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Football Weekly Release - Week 7

Brown's Joe Springer and Harvard's Gino Gordon
Brown's Joe Springer and Harvard's Gino Gordon

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Photos courtesy of Brown Sports Information and Harvard Athletic Commnunications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Halloween weekend means a Saturday of trick plays and scoring treats for Ivy League football with four conference games on the Week 7 slate.

In a battle of unbeatens, Brown travels to Penn in a crucial game that puts the winner in prime title position while Yale welcomes Columbia and Dartmouth hosts Harvard in key contests affecting the Ivy race. The Princeton-Cornell may be the most interesting game of the weekend as both are searching for their League win in a series that 16 of the last 20 games have been decided by a touchdown or less.

Brown senior quarterback Joe Springer (Mendota Heights, Mnn.) recorded his best outing after taking the quarterback reigns, completing 20 of 33 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns in the Bears' 27-14 win over Cornell.  Springer threw touchdown passes of 20 and 13 yards, both to senior wide receiver Alexander Tounkara. He also ran for seven yards and was not sacked.

Harvard senior running back Gino Gordon (Bonita, Calif.) rushed for a career-high 204 yards on 20 carries (10.2 yards per carry) with a 26-yard touchdown in the Crimson's 45-28 . Gordon, who also had four receptions for 30 yards, had 132 rushing yards on just nine carries (14.7 ypc) in the first half alone. He leads all Ivy League running backs at 7.8 yards per carry this season.

Penn junior defensive back Jason Schmucker (Washington, D.C.) was all over the field against the League's top-ranked offense in the Quakers' 27-20 win over Yale. Schmucker made two big plays to keep the Bulldogs off the scoreboard. With Yale at the Penn 38-yard line with 1:33 left in the first half, he sacked Patrick Witt for seven yards that helped force Yale into a punt and maintained Penn's 10-point lead. Then, with Yale rallying in the fourth quarter, Schmucker intercepted Witt at the Penn 14-yard line with 3:49 remaining and Penn hung on to the seven-point win. Against the league's top passing unit, he also had four tackles (three solo) and a pass breakup.

Brown freshman placekicker Alexander Norocea (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) continued to have a major impact, creating a scoring threat from long range, in the Bears' 27-14 win over Cornell. Norocea opened the scoring with a 45-yard field goal and later added a 24-yard field goal. He was also a perfect 3-of-3 on extra points.

Cornell freshman quarterback Jeff Mathews (Camarillo, Calif.) continued his solid play, completing 18-of-34 passes for 232 yards and a touchdown while directing an offense that didn't turn the ball over in a 27-14 loss at Brown. Mathews completed passes of at least 20 yards to four different receivers.

Daniel Barstein, Dartmouth, Freshman, Punter (Birmingham, Ala.)
52.5 yds./punt

Bradford Blackmon, Penn, Senior, Defensive Back (Jackson, Miss.)
99 return yds. (53 PR, 46 KO), 1 TD

Joe Cloud, Princeton, Sophomore, Punter (Edwards, Ill.)
54.5 yds./punt

Jordan Forney, Yale, Senior, Wide Receiver (Bloomington, Ind.)
11 rec. for 116 yds., 1 TD

Alex Gross, Columbia, Senior, Linebacker (Kettering, Ohio)
16 tkls. (10 solo), 1 PBU

Kyle Juszczyk, Harvard, Sophomore, Tight End (Medina, Ohio)
6 rec. for 81 yds., 2 TDs

Conner Kempe, Dartmouth, Junior, Quarterback (Tequesta, Fla.)
24-of-37 for 235 yds., 1 TD, 16 rush yds.

Alexander Norman, Harvard, Senior, Linebacker (Lewisville, Texas)
1 tkl., 2 INTs, 1 FF

Trey Peacock, Princeton, Senior, Wide Receiver (Chandler, Ariz.)
11 rec. for 139 yds., 1 TD

Shane Savage, Cornell, Junior, Wide Receiver (Leesburg, Va.)
8 rec. for 104 yds.

Andrew Serrano, Brown, Senior, Linebacker (Phoenix, Ariz.)
8 tkls. (4 solo), 1 sack

Andrew Starks, Princeton, Sophomore, Linebacker (Plainfield, Ill.)
11 tkls. (8 solo), 1 INT

Patrick Witt, Yale, Junior, Quarterback (Wylie, Texas)
34-of-54 for 331 yds., 2 TDs

Collin Zych, Harvard, Senior, Free Safety (Plano, Texas)
15 tkls. (10 solo)

Saturday, October 30
*Columbia at Yale, Noon [YES]
*Princeton at Cornell, 12:30 pm
*Brown at Penn, 1:30 pm
*Harvard at Dartmouth, 1:30 pm [NESN] [SIRIUS]

*Ivy League Contest

KEY: NESN – New England Sports Network (DirecTV 628, DISH 434); SIRIUS – SIRIUS Satellite Radio (Channel 130); YES – YES Network (DirecTV 631)