Courtesy: Yale Sports Publicity
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Everything came together at the right time as the Yale Football team registered a crucial, 21-13 win over Dartmouth at Yale Bowl in Ivy League action today.
The offense erased a 10-0 deficit with 14 straight points in the second quarter, the defense came up with big plays at key times while holding the Big Green to a season-low number on the scoreboard and the Eli special teams came through when needed the most to improve the Blue’s Ivy record to 1-1 (1-3 overall).
Freshman tailback Alan Lamar, getting his first collegiate snaps in the backfield, ran 23 times for 180 yards and touchdowns of seven and 43 yards. He, Candler Rich and Dale Harris helped Yale roll up 241 rushing yards.
“It was just regular for me,” said Lamar, the Parade All-American from Mississippi who finished five yards shy of Robert Carr’s freshman school rushing record of 185 yards against Dartmouth on Oct. 7, 2007. “Coach believed in me and put me back there. I just tried to prove to him and everyone else here that I deserve to be here. I just did everything that I could for the team. I followed what the coaches taught me, looked for my reads just keeping my pad level low as I can.”
Today was the best day for the class of 2020 with all three touchdowns coming from newcomers. In addition to Lamar’s heroics in the second and fourth quarters, Reed Klubnik had a one-handed snare of a 14-yard Tre Moore toss with 22 seconds left in the first half that turned out to be the game-winning margin.
That put the Blue up 14-10 and they never lost the lead. That doesn’t mean the game wasn’t in question the rest of the way. The Big Green (2-2, 0-2), which had wins over New Hampshire and Holy Cross, was never more than a possession away from potentially tying the game.
“I’m very proud of this football team and how they responded. The first few games didn’t go quite how we wanted. We pride ourselves on being able to deal with any situation. These guys proved that they are a mentally tough football team and I think today they proved they are also a physically tough football team,” said Tony Reno, Yale’s Joel E. Smilow ’54 Head Coach. “Dartmouth is a great team, I have a lot of respect for Coach Teevens and their program. They’ve been a championship team the past few seasons. For us it was a great team win.”
After Lamar’s long TD sprint up the middle, where he broke three or four tackles over the first 15 yards and then beat three defenders to the end zone with 11:36 left in the fourth, the Yale defense rose to the occasion and stopped the last three Dartmouth drives with a cast of characters stepping up.
The biggest play came with 57 seconds left and the visitors driving for a score that would bring them to within a two-point conversion of a tie. Dartmouth junior quarterback Jack Heneghan dropped back to pass and fired over the middle for Hunter Hagdorn. Eli junior safety Hayden Carlson, who had a game-high 12 total tackles, jumped in front of the pass on the two-yard line and held on for the clinching defensive stop.