PRINCETON, N.J. -- The race for the 2011 Ivy League football title revs up for another exciting finish as the season is coming down to the wire with just two weekend remaining.
Harvard sits in the driver's seat to take home the Penn Class of 1925 Trophy for the first time since 2008 with a 5-0 mark in League play. The Crimson and its League-leading offense (439.2 yards per game) clash with Penn and the Ivies' top-ranked defense (314.2 ypg) in a game set for a Noon kickoff on VERSUS.
Brown has a crucial home date with Dartmouth to keep its Ivy title hopes alive. The Bears, led through the air by senior quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero and on the ground by junior running back Mark Kachmer, look to remain perfect home and stay in contention for its first League championship in three seasons.
Tied with Brown, Penn is just one game behind Harvard in the lost column with two games to go. The Quakers are once again relying on its signature defense, which has not allowed an offensive touchdown in its last two games.
It should be a classic offense vs. defensive battle from Harvard Stadium this Saturday in front of a national television audience on VERSUS. Ivy League Football returns on VERSUS a fourth time this season 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 ninth episode of "Inside Ivy League Football" on Wednesday, Nov. 9 will feature interviews with Harvard head coach Tim Murphy, Princeton freshman running back Chuck Dibilio and the legendary Chuck Bednarik, who starred for the Quakers and the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL.
"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).
CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Brown junior running back Mark Kachmer (Wheaton, Ill.) had the biggest game of his career, keeping the Bears in contention for the Ivy title, in a 34-28 win over Yale. Kachmer totaled 213 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns in the victory. He ran for 192 yards, including a Brown and Yale Bowl record 95-yard run from scrimmage, and scored three touchdowns on 19 carries. Kachmer electrified the Yale Bowl crowd with a school record 95-yard first-quarter touchdown, the fourth longest run in Ivy League football history. He actually had all 99 yards in Brown's 99-yard, NCAA record-tying scoring drive to record his first career rushing game. Kachmer also caught three passes for 21 yards, including a two-yard touchdown reception.
Dartmouth senior tailback Nick Schwieger
(Norton, Mass.) not only reclaimed the school's single-game rushing
record by posting 257 yards on 26 carries with a touchdown in a
33-24 victory over Cornell, but also became the first Dartmouth
player to ever run for 1,000 yards in two seasons. Of his 257
yards, 190 came in the final 16:25 of the game after the Big Green
fell behind, 17-16. On the first play from scrimmage after Cornell
scored the go-ahead points, Schwieger sprinted for a 53-yard gain
that set up a touchdown to reclaim the lead for the Big Green. The
next possession saw Schwieger break off a 65-yard touchdown run to
put Dartmouth ahead, 30-17. His final carry of the day with about
four minutes to play went for 40 yards to give him the record and
put him over 1,000 yards for the season.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Penn senior linebacker Erik Rask (Newport Beach, Calif.) was the main reason the Quakers held one of the Ivy League's top offenses to just nine points in a 37-9 win over Princeton. Rask racked up a career-high 16 tackles, the second-most by an Ivy player this year and the most by any Penn player in six years (2005). Eight of his stops were solo tackles and three went for a combined loss of 16 yards. Twice in the opening quarter Princeton started inside the Penn 15-yard line, but Rask and the Quakers held the Tigers to a field goal on each occasion.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Brown senior punter Nathan Lovett (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) helped the Bears win the battle of field position against Yale by punting for a 42.6 yards per punt average. More importantly, Lovett had three punts downed inside the Bulldog's 20-yard line -- at the two-, nine- and 14-yard lines. He has 20 punts inside the 20-yard line this year, with the next closest Ivy punter having 12.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Princeton freshman running back Chuck Dibilio (Nazarath, Pa.) rushed 29 times for 130 yards and caught three passes for 23 yards in the Tigers' loss to Penn. Dibilio's 153 all-purpose yards moved him into first in all-purpose yardage (144.2 in League games). He now has 824 rushing yards this season, the most by any true freshman in the history of the Ivy League, surpassing Brown's Marquis Jessie (1993).
Sean Brackett, Columbia, Junior, Quarterback (Brooklyn, Conn.)
18-35-1, 196 yds., 87 rush yds., 1 TD
Ryan Calvert, Penn, Senior, Wide Receiver
(Studio City, Calif.)
8 rec for 122 yds.
Joey Casey, Dartmouth, Senior, Strong Safety
9 tkls. (6 solo), 2 INTs
Brad Greenway, Cornell, Senior,
Punter/Placekicker (Encinitas, Calif.)
36.88 yds./punt, 1 FG (42), 3 PATs
Zack Imhoff, Cornell, Senior, Defensive End
4 tkls. (1 solo), INT for TD, 1 BrUp, 1 Blk
Kyle Juszczyk, Harvard, Junior, Tight
End/H-Back (Medina, Ohio)
7 rec. for 118 yds., 2 TDs
Chris Lorditch, Harvard, Senior, Wide Receiver
4 rec. for 123 yds., 1 TD
Bo Patterson, Dartmouth, Freshman, Wide
Receiver (Charleston, S.C.)
5 rec. for 79 yds.
Billy Ragone, Penn, Junior, Quarterback
16-27-0, 254 yds., 3 TDs
Deon Randall, Yale, Sophomore, Athlete (San
8 rec. for 102 yds., 15 rush yds.
Caraun Reid, Princeton, Jr., Defensive Lineman
8 tkls. (4 solo) 1 BrUp
Kyle Rettig, Brown, Sr., Defensive Tackle
8 tkls. (7 solo) 2.0 TFL
Lucas Shapiro, Cornell, Freshman, Wide Receiver
6 rec. for 69 yds., 1 TD
Shane Wilkinson, Princeton, Junior, Wide
Receiver (Lubbock, Texas)
8 rec. for 88 yds.
Saturday, November 12
*Penn at Harvard, Noon [VERSUS]
*Yale at Princeton, Noon [YES]
*Dartmouth at Brown, 12:30 pm
*Columbia at Cornell, 12:30 pm
*Ivy League Contests
KEY: VERSUS – VERSUS Network (DirecTV 603, DISH 151, Verizon FiOS 90 (SD), 590 (HD)); YES – YES Network (DirecTV 631)