NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale junior varsity football team dropped its season opener Sunday afternoon at Frank Field as Dean College topped Yale 40-14. Dean broke open a 13-7 game with 20 points in the third quarter.
Dean, also nicknamed the Bulldogs, took an early lead when Yale's second possession ended with a fumble that was returned into the Bulldogs' end zone. Yale fell behind 13-0 when Dean drove 75 yards for another touchdown late in the second quarter, ending with a 57-yard touchdown pass (and a missed extra point).
A hard hit knocked Yale's starting quarterback, sophomore Jake Semones, out of the game late in the second quarter. Dean was called for a 15-yard penalty on the play, so when sophomore Henry Furman came on in relief the ball was at the Dean 21. After an incompletion and a tackle for loss on a running play, Furman found freshman wide receiver Tyler Hutchison in the end zone and freshman kicker/punter Parker Toms added the extra point to bring Yale within 13-7.
Dean began pulling away with three touchdowns in the third quarter, including one on a kickoff return. The Bulldogs put together one more scoring drive, aided by another 15-yard penalty and a 20-yard third-down conversion toss from Furman to freshman wide receiver Grant Wallace. Furman capped the drive with another scoring toss to Hutchison, this one a seven-yarder.
Dean tacked on another touchdown early in the fourth quarter to make it 40-14, and after Yale's final drive stalled at the Dean 13 with 1:45 to play the visitors came back out on the field and ran out the clock.
The Yale JV team hosts Army at Frank Field next Sunday at 1 p.m.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity