PRINCETON, N.J. -- The stretch run for the 2011 Ivy League football title begins this week as the schedule turns to five straight Saturdays of conference games to close the season.
A battle of Ivy unbeatens highlight the Saturday slate as Yale travels to Penn in a Noon kickoff in front of a VERSUS national television audience at Franklin Field. Penn enters the game with the longest active conference winning streak in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision at 17 games. It is the second-longest winning streak in all of Division I and is tied for the second-longest in League history.
Harvard looks to remain unbeaten in League play as well hosting Princeton. The one-loss Crimson sit atop of the standings as the Ancient Eight's most productive offensive team (32.0 points per game, 391.4 yards per game). Brown goes on the road for an important game at Cornell, needing a win to keep pace with Harvard, Yale and Penn. Columbia and Dartmouth clash in a game where one team will get its first Ivy win of the year.
Ivy League Football is back on VERSUS for a second-straight Saturday with Randy Moss, a new member of NBC's award-winning horse racing team and contributor to the NFL Network, serving as the play-by-play announcer, joined in the booth by Ross Tucker as the lead analyst and on the sidelines by Carolyn Manno, sports reporter for Comcast SportsNet New England, as the in-game reporter.
The sixth episode of "Inside Ivy League Football" on Wednesday, Oct. 19 will feature interviews with Brown head coach Phil Estes, Yale junior wide receiver/return specialist Chris Smith and former Penn standout Tim Chambers, writer, producer and director of the film "The Mighty Macs" about the 1971-72 Immaculata College women's basketball team.
"Inside Ivy League Football" is a weekly online radio show hosted by Dan Loney and Brian Seltzer that takes an in-depth look at all the on-field gridiron action and all the news and notes surrounding Ivy football. The show airs Wednesdays at 7 p.m. on BlogTalkRadio.com (blogtalkradio.com/insideivyleaguefootball) and is available on-demand via BlogTalkRadio and IvyLeagueSports.com. Follow "Inside" via its social media platforms -- Facebook (Inside Ivy League Football) and Twitter (@insideivyfb).
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Harvard junior quarterback Colton Chapple (Alpharetta, Ga.) recorded two historical notables during just 35 minutes of action in the Crimson's 42-3 win against Bucknell. Chapple became the first Harvard player to throw for at least four touchdowns in consecutive games (four at Cornell and five vs. Bucknell). He also became just the second Harvard quarterback to throw five touchdowns in a single game, matching Carroll Lowenstein, who did so against Davidson in 1953. A total of 544 games had passed since that performance. Chapple also had 71 net rushing yards (5.5 yards per carry) against a Bucknell team that entered play as the nation's second leading run defense at 62 yards per game.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Brown senior outside linebacker Daniel Smithwick (Danville, Calif.) helped the Bears' defense register its first shutout since 1990 and provided all of the scoring needed in a 34-0 win over Princeton. Smithwick anticipated Princeton's first pass of the game, stepped in front out in the flat for the interception and took the errant pass 36 yards for a touchdown just 57 seconds into the start of the game. Smithwick also made a team-high eight tackles, including six solo stops, and made a big tackle for a loss of 10 yards.
SPECIAL TEAMS CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Cornell senior cornerback/return specialist Rashad Campbell (Cheltenham, Pa.) returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, the Big Red's first kick return touchdown since 2007. Campbell ranks among the top five all-time at Cornell in kick return yards and average, averaged 40.0 yards on his three returns. The kickoff return came just 14 seconds after Colgate had extended its lead to 11 in the second half and gave Cornell back momentum. On defense, he also made six tackles and recovered a fumble that triggered the Big Red's late comeback.
SPECIAL TEAMS CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK & ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Harvard freshman wide receiver/return specialist Seitu Smith III (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) became the first Crimson freshman to return a kickoff for a touchdown with his 91-yarder in the third quarter to answer Bucknell's only score of the game. He finished with a game-high 125 all-purpose yards on just three touches.
Shawn Abuhoff, Dartmouth, Senior, Cornerback (Hialeah, Fla.)
11 tkls. (10 solo), 2 BrUp
Alex Gedeon, Harvard, Senior, Linebacker
11 tkls. (7 solo), 2.5 TFL, 1 sack, 1 FR
Zack Imhoff, Cornell, Senior, Defensive End
13 tkls. (7 solo), 2.5 TFL, 1 sack, 1 FF
Connor Loftus, Penn, Freshman, Placekicker
(Villa Park, Calif.)
2 FGs (35, 36)
Tellef Lundevall, Brown, Junior, Wide Receiver
(Highland Park, Ill.)
6 rec. for 75 yds., 1 TD, 24-yd. pass TD
Jeff Mathews, Cornell, Sophomore, Quarterback
20-41-2, 328 yds., 2 TDs
Ross Morand, Columbia, Senior, Defensive Back
12 tkls. (12 solo), 1.0 TFL
Alexander Norocea, Brown, Sophomore,
Placekicker (Herrmosa Beach, Calif.)
2 FGs (39, 29), 4 PATs
Billy Ragone, Penn, Junior, Quarterback
18-31-0, 185 yds., 39 rush yds., 2 TDs
Erik Rask, Penn, Senior, Lineback (Newport
6 tkls. (5 solo), 2.0 TFL, 1 sack, 1 BrUp
Caraun Reid, Princeton, Junior, Defensive
Lineman (Bronx, N.Y.)
9 tkls. (4 solo), 2.5 TFL
Nick Schwieger, Dartmouth, Senior, Tailback
22 car. 112 yds., 1 TD
Chris Smith, Yale, Jr., Wide Receiver
7 rec. for 174 yds., 1 TD, 104 KOR yds.
Saturday, October 22
*Yale at Penn, Noon [VERSUS]
*Brown at Cornell, 12:30 pm
*Princeton at Harvard, 1 pm
*Columbia at Dartmouth, 1:30 pm
*Ivy League Contests
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