The Bulldogs improved to 4-2 (2-1 Ivy) after a 23-10 victory over Penn at Franklin Field on Friday.
Yale started quickly on offense with Lamar’s 47 yard run on the first play from scrimmage. Rawlings capped off a dominating drive with a 4 yard scamper into the endzone. Conte connected with Dawson on a two point conversion to put Yale up 8-0 before ESPNU had even switched over to the game. The offensive line had one of its better games to date paving the way for 244 yards rushing and surrendering only 2 sacks. Lamar was phenomenal rushing for 179 yards in a punishing fashion. Alston had a nice game as well averaging 6.1 yards per carry. Dudek played sparingly still appearing to be suffering some effects from the turf toe injury. In a devastating series of events, Rawlings was injured fighting for extra yards and just plays later, Lamar fumbled going into the endzone. It seemed as though it could be the turning point in the game, but luckily the defense was able to contain Penn for the most part. Jimmy Check showed a lot of poise entering the game and going 5/8 for 59 yards. He had a few errant passes and bobbled Cepalia’s snaps, however, we expect him to be much crisper against Columbia after a whole week working with the starters. Shohfi, Klubnik and Howland were excellent in the passing game once again.
The defensive line and linebackers stuffed Penn’s rushing attack limiting them to 14 total yards. Sampleton and Callender in particular were forces up front. Noah Pope led the defense in tackles once again posting 10 total tackles, a tackle for loss and a sack. The linebackers still struggled covering running backs that ran deep routes. Opponents are going to continue to send the backs on deep routes until we figure out how to stop them. Penn WR Steve Farrell torched our secondary for 173 yards receiving including an 87 yard reception. Our corners weren’t playing the ball and safeties were rarely over the top of plays. There were at least 4 dropped interceptions as well. Peggs and Keeler were injured during the contest, Rodney Thomas did not play and Malcolm Dixon appeared to be playing through substantial pain.
The special teams highlight was the Conte to Dawson two point conversion. The lowlights were a blocked extra point and a dropped punt by Shohfi (although to Shohfi’s credit, he made a fantastic play in grabbing the ball before Penn scooped it up.)
Next up: Columbia!