Photos courtesy of Columbia Sports Information/Media Relations, Dartmouth Varsity Athletics Communications and Yale Sports Publicity
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The second week of the 2012 Ivy League football season features a first in recent conference history.
The League will be featured in a national broadcast doubleheader on the NBC Sports Network this Saturday with Cornell welcoming Yale to Schoellkopf Field for a 1 p.m. kickoff followed by Brown playing host to Harvard in their Ivy opener at 4:30 p.m. The two games are a part of the League's seven games on the NBC Sports Network this season. Randy Moss (play-by-play), Ross Tucker (analyst) and Carolyn Manno (sidelines) will serve as the broadcast team for the Harvard-Brown game, while Todd Harris (play-by-play), Blaine Fowler (analyst) and Kelly Johnson (sidelines) on will be the call for the Yale-Cornell game.
Princeton will start the weekend on Friday also in front of the national television cameras and under the lights in its home opener against Georgetown in a matchup that can be seen live on ESPNU. In other Week 2 Ivy action, Dartmouth travels to Holy Cross, Columbia hosts Fordham in the battle for the Liberty Cup and Penn battles cross-city rival Villanova in the Schuylkill Showdown.
The second episode of "Inside Ivy League Football" on Wednesday, Sept. 19 will feature interviews with Yale head coach Tony Reno, Columbia junior linebacker Zach Olinger and actor, writer, producer/director and former Princeton football star Dean Cain.
CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth junior running back Dominick Pierre (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) got the opportunity to showcase his skills against Butler, setting personal highs of 26 rushes and 170 yards on the ground while equaling his previous best with two touchdowns, in the Big Green's 35-7 win. A model of consistency throughout the game, Pierre carried the ball 13 times for 86 yards and a score in the first half, then 13 more times for 84 yards and another touchdown in the second half. It was his second career 100-yard game.
Harvard senior running back Treavor Scales (Stone Mountain, Ga.) had a big day in the Crimson' opener against defending Pioneer League champion San Diego with 19 carries for a career-high 173 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-13 victory. Scales averaged 9.1 yards per carry and had a 66-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Columbia junior linebacker Zach Olinger (Hoover, Ala.) had a monster game in the Lions' 10-9 win over Marist with 10 tackles (six solo), a forced fumble and an interception. Olinger's forced fumble came on a first-and-goal from the one-yard line to give Columbia the ball and preserve the lead. He also had a key interception late in the fourth quarter to give the Lions the ball back for the final time to secure the win. Olinger also recorded a sack and two tackles for a loss.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth senior linebacker Miles Gay (Friendswood, Texas) was likely as surprised as anyone to receive the opening kick of the 2012 season. One of the upbacks, Gay fielded a line-drive kick after a couple of bounces and started up the field. After bouncing off one tackler, he took to the left sideline and found daylight all the way for an 85-yard touchdown run. It was the first kickoff return for a touchdown by a Dartmouth player since the last game of the 2008 season, a span of 41 games. It was also the only kick Gay has returned in his career and the only time he has had possession of the football.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Yale freshman running back Tyler Varga (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada) started his career with 174 all-purpose yards (103 rush, 65 KOR, 6 Rec) and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs' 24-21 win over Georgetown. Varga scored the first points of the game on a two-yard in the first quarter and the game-winning touchdown on a nine-yard run late in the third quarter.
A.J. Cruz, Brown (Sr., DB - Lake Forest, Calif.)
6 tkls. (5 solo), 1.0 TFL, 1 INT
Patrick Donnelly, Brown (Sr., QB - Longmeadow, Mass.)
24-41-2, 199 yds., 2 TDs
Marcorus Garrett, Columbia (Jr., RB - Marietta, Ga.)
30 car. for 115 yds., 1 TD
Norman Hayes, Harvard (So., DB - Tucker, Ga.)
9 tkls. (6 solo), 5 BrUp
Sebastian Jaskowski, Penn (Jr., DB - Moorestown, N.J.)
11 tkls. (3 solo), 1.0 TFL, 1 BrUp
Kevin Laird, Cornell (Jr., FS - Arroyo Grande, Calif.)
6 tkls. (4 solo), 3 INTs (1 on 2-pt. att.)
Jeff Mathews, Cornell, (Jr., QB - Camarill, Calif.)
38-56-0, 489 yds., 3 TDs
Will McHale, Yale (Sr., LB - Old Greenwich, Conn.)
13 tkls. (6 solo), 1 sack, 2.0 TFL
Cameron Sandquist, Yale (Jr., WR - Redmon, Wash.)
9 rec. for 187 yds., 1 TD
Connor Scott, Penn (Jr., WR - Kenilworth, Ill.)
12 rec. for 161 yds.
Akil Sharp, Princeton (Sr., RB - Las Vegas)
22 car. for 79 yds., 2 TDs
Andrew Starks, Princeton, Sr., LB
11 tkls. (7 solo), 2.0 TFL
Spiro Theodhosi, Brown (Sr., RB - Londonderry, N.H.)
20 car. for 120 yds.
Friday, September 21
Georgetown at Princeton, 7 pm [ESPNU]
Saturday, September 22
Fordham at Columbia, 12:30 pm
*Yale at Cornell, 1 pm [NBCSN]
Dartmouth at Holy Cross, 1 pm
Villanova at Penn, 3:30 pm [TCN]
*Harvard at Brown, 4:30 pm [NBCSN]
*Ivy League Contests
KEY: TCN – The Comcast Network (Comcast 8, Verizon FiOS 99), ESPNU (DirecTV 208, DISH 141, Verizon FiOS 73 [SD]/573 [HD]); NBCSN – NBC Sports Network (DirecTV 603, DISH 159, Verizon FiOS 90 [SD]/590 [HD])