Last Saturday against Dartmouth, Yale did an exceptional job establishing good field position. Wide receiver Gio Christoduoluo ’12 returned four punts for 106 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown came with Yale already up 16–0, giving the Bulldogs a 23 point lead and setting up a 30–0 rout. Christoduoluo’s exploits earned him the Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week.
Meanwhile, Dartmouth averaged a paltry two yards per punt return and only 16 yards per return on kickoffs. Putting themselves in good field position, while keeping Lafayette away from the endzone will give the Bulldogs an edge.
Lafayette’s freshman tailback Ross Scheuerman has energized an otherwise tame offense. He ranks second in the Patriot League in all-purpose yards.
Scheuerman does it all, averaging 21 yards per kickoff return and 53 yards of rushing per game, racking up 718 all-purpose yards on the season.
Last week the Bulldogs faced amore explosive player in Dartmouth’s Nick Schwieger and limited him to only 39 yards on 16 carries. If the Elis can replicate that performance against Scheuerman, they should have no problem controlling the game’s tempo.
Lafayette has had great success against the pass this season, limiting opposing quarterbacks to a 54 percent completion rate and averaging a Patriot League best 160.4 yards passing per game. To find success through the air like they did last week, the Bulldogs will need to open up the pass game with the run. The Leopards have allowed nearly 170 yards of rushing per game and given up 11 rushing touchdowns, giving the Elis a good opportunity to get ahead on the ground and finish things off through the air. The Bulldogs go-to backs this year have been Mordecai Cargill ’13 and Alex Thomas ’12 with each averaging over 60 yards per game on the ground. Getting the ball into their hands early will have the Yale offense firing on all cylinders.
Yale has dominated the series historically, winning seven out of eight games against the Leopards since 1912. When the teams last met in 2009, however, Lafayette recorded its first ever victory over Yale, a 31–14 triumph at the Yale Bowl.
Kickoff is at 6 p.m. Saturday at Fisher Field in Easton, Pa.