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The Ivy League appears to be a race for second place once again this year as Dartmouth moved to 3-0 in the conference with an 86-0 thrashing of Yale. After getting throttled by Dartmouth last week, Brown bounced back to beat Harvard 28-8. Finally, Princeton remained undefeated with a 41-20 victory over Columbia.
“The guys were pretty pumped up. It was a home game and even though we lost last week, the guys were pretty positive going into this week. We made a couple of changes in the line up,” said Brown coach David LaFlamme.
Brown got on the board within the first minute and controlled play for most of the first half. The Bears extended the lead to 10-0 and took a 13-3 lead into the break. It prevented Harvard from getting anything going, thanks in large part to a strong defensive effort and a couple standout performers. Luke Hayhoe, who was making his first start for Brown Saturday, made an impact on the defensive side of the ball.
“He really stepped up playing open side flanker for us,” LaFlamme said of his forward. “He had some really big hits and got them before they could get going.”
Brown stifled the Crimson defense for most of the game extending the lead to 28-3 before Harvard earned a consolation try at the end.
“It was just a really good team effort. The guys played well together and they were pretty pumped. It started to get pretty chippy towards the end but they kept their composure,” LaFlamme concluded.
Princeton remained undefeated with a 41-20 victory over Columbia. However, the Tigers started slow and had to make a comeback after falling behind early.
“It was a pretty scrappy game. We just managed to make ourselves do well. There were a lot of dropped balls a lot of knock-ons,” said Princeton captain Adrian Odunayo.
The Tigers went into the ascendancy in the second half, putting away Columbia with a number of quick scores. “The second half we came out and really blew them away,” Odunayo added.
The Tigers have struggled in recent years but have had a strong start thanks to several factors. A healthy team with more experience has been driving the positive results for Princeton.
“We just needed to work on being clinical. I think last year we threw away a lot of chances even though we were a good side. We have a lot of our guys who were out injured come back,” Odunayo explained of the early season success.