September 22nd, 2012 | Sports

FOOTBALL | Elis fall to Cornell in Ivy opener

Though Eric Williams '16 had a successful start to his season as the Yale football team's rookie quarterback, the Bulldogs fell to Cornell Saturday by a wide margin.
Though Eric Williams '16 had a successful start to his season as the Yale football team's rookie quarterback, the Bulldogs fell to Cornell Saturday by a wide margin. Photo by Yale Athletics.

The first Ivy League game of the season left the Bulldogs seeing Red in Ithaca this afternoon.

Yale (1-1, 0-1 Ivy) was blown out by Cornell (1-1, 1-0 Ivy) 45-6 in the Ancient Eight opener.

The Big Red rode quarterback Jeff Mathews’ arm and three turnovers by the Blue and White to a big win in Ithaca, N.Y.

Cornell drove into Yale territory before being stopped on the opening drive, but it got the ball right back when linebacker Andrew Nelson jumped a screen and picked off the pass from Eli quarterback Eric Williams ’16.

Cornell scored on the very next play on a run by tailback Luke Hagy to jump out to a 7-0 lead. Although that would be enough to win the game, Mathews and Co. did not stop there. Mathews scored three for three, and Hagy ran for another as the Big Red took a big 35-0 lead by halftime.

Yale also lost running back Mordecai Cargill ’13 midway through the first half to a right shoulder injury. He did not return to the game and was replaced in the backfield by Khalil Keys ’15 and Tyler Varga ’16.

The Bulldogs finally got on the board in the final seconds of the third quarter when Williams hit wide receiver Grant Wallace ’15 on a seven-yard slant to make it 42-6, but holder Derek Russell’s ’13 pass for the two-point conversion fell incomplete.

The Big Red added a 31-yard field goal with 8:25 to go in the fourth quarter to finish the scoring at 45-6.

Mathews finished the game 29-39 with 340 yards and four touchdown passes, while his Eli counterpart Williams finished 27-37 for 211 yards, one score and two interceptions.

Varga led the Yale ground attack with 94 yards on thirteen carries. Hagy had 94 yards as well, but it took him 21 carries.

Yale returns home next weekend to face Colgate on Saturday, Sept. 29.