NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale football team finished off its spring practice schedule in fine fashion today with its Blue-White Scrimmage at Yale Bowl. Approximately 500 fans turned out on the sun-splashed afternoon and saw plenty of big plays on both sides of the line.
Sophomore QB Patrick Witt helped the offense steal the show. His great day capped off a strong 12-date spring schedule that has the Bulldogs in position to be far ahead of their pace for season preparation compared to a year ago. Witt completed 12 of 16 passes for 245 yards and three scores.
“Last year, we were just trying to get plays in and get them off in time,” said Tom Williams, Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Yale Football. “We are so much further along now. Our offense played very well. Our defense was missing a lot of people but still showed promise.”
While Witt was impressive with his accuracy and timing, two other offensive weapons provided some highlights. Senior WR Gio Christodoulou caught two passes for 111 yards, including a 91-yard non-scoring connection. He also showed his elusiveness on punts and kickoffs.
Freshman Chris Smith led all Yale receivers with four catches and two touchdowns. Smith, who caught Witt scoring passes from 13 and 30 yards, had 96 total yards.
Sophomore Alex Thomas, coming off a 100-yard rushing day against Harvard last November, led all runners with 54 yards on five carries. He had one big run on the first series of the scrimmage and showed why he was coming on strong at the end of 2009.
The defense, which did not allow a score in a second half that featured seven offensive series, came up with a number of big plays. Sophomore LB Ben Ashcraft led all Bulldogs with five tackles, while freshman DB John Powers picked off a Witt pass after the intermission.
BLUE-WHITE GAME SCORING
Patrick Witt to Chris Smith 13 yards (Alex Barnes kick)
Patrick Witt to Chris Smith 30 yards (Alex Barnes kick)
Story and image filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director
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