Football Weekly Release - Week 2
Photos courtesy of Dartmouth Varsity Athletics Communications, Harvard Athletic Communications and Yale Sports Publicity
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Ivy League football goes into its second Saturday after a solid start to the 2013 season with six teams earning season-opening victories.
The 6-2 record on the first Saturday was the League's best showing since going 7-1 to open the 2005 season. League teams have combined to start with a .500 record or better in seven of the last nine seasons (2005-13) -- 7-1 in 2005, 6-2 in 2013, 5-3 in 2006 and 2012 and 2010 and 4-4 in 2008 and 2011. Teams from the Ancient Eight have fared better at home over that span with a 25-11 (.694) mark.
The first Ivy action of the season gets underway on Saturday, Sept. 28 with Yale hosting Cornell at the Yale Bowl and Harvard welcoming Brown to Harvard Stadium in game to be televised on the NBC Sports Network. Columbia remains at home for the second week in a row, hosting Monmouth for the first time. Dartmouth takes on Holy Cross in its home opener on FOX College Sports Central, while Penn and Princeton go on the road for the first time this season.
Dartmouth and Harvard are looking to start the season 2-0 for the second-straight year, while Yale is looking to go 2-0 for the first time since 2011. Brown seeks its first 2-0 start in three seasons (since 2010) with looking to do the same for Cornell for the first time in four years (since 2009). Penn in position for wins in its first two games for the first time in 10 seasons (since 2003).
CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth sophomore quarterback Dalyn Williams (Corinth, Texas) posted his third straight 200-yard passing game (228 yards) in four career starts while recording his first career 100-yard rushing game (119 yards) to lead the Big Green to a 30-23 triumph at Butler. Williams had personal highs in completions (22) and attempts (35) and extended his streak of passes without an interception to 149 to start his career. He guided the Dartmouth offense to touchdowns on each of the team's first three drives, scoring the first points of the season on a one-yard dive for a lead the Big Green would not relinquish.
Harvard junior quarterback Conner Hempel (Union, Ky.), in his first-career start, led the Crimson to a 42-20 victory at San Diego. Hempel completed 25-of-34 passes for a career-best 345 yards and four touchdowns. He completed eight straight passes at one point and had all four of his touchdown passes came in the second half to break open what was a one-point game (14-13) at halftime. Hempel did not throw an interception and also ran for 38 yards in the win.
CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Harvard junior defensive end Zach Hodges (Atlanta) made an impact in the Crimson's 42-20 season-opening win at San Diego. Hodges put Harvard on the scoreboard with a 53-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown, the Crimson's first fumble return for a score since 2007. He also made another fumble recovery later in the game when San Diego was near Harvard's endzone on the one-yard line. Hodges recorded five tackles and assisted on a sack.
Yale senior defensive end Dylan Drake (Plantation, Fla.) was in the Colgate backfield all day as the Bulldogs opened the 2013 season with a 39-22 road win against the Raiders. Drake recorded six tackles (all solo) and notched the game's only sack to along with three tackles for loss. He got in on the action on offense as well, catching a 15-yard touchdown pass from senior defensive back/quarterback Derek Russell on a fourth-down play with six seconds remaining before halftime.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Cornell senior placekicker John Wells (Alpharetta, Ga.) was perfect on all seven placement attempts (six PATs and one 38-yard field goal) in the Big Red's 45-13 win over Bucknell. Wells' nine kicking points in a game were the most since Brad Greenway scored 14 against Columbia in 2011. He may have been even more impressive on kickoffs, averaging 64.4 yards with five touchbacks in his eight kickoffs through a driving rain storm.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Brown freshman wide receiver/return specialist Alexander Jette (North Attleborough, Mass.) was fearless in returning punts in the Bears' 45-7 victory over Georgetown to open the season. In his collegiate debut, Jette returned four punts 82 yards, averaging 20.5 yards per return, to help give the Brown offense excellent field position all game. His 82 punt return yards rank 11th on the school's single-game list for most punt return yards. Jette also got his first collegiate catch for five yards.
Eric Armagost, Brown (Jr., DB - Fayetteville, Ga.)
5 tkls. (5 solo), 1.0 TFL, 1 INT
Kyle Cazzetta, Yale (Jr., PK/P - Slate Hill, N.Y.)
2 FGs, 3 PATs, 30.6 yds./punt
A.J. Dettorre, Dartmouth (Jr., DB - Moorpark, Calif.)
8 tkls. (8 solo), 1.0 TFL, 2 BrUps
Ryan Flannery, Columbia (Jr., WR - North Attleborough, Mass.)
6 rec. for 108 yds., 1 TD
David Park, Penn (Sr., LB - Buford, Ga.)
5 tkls. (2 solo), 1 sack, 1 FF
Dominick Pierre, Dartmouth (Sr., RB - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
23 car. for 93 yds., 3 TDs
Billy Ragone, Penn (Sr., QB - Cheshire, Conn.)
21-28-0, 218 yds., 2 TDs
Lucas Shapiro, Cornell (Jr., WR - Antioch, Calif.)
5 rec. for 113 yds., 1 TD
John Spooney, Brown (Sr., RB - Northfield, Ohio)
14 car. for 102 yds., 2 TDs, 24 rec. yds., 1 TD
Michael Turner, Cornell (Jr., DB - Pikeville, Md.)
2 tkls. (1 solo), 1 FR, 1 INT
Tyler Varga, Yale (Jr., RB - Kitchener, Ontario, Canada)
39 car. for 236 yds., 1 TD
Roman Wilson, Princeton (Jr., WR - Broken Arrow, Okla.)
9 rec. for 168 yds., 1 TD
Mike Zeuli, Princeton (Jr., LB - Marlton, N.J)
18 tkls. (11 solo), 1.0 TFL
Saturday, September 28
*Cornell at Yale, Noon [IVY]
Monmouth at Columbia, 12:30 pm [IVY]
Princeton at Georgetown, 2 pm
Penn at Villanova, 5 pm [TCN]
Holy Cross at Dartmouth, 7 pm [FCS]
*Brown at Harvard, 7:30 pm [NBCSN]
* Ivy League Contests
FOX College Sports (DirecTV 617, 623 & 626, Verizon FiOS 300, 301 & 302); IVY – Streamed live on The Ivy League® Digital Network; NBCSN – NBC Sports Network (DirecTV 603, DISH 159, Verizon FiOS 90 [SD]/590 [HD])