The Yale Bulldogs won the 2019 Ivy League Championship with a stunning double overtime victory over the Harvard Crimson. Congratulations to the players and coaches of Team 147 on an unbelievable season to remember!
The offense came out swinging with a 51 yard passing play to Sandifer on the first play from scrimmage. Harvard’s stout defense clamped down on the Elis forcing a field goal on that possession and limiting Yale to just 3 points until the second half. With Harvard up 22-3 in the third quarter, the Yale offense responded to the pressure by simply slicing apart the Crimson defense. Rawlings’ quick feet and golden arm were on display as he avoided pressure, chewed up yardage in the ground game and delivered perfect strikes through the air. Rawlings finished with 417 passing yards, 62 yards rushing, 3 touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown. Shohfi and Klubnik cemented their status as the best Yale receiving duo of all time. Shohfi battled through an injury all day and caught every ball remotely close to him. Klubnik roasted defensive backs and racked up much needed yards after the catch. The two-headed monster of Shohfi and Klubnik combined for 244 receiving yards and a touchdown, but even that gaudy stat line doesn’t begin to show how clutch these players were down the stretch. Herring, Tipton and Sandifer had their best performances of their careers when we needed them most. The offensive line had some early struggles against Harvard’s defensive line, yet the Bulldogs wore them down and were able to provide Rawlings with nice protection in the second half and overtime. Tribble suffered a serious injury and was carted off of the field. Cepalia stepped in and the offense didn’t miss a beat. Dudek had nifty runs to keep the chains moving and a stellar overtime touchdown, while Lamar was phenomenal catching balls out of the backfield.
Poor tackling and even worse open field angles allowed Harvard’s freshman running back Borguet to rush for 269 yards and 4 touchdowns. Harvard scored very quickly on drives giving much needed time for the Yale offense to operate in the second half. The defensive line and linebackers harassed Smith for much of the day with sacks from Sampleton, Goodyear and Burke. Rouse was spectacular with an interception and numerous big hits. In the second overtime, Dean made a crucial tackle on 3rd down forcing Harvard into a do-or-die fourth down attempt. Harvard opted to put the ball in BJ Watson’s hands, however, Burke and Thomas read the play perfectly and each got a shot on Watson as he fell short of the first down marker. The defense stepped up to the challenge in critical moments to seal the victory.
Sam Tuckerman will go down as the best onside kicker in Ivy League history. We saw his skill in that department versus Richmond, but no onside kick was bigger than the one Klubnik recovered in The Game. Harvard actually executed their onside return scheme effectively with the front line acting as blockers, however, they didn’t account for a better receiver from Texas stepping in front of their Texan wideout. Bosman averaged over 35 yards per punt and delivered excellent hang time on the punt that Harvard dropped.
The Curse of Cozza lives on!