Yale improved to 7-1 on Saturday after beating the Brown Bears 59-35 in Providence.
The offense amassed 627 total yards with a balanced attack of 267 rushing yards and 360 passing yards. Rawlings threw for a whopping 360 yards, 5 touchdowns and not a single interception. Brown’s defensive backs often provided good coverage limiting Rawlings to a 50% completion rate, however coverage alone could not stop Shohfi and Klubnik from making highlight reel catches on nearly every possession. Shohfi caught 10 passes for 166 yards and 4 touchdowns, while Klubnik had 87 yards on just 2 receptions. Tipton added a nice 29 yard touchdown reception. The offensive line including the tight ends manhandled Brown’s defensive line for the most part. The left side of the offensive line in particular (Eiselen and Gargiulo) was stellar. Gargiulo was routinely driving defenders out of bounds on running plays paving the way for Dudek to rack up 216 rushing yards and a touchdown. Defenders keyed on Lamar once again, yet he still broke loose for 43 yards and a touchdown. With defenses stacking the box every time Lamar sees the field, it’s created an opportunity over the next two weeks to fake the run to Lamar and hit a slot receiver or tight end for a big gain before the blitz destroys the pocket.
Brown’s quarterback EJ Perry gave our defense fits through the air and on the ground. Perry threw for 331 yards with 4 touchdowns and added 140 rushing yards with a touchdown. For much of the contest, Brown was moving the ball at will and was only derailed by turnovers. The defense was finally able to clamp down on Perry in the fourth quarter as our front seven had simply worn out the Brown offensive line. Matthaei had a great performance at defensive tackle with 5 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 2 sacks and a forced fumble. Awodiran was all over the field with 10 tackles, 1 tackle for loss and 1.5 sacks. Benn has become a tackling machine, but is still just one step away from breaking up passes.
Tuckerman was 3 for 5 on field goals, while Bosman averaged roughly 29 yards per punt. The special teams units will have to improve to keep up the momentum over the next two weeks.
The Bulldogs travel to Princeton this week to take on the 7-1 Tigers. Princeton’s high-powered offense was no match for Dartmouth’s stout defense as the Big Green prevailed 27-10 at Yankee Stadium.