they knocked off Cornell 17-13. Tommy Wornham threw for 198 yards and two touchdowns, and Princeton had a combined 305 yards combined. Both touchdown receptions were by Trey Peacock, who had 113 yards in receiving, including a 78 yard reception for the game winning touchdown. Penn, meanwhile, remained undefeated in Ivy League play by knocking off Brown in overtime in Providence. Penn got a first quarter touchdown, but then were unable to score until the overtime period. Kyle Olson threw for 313 yards and a touchdown, but also 4 interceptions. The OT touchdown pass was the only offensive touchdown in the game, as Penn scored on a fumble recovered in the endzone, while Brown scored after returning one of Olson's picks 42 yards for a touchdown.

That will do it for this week's blog preview. Remember, the game can be heard here on 95.3 FM and beginning at 12:30 PM, with our pregame coverage beginning at 12:00 PM.

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