Yale players earn two Ivy League awards in win over Columbia

Galland and Rawlings (Jack Warhola images)
Galland and Rawlings (Jack Warhola images)

PRINCETON, N.J. – Yale’s 31-23 win at Columbia last Friday night produced a pair of Ancient Eight honors for two young Bulldogs. Freshman quarterback Kurt Rawlings (Bel Air, Md.) was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week, while sophomore kicker/punter Alex Galland (Bakersfield, Calif.) was special teams player of the week.

Rawlings, who will be at Mory’s tomorrow for the Yale Football Media Luncheon, entered a scoreless game in the second quarter and proceeded to throw three touchdown passes and run for 46 yards. He connected with Myles Gaines, Robert Clemons and Leo Haenni to help build a 24-0 lead by halftime. Rawlings finished with 152 passing yards.

Galland, who notched his fifth field goal of the season, was crucial in helping Yale control field possession. Facing strong winds for two quarters, the right-footer knifed balls through the air and allowed his coverage to make plays. One of his punts turned into a muff, and Yale recovered on the way to a score. Three punts landed inside the Columbia 20-yard line.

The two Elis figure to play a prominent role in this weekend’s Ivy League contest. Yale travels to Brown on Saturday for a 12:30 kick that can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network and heard on WELI (960 AM) Radio.

filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity

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