Cornell Football took their shiny 2-0 season record on the road to Hamilton this weekend, and after trailing 21-0 and then 28-5 early on, a come-from-behind win gave the Big Red their first 3-0 start in nearly a decade.
Colgate led going into the final minute of play, but a scene-stealing grab by senior wide receiver Collin Shaw right in the back corner of the end zone gave the Big Red a 39-38 lead with just 28 seconds left to play.
Dalton Banks became just the sixth Cornellian to have a 400-yard passing game in today’s effort. The sophomore was named Ivy League offensive player of the week after his second varsity start in last Saturday’s Homecoming game in Ithaca, where he had his first 300-yard passing game, completing 23 of 32 passes in the Big Red’s 27-13 win over Yale. Today, Banks found Shaw for two touchdown passes and a total of 89 yards.
The Big Red is now 2-0 against Patriot League teams this season, after opening the season with a 24-16 win on the road at Bucknell. The team was ranked among the “top 100 football programs of all time” in an Associated Press ranking released this summer, but has struggled in recent years, with one-win records each of the last two seasons.
Cornell is on the road again next weekend to face the Harvard Crimson, Saturday at 1pm. Harvard has won the last ten matchups, and 14 of the last 15, between the two storied teams.