Photos courtesy of Brown Athletic Communications, Dartmouth Varsity Athletics Communications and Penn Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The 2012 Ivy League football season comes down to its final Saturday with the resting location of the conference's traveling trophy for the next year clearer but not yet determined.
Penn can bring the trophy back to Philadelphia for the first time since 2010 with a win at Cornell to close the season. A win would give Penn its 16th Ancient Eight crown, its the 13th outright, and would be the ninth overall and outright championship under head coach Al Bagnoli. A Quakers' loss coupled with a Harvard win in the 129th meeting of "The Game" and a Princeton victory over Dartmouth would cause the League's first three-way tie for the title since 1982.
"Inside Ivy League Football," hosted by Dan Loney and Brian Seltzer, caps off Season 2 with its 10th and final episode on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.
"Inside Ivy League Football" is a weekly online radio show that takes an in-depth look at all the on-field gridiron action and all the news and notes surrounding football in the Ancient Eight. The 10-episode show airs Wednesdays at 7 p.m. on BlogTalkRadio.com (blogtalkradio.com/insideivyleaguefootball) and is available on-demand via BlogTalkRadio and IvyLeagueSports.com.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Brown senior quarterback Patrick Donnelly (Longmeadow, Mass.) accounted for all four touchdowns, throwing for two and running for two more, in the Bears' 28-24 win over Dartmouth. Donnelly completed 20-of-32 passes for 233 yards with touchdown tosses of 11 and 18 yards. Trailing by 10 points in the fourth quarter, he pulled Brown to within three points by scoring on a three-yard run, scrambling right and then left and back to the right before heading into the end zone, with 6:39 remaining. Donnelly then directed the Bears on an 80-yard scoring drive, passing for 77 of the 80 yards and throwing an 18-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Jonah Fay with 1:14 remaining to give Brown the victory.
CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Columbia senior defensive lineman Josh Martin (Aurora, Colo.) was a dominant force in an Empire State Bowl win over Cornell with three of the Lions' six sacks. Martin made the game's key playing in the third quarter, forcing a fumble on a nine-yard sack. The Columbia offense took advantage and converted the turnover to points with the go-ahead touchdown in a 34-17 win over the Big Red.
Penn senior defensive lineman Brandon Copeland (Sykesville, Md.) had his biggest moment at the biggest time with the Ivy League title on the line in the Quakers' 30-21 win over Harvard. In his final game at Franklin Field, Copeland sealed the victory guaranteed Penn a piece of the Ivy title with a sack and safety with 1:25 remaining. The sack was his second of the game and a part of a five-tackle effort that led the Quakers to holding the League's top offense to two total yards on its final three drives.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Penn senior punter Scott Lopano (Southlake, Texas) affected field position throughout in Penn's upset win over Harvard. Lopano punted eight times, six of them fell inside the 20-yard line. All three of his fourth-quarter punts pinned the Crimson inside its 15-yard line. Despite having to pin-in Harvard, Lopano still averaged an impressive 43.0 yards per punt. Lopano also forced six fair catches and held the Crimson to a total of seven return yards on his eight punts. Lopano's punts helped hold the fourth-best offense in the FCS and the third-highest scoring offense in the nation to its lowest point total in two years.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Columbia freshman wide receiver Chris Connors (North Olmstead, Ohio) had a highlight-reel day in the Lions' win over Cornell with six receptions for 84 yards and two touchdowns. His six catches were impressive and included a spectacular 27-yard touchdown grab.
Trocon Davis, Princeton (Jr., DB - Plymouth Meeting, Pa.)
100-yd. INT for TD
Stephen Dazzo, Dartmouth (So., DB - Arlington Heights, Ill.)
13 tkls. (10 solo), 2 FFs
Quinn Epperly, Princeton (So., QB - Knoxville, Tenn.)
66 pass yds., 91 rush yds., 2 TDs
Henry Furman, Yale (Jr., WR/QB - Portland, Ore.)
18-28-0, 184 yds., 1 TD
Marcorus Garrett, Columbia (Jr., RB - Marietta, Ga.)
25 car. for 187 yds., 1 TD
Luke Hagy, Cornell (Fr., RB - Pittsburgh)
18 car. for 124 yds., 1 TD, 62 rec. yds.
Dominick Pierre, Dartmouth (Jr., RB - Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
28 car. for 136 yds., 2 TDs
Billy Ragone, Penn (Sr., QB - Chesire, Conn.)
8-17-1, 108 yds., 2 TDs, 95 rush yds., 1 TD
Dalyn Williams, Dartmouth (Fr., QB - Corinth, Texas)
18-27-0, 240 yds., 1 TD, 24 rush yds.
Michael Yules, Brown (Jr., DE - South Dartmouth, Mass.)
5 tkls. (2 solo), 2.5 TFL, 1 sack, 1 FF
Saturday, November 17
*Yale at Harvard, Noon [NBCSN]
*Columbia at Brown, 12:30 pm
*Penn at Cornell, 12:30 pm
*Dartmouth at Princeton, 1 pm [FiOS1]
*Ivy League Contests
KEY: FiOS1 – Verizon FiOS1 Northern New Jersey; NBCSN – NBC Sports Network (DirecTV 603, DISH 159, Verizon FiOS 90 [SD]/590 [HD])