The Big Red is experienced on the defensive side, returning 10 starters from last season. Cornell has a talented secondary and is physical up front. They played well in a 19-14 loss to Bucknell, a team that was picked to finish second in the Patriot League.
Offensively, Luke Hagy is a proven RB in the Ivy. He rushed for 105 yards and a TD last week. QB Rob Somborn has good arm strength. He made a 55-yard throw off his back foot against Bucknell. Cornell has a good group of WRs that are capable of making big plays. Tony Reno says the team really made strides from last season.
Yale leads the series 46-29-2 and has won four of the last seven. QB Morgan Roberts tied a school mark with five TD passes in a win over Cornell last year.
Bucknell QB R.J. Nitti, son of former Yale RB John Nitti, threw a pair of TDs against Cornell last week including the game winner with under 2 minutes left.
Former St. Joseph standout and Cornell freshman wide receiver Lars Pedersen will miss the season due to mononucleosis.
Pedersen, a Stratford native, is expected to apply for a medical redshirt.
Penn’s game against Villanova has been moved to Thursday because of the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia. It will be the first time an Ivy League team played on a Thursday since Princeton lost to Colgate in 2OT in 2009.
Penn at Villanova, 7 pm
Saturday, September 26
Georgetown at Columbia, 1 pm [ILDN]
Cornell at Yale, 1 pm [ILDN]
Lehigh at Princeton, 5 pm [ILDN]
Brown at Harvard, 7 pm [FCS]
Sacred Heart at Dartmouth, 7 pm [ILDN]