After defeating Princeton University last week at Yankee Stadium, Dartmouth College had two games remaining on its schedule to cap an undefeated season. With Cornell University and Brown University its remaining two opponents, an undefeated season appeared all but inevitable — particularly as the Big Green (8-1 overall, 5-1 in Ivy League play) marched to a 14-6 lead at the half over the Big Red (3-6 overall, 2-4 in Ivy League play). But the Big Red would orchestrate an epic comeback, outscoring Dartmouth 14-3 in the second half and in so doing inject chaos into the chase for the 2019 Ivy League title. At present, Yale University and Dartmouth are both 8-1 overall and 5-1 in Ivy League play. Yale will face Harvard University (4-5 overall, 2-4 in Ivy League play) in the final week of the season while Dartmouth will face last place Brown University (2-7 overall, 1-5 in Ivy League play). If both teams win or if both teams lose, Yale and Dartmouth will share the Ivy League title (if they lose and Princeton wins, Princeton could jump in there for a share of the title, too!). If either Yale or Dartmouth wins while the other loses, the winner of that game will claim sole ownership of the 2019 trophy. In the end, both teams control their fate.
Cornell Spoils Dartmouth’s Undefeated Season with Epic Comeback
As Christine Bulkely reports for The Cornell Daily Sun in a piece entitled “Football Spoils No. 11 Dartmouth’s Perfect Season With Colossal Upset,” “Cornell football marched into a contest against undefeated Dartmouth on Saturday looking to play spoiler — with a win, Dartmouth would clinch the Ivy League title on its Senior Day. Entering with a 2-6 record, the Red seemed to have little chance of pulling out a victory. But Dartmouth will need to wait until next Saturday for another shot at earning the title. The Red came from behind with 5:32 left in the game to down the Green, 20-17…With 5:32 left, Dartmouth was a field goal away from tying Cornell. The Green’s fate was sealed at its own 15-yard line with under two minutes in the contest when senior cornerback David Jones recorded his first interception of 2019. From there, Cornell ran out the clock on offense as the Red won its first game against a ranked Ivy opponent since 2006.”
A big congratulations to spoiler Cornell on their upset over undefeated Dartmouth, for winning their first game against a ranked Ivy League opponent in 13 years! And if you’re wondering about Ivy Coach’s crystal ball prediction, it still foretells that Dartmouth will claim the 2019 crown. Stay tuned.
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