TEAM 143 SEASON OVERVIEW
HAMILTON, N.Y. – Just like the 2014 season-opener, the Yale football team overcame a multi-touchdown deficit in the second half of the 2015 opener, relying on two blocked field goals and an unlikely two-point conversion to sneak past Colgate, 29-28, on Saturday afternoon at Andy Kerr Stadium.
The Bulldogs (1-0, 0-0 Ivy) scored 15 points in the final quarter, while mixing in a stingy defensive effort in the second half, to earn an impressive come-from-behind victory on the road against the Raiders.
“In the first half, we made mistakes on every side of the ball, but the important thing is how we dealt with it,” said Class of 1954, Joel E. Smilow head coach Tony Reno. “If this is what this team will be about, facing adversity and just keep playing, we will have a team with a great foundation.”
Bulldogs Run to Road Win
Salter’s 233 Yards Lifts Yale to 27-12 Win
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Deshawn Salter had to wait a season and two games for his chance to run as the top Bulldog tail back. His debut as the starter put him in the school’s record books. With help from an outstanding push from the offensive line, the sophomore rambled, juked, sprinted, dove and plowed his way to 233 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-12 Eli win at Lehigh today.
The Bulldogs, who improved to 3-0, which included a pair of come-back wins, scored on the opening possession and never allowed the home team to get closer than six points. Getting 529 yards of offense with 29 first downs while averaging six yards per play made that possible.
Bulldogs Fall to Big Green
Yale Can’t Overcome Obstacles in Hanover
HANOVER, N.H. – The Bulldogs ran into enormous obstacles today in a showdown of unbeaten Ivy League teams. The Yale football team faced the nation’s second ranked defense and the FCS’s No. 8 scoring offense while trying to overcome the losses of seven injured starters. The result was a 35-3 loss to Dartmouth, which thrilled its Homecoming Day crowd with 592 yards of offense, including some through the air with time running out in the fourth quarter.
Strong Second Half Propels Yale Past Maine
Salter Runs For 139 Yards And Two TDs In Win
ORONO, Me. – In the first meeting with Maine in 78 years, Leo Haenni’s unbelievable one-handed reception on a fourth quarter drive, quickly followed by a DeShawn Salter touchdown run, put the Yale football team ahead for good in an eventual 21-10 win over the Black Bears on Saturday evening.
Four Turnovers Sink Bulldogs at Penn
Clemons And Hines Combine For 11 Catches, 165 Yards In Loss
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – A career-day for senior back Austin Reuland, coupled with the comeback of receivers Robert Clemons III and Bo Hines, was not enough for a banged-up Yale football team, which fell victim to four turnovers on its way to a 34-20 loss at Penn on Friday night.
Bulldogs Stifled by Columbia Defense, Fall 17-7
Yale Defense Holds Columbia To 243 Yards
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – An 80-yard punt return touchdown by sophomore Jason Alessi, the third-longest in school history, proved to be Yale football’s only offense in a 17-7 loss to Columbia on Saturday afternoon at Yale Bowl.
In the first home game for the Bulldogs (4-3, 1-3 Ivy) since Sept. 26 against Cornell, the Elis were unable to get anything going on offense – managing just 120 total yards against Columbia’s stout defense.
Bulldogs Win in All Phases, Trample Brown 41-14
Williams-Lopez Catches 13 Passes For 154 Yards In Win
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Behind a 24-point third quarter, the Yale football team got back in the win column with its most dominating performance of the season, routing Brown 41-14, on Saturday afternoon on Heroes Day at the Yale Bowl.
With a three-point lead at halftime, the Bulldogs (5-3, 2-3 Ivy) controlled the entire second half, earning a 24-0 scoring advantage and holding Brown’s offense to less than 100 total yards, while forcing three turnovers and keeping the Bears scoreless. Brown did not score on its final nine possessions of the game.
Bulldogs Come Back for 35-28 Win
Harris Runs For 177, Defense Shines Again
PRINCETON, N.J. – The Yale-Princeton rivalry has had its share of classic contests, today’s belongs among the best. Morgan Roberts hit Robert Clemons on a 19-yard touchdown pass with 4:31 left and the Bulldog defense came up with a huge stand on the way to a 35-28 win over the Tigers at Princeton Stadium.
Yale (6-3, 3-3 Ivy), which overcame 14-0, 21-14 and 28-24 deficits to hand Princeton its only home loss this fall, had so many heroes on both sides of the line that it’s hard to list.
Big Passing Day Not Enough for Blue
Elis Put Up Big Numbers For Big Crowd
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale wide receiver Chris Williams-Lopez provided a glimpse of why he will be a headache for opposing Ivy League secondaries for the next two years.
Williams, a sophomore from Duluth, Georgia, caught 13 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown against the nation’s third-ranked defense. But his career day was not enough, as Yale fell to Harvard 38-19 in front of 52,126 at the Yale Bowl in the 132nd edition of The Game.
Yale remains in the lead in the series, holding a 65-59-8 edge.