Sunday, September 16, 2012

Around the League

It was an opening week worth remembering for a lot of reasons so let's look at the games outside of Wien Stadium:

Fordham 34 Cornell 27

Ram RB Carlton Koonce torched Cornell for 176 yards and two TD's to overcome Jeff Mathews' 489 yards passing. On the flip side, the Big Red's supposedly improved running game only netted 29 yards. Fordham QB Ryan Higgins had 281 yards passing, but was picked twice. The Rams come into Wien Stadium for Liberty Cup XI this coming Saturday.

Lafayette 28 Penn 21

Penn QB Billy Ragone, (whose passing abilities I have been doubting since day one), threw five INT's before being pulled for backup Andrew Holland in the second half. Holland got the Quakers back into the game, but ultimately threw two more picks to seal Penn's fate. The loss is the third in a row dating back to last year for the Quakers.

Lehigh 17 Princeton 14

A much better showing on the scoreboard than anyone could have predicted for the 28-point underdog Tigers. But in reality, Princeton still has problems. Starting QB Connor Michelson was just 14 of 30 for 103 yards. Leading Tiger rusher Akil Sharp did have a decent day with 79 yards, but did not average four yards a carry. The best thing you can say for Princeton is that they did not turn the ball over.

Yale 24 Georgetown 21

The Elis surprised a bumbling Hoya team that turned the ball over four times. Canadian transfer RB Tyler Varga saved Yale's offense with 103 yards on 21 carries and two TD's. Freshman Yale starting QB Eric Williams was 19 of 30 with three interceptions.

Brown 24 Holy Cross 21

Brown did it again, coming back to beat a tough opening day opponent on the road. Spiro Theodosi, back after two missed years to injury, was the hero with 120 yards on 20 carries. New starting QB Patrick Donnelly was just okay, going 24 for 41 for 199 yards, two TD's, but also two INT's.

Harvard 28 San Diego 13

The Crimson should have destroyed USD, but waited until the 4th quarter to finally pull away. Treavor Scales was a beast with 173 rushing on just 19 carries. He had two TD's, including a 66-yarder. But QB Colton Chappel was just "eh," going 16 of 29 for 209 yards, two TD's and one INT. USD QB Mills Mason passed the ball an amazing 63 TIMES!

Dartmouth 35 Butler 7

In perhaps the only game yesterday that went exactly as we all expected, the Green slammed Butler under the lights at Memorial Field. Dartmouth up-man Miles Gay took the opening short kickoff for an 85 yard TD and the rout was on. Dominic Pierre inaugurated the post-Nick Schwieger era with 170 yards rushing anf two TD's. New starting Green QB Alex Park was 15 of 20 for 184 yards and a TD.

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