The Yale offense exploded on Saturday in a 48-24 win over Fordham.
Kurt Rawlings was named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for 301 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for another two touchdowns. Lamar was back in action rushing 11 times for 52 yards, while Dudek had 7 carries for 33 yards. Lamar and Dudek were also receiving threats out of the backfield combining for 5 receptions for 33 yards. The offensive line had their best showing of the year pushing around defenders in the running game and giving Rawlings ample time in the passing game. The receivers and tight ends were nothing short of dominant. Shohfi could not be contained hauling in 5 passes for 139 yards and a touchdown. Klubnik had 5 receptions for 96 yards, while Tipton and Roman each caught bombs from Rawlings good for 48 yards and 41 yards respectively. McCord, White and Herring were all solid in the second half.
Ifesinachukwu and Matthaei could not be blocked by the Rams’ offensive line. Conlin likely had a headache all day trying to figure out how to spring his stellar running back free against the Bulldogs’ stout front seven. Burke was back in action at linebacker and was outstanding with 6 tackles, 3 tackles for losses and a sack. Rodney Thomas has become the star of the defense in recent weeks with another strong showing. Thomas racked up 11 tackles, 3 tackles for losses, a sack, and a forced fumble. Ellis keeps improving by leaps and bounds each week. His interception for a touchdown in the second quarter put the Bulldogs ahead 45-10. There were a couple of mental errors in the secondary that led to wide open receivers streaking down the field, but it’s hard to complain after such a thorough beating of Fordham.
Sam Tuckerman had a nice showing in the kicking game. The areas of concern on special teams were the kickoff and punt coverages. Fordham’s kick returner had 5 returns for 150 yards including a 53 yarder.
This was exactly the type of momentum we needed heading into the toughest week of the season.