In spite of suffering a loss last week at the hands of upstart and suddenly surging Cornell University, Dartmouth College (9-1 overall, 7-1 in Ivy League play), with a win today over Brown University, marched to the 2019 Ivy League football title. And with Yale University’s (9-1 overall, 7-1 in Ivy League play) stunning come-from-behind double overtime victory over Harvard University later in the day in a game delayed significantly by an on-field climate protest, Dartmouth College and Yale University will share the 2019 crown. And, yes, Ivy Coach’s famously accurate crystal ball predicted at the conclusion of the 2018 campaign, a campaign that saw Princeton University claim the title, that Dartmouth College would claim the title this year. Our forecast proved spot on. Dartmouth College, now the single winningest football program in Ivy League history, and Yale University are the 2019 Ivy League champions.
Dartmouth, Yale Come From Behind to Claim 2019 Ivy League Crown
And it’s not as though victory today for Dartmouth was ever a sure thing — not even in the closing seconds. In today’s contest, Brown University jumped out to a 3-0 lead over the Big Green. By the end of the third, Brown held a 23-14 lead over Dartmouth. But thanks to a 15-0 fourth quarter rally, Dartmouth claimed victory by a margin of 29-23 — led by a career high 303 yards and four touchdowns for Dartmouth QB Derek Kyler and an intercepted pass in the end zone by Dartmouth’s Isiah Swann with 17 seconds left on the clock.
And in The Game, the annual matchup between Harvard and Yale, Yale trailed Harvard 15-3 at the half before — after a 48-minute delay due to an on-field climate change protest — managing to tie up the score in the closing seconds of regulation. Both Yale and Harvard would each score a touchdown to close the first OT but in the second OT, Yale cemented its place in Ivy League history with a 50-43 statement win as Yale players and fans charged the field not in protest of climate change but rather in celebration.
Dartmouth Becomes Single Winningest Football Program in Ivy League History
The 2019 Ivy League football title marks Dartmouth’s first title since 2015. It also marks the school’s 19th overall Ivy League football title. Dartmouth’s nearest competitor in this category? That would be the University of Pennsylvania with 18 titles. Harvard has 17 titles. Yale, with its title today, has 16 titles; its last title was in 2017. Princeton has 12 titles. Brown has 4 titles. Cornell has 3 titles. And Columbia may only have one Ivy League title but they do have a 1934 Rose Bowl victory!