Yale’s offensive juggernaut kept rolling when the Bulldogs doubled up on Penn to the tune of 43-21 before 11,402 fans in a key Ivy League matchup at the Yale Bowl on Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs, who own the No. 1 offense in the FCS (formerly known as Division 1AA), churned up 605 yards of total offense. Yale, which improved to 5-1 overall (and 2-1 in the Ivy League) never trailed in the contest.
The Elis were led by senior wideout Grant Wallace. The 5-11, 195-lb. Wallace, whose father, Bob, is a former Yale gridiron performer who went on to become VP and general counsel for the St. Louis Rams, hauled in 10 receptions for 173 yards and two touchdowns.
Wallace was not alone in Yale’s offensive output, of course. Senior wide receiver Deon Randall caught seven passes for 78 yards and one TD, and tailback Tyler Varga, who has reached paydirt five times in a game twice this season, picked up 140 yards on the ground, scoring on runs of 23 and five yards. Morgan Roberts, the 5-3 junior quarterback from Charlotte, NC, had another outstanding effort on Sunday, clicking on 26 of the 29 passes he threw, accounting for 346 yards with four TD passes and no picks.
On defense, the Bulldogs held the Quakers to 47 net rushing yards. Indeed, Yale, which never trailed in the contest, might have played the perfect game on Saturday—or at least nearly so.
“Not even close,” countered Yale head coach Tony Reno, not wanting his team to get a collective swelled head with four games remaining on the schedule—three of them on the road. And, there is some validity to Reno’s position: Thanks to a 38-31 home loss to Dartmouth two weeks ago, Yale trails both Harvard and Dartmouth in the Ivy League standings. “We’re playing too slow, missing too many reads and too many assignments,” added Reno.
On Saturday, there simply wasn’t a doubt in the world which team was superior. Yale picked up 28 first downs as opposed to only 17 for Penn. And the Bulldogs ran 22 more offensive plays than the Quakers—82-64—averaging over two yards more per play than their opponents. As a result of Yale’s offensive dominance, the Bulldogs’ offense controlled the ball roughly twice the time of the Quakers (39:04-20:56). Finally, the Elis sacked Penn QB Alek Torgersen three times, and 19 different Bulldogs made solo tackles.
All-in-all, not such a bad day at The Bowl.
Next Saturday, the Elis travel to New York where they will take on 0-6 Columbia. Kickoff is slated for 12:30 p.m.
- Senior wideout Deon Randall, who leads the nation in receptions per game, caught a nine-yard pass early in the third quarter that gave him 196 career catches, one more than the record held previously by Ralph Plumb (2005). Randall hauled in seven catches on the day for 78 yards while notching his 16th career touchdown reception, good for third place on the Yale list.
- Sophomore DB Spencer Rymiszewski suffered an injury late in the first half and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher. He was taken to the hospital for evaluation and no other information was available.
- Six different Yale tailbacks got carries, including the first varsity snaps for L.J. Hunt.
- Senior WR Nick LaTesta came back from an injury to make his first two varsity receptions
- Junior QB Logan Scott played most of the fourth quarter but did not attempt a pass other than a two-point conversion in the opening quarter.