Notes on Princeton Game

With the four point win over Princeton on Saturday, Yale clinched at least a share of the Ivy League Championship.  This was a rivalry game for the ages featuring two potent offenses firing on all cylinders.

Coming into the contest, we had a feeling Kanoff was going to have a big game, but no one thought he would put up over 450 passing yards on the top defense.  Princeton WR Tiger Bech caught 6 passes for 175 yards, WR Jesper Horsted caught 6 passes for 128 yards and WR Stephen Carlson added another 74 yards receiving.  Despite the yardage, Kanoff’s completion percentage was a low 56% as the Yale defense affected his rhythm and Princeton wideouts dropped a few balls.   We bottled up Princeton’s running game by limiting Volker to just 29 yards.  Everything seemed to go wrong for our defense during the first half.  The pass rush was not generating enough pressure, the defensive backs were yards behind Princeton receivers, and tackling was downright atrocious.  TE Jaeden Graham’s 58 yard touchdown reception and Princeton’s fumble on their opening drive of the second half shifted the momentum in favor of the Bulldogs.

After the Princeton fumble, Rawlings threw a perfect 33 yard touchdown pass to Senior WR Ross Drwal to put the Elis within a field goal of the Tigers.  From that point on, the offense leaned on the bruisers up front to pave holes for Dudek and burn time off the clock.  Dudek was a workhorse running for 180 yards on 35 carries.  Rouse carried the ball twice for 26 yards including an electric 21 yard dash.  After the 24-7 start to the game, Rawlings went on to complete 15 of his next 16 passes to finish up 26 for 34 for 304 yards and two touchdowns.  Graham led the team in receiving yards with 87 followed by Williams-Lopez with 73.

The Bulldogs did not sack Kanoff once during the game, but Oplinger’s pressure on Princeton’s final offensive play caused an errant pass that wound up in Oluokun’s hands.  Oplinger finished the day with 10 total tackles followed by Hayden Carlson who had 8 tackles and two very important pass breakups.

Galland was perfect on extra points, but missed a tough 44 yard field goal in crunch time.  Kick coverage was poor once again and Princeton’s Tiger Bech had multiple opportunities to return kicks for touchdowns.

Congratulations to Yale players, coaches and parents on the championship run!

There’s just one more goal to accomplish: Beat Harvard!

4 thoughts on “Notes on Princeton Game”

  1. Leave no doubt YALE!!! Take this game,no open back door for Columbia or Dmouth.
    Let the Big Bad Blue Machine eat up haavaad. Beat em on offense and bash em up with our D.
    To many times( once is enough) haavaad has broken our hearts…NOT THIS TIME YALE. Play a full 60 minutes to YOUR standards.
    Really want to see the cantabs run to their lockers after we thrash them Saturday.
    GO YALE CRUSH harvarda

  2. The Yale victory was an impressive one against a very strong Princeton team, particularly in overcoming a seventeen point lead. However, two weaknesses of this team were once again exposed after nine games – D backs defense of a strong passing attack and poor coverage on kick-offs. These will need to be corrected, if possible, by Saturday. Also, in the past Yale has come out flat against Harvard after a tough win over Princeton, especially when they have clinched a tie for the Ivy title. I like to think this special team will be different.

  3. Yale must never forget Harvard dashing our dreams of either an undefeated season, a shared championship or an outright championship in ‘’68, 74, ‘79 ‘87, ‘89, 2007 and 2014. Add to that a 9 year winning streak by Harvard that included many severe beat downs of Yale. Yale mustn’t let history repeat itself. Let’s make sure the season ends with a Yale celebration on our home field for the first time this century. BEAT HARVARD!

  4. We need to bring extra pressure up front at times to disrupt the passing game. Just four in predictable lanes cost us the Dartmouth game and allowed Princeton to riddle our defensive backfield. Bring the extra man from multiple angles and knock the Cantab QB flat.

    Dudek means “bright plumage” in Czech. He will shine again on Saturday afternoon.

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