@ Lehigh

Yale Football traveled to Bethlehem, PA to take on Lehigh University on Saturday, September 16th for a 12:30pm kickoff. By 5:00pm, Yale walked off the field with a dominating 56-28 win over Lehigh.

Kurt Rawlings threw for 308 yards and 4 touchdowns throughout the afternoon. Freshman running back, Zane Dudek led the team in rushing with 131 yards on just 9 carries, finding the end zone twice. Andrew Grinde and Deshawn Salter also punched in a touchdown each themselves. The receiving core for Yale was just as active, with Rawlings firing on all cylinders to all six receivers. Melvin Rouse (2), Christopher Williams-Lopez (1) and JP Shohfi (1) all found their way into the end zone for touchdowns respectively.

Yale takes on Cornell Saturday, September 23rd at 1:00pm for their first home game and conference matchup of the season. Cornell is coming off a loss at Delaware 41-14 last week.


vs. Cornell

Yale locked up a win vs. Cornell Saturday, September 23rd for the team’s home-opener of the 2017 season, 49-24. Yale’s running game and defense was the deciding factor in the game. Senior Running Back, Deshawn Salter and Freshmen Running Back, Zane Dudek both ran for 143 and 173 rushing yards respectively. Salter found his way into the end zone three times in the afternoon. The defensive side of the ball was just as active, picking off Cornell’s Dalton Banks twice, including six sacks on the day.

The win puts Yale at a 2-0 record (1-0 Ivy League), with a road game against Fordham in the upcoming week.

@ Fordham

Yale traveled to the Bronx on the last Saturday of September to meet the Fordham Rams. The Bulldogs quickly jumped out to a 21-0 lead by the end of the first quarter, leaving Fordham in the rear view mirror for the rest of the night. Yale took the win with a score of 41-10.

Yale Quarterback, Kurt Rawlings, threw for 18/20, 189 yards and 1 TD in only three quarters of football. Running backs Deshawn Salter and Zane Dudek both rushed for over 100 yards each and 5 touchdowns between them. Yale’s defense had a standout game vs the Rams as well, giving up the only touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs move to 3-0 (1-0 Ivy) and look forward to next week’s conference game at Dartmouth in Hanover, New Hampshire.

@ Dartmouth

Yale fell to Dartmouth 28-27 this weekend for Dartmouth’s Homecoming game. After taking a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, Dartmouth found a way to claw back in the second half and take the lead for the first time in the game with :34 seconds left in the game.

Kurt Rawlings threw for 24/39 with 283 yards and 3 TD’s. Christopher Williams-Lopez led the team in receiving with 10 catches for 146 yards and 1 TD.

Yale moves to 3-1 (1-1 Ivy League) and looks to bounce back next week with a home game vs. Holy Cross (2-4).

vs. Holy Cross

The Yale Bulldogs wrapped up another win last week vs the Holy Cross Crusaders, closing out the game at 32-0.

Defense was the factor in Saturday’s game, with middle linebacker, Matt Oplinger having three sacks and one for a safety during the afternoon. QB, Kurt Rawlings completed 27 of 38 passes for 316 yards and two touchdowns. Rawlings showed the love to the receiving core, with all nine receivers having a catch throughout the game. Senior WR, Michael Siragusa led the receiving core with two touchdowns and 98 yards. Freshman RB, Zane Dudek only had four touches but found his way into the end zone twice.

The win puts Yale at a 4-1 (1-1 Ivy League) record. The Bulldogs travel to Philadelphia, PA next week to take on the University of Pennsylvania in an Ivy League match up.


@ Penn

Yale was on the road in another conference game in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, PA, where the Dogs came out on top 24-19 in a nail biter to the end.

Quarterback, Kurt Rawlings, completed 19 of 27 passes for 199 yards with 2 touchdowns. Freshman Running Back, Zane Dudek, had 12 carries for 103 yards and 1 touchdown on the afternoon. Defensively, Foye Oluokun led the way with ten tackles and 2 sacks. After Penn took the lead with 9 minutes left in the game to go up 19-18, Yale drove the length of the field on a five minute drive to retake the lead and secure the win for the Bulldogs with a simple fade route to receiver Christopher Williams-Lopez.

The Bulldogs move to 5-1 (2-1 Ivy) and look to take on Columbia (6-0,  3-0 Ivy) at home next week in what is shaping up to be a power house match up in the conference.

vs. Columbia

The Bulldogs pulled out another W this weekend against the once undefeated Columbia Lions, 23-6, and move into a first place tie with Columbia and Cornell in the Ivy League.

The Dogs came out aggressive with a fake field goal for a touchdown in the first quarter to jump out to an early 7-0 lead. The offensive line then paved the way for Freshman RB Zane Dudek who carried the ball 25 times for 173 yards. Defensively, Senior MLB, Matt Oplinger led the defense with 2 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss and now leads the FCS with 9.5 sacks on the season. Yale’s defense shut down Columbia’s run game early and only allowed 34 yards on the ground throughout the game.

The win over Columbia puts Yale in the driver seat of the Ivy League at 6-1 (3-1 Ivy). The Bulldogs look to improve their record this Friday night when Brown comes to the Yale Bowl for a 8:00pm kickoff that will air on NBC Sports.


vs. Brown

The Bulldogs rolled over the Brown Bears Friday night on NBC Sports with a solid win of 34-7. Yale jumped out to an early lead when Freshman RB, Zane Dudek ran for  a 68 yard TD only four minutes into the game. Dudek ended the game with 13 carries for 165 yards and 3 TD’s. Quarterback, Kurt Rawlings completed 17 of 25 passes for 295 yards and 2 TD’s. J.P Shohfi led the receiving core with 2 receptions for 102 yards and 2 TD’s. Yale’s defense had themselves a solid outing with 2 interceptions, 1 by the Captain, Spencer Rymiszewski and the other by Jason Alessi. As a whole, the defense only allowed 235 yards of total offense to the Bears and forced 2 turnovers.

The win over Brown puts Yale at 7-1 overall and still atop of the Ivy League at 4-1. The Bulldogs head to New Jersey next Saturday for a conference and rivalry match up vs Princeton.


@ Princeton

The Bulldogs found themselves in a dog fight to the end with the Princeton Tigers this weekend and came out on top 35-31. QB, Kurt Rawlings completed 26/34 passes for 304 yards and 2 TD’s. TE, Jaden Graham and WR Ross Drawl hauled in both TD catches for 58 yards and 33 yards respectively. Freshman RB, Zane Dudek carried the ball 35 times for 180 yards and 3 TD’s. Yale’s defense forced two turnovers, a fumble and an interception by Foye Oluokun with two minutes left and the game on the line on Princeton’s final drive to seal the win.

The win over Princeton guarantees Yale at least a piece of the Ivy League Championship, depending on the outcome of next week’s game vs long time rival, Harvard. “The Game” will kick off at 12:30pm and air on CNBC.

vs. Harvard

The Bulldogs rolled over Harvard 24-3 to seal its first outright Ivy League Championship since 1980. The win over Harvard was also the first time Yale had won in the Bowl since 1999. Yale’s defense was the key factor in Saturday’s victory, holding Harvard to 26 total rushing yards, including 2 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries, 1 for a touchdown. Kurt Rawlings threw 18/27 for 166 yards and a TD, and connected with 6 receivers throughout the game. RB, Zane Dudek carried the ball 25 times for 64 yards and a touchdown as well. The Yale Bulldogs enter the FCS Top 25 Rankings at #24, and with the Ivy League not allowing teams to enter playoffs the Bulldogs’ season comes to a close.

-Team 145: Outright Ivy League Champions of 2017