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For the first time since 2006, the Yale football team is guaranteed a share of the Ivy League title. The Bulldogs overcame a first-half, 24–7 deficit to defeat Princeton 35–31 in New Jersey. Star running back Zane Dudek ’21 led the team with 180 yards and three scores.

Princeton got off to a hot start, building a 17-point lead in the first half after three touchdown passes from Chad Kanoff. The Elis built some momentum heading into halftime, though, as quarterback Kurt Rawlings ’20 connected with Jaeden Graham ’18 for a 58-yard touchdown.

The Bulldogs scored 14 more unanswered points after halftime, including a Rawlings pass to Ross Drwal ’18 and a Dudek touchdown run. Princeton briefly regained the lead after a touchdown catch by Jesper Horsted, but Dudek and the Yale offense quickly answered, taking a four-point lead with 12:14 to go in the fourth. The Bulldogs’ defense held fast for the remainder of the game, sealed by a late, Foye Oluokun ’18 interception.

With a one-game advantage, Yale can win the championship outright — ensuring no other team claims a share of the title — with a victory over Harvard next Saturday.

Won Jung | won.jung@yale.edu