Homestand for Big Red Football, seeking first win against defending Ivy champ Princeton

October 31, 2014 by Mark H. Anbinder

The defending Ivy League champion is just the opponent a winless Cornell Football squad wants for a nationally televised game, but they show no sign of worry. Second-year head coach David Archer, the youngest Division I college football coach in the country, says they're ready.

Big Red Football takes on Princeton at Schoellkopf Field tomorrow. 14850 Photo.Big Red Football takes on Princeton at Schoellkopf Field tomorrow. 14850 Photo.It'll be the 97th meeting between the Big Red and the Princeton Tigers when the Ivy rivals face off at 12:30pm this Saturday on Cornell's Schoellkopf Field. The game will be televised on Fox College Sports and on the radio locally on WHCU, though online video streaming is blacked out under the terms of the television deal.

Cornell says the series has been "peppered with last-second finishes, crazy endings and upsets galore," with eight of the last ten contests between the two teams "decided by a touchdown or less, with that stretching to 11 of the last 14 meetings and 18 of the last 24."

The Big Red has had some strong drives and some inspiring comeback attempts in this season's six losses, but have fallen short every Saturday so far. If they pull it off tomorrow, it may be in front of a small crowd; the weather forecast for cloudy and mid 40s at gametime may keep a lot of fair-weather fans away, though showers, if any, are likely to be brief.

Plenty of Hockey

It'll be a busy weekend across the street at Lynah Rink, where women's and men's ice hockey teams have a pair of home games each. The Big Red women have their home openers, hosting Princeton and Quinnipiac at 3pm on Friday and Saturday, respectively. They dropped from a season-start fifth place in the polls to eighth, on a pair of road losses at Boston College last weekend.

Cornell women's hockey hosts Princeton at 3pm Friday.Cornell women's hockey hosts Princeton at 3pm Friday.Cornell's women are without some key personnel this weekend. Head coach Doug Derraugh, Brianne Jenner, and Jillian Saulnier are all representing Team Canada in the Four Nations tournament.

For the men, it was a pair of exhibition wins to start the home season last weekend, against the Team USA national development program Under 18 squad and Ontario's Carleton University. They begin their regulation season with a pair of games this Friday and Saturday at 7pm against the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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