Photos courtesy of Brown Athletic Communications, Dartmouth
Varsity Athletics Communications and Penn Athletic
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Decision 2012 for the Ivy League football gets determined once again in the Week 9 matchup between Harvard and Penn.
The red of the Crimson and the blue (and red) of the Quakers meet at Franklin Field, each with 4-1 records in conference play, in a Noon tilt in front of a national television audience on the NBC Sports Network. The winner earns at least a share of the League crown and moves its title campaign into the driver's seat for the outright championship with a win in the final game of the season.
Princeton and Yale meet for the 135th time in the second-oldest rivalry in college football history. Both teams are looking to stop two-game skids in a game to be televised by the YES Network.
Brown and Dartmouth meet at Memorial Field with the chance to ensure a winning season on the line as both teams enter the contest with identical 5-3 records.
The pride of the New York is up for grabs when Cornell and Columbia clash in the Empire State Bowl. Each team has protected its home turf since the series was officially established with the moniker in 2010.
"Inside Ivy League Football," hosted by Dan
Loney and Brian Seltzer, is back on its
regular season this Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. for its ninth
episode. Guests will be Cornell head coach Kent
Austin, Penn senior defensive lineman Brandon
Copeland and former Brown star Sean
Morey, who had a nine-year NFL career and now works as an
athletics administrator at Princeton.
"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
Penn senior quarterback Billy Ragone (Chesire, Conn.) led a game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter for the second-straight week to propel the Quakers to a 28-21 win over Princeton and into a first-place tie with Harvard. With the game tied and just 6:31 remaining, Ragone led Penn 58 yards on 10 plays and scored the game-winning touchdown on a three-yard run. On the drive, he ran four times for 29 yards, including a 17-yard scramble on third-and-5 from the Princeton 31-yard line. Ragone also had a passing touchdown and finished with 92 yards through the air and 61 yards on the ground. It was his eighth career game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or later and third this season.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Penn senior defensive lineman C.J. Mooney (Chester Springs, Pa.) undoubtedly had the biggest play of the Ivy League title race this season. Mooney's 15-yard interception return for a touchdown tied the game with 7:31 left in the fourth quarter and sparked the Quakers to a 28-21 road victory over Princeton. He finished with a career-high four tackles and helped set up the de facto Ivy championship game against Harvard next week. With Princeton in full control and leading by seven midway through the final quarter, Mooney hauled in a tipped pass and raced to the end zone to tie the game. With momentum, the Penn defense forced a three-and-out on the Tigers' next drive, setting up the offense to march down the field for the go-ahead, game-winning score.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Brown junior placekicker Alexander Norocea (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) connected on field goals of 37 and 46 yards in the Bears' 20-0 win over Yale. Norocea's 46 yard field goal, his second of that distance this season, is the 12th longest in school history. He has connected on 9-of-11 field goals and all 20 of his PAT attempts in 2012.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth freshman quarterback Dalyn Williams (Corinth, Texas), in his first collegiate start behind center, guided the Big Green to a 44-28 victory on the road at Cornell. Williams completed 14-of-20 passes with a pair of touchdowns for 160 yards, plus ran for 96 more on eight carries with another score. His touchdown run was an electric 35-yard scamper in which he evaded numerous tacklers to reach the end zone.
Taylor Betros, Cornell (So., LB - Jacksonville, Fla.)
12 tkls. (5 solo), 4.0 TFL
Colton Chapple, Harvard (Sr., QB - Alpharetta,
13-18-0, 195 yds., 3 TDs, 18 rush yds., 1 TD
A.J. Cruz, Brown (Sr., DB - Lake Forest,
4 tkls. (1 solo), 2 INTs
Patrick Donnelly, Brown (Sr., QB - Longmeadow,
24-38-0, 328 yds., 2 TDs, 50 rush yds.
Grant Gellatly, Cornell (Jr., WR - Issaquah,
78 rec. yds., 3 TDs (2 rec., 1 rush)
Luke Hagy, Cornell (Fr., RB - Pittsburgh)
77 rush yds., 35 rec. yds. 1 TD
Mike Laning, Penn (So., DB - Glen Ellyn,
10 tkls. (7 solo), 1 INT, 1 BrUp
Lyle Marsh, Penn (Sr., RB - Bethel Park,
19 car. for 104 yds., 22 rec. yds.
Dominick Pierre, Dartmouth (Jr., RB - Fort
26 car. for 154 yds., 2 TDs
Chai Reece, Dartmouth (So., DB - Playa del Ray,
8 tkls. (7 solo), 1.0 TFL, 1 FR
Chris Splinter, Harvard (Jr., DB - Middleton,
3 tkls. (1 solo), 2 INTs
Andrew Starks, Princeton (Sr., LB - Plainfield,
15 tkls. (9 solo), 1.0 TFL, 1 BrUp
Tyler Varga, Yale (So., RB - Kitchener,
20 car. for 104 yds., 66 KOR yds.
Damani Wilson, Harvard (Jr., RB - Carson,
8 car. for 121 yds., 2 TDs
Roman Wilson, Princeton (Jr., WR - Broken
72 rec. yds., 1 TD, 1 2-pt conversion
Saturday, November 10
*Harvard at Penn, Noon [NBCSN]
*Princeton at Yale, Noon [YES]
*Cornell at Columbia, 12:30 pm
*Brown at Dartmouth, 1:30 pm
*Ivy League Contests
KEY: NBCSN – NBC Sports Network (DirecTV 603, DISH 159, Verizon FiOS 90 [SD]/590 [HD]); YES – YES Network (DirecTV 631)