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Two Out of Five... Isn't Good

The Patriot League only managed to win two out of their five Ivy League matchups this week, with Fordham and Colgate winning over two Ivy teams picked in the preseason to finish in the lower half of the league. Colgate was tied 20-20 with Dartmouth at the end of the 3rd quarter before pulling away for a 34-20 victory, while Fordham had to rally with 2 touchdowns in the final quarter to eke a 29-22 victory over Columbia in the annual "Liberty Cup".

Bucknell was unable to squeak out a victory over Cornell in a 21-20 defeat, who was picked to finish fifth in the Ivy League, and Holy Cross and Georgetown, respectively, fell to the two teams picked to vie for the Ivy League title: Harvard (losing 25-24) and Yale (losing 47-7).

What might be even more revealing, however, was how the three Ivy League games that didn't involve the Patriot League went. Brown beat Stony Brook 17-7, a team that pounded Colgate 42-26 the first weekend of the year. Princeton actually led at Johnson Hagood Stadium 17-7 at halftime over the Citadel (coached by former Lehigh head football coach Kevin Higgins) after ultimately falling 37-26 against a nationally-ranked team in the SoCon.

And Penn gave nationally-ranked Villanova all they could handle after suffering an absolutely gut-wrenching 20-14 overtime defeat. And yes, that's the same Villanova team that handled Lehigh easily 33-14 last weekend.

A 2-3 weekend that was two quarters and an overtime away from being 0-5 for the Patriot League.

Thanks to Fordham and Colgate for saving this weekend for the League.

Comments

Anonymous said…
And the Elon Phoenix rise to 3-1 and 1-0 in their conference actually pulling out a close win - something Lehigh forgot how to do.
Anonymous said…
Football as we had come to know it is over and will not return, due to the administrations. Its just that simple, end of story. The patriot league stinks
Anonymous said…
We need Scholarships for football before the league becomes too weak to fix.

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