The Bulldogs dominated the Lions on Saturday in a 45-10 contest.
Kurt Rawlings was magical once again throwing for 390 yards and two touchdowns with just a single interception. Rawlings showed his elusiveness in the ground game rushing for 33 yards and two touchdowns. Shohfi and Klubnik put on a clinic with Shohfi hauling in 9 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown and Klubnik hauling in 4 passes for 98 yards. Carrington added 73 yards and a touchdown, but appeared to be injured late in the contest. Dudek had a solid game rushing for 55 yards on just 6 attempts and catching 2 passes for 19 yards. The Columbia defense seemed to key on Lamar whenever he entered the game limiting him to just 12 yards on 8 carries. The offensive line was stellar in pass blocking, yet did allow too much penetration on running downs.
The return of Rodney Thomas was key to shutting down Columbia’s offensive attack. Columbia’s top wideout and playmaker, Wainwright, did not suit up for the Lions giving a leg up to the Bulldogs before play had even commenced. The front seven pounded the Lions all game limiting their rushing attack to 28 yards on 29 attempts and racking up 4 sacks. Nickerson, Matthaei, Ifesinachukwu, Goodyear, Callender, and Kissel were all standouts along the defensive line. Thomas and Awodiran were the heart of the linebacking corps combining for 12 tackles and 1.5 tackles for losses. Columbia wideouts were still beating Yale defensive backs in coverage, although the pass rush was able to minimize Lenhart’s effectiveness in delivering the ball. Hickey played sparingly and was seen in the second half leaving the field with a grimace on his face. Freshman Brandon Benn saw the majority of the snaps tying Thomas for a game high 8 tackles. Rouse is improving every week at corner and made a number of crucial tackles. Dixon was ejected for targeting after a controversial penalty.
The punt team struggled allowing Columbia’s Roussos to return a punt 29 yards. Bosman averaged just 29.7 yards per punt. Tuckerman nailed a 38 yard field goal attempt in the 3rd quarter.
One of the highlights off the field was watching two anti-Vicky Chun protestors walk right in front of Chun after halftime.
Yale will travel to Providence to take on the Brown Bears this weekend in what many have described as a trap game.