Yale Clinches 15th Ivy Title With Win Over Harvard
In a rivalry that is known as The Game, today’s contest could easily go down as one of the true classics in the 134 years of the Yale-Harvard football rivalry.
The Bulldogs win over Harvard marks the first sole Ivy League Championship Yale has won since 1980, finishing the season at 9-1 (6-1 Ivy) and cracking the FCS Top 25 Rankings coming in at #24.
“The Game” kicked off at 12:30PM at the historic Yale Bowl, where weather conditions were in play for a classic mud game.
The Bulldogs started off slow with a quick three and out on the first possession but then held Harvard to just a field goal after a 50 yard drive, chewing up almost 6 minutes of the clock. With about two minutes left in the first quarter, Kurt Rawlings threw a perfect ball to JP Shohfi for 46 yards to give the Bulldogs offense a kick start. After a few hard yards gained by Freshman Running Back, Zane Dudek, Rawlings found Shohfi in the back corner of the end zone for Yale’s first touchdown of the game, putting the Dogs up 7-3.
On Harvard’s next possession, attempting a speed option, the muddy conditions came into play when Harvard fumbled and Senior defensive back, Malcolm Dixon, picked up a fumble for a scoop and score, extending the lead to 14-3. Following the scoop and score, Harvard fumbled the ball once again, leaving Junior Kicker, Alex Galland, to kick a 25 yard field goal, making the score 17-3 at the end of the first half.
Late in the 3rd quarter and beginning of the 4th, the Bulldogs went on an 11 play, 81-yard drive, milking 5 minutes off the clock leading to a Zane Dudek touchdown run. Out of Harvard’s last three possessions, two were ended with interceptions by the Yale Defense. The first coming from Senior Safety, Hayden Carlson, and the last by Freshman Cornerback, Deonte Henson. As Yale ran the last play to run out the last few seconds on the clock, Quarterback, Kurt Rawlings threw the ball into the air in excitement, only to be caught on the Bulldogs sideline by Senior, Captain, Spencer Rymiszewski.
Harvard was held to 164 total yards of offense, with 26 total yards rushing. Committing four turnovers, 2 interceptions and 2 fumbles, Hayden Carlson (DB), Deonte Henson (DB), Malcom Dixon (DB) and Major Roman (DL) all impacted the flow of the game with their recoveries. QB, Kurt Rawlings threw for 18/27 for 166 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT. Freshman RB, Zane Dudek carried the ball 25 times for 65 yards and 1 TD. JP Shohfi had 5 catches for 86 yards and 1 TD. And Kicker Alex Galland was perfect on the day going 3/3 on extra points and 1/1 on field goals.
Players, coaches and fans all rushed the field as time expired, sealing the second win over Harvard in a row, 24-3. “The Game” was ended with a firm handshake and an understanding that this rivalry will continue as it has for 134 years.
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