Yale thumps Brown 34-7, Princeton and Harvard stand in way of Ivy crown
The Yale Bulldogs rolled to their fourth consecutive win when they defeated Brown 34-7 last Friday night (Nov.3) at the Yale Bowl. The one-sided win for Coach Tony Reno’s Bulldogs improved their record to 7-1 (4-1 Ivy) while the Bears fell to 2-6 (0-5).
The Bulldogs are in total control of their Ivy League title hopes and have a chance to clinch a share of the title this week at Princeton 5-3 (2-3).
Yale ended any hopes for a Brown upset bid when they scored on their ﬁrst three possessions and four of the ﬁrst ﬁve in a command performance. Freshman phenom, Zane Dudek, rushed for 165 yards and three touchdowns (68, 36 and 7 yards) while JP Shohﬁ caught three TD passes.
The Yale defensive unit had another outstanding game limiting Brown to just 7 points. The Bulldog defense has surrendered just 32 points in the four-game winning streak.
Princeton, the Ivy League pre-season favorite, had their title hopes take a major hit last week when they were stunned by Penn, 38-35.
The Yale/Princeton rivalry has developed into the second-most played in college football with the first meeting played in 1873, a 12-5 Bulldog win. The encounter marks the 140th meeting, second only to Lehigh/Lafayette (152) with Yale having a 76-53-10 overall advantage in the series.
The game at Princeton Stadium (1 p.m. kickoff) will air live on Eleven Sports and the Ivy League Network and broadcast on the Yale Football Radio Network (ESPN Radio AM-1300 in New Haven). Ron Vaccaro and Carm Cozza have the call on radio.
The Bulldogs cannot be guilty of looking ahead to Harvard. They must take care of business against a very dangerous Tiger team….
FINAL: Yale 28 Princeton 24
Next week: THE GAME at the Yale Bowl, November 18 with a 12:30p.m. kickoff (CNBC).
BULLDOG BITES and MORE
There are still plenty of unanswered questions in the chase for the Ivy League title. Obviously, Yale is in the driver’s seat but …
Dartmouth 6-2 (3-2) will look to keep their title hopes alive when they face Brown 2-6 (0-5) this evening at Fenway Park while Columbia 6-2 (3-2) is in Ithaca Saturday afternoon against Cornell 3-5 (3-2). Harvard 5-3 (3-2) hosts Penn 4-4 (2-3) and with a Crimson win it will set up plenty of Ivy League drama in THE GAME.
Harvard’s Tim Murphy registered his 200th coaching win (168 at Harvard) in the Crimson’s 21-14 victory over Columbia.
Dudek has racked up 889 yards and 11 rushing TDs to set all kinds of Yale freshman records. The freshman’s yardage total is the best for a ﬁrst-year running back and the most since Levi Jackson topped the 800-yard mark in 1946. Dudek is on the Jerry Rice Award Watch List for the top rookie in the FCS.
The Bulldogs Shohﬁ’s 83-yard TD against Brown was the fifth-longest in Yale history.
Yale’s senior linebacker and Double G local standout Matthew Oplinger (Summit, NJ) was named to the Buck Buchanan Award Watch List for the top defensive in the country.
Oplinger, is second in the FCS in QB sacks per game and currently has a team-high 9.5 this year.
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(Compiled from various Ivy League media outlets)
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