Ivy Football Roundup | Snowstorm shakes up standings
Harvard sits alone atop league, while Yale enters three-way tie for 2nd
October 31, 2011, 11:12 pm·
Katie Rubin | DP
Penn and Brown’s mudbowl in Providence, R.I., wasn’t the only football game affected by Saturday’s storm.
Columbia hosted Yale in Manhattan, where almost three inches of snow piled up. Both other Ivy games were played in some fresh powder, as well.
The Crimson (6-1, 4-0 Ivy) haven’t just taken command of first place in the Ancient Eight, they’ve done it in impressive fashion, scoring 40-plus points in each of their last four games.
No. 24 Harvard downed Dartmouth, 41-10, in Cambridge behind a big day for Harvard’s run game.
Quarterback Collier Winters was one of three Crimson players who tallied over 100 yards on the ground — junior Treavor Scales picked up 139 and freshman Zach Boden had 112. Each of the three recorded two touchdowns against Dartmouth (2-5, 1-3).
“Our O-line did a fantastic job tonight,” Winters said in the post-game press conference. “Having three, 100-yard rushers — a lot of it is up to them.”
Crimson coach Tim Murphy said his offensive line has been “the most pleasant surprise” of his team this year.
For the second-straight game, Princeton outrushed its opponent by over 100 yards.
And yet, for the second-straight week, the Tigers lost by 17 points.
That’s just the way it went for coach Bob Surace’s squad, as Princeton fell, 24-7, to Cornell at Princeton Stadium.
The Tigers, led by freshman running back Chuck Dibilio, churned out 230 yards on the ground in a game that, like many of its Ivy League counterparts, was blanketed by a passing northeastern snowstorm.
But the Big Red made the winning plays, including a 78-yard kickoff return touchdown by senior Rashad Campbell.
Cornell (3-4, 1-3) earned its first league win of the season, setting up a three-way tie for fifth with Princeton (1-6. 1-3) and Dartmouth.
If the timing of Saturday’s snowfall was especially bad for any Ivy team, it was Yale.
The Bulldogs had to play the ground-and-pound style that any storm demands without starting running back Alex Thomas, who went down with injury last week at Penn.
But junior backup Mordecai Cargill filled Thomas’ shoes — and then some.
Cargill rushed for 230 yards on 5.5 yards per carry, and ran in two touchdowns to lead Yale to a 16-13 victory over Columbia (0-7, 0-4) in New York.
“I was just looking at [the weather] as a great opportunity because I knew the offense was going to be more focused on the run,” Cargill told Yale Athletics.
With the win and Penn’s loss to Brown, the Bulldogs (4-3, 3-1) now have a chance to clinch a share of the Ivy title by winning out.