PRINCETON, N.J. -- Ivy League football kicks into high gear with an exciting Week 2 schedule on tap.
Brown and Harvard give the League its own version of Friday Night Lights with their meeting under the lights of Harvard Stadium in a key early season Ivy tussle.
The Saturday slate leads with Cornell and Yale facing off under the national spotlight as the first game of the Ivy League Football on VERSUS schedule. Randy Moss, a new member of NBC's award-winning horse racing team and contributor to the NFL Network, will serve as the play-by-play announcer for all VERSUS Ivy League games and will be joined in the booth by Ross Tucker as lead analyst. Carolyn Manno, sports reporter for Comcast SportsNet New England, will serve as in-game reporter.
Also on Saturday, Penn has the unique situation on the being a visitor in its own house, wearing road jerseys against Villanova in a game that takes place in the friendly confines of Franklin Field. Dartmouth travels to Sacred Heart in its second-ever meeting with the Northeast Conference foe. Columbia begins a new rivalry with another NEC opponent, Albany, while Princeton renews its acquaintance with Bucknell in the first game between the two schools since 1996.
The second episode of "Inside Ivy League Football" on
Wednesday, Sept. 21 will feature interviews with Cornell head coach
Kent Austin, Brown senior quarterback Kyle
Newhall-Caballero and former Princeton standout
Ross Tucker, a seasoned-broadcaster covering
college football and the NFL for VERSUS, ESPN, YES and SIRIUS
"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 senior quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero (Gilbert, Ariz.) made a triumphant return to the Bears' lineup against Stony Brook, going 22-of-37 for 292 yards and three touchdowns, after missing the last seven games of 2010 with a broken wrist. With Brown trailing 20-14 late in the fourth quarter, Newhall-Caballero engineered a 57-yard scoring drive, capped off by a 12-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Tellef Lundevall with 3:06 remaining to give Brown a 21-20 come-from-behind victory.
Yale junior quarterback Patrick Witt (Atlanta, Ga.) was responsible for four touchdowns (three passing, one rushing) in the Bulldogs' 37-27 win over Georgetown. Witt led Yale to points in each quarter of the game, connecting through the air with junior running back Mordecai Cargill in the first and junior wide receiver Chris Smith in the second and third stanzas. He added a four-yard score on the ground in the fourth.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth sophomore linebacker Bronson Green (Los Angeles, Calif.) tied for team-high honors with 11 tackles in the Big Green's 37-20 victory over Colgate. Seven of Green's stops were solo and twice he came up with key third-down stops. He pounced on a fumble at the Dartmouth 14-yard line to put a serious damper on a Colgate comeback. Green finished off his day by stuffing Gavin McCarney a yard shy of a first down inside the five, turning the ball over on downs with 11 seconds to play.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth senior placekicker Foley Schmidt (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) set personal highs with three field goals and a total of 13 points to help Dartmouth defeat Colgate. At the outset of the second quarter, Schmidt was summoned to break the 7-7 deadlock with a 41-yard field goal, which easily cleared the crossbar. He added a 32-yarder before the half ended, giving the Big Green a 13-7 lead at the break. When Dartmouth returned for the second half, it was Schmidt once again who provided a three-point conversion, nailing another one from 41 yards out. In addition, he converted all four of his PATs.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Princeton freshman running back Chuck Dibilio (Nazareth, Pa.) led the Tigers in both rushing attempts (14) and yards (86), 58 in the first half, in a 34-22 loss to Lehigh. Dibilio scored the team's first offensive touchdown of the season on a 26-yard reception, a play that got Princeton to within five points of the No. 16 Mountain Hawks.
Brett Buehler, Cornell, Sophomore, Linebacker (Dublin, Ohio)
10 tkls. (5 solo), 4 TFL
Rashard Campbell, Cornell, Senior, Defensive
Back/Kick Returner (Cheltenham, Pa.)
11 tkls. (7 solo), 1.5 TFL, 108 KR yds.
Ivan Charbonneau, Princeton, Senior, Defensive
Back/Kick Returner (Kansas City, Kan.)
92-yd. KR for TD, 1 Tkl.
Alex Gedeon, Harvard, Senior, Linebacker
13 tkls. (8 solo), 1 TFL
Jordan Haynes, Yale, Senior, Linebacker (Folsom, Calif.)
11 tkls. (8 solo), 0.5 TFL
Jeff Mathews, Cornell, Sophomore, Quarterback
15-of-28, 332 yds., 2 TDs
Matthew O'Donnell, Brown, Senior, Linebacker
12 tkls. (7 solo), 2 TFL
Zach Olinger, Columbia, Sophomore, Linebacker
12 tkls. (9 solo), 2 FFs, 1 FR, 1 PBU
Nick Schwieger, Dartmouth, Senior, Tailback
20 car. for 175 yds., 2 TDs, 11 rec. yds.
Mandella Sheaffer, Princeton, Junior, Defensive
Back (Findlay, Ohio)
12 tkls. (1 solo), 0.5 TFL, 1 PBU
Chris Smith, Yale, Sr., Wide Receiver/Kick
Returner (Midlothian, Va.)
5 rec. for 104 yds., 2 TDs, 168 KR yds.
Mike Stephens, Columbia, Senior, Wide Receiver
(Flower Mound, Texas)
8 rec. for 105 yds., 1 TD, 47 KR yds.
Friday, September 23
*Brown at Harvard, 7 pm
Saturday, September 24
*Cornell at Yale, Noon [VERSUS]
Albany at Columbia, 12:30 pm
Dartmouth at Sacred Heart, 1 pm
Penn vs. Villanova (Franklin Field), 6 pm
Bucknell at Princeton, 6 pm
*Ivy League Contests
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