Around the Ivies: Penn, Harvard Look to Stay Perfect

by Adam Cohen | 10/19/01 5:00am

Brown vs. Cornell: Behind the arm of senior quarterback Kyle Roley, the Brown offense looks to rip apart a disastrously weak Cornell defense for its third straight win. The 0-4 Big Red has been crushed in both its Ivy games.

Despite mediocre performances in his past two games, Roley leads the Ivies in passing yards and has averaged nearly 300 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game.

The 2-2 Bears are also coming off of two comfortable wins against Princeton and Lehigh and they should have no problem with Cornell.

Yale vs. Pennsylvania: This game promises to be a shootout. Both teams are averaging over thirty points per game, but Penn is far more potent at the skill positions and that should be the difference.

Neither team passes particularly well. Yale quarterback Peter Lee averages only 128 yards per game and Penn's Gavin Hoffman averages barely over 200 yards per game. Despite Lee's seven touchdowns and zero interceptions, he has failed to put up meaningful numbers in any major statistical category. Hoffman, on the other hand, has the highest completion percentage of any of the top five quarterbacks.

The running game should be the deciding factor in a game of weak defensive lines. Penn running back Kris Ryan is best in the Ivy league in yards and second in touchdowns, but Yale's Robert Carr averages over 100 yards a game.

This should not be a challenging game for the undefeated Penn team.

Princeton vs. Harvard: Harvard has been an Ivy powerhouse for the entire season and should not be slowed by Princeton.

The Princeton defense lets up over 35 points per game. The Tigers should collapse early.

No one in Princeton's backfield has the ability to carry the team on his soldiers, leaving them a toothless offense to complement their lackluster defense.

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