Ivy Weekend Preview: It's fire fighting fire out in Rhode Island
October 12, 2007, 5:00 am·
Two of the league's most powerful offenses clash tomorrow as Princeton visits Providence to face Brown.
Through four contests, the teams have combined to put up over 230 points this year and each collected over 500 yards of offense in its last game.
Bears' quarterback Mike Dougherty averages 331.5 yards through the air and Princeton play-caller Bill Foran is third in the league in total offense, with almost 240 yards.
With four strong options for Dougherty, Brown has relied on its passing game to get the job done this season.
It will meet a Tigers' squad that is third in the league in pass defense, allowing 190 yards per game.
Brown kicker Steve Morgan, 4-6 in field goals this year, needs to boot just two more scores to tie the all-time field goal record of 45.
But even with all that offense, the Bears enter the contest on a three game losing streak, after falling to Harvard, Rhode Island and most recently Holy Cross.
Brown is back to avenge a 17-3 beatdown by the Tigers in Princeton last season. But the home field might give the Bears' the edge this year, as the home squad has taken the victory in eight of the last nine contests.
Lehigh (3-2) at (17)Yale (4-0, 2-0 Ivy)
Lehigh has taken five of the last six in this series, but they'll need a miracle to make it six of the last seven. Yale has been crushing everyone lately. The Bulldogs have the second-best rushing attack in the Football-Championship Subdivision, and they're also eighth in total defense.
Lehigh is coming off a less-than-stellar 28-18 loss to Fordham, while Yale just became the first team in history to score 50 points in two Ivy-Ivy games in one season. They might hit the trifecta before all is said and done.
"The reason we scored 50 is all the turnovers and field position," Bulldogs coach Jack Siedlecki said after beating Dartmouth last week. "Today was defense, special teams and turnovers. We had a lot of short fields."
Yale is also second in the nation in turnover margin, so stud running back Mike McLeod will probably see a few short fields on Saturday as well.
(24)Lafayette (4-1) at Harvard (2-2, 2-0)
In his second week as the Harvard starter, Chris Pizzotti couldn't face a tougher defense.
The Leopards have the top total defense in the FCS, meaning that Pizotti will have his hands full.
On the other hand, Harvard will be the toughest test yet for Lafayette's defense after facing the likes of Georgetown, Marist and Columbia.
Dartmouth (1-3, 1-1) at Holy Cross (3-2)
The Crusaders have pulled out a pair of tight wins over Harvard and Brown this year.
But tomorrow's game against the Big Green doesn't look like it'll be one of them.
Although Dartmouth leads the all-time series 34-32-4, Holy Cross has taken the last three.
Dartmouth has a history (cough, giving up four touchdowns in the second half to Colgate) of letting opponents back into games, while Holy Cross has been an offense that has thrived on those opportunites this year.
Colgate (3-2) at Cornell (2-2, 0-2)
Colgate has historically had the better of Cornell, but the Big Red are just starting to stake their claim in this Nowheresville, N.Y. rivalry.
Nonetheless, Colgate has superstar tailback Jordan Davis while Cornell is missing Luke Siwula. His two-headed replacement is able, coach Jim Knowles thinks. A 32-15 home loss to Harvard last week would suggest otherwise.