NEW HAVEN, Conn. – No quarterback in the long history of Yale Football has had a debut like this.
First-year Griffin O'Connor, getting his first snaps in his first collegiate start, threw 4 touchdown passes to lead the Bulldogs to a 46-16 win over Brown at Yale Bowl.
O'Connor, who led the Elis to a score on their first possession, completed 30 of 38 passes for 436 yards and did not have an interception or a sack. The passing yards total was the third most in school history, which was two shy of the record, while his 452 yards of total offense were second.
One of the scoring tosses was a spinning, one-handed grab in the closing seconds of the first quarter by junior WR JP Shohfi, who had a game-high 9 catches for 104 yards and 2 TDs. An equally memorable connection came in the third quarter when O'Connor threw a strike to Reed Klubnik (6-153, 2 TD) that went for 60 yards. The junior WR caught the ball over his shoulder and made a few moves to avoid a tackle before finding the end zone to put Yale up 33-9.
While the Yale offense was clicking, the defense, which set a school record by holding Brown to -27 yards rushing, made big plays. There were 7 sacks, including a pair by junior LB Ryan Burke, and a diving interception by sophomore DB Rodney Thomas II.
Yale (5-3, 3-2 Ivy) hosts first-place and nationally ranked Princeton (8-0, 5-0) next Saturday at 12:30.
A celebration of Carm Cozza's life takes place next Saturday at 9:30 AM inside Coxe Cage prior to the Princeton game. It is open to the public… Reed Klubnik's 818 receiving yards this fall are No. 8 on the school top 10, while his 12 career TD catches are tied for 7th… The 46 points today are a season-high.
By Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD/Sports Publicity - firstname.lastname@example.org