Saturday’s game against Delaware was over before it started. Well, maybe one play after it started.
To open a 41-14 loss in the Mid-Atlantic, junior running back Chris Walker coughed up the ball on the first play of Cornell football’s 2017 season, eliminating any momentum that might have come with getting the team’s high-powered offense on the field first.
Mistakes like these are to be expected in the team’s first game of the season, especially given the quality of opponent lined up to quite literally deliver the first physical blows of 2017. But with no game experience heading into a date with a perennially tough Delaware team, those mistakes piled up fast.
Following the Walker fumble, the Red turned the ball over four more times in the first half. Junior quarterback Dalton Banks threw three interceptions to go along with one from Walker on a trick play toward the end of the opening quarter.
Cornell was lost.
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