Penn 21 Cornell 20
The Cornell University football team's comeback fell just short on Nov. 9 when the University of Pennsylvania stopped a potential game-winning two-point conversion attempt with 50 seconds left in the ballgame to secure the Trustees' Cup.
The Big Red pulled within one point when quarterback Kenney Richie completed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Phazione McClurge. Cornell went back to Richie on the two-point attempt, but his pass was broken up by the Quakers' Kendren Smith.
Richie wound up completing 21 of 33 passing attempts for 276 yards, tow touchdowns and one interception. Harold Coles was the squad's leading rusher with 95 yards on 17 touches. SK Howard ran for 86 yards on 16 attempts. Delonte Harrell chalked up a touchdown on the ground.
McClurge led the Big Red in receiving yards (124) and receptions (eight), and tallied two scores. Owen Peters caught four passes for 67 yards, and Eric Gallman hauled in five passes for 54 yards.
On defense, Justin Bedard finished with a team-high eight total tackles – seven solo – along with a half a sack. Jelani Taylor recorded seven total tackles, six of which were solo. Taylor also broke up a pair of passing attempts. Michael Gillooley posted 1.5 sacks.
The loss lowers Cornell's record to 2–6 (1–4 in conference play). With the win, Penn evens its record at 4–4, and is now 2–3 in conference play. The Big Red will travel to play Dartmouth College at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 16.
RPI 38 Ithaca 12
The 17th-ranked Ithaca College football team suffered its second loss of the season to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Nov. 9.
Quarterback Joe Germinerio completed 22 of 37 passing attempts for 248 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Germinerio was also the team's leading rusher, accumulating 25 yards on 15 touches.
Will Gladney was Ithaca's top receiver, snagging 11 passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns. Andrew Vito caught six passes for 81 yards.
On defense, Nick Garone racked up a team-best 16 total tackles, six solo and 10 assisted. Michael Roumes compiled eight total tackles – six solo – and one sack. Miles Haynes made eight total tackles and tallied 1.5 sacks. Both Cade McDermott and Nate Geloff gathered six totals tackles. Ed Longest had six total tackles and a half a sack. Anthony Robinson collected five total tackles, Noah Hill chalked up four and John Hadac recorded four along with a sack.
Ithaca's record dips to 7–2 (3–2 in conference play), while RPI improves its record to 6–3 (4–2 in conference play). Ithaca's next matchup will be against SUNY Cortland in the Cortaca Jug game at 1 p.m. on Nov. 16 at MetLife Stadium.