Deja vu: Elis throw away 14-point lead vs Princeton, stunning 43,000 at Bowl

In a scenario eerily reminiscent of last year’s late game collapse against Harvard, the Yale football team (7-2, 5-1 Ivy) relinquished a two touchdown lead in the final quarter to lose its first Ivy League game this season to Princeton (8-1, 5-1 Ivy), 34-31.

Mike McLeod ’09 had one of the most prolific scoring halves in Yale history, scoring four touchdowns in the first half on a variety of short running plays, ending the game with 181 yards and extending his string of consecutive 100-yard games to eight.

In a high-scoring second quarter, Princeton registered two touchdowns in a span of five minutes and went into halftime down 14-28.

As productive as the Yale offense was in the first half, it was unable to get in a rhythm the entire second half and only recorded one field goal. Princeton, on the other hand, reeled off three touchdowns – including two in the fourth – to down the Elis for the first time in five years.

With the loss, Yale now shares the number one spot in the league with the Tigers. Both teams have the opportunity to capture the title next Saturday.

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