Bulldogs rally to beat Columbia

1:12 p.m.: The Bulldogs made good progress on their first possession of the game, but quarterback Brook Hart’s ’11 short pass on fourth-and-one on the Lions’ 41-yard line sailed out of bounds

1:38 p.m.: The first quarter has come to a close with the score 0-0. The Bulldogs have not made much progress since their first possession, although tailback Mordecai Cargill ’13 has had some strong runs, already having run for 45 yards. The Lions have also had some success running the ball, especially freshman quarterback Sean Brackett, who in his first start has had two runs for a combined 23 yards.

1:55 p.m.: Hart has struggled this quarter. The Lions looked to recover Hart’s fumble until the play was ruled incomplete because his arm was moving forward. The next play, on third and long, Hart was sacked for the third time today. The score remains 0-0 with six minutes left in the first half.

2:04 p.m.: Just when things started to looking better for the Elis, the Lions recovered a fumble by Cargill on Yale’s 36-yard line

2:06 p.m.: Columbia must have watched Yale’s loss to Cornell. On the first play of their drive, the Lions ran a trick reverse, then lateraled to quarterback Brackett, who then threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to a Columbia receiver at the back corner of the end zone. The Lions lead 6-0 after they missed the point after touchdown.

2:08 p.m.: The Bulldogs are looking to respond. Adam Money ’11 broke through on the kick return to the Columbia 47-yard line.

2:11 p.m.: Hart just completed a 12-yard pass to tight end A.J. Haase ’10 for a first down on the Lions’ 26-yard line.

2:14 p.m.: And the kick is good. Previous back-up kicker Alex Barnes ’11 came in and made a 47-yard field goal as time expired for the half. Columbia leads Yale 6-3 at halftime.

2:43 p.m.: Things have started remarkably similar to game’s first drive. Columbia’s QB-sneak on fourth-and-one on Yale’s 41-yard line was stopped, giving the Elis good field position.

2:47 p.m.: Bulldog coach Tom Williams has made a quarterback switch, choosing to go with back-up Patrick Witt ’12. Although Yale’s drive started out promising with a first-down run by Cargill, Witt was sacked and received an intentional grounding penalty on third-and-three on Columbia’s 35-yard line. Witt appears to be limping as he heads to the sideline, so Hart may appear again next drive.

3:03 p.m.: With Witt back in at quarterback, Colubia recovered Cargill’s second fumble of the game on Yale’s 31-yard line.

3:05 p.m.: This time, the Lions did not need a trick play to catch the Yale defense by surprise. On the first play after the turnover, Brackett threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Columbia receiver. After a successful two-point conversion, the Lions now lead 14-3 with two minutes remaining in the third quarter.

3:15 p.m.: With the third quarter over, the Bulldogs are losing 14-3. The Lions have 100 more total yards of offense (246 vs. 146), and the Columbia defense appears to be in control right now.

3:20 p.m.: The Bulldogs aren’t giving up. H-back John Sheffield ’10 just caught a 17-yard pass from Witt, giving Yale the ball on the Columbia 24-yard line with 12:40 remaining in the game.

3:22 p.m.: And the streak is finally over. After not scoring an offensive touchdown for the past 11 quarters, Sheffield made a diving catch across the middle of the end zone for the 20-yard touchdown catch. The Elis’ drive was 61 yards long and now makes the score 14-10 Columbia, with 11:57 left.

3:26 p.m.: Columbia quarterback Brackett fumbled but was able to make the most of it, catching the ball on the bounce and carrying it nine yards to Yale’s 47-yard line.

3:33 p.m.: On third-and-six, Brackett hit fading receiver Austin Knowlin for the 36-yard touchdown. A successful completion on the two-point conversion has given the Lions a 22-10 lead with 8:32 remaining.

3:38 p.m.: Witt is not giving up, leading the Bulldogs on a long drive. He just completed a 26-yard pass to Haase, bringing the ball within 14 yards of the goal line.

3:40 p.m.: The Bulldog offense has a sense of urgency and is producing under pressure. Tailback Alex Thomas ’12 pushed his way into the end zone for a five-yard touchdown. The 63-yard drive only took 2:27 off the clock, which now says there are 6:05 left. The Bulldogs are losing 22-17 after the successful point after touchdown.

3:45 p.m.: Just when a comeback looked within reach for the Elis, a Columbia tailback ran for more than 70 yards to bring the Lions within two yards of the goal line.

3:46 p.m.: The Bulldogs have just recovered a Columbia fumble on Yale’s five-yard line. Captain and linebacker Paul Rice ’10 caused the fumble. Five minutes remain in the game.

3:49 p.m.: The Bulldogs were unable to make anything of this drive, but a gigantic punt from Tom Mante ’10 gave the ball back to the Lions, on their own 42-yard line.

3:53 p.m.: And the fumbles keep on coming for the Elis, who have recovered the Lions’ ball on Yale’s 49-yad line. 2:06 remain as Yale tries to make an amazing comeback on what could be the final drive of the game.

3:55 p.m.: On third-and-two on Columbia’s 21-yard line, Thomas carried the ball for a gain of one yard. Fourth-and-one is coming up.

3:57 p.m.: As Witt’s pass to Sheffield fell incomplete, all looked to be over for Yale until a late defensive pass interference call gave the Bulldogs first and goal on the 10-yard line with 1:06 remaining.

3:58 p.m.: Touchdown! Witt found Haase on the left edge of the end zone to give the Bulldogs the 23-22 lead with 0:58 left.

3:59 p.m.: Witt’s pass on the two-point conversion has fallen incomplete, meaning the Yale defense is going to keep the Lions scoreless.

4:02 p.m.: Bulldog strong safety Marcus Wallace ’11 intercepted Brackett’s pass to seal a Yale 23-22 victory.

4:05 p.m.: Time has expired, and the Bulldogs — thanks to a clutch play by Witt and Sheffield, especially — have completed a memorable comeback. None of this would have been possible without cornerback Money’s tackle on the two-yard line to prevent the Lions from scoring with five minutes left. Rice’s forced fumble on the next play gave Yale a glimmer of hope, and Witt and company took it for the win.

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