The first half at Cornell was a disaster on both sides of the ball. Offensively, Chapple was “ineffective” as the ILDN broadcasters put it and went 3/10 for 40 yards with 2 interceptions before being replaced by Tre Moore. Moore played decently aside from an ugly interception and a few misreads. On both second half scoring drives, Moore made smart decisions and showed off the accuracy coaches have been raving about since camp. Whenever momentum seemed to shift in Yale’s direction, it was disappointing that the offense continued to operate at the slow tempo pace allowing defenders to catch their breath. The RBs were not being effectively switched to keep defenses off balance trying to defend against Harris’ speed or the power of Salter/Rich. The O Line struggled to open running lanes and protect the QB once again. Center Karl Marback had a number of high snaps and Guard Jeho Chang blew two assignments resulting in a sack and a tackle for loss. The offensive line stepped up in the second half, but Yale just did not have the offensive gameplan in place to come back from the 24-3 halftime deficit.
Defensively, we witnessed the same struggles as we did a week ago against Colgate. The defensive line could not generate pressure on Cornell’s QB Dalton Banks in the first half leaving the secondary exposed. The corners and safeties were often a step too slow to break up the pass and had to settle for a touchdown saving tackle. The linebackers simply missed too many tackles to slow down the Big Red. It was nice to see Foye Oluokun out there playing OLB/Nickelback and he led the defense with 10 tackles, but appeared to suffer an injury in the fourth quarter so we hope he’s OK next week. CB Marquise Peggs also went down with an injury and Yale opted to move Alessi down to cornerback and bring in senior Brian Sykes at safety.
We have to give credit to Coach Paul Rice as the special teams units played solidly. With all of our talented receivers and backs, it might be time to give someone a shot at punt returning besides Alessi though. Alex Galland performed well and should have a great future here at Yale.