Photos courtesy of Brown Athletic Communications, Dartmouth Varsity Athletics Communications, Harvard Athletic Communications and Princeton Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The 2012 season of Ivy League football reaches its midway point and its final Saturday of non-conference games.
Two critical League games lead the Week 5 schedule as Princeton plays host to Brown in a Noon start on the NBC Sports Network. Penn is back at Franklin Field to welcome Columbia at 1 p.m. with the Lions looking for their first Ivy win this season.
Harvard has its 13-game winning streak on the line against Bucknell in a mid-afternoon tilt on the CBS Sports Network. Yale hits the road to face its third Patriot League opponent this year in Lafayette, Dartmouth lines up against Sacred Heart for the second time at Memorial Field and Cornell is back at Schoellkopf Field to take on first-time foe Monmouth.
"Inside Ivy League Football," hosted by Dan Loney and Brian Seltzer, returns for its fifth episode on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m., featuring interviews with Brown head coach Phil Estes, Dartmouth sophomore quarterback Alex Park and current college and pro football television analyst and former Princeton star Ross Tucker.
"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
Harvard senior quarterback Colton Chapple (Alpharetta, Ga.) tallied 415 yards of total offense and five touchdowns in a 45-13 win against Cornell. Chapple was 24-of-36 for 362 yards and four touchdowns through the air, while running for 53 yards (5.9 yards per carry) and a touchdown. It marked his second-consecutive game with four passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Princeton defensive lineman Mike Catapano (Bayville, N.Y.) continued his brilliant start to the season with eight tackles, including three for loss, and 2.5 sacks in the Tigers' 35-14 win at Lafayette. Catapano anchored a Princeton defense held Lafayette to only 192 offensive yards and off the scoreboard until the Leopards put together two scoring drives (of 150 yards total) late in the game.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Brown senior placekicker/punter Nathaniel Meyer (Bettendorf, Iowa) enabled the Bears to win the game of field position in a 17-7 victory over Rhode Island for the Governor's Cup. Meyer averaged 40.4 yards per punt on five punts. He had a long punt of 55 yards and three times he pinned the Rams deep in their own territory. Meyer had punts downed at the 18-, 13- and 17-yard lines. His second half punting forced Rhode Island into poor field position as Brown held the Rams scoreless in the second half.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth freshman running back Brian Grove (West Palm Beach, Fla.) replaced the injured starter, junior Dominick Pierre, in the third quarter with the Big Green trailing, 14-13, and scored this first two collegiate touchdowns to propel the team to a 34-13 win at Yale. The first touchdown came on a nine-yard jaunt and the other was a one-yard dive as he stretched the ball over the plane of the goal line. He also caught a nine-yard pass on the play before his nine-yard rush to the end zone.
Andrew Berg, Harvard (Jr., WR - Los Gatos, Calif.)
10 rec. for 132 yds., 3 TDs
Joshua Boyd, Harvard (Sr., LB - Hyde Park, Mass.)
9 tkls. (4 solo), 1.0 TFL, 1 FF, 1 FR
Brandon Copeland, Penn (Sr., DL - Sykesville, Md.)
8 tkls. (4 solo), 1 sack, 1.5 TFL
Daniel Giovacchini, Brown (So., LB - Acton, Mass.)
9 tkls. (8 solo), 1 sack, 2.5 TFL
Bronson Green, Dartmouth (Jr., LB - Los Angeles)
9 tkls. (9 solo)
Andrew Nelson, Cornell (So., FS - Plymouth, Mich.)
9 tkls. (4 solo), 0.5 TFL, 2 BrUps
Zach Olinger, Columbia (Jr., LB - Hoover, Ala.)
12 tkls. (10 solo), 1.0 TFL, 1 INT for TD
Alex Park, Dartmouth (So., QB - Upper St. Clair, Pa.)
15-27-0, 204 yds., 1 TD
Billy Ragone, Penn (Sr., QB - Chesire, Conn.)
21-35-0, 207 yds., 2 TDs, 39 rush yds., 1 TD
Andrew Starks, Princeton (Sr., LB - Plainfield, Ill.)
11 tkls. (5 solo), 1.0 TFL, 1 INT
Luke Tasker, Cornell (Sr., WR - East Aurora, N.Y.)
8 rec. for 87 yds., 1 TD
Cody Taulbee, Brown (Jr., FB - Kettering, Ohio)
10 car. for 44 yds., 2 TDs
Eric Williams, Yale (Fr., QB - Portland, Ore.)
17-24-0, 181 yds., 1 TD, 31 rush yds.
Roman Wilson, Princeton (Jr., WR - Broken Arrow, Okla.)
69 rec. yds., 55 rush yds., 1 TD
Saturday, October 13
*Brown at Princeton, Noon [NBCSN]
Yale at Lafayette, Noon [LSN]
Monmouth at Cornell, 12:30 pm
*Columbia at Penn, 1 pm
Sacred Heart at Dartmouth, 1:30 pm
Bucknell at Harvard, 3:30 pm [CBSSN]
*Ivy League Contests
KEY: CBSSN – CBS Sports Network (DirecTV 613, DISH 158, Verizon FiOS 94, Comcast 175 [SD]/823 [HD]); LSN – Lafayette Sports Network (RCN-4, Lehigh Valley, Pa.; RCN-8 [Philadelphia, Boston, New York City, Washington, Chicago], WBPH-TV [Allentown, Pa] DirecTV 788, DISH 457, ESPN3.com, MASN [tape delay]); NBCSN – NBC Sports Network (DirecTV 603, DISH 159, Verizon FiOS 90 [SD]/590 [HD]