The Elis improved to 6-2 on the season with a 69-17 rout of the Brown Bears. The Bulldogs led by an astonishing score of 52-3 at the break in quite possibly the most dominant first half of football ever played at the Bowl.
The Yale offense built on the momentum established in the 2nd half of the Columbia contest and was firing on all cylinders on Saturday. Aside from a potential pick six that was dropped by Brown, Grooms was nearly flawless completing 12 of 16 passes for 205 yards and 3 touchdowns. The offensive line did not allow a sack and paved the way for 340 rushing yards for an eye-opening 7.4 yards per carry. Session filled in for a possibly dinged up Mendoza at tackle. Peterson rushed 9 times for 108 yards and 2 touchdowns while Pitsenberger added another 93 yards and a touchdown. Pitsenberger was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week following his performance against the Bears. Tutas got in on the action in the 3rd and 4th quarters completing his only pass and rushing for 45 yards and a touchdown. Brunelle led in receiving yards with 64 yards and a touchdown. Hawes had a highlight reel catch and run bowling over multiple defenders as he finished with 2 catches for 47 yards and a touchdown. Brown struggled to contain Pantelis and Lindley who combined for another 7 catches for 71 yards and a touchdown. It was a magical day for the Yale offense and hopefully the immense firepower will prove too dangerous for Princeton.
The Bulldogs were able to limit Brown’s high-flying offense to just 274 total yards on the afternoon. The Bears were only able to convert on 5 of 16 third downs and did not convert on their only 4th down attempt in the first half. Guyton had his best performance of the season tying Ellis for the lead in tackles with 8 and ripping away a possible reception for an interception. Ellis was a monster once again in run support and forced a fumble. Nickerson forced another fumble on his sack that Moore returned for a touchdown. Vaughn intercepted a Brown pass and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown before half. Raine bullied the interior of Brown’s offensive line racking up 5 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 2 pass breakups. It was odd that the starting secondary remained in for so long into the second half with Oldacre potentially getting banged up on a rough collision. McDonough and Frommer were impressive in second half play. This was exactly the type of defensive performance we needed heading into the most challenging game of the season versus Princeton.
Bosman earned Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week with two 40+ yard field goals, 9 PATs, and 38.3 yards per punt.
Next up: Princeton