Rally Falls One Score Short

Harris ran for 4 TDs and one conversion (Jack Warhola image)
Harris ran for 4 TDs and one conversion (Jack Warhola image)
 

Harris Has 5 Scores

 

BRONX, N.Y.Dale Harris was Mr. Everything for the Bulldogs today. He ran for four touchdowns and a two-point conversion while netting 136 yards, caught a pass for a first down and made three solo tackles as a cornerback. Harris also played special teams. However, that wasn't enough to get Yale a victory in a 44-37 loss at Fordham.

Harris, a senior who started on defense after missing most of the week's practices with an illness, focused more on offense when today's starting tailback, Candler Rich (10 carries, 86 yards) was knocked out of the game with an injury. Harris had TD runs of one (twice), three and four yards as the Bulldogs tried to catch the Rams (4-2) in the second half.

"Nothing new," said Harris of his switching back and forth between offense and defense. "We should have won that game today."

Yale had leads of 8-7 and 15-14 with sophomore quarterback Tre Moore, who had 102 rushing yards, leading the offense to one score in each quarter before the half. After the QB found the end zone from a yard out in the first quarter, junior defensive back Andrew Johnson ran in the two-point conversion. Harris' four-yard jaunt early in the second gave the visitor's their final lead on a sun-splashed afternoon.

The Bulldogs, who will be back at Jack Coffey Field next fall, had more total offense (453-427), more first downs (24-15) and more possession time (32-28) than the Patriot League power that made the 2015 NCAA Playoffs.

Two big Yale turnovers on the first two possessions of the second half could have been the difference today. The first was a 63-yard interception return for a TD, which was followed by a fumble deep in Fordham territory.

"It was a real good football game," said Tony Reno, Yale's Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach. "They (Fordham) did a nice job and cashed in on one more play than we did."

Fordham QB Kevin Anderson was responsible for five plays (TD passes) that hurt the Elis, who figured Chace Edmonds (121 yards rushing) was the guy to stop after a 359-yard day against Lafayette the week before.

"They are explosive and pose a lot of problems. At times we defended them well," said Reno. "We had an opportunity to take over the game in the third."

The Rams' largest lead was 34-15 after the pick-six in the third quarter. Harris then sandwiched three of his touchdown runs around two tallies by the home team. His final score came with 21 seconds left and brought the Elis to within seven.

The ensuing on-side kick-off attempt by Yale was unsuccessful.

"We can't have the turnovers. They were a big shift in the game," said Harris.

Reno's team, which is 1-1 in Ivy play with a huge Friday night home game looming against Penn next week, has continued to improve despite another rash of injuries.

"There has been a lot of growth over the last three weeks. We need to keep making incremental jumps," said the coach.  

 

BULLDOG BITES

Freshman QB Kurt Rawlings came in for one play and completed a 26-yard pass to classmate WR JP Shohfi (2-40)… Senior WR Myles Gaines led the Blue with five catches… Foyesade Oluokun had a team-high seven solos and nine overall tackles… Junior LB Matthew Oplinger had a sack… Yale has had three different players start at tailback this season… Neither Deshawn Salter or Alan Lamar were available today… Yale was also without the services of three regular wide receivers.

 

Filed by Steven Conn, Yale Associate AD & Sports Publicity Director – steven.conn@yale.edu