A week after shocking Harvard with a furious fourth-quarter rally, Princeton couldn’t hold on late against host Cornell, losing, 37-35, to fall into a tie for first place in the Ivy League with Harvard and Penn.
Jeff Mathews threw for 525 yards and four touchdowns for the Big Red on Saturday, and John Wells kicked a 23-yard field goal with 50 seconds left to win it.
The Tigers (4-3, 3-1) nearly matched Cornell in total yardage (566 to 549) but turned the ball over four times, including Princeton’s final two drives in the fourth quarter.
Cornell (4-3, 2-2) pulled ahead, 34-28, on Silas Nocita’s 2-yard run, but Wells missed the extra-point attempt.
Quinn Epperly’s touchdown pass gave the Tigers a 35-34 lead with 8:49 left in the game. Princeton was trying to run out the clock when Cornell’s Brian Gee forced Dre Nelson’s fumble, recovered by Tre’ Minor.
Mathews hit Grant Gellatly (12 catches, 215 yards) for 35 yards to set up Wells’s winning kick. Luke Tasker caught 10 passes for 201 and two TDs for Cornell.
Penn 20, Brown 17 — Billy Ragone threw two touchdown passes and Connor Loftus converted two fourth-quarter field goals to help the Quakers rally past the Bears in Philadelphia.
The Quakers (3-4, 3-1) jumped into a first-place tie in the Ivy. Ragone finished with 165 passing yards and 46 rushing yards.
Brown (4-3, 1-3) led, 17-14, after Cody Taulbee’s 1-yard TD run with 3:37 left to play. However, Dexter Davis returned the ensuing kickoff 46 yards to set up the tying field goal.
The Bears took over with 2:12 remaining but Patrick Donnelly was intercepted for the fourth time in the game, giving Penn a chance.
Columbia 26, Yale 22 — Sean Brackett had a 2-yard TD pass to Marcorus Garrett with 45 seconds left as the host Lions (2-5, 1-3) snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Bulldogs (2-5, 1-3).