Getting to Princeton proved a lot tougher for Cornell than playing the game with a young team and an untested quarterback.
Sophomore Ricky Rahne more than held up his own by throwing for 307 yards and two touchdowns in his first start, as Cornell defeated Princeton, 20-3, in the season opener for both Ivy League teams on Saturday.
While Rahne probably won't forget his first start, the bus trip from Ithaca to Princeton on Friday will be almost as memorable. Hurricane Floyd will take the credit for that. Cornell coach Pete Mangurian said the trip took an extra two hours because some roads were closed due to flooding.
That didn't seem to upset the Big Red, who have six seniors among their 22 starters.
"One of the reasons we handled that so well is we like each each other," said Rahne, who threw only four passes last season. "We didn't mind being on the bus a little longer. We were just hanging out with the guys."
John McCombs added field goals of 45 and 18 yards, Deon Harris rushed for 113 yards and the Big Red defense forced three turnovers to avenge a season-opening 6-0 loss to the Tigers last year.
"It's kind of a funny thing, I'm excited they're not excited," said Mangurian, a former New York Giants offensive line coach. "They are, but we went out and did our job. They're happy. They're going to be laughing. There was never that up and down thing. They kept an even keel."
Rahne completed 19 of 33 with only one interception. Joe Splendorio had seven catches for 101 yards and Keith Ferguson had three for 93.
Boston College rallies past Navy
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Carlton Rowe scored on a 6-yard run midway through the fourth quarter as Boston College rallied to beat Navy, 14-10.
Rowe's touchdown capped a six-play, 73-yard drive for the Eagles (2-0). Quarterback Tim Hasselbeck completed three passes on the drive, one to Rowe for 23 yards and two to Dedrick DeWalt for 46.
Boston College mounted the winning drive, which took just 1:59, after Navy (1-2) had marched 68 yards in 12 plays for its lone touchdown of the day. Brian Broadwater got the score on a 1-yard run.
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Randy Reiners returned to the starting quarterback spot and scored a TD, and Ladell Betts ran for a career-best 174 yards and a TD to lift Iowa (1-2) to a 24-0 victory over visiting Northern Illinois (0-3).
The Hawkeyes snapped a seven-game losing streak, gave Kirk Ferentz his first victory as Iowa's coach and averted what would have been the team's worst start since 1979. Northern Illinois has lost seven straight and is 3-33 in the last four years.