PRINCETON, N.J. – Harvard sophomore punter Jacob Dombrowski has been named the Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week in an announcement from the league office on Monday afternoon.
Dombrowski is joined on the weekly honor roll by teammates Ben Graeff and Gino Gordon. Harvard defeated Cornell, 31-17, in front of 11,434 fans at Harvard Stadium.
Graeff was further honored for his performance by the College Football Performance Awards as their honorable mention defensive lineman performer of the week.
Dombrowski put Harvard’s defense into prime field position against Cornell. He punted seven times and pinned his first two punts inside Cornell’s 5-yard line, enabling the Crimson to limit Cornell to just 80 yards in the first half. In all, he averaged 39.1 yards per punt with a long of 58 on the day.
Graeff led a Harvard defense that collected nine sacks with a personal best of 4.0 sacks himself against Cornell. Graeff also had a game-high seven solo tackles against the Big Red.
Gordon rushed for 158 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries (7.5 ypc), and had two receptions for 24 yards in the win.
After having just two 300-yard rushing games from 2000-07, Harvard has had a 300-yard rushing game in each of the past three seasons and, with 314 against Cornell, reached the 300-yard mark for a second consecutive game (311 at Lafayette). It marked the first time under Tim Murphy that a Crimson team has had consecutive 300-yard rushing games … Three different players had a rushing touchdown for a second-straight game (Gino Gordon, Rich Zajeski, Colton Chapple) … Harvard has won nine of the last 10 contests against Cornell while averaging 33.5 points in those nine wins compared to 15 for Cornell. Harvard has scored at least 31 points in four of the last five years against the Big Red … Harvard had 17 plays of 10 or more yards against Cornell on Saturday including 10 such plays on first down … In all, Harvard had 25 plays of at least eight yards … Harvard recorded nine sacks and held Cornell to 69 rushing yards on 36 carries (1.9 ypc) and has now held 10 of its last 16 Ivy League foes under 100 yards rushing dating back to the 2008 season … When Harvard hosts Lehigh on Oct. 16, the Crimson will be going for its sixth undefeated nonconference season since 2001 … The Crimson is 10-4 in its last 14 nonleague road games since the 1999 season … Harvard has outscored its two Patriot League foes (Holy Cross and Lafayette) by a combined score of 69-16 this season … Harvard is 270-5-1 all-time (.980) when the Crimson scores 30 or more points … Harvard has scored points in a school-record 122 consecutive games.