The Bulldogs are currently sitting at 2-2 (1-1 Ivy) after a painful 41-18 loss to the Dartmouth Big Green on Friday. Yale had chances to hang around, but penalties, missed tackles and mental errors were too much to overcome against a talented squad.
Yale’s opening drive began with a nice pass from Rawlings to Klubnik, but the drive would eventually stall. Lamar and Dudek were back in action, although Dudek did not look to be 100%. He just did not have the same burst and cutback ability that we have come to know and love from him. Lamar had a few nice runs and ended up averaging 5.7 yards per carry. It’s a shame Yale was playing behind most of the day and couldn’t lean on Lamar to drive the field and burn the clock. Klubnik had a heck of an outing with 13 catches for 124 yards and a touchdown. Shohfi had a modest game with 6 catches for 57 yards, but also had a crucial drop and stepped out of bounds on a touchdown. D. Major Roman had a fantastic catch to keep a drive alive. Trenton Charles was lethal catching passes out of the backfield and could have had a touchdown if it was not for a missed pass interference penalty. Dartmouth’s Isiah Swann got away with another two pass interference penalties as he was clearly pulling on our receivers’ arms before the ball arrived. Despite missing the majority of Dartmouth’s penalties, the officials flagged Yale 8 times for 56 yards erasing two touchdown plays. The offensive line only allowed 3 sacks, but that figure is low because Rawlings was scrambling for his life. Aside from two bad throws into coverage, Rawlings had a solid game. The offensive line was the weakest position offensively with costly penalties on Strother and Warfield as well as several missed blocks by each member of the line on passing and running plays.
The defense had no answers for Dartmouth’s offense. Dartmouth decided to lean heavily on their Wildcat QB, Jared Gerbino, who absolutely torched the Bulldogs for 169 yards. Dartmouth would finish the day with 347 yards rushing and had no reason to even throw the ball as we couldn’t contain their ground assault. Dixon and Henson were back in action, but even with our full starting secondary in the lineup, we couldn’t slow the Big Green. The linebackers and defensive backs really struggled to get off blocks and make tackles. Defensive ends such as Moore kept pinching inside on Gerbino runs effectively destroying any containment. Dean and the safeties were beat on a touchdown from Hagdorn. We also did not learn how to cover the deep running back route that Maine used as Dartmouth nearly scored on that same play as well.
We’re on to Mercer!