If you like a good passing game, the Cornell offense is worth the price of admission.
Big Red quarterback Jeff Mathews threw for 472 yards and two touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough, as Harvard escaped Ithaca with a 34-24 win over Cornell.
It’s the third straight loss for the Big Red, who started their season with a win over Bucknell.
Harvard scored first on a 3-yard touchdown run by quarterback Michael Pruneau. They never trailed, although at no point during the game did the lead go above 10 points for Harvard.
The Big Red tried to hang with a team that came into the game undefeated, and having scored at least 40 points in their three wins.
Mathews did all he could to keep Cornell in it, despite being sacked six times. For the seventh time in his career, he threw for more than 400 yards in a game, and on Saturday, he also became the all-time passing yards leader in Ivy League competition.
Mathews big day also meant success for receiver Grant Gellatly, who caught 12 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown. Receiver Ty Bostain also broke the 100-yard mark, catching 12 passes for 112 yards.
The big struggle for the Big Red continues to be in the ground game. Cornell finished with 18 rushing attempts for -15 yards.
Cornell is on the road next week at Monmouth.
Ithaca native has big day in Bombers win at home
Ithaca High product Rakim Jones ran 31 times for 173 yards and a touchdown in Ithaca College’s 17-6 win over Alfred State at home Saturday.
The Bombers got the scoring started with an impressive 15 play, 82 yard drive, that ended at the start of the second quarter with a 6-yard touchdown run by Jones.
Ithaca College is now 4-1 on their season, while Alfred dropped to 3-2.
Red Dragons run away with win on road
At one point Saturday, the Cortland Red Dragons were in a close game at Montclair State.
Then, the Red Dragons put up the final 31 points of the day in a rout 48-14 rout.
Cortland’s quarterback duo of Tyler Augliano and Tyler Hughes combined to throw for four touchdown passes, as the Red Dragons remained undefeated in the NJAC.