After marching down the field with some success into Yale territory, the Eli defense bent, but didn’t break — again. The Bears settled for a 39-yard field goal to put the first points on the scoreboard. With 8:52 remaining in the first half, Brown leads 3-0.
By watching this game so far, you’d think that the questionable offense heading into the contest was Brown’s and not Yale’s. The Bears can’t get much of anything going and are pretty much one-dimensional. The only run plays they’ve tried have been direct snaps and end arounds. That will make things a lot easier for the Yale defense. This Eli unit is already one of the top in the nation and letting them concentrate on just stopping the pass game is going to make things tough for the Brown offense, as evidenced in the first quarter.
Well the Yale defense went right back to it’s been doing all season — shutting down in opponent in the red zone. On third down, linebacker Jay Pilkerton intercepted a Michael Doughtery pass. The pass looked like it was intended for a receiver who was picked by his own man on a crossing pattern. This is why the Bulldog D is the nation’s top-ranked scoring unit.
It’s a misty, ugly, wet day here in Providence as we wait for the start of the football game pitting Yale against host Brown. Brown Stadium sits in a beautiful setting in Providence, but the stadium itself isn’t as easy on the eyes. The entire stadium — press box included — is outdated and in need of some sort of renovating. Maybe it’s me being spoiled by the beauty that is the Yale Bowl. Whatever.
In preparations, Brown seemed more pumped up than Yale. You’d think the Bulldogs would come out with a little more spunk on the first-place team’s home field, especially in a must-win situation, but it was the Bears who came 0ut a little more fired up. We’ll see if that translates to game time.
The offense was able to end the game with possession and milk the clock away to conclude the contest. After a first half of more struggles, the Bulldogs were able string together effective drives and pull off a crucial 27-12 victory to keep their slim Ivy League championship hopes alive. The win improves Yale’s record to 4-3, 2-2 Ivy.
Kyle Hawari did it again for the Bulldogs, and forced his second fumble of the contest. With under 3:30 remaining, it looks like the Elis will come out of this one with a crucial victory. When it comes down to it, Yale made fewer mistakes and took advantage of Columbia’s numerous miscues.
The Bulldogs were able to string together another effective drive and milk some clock in the process. The 13-play, 73-yard drive consumed over six minutes and concluded with three more Yale points. MAnte’s third field goal extended the Eli lead to 15, 27-12 and forces the Lions into a do-or-die situation on their next drive. With only 4:20 remaining on the clock, Columbia needs to get into the end zone quickly.
Throughout the contest, the Bulldogs have dished out some big hits, in all phases of the game. And that could not be better exemplified than in Ricky Galvez’s trucking of a Columbia defender. The 5-fo0t-7 backup tailback squared his shoulders and drove back a Lion a couple yards. The play pumped the Bulldogs up and has led to some chippiness, including a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty on Columbia. The penalty puts the Bulldogs in the red zone as they look to put the game away with just over 6 minutes left on the clock.
After an impressive 6-play, 51-yard drive, in which the Bulldog offense looked at its best all game, the Bulldogs were not able to put points on the board due to a miscue on a 37-yard attempt. On the snap, holder Rich Scudellari had the ball slip right through his hands, forcing Mante to jump on the football.
Luckily for Yale, the Lions couldnt take advantage with their next drive and punted to Yale. Those are the instances in which Columbia needs to capitalize on, especially being down by 12 with 10:30 on the clock.
Just when you thought they were down and out, the Lions march down the field and put a touchdown on the board, with Shane Kelly replacing Olwaule less. Kelly led the Lions on a 10-play, 80-yard drive but couldn’t convert the 2-point conversion. With 1:15 on the clock in the third quarter, the Yale lead is now 24-12.