Oct. 9, 2004
HANOVER -- RB Robert Carr rushed for 164 yards and a score while WR Ralph Plumb hauled in 10 passes, including one for a TD, as the Yale football team forced five turnovers on the way to a 24-14 win over Dartmouth.
Yale, which improved its record to 3-1 and gained its first Ivy win of the season, got two interceptions from DB Fred Jelks and a season-high three picks in the game. It was Yale's sixth win in 14 games at Memorial Field.
Carr, who had a career-high three receptions and 70 more return yards on kickoffs, broke the Green defense with a number of big plays. On the other side, LB Bren Breunig (5-9-14) and DB Barton Simmons (5-5-10) led the Blue in tackles.
Dartmouth converted its second drive of the game to grab the first points when Charlie Rittgers connected with Bob Murphy for a 26-yard TD pass at 8:23. The Green's opening score marked the fourth straight game that Yale has surrendered the first points, all on touchdowns.
The visitors evened things three possessions later on a great effort by Yale WR Chandler Henley, who hauled in his fourth scoring pass of the year. The junior won the one-on-one battle for the ball with a Big Green defender along the Yale sideline and then dove inside the pilon for a 37-yard play. It was QB Alvin Cowan's eighth TD toss in 2004 and was the fourth straight game that Yale has answered the opening score with a TD of its own.
Andrew Sullivan, who beat Colgate with a late field goal last week, gave the Bulldogs a 10-7 lead early in the second quarter with a 26-yard boot at 14:04 that culminated a nine-play, 56-yard drive. That possession was highlighted by a 48-yard Cowan-Henley hookup that brought the ball inside the Dartmouth 10 yard line.
The Bulldog defense continued its inspirational efforts with a number of big plays to hold the lead. DB Andrew Butler and DE Don Smith both stopped Dartmouth drives with big hits that forced fumbles, while DB Fred Jelks increased his team-best interception total to two by picking off a Rittgers pass in the Yale end zone in the second quarter.
The Elis took advantage of Smith's forced fumble at mid field to go ahead 17-7 early in the third. Carr drove into the end zone from one-yard out on the sixth play of the 45-yard drive for his second TD this fall.
DE Brandon Dyches (2-8-10) has been putting pressure on opposing QBs all season and he nearly had a big sack. The Yale junior blindsided Rittgers midway through the third but the Green QB got off the long ball a split second before the hit. The pretty spiral turned into a jump ball deep in Bulldog territory won by Dartmouth WR Andrew Hall. A few players later, Chris Little rambled in for a four-yard TD run that finished off a 75-yard drive to make it 17-14.
The drive of the day, capped by a two-yard Cowan to Plumb (3rd TD) connection, not only put the Elis ahead by 10 but took valuable time off the clock. Cowan (9th TD toss) completed six of seven passes, Carr rushed for 49 yards and the Bulldogs got help from a big pass interference penalty on the 14-play, 87-yard drive that gobbled up 6:41.
report filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director