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Bulldogs Topple Tigers 21-9

Bulldogs Topple Tigers 21-9

Nov. 13, 2004

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New Haven, CT - Tailback Robert Carr ran for 160 yards and two touchdowns, and the Yale defense limited Princeton to just three field goals, as the Bulldogs won 21-9 at the Yale Bowl Saturday afternoon. The win gives the Elis (5-4, 3-3 Ivy) a shot at their first Big Three crown since 1999 next Saturday -- if they can knock off undefeated Harvard.

Carr had six rushes for 44 yards on Yale's opening drive, and Chandler Henley added an 18-yard catch on a third down. Cowan completed the drive with an 18-yard pass to TE Alex Faherty in the end zone. Princeton (4-5, 2-4) drove down to the Yale 10 before a big third-down tackle from LB Ben Breunig forced them to settle for a 34-yard field goal by Derek Javarone.

Carr broke off a 50-yard run on the ensuing kickoff, but the Bulldogs faced an early turning point on a fourth-and-inches at the Princeton 13. They converted it in dramatic fashion, with Carr bursting through the line, shaking off a defender and dashing into the end zone to extend the lead to 14-3 near the end of the first quarter. That drive also featured a piece of history, as WR Ralph Plumb registered his 182nd career reception at Yale, breaking a tie with Eric Johnson '01 for the school record.

Each team had a drive set back by a costly penalty early in the second, as a delay of game turned a fourth-and-one at the Princeton 7 into a fourth-and-six for the Elis. Yale tried a 29-yard field goal and missed. The Tigers then drove to the Yale 25 and appeared to have a third-and-seven at the Yale converted, but the play was called back due to holding and the Tigers eventually punted. Yale missed another field goal at the end of the second quarter and went into the half with a 14-3 lead.

Princeton drew closer with a 12-play, 83-yard scoring drive (helped by a roughing the passer call on Yale) that ended with a 19-yard field goal by Javarone. A bizarre sequence later gave Princeton the chance to close within five. Carr appeared to fumble the ball away on a third-and-one run at the Yale 44, but the play was blown dead due to an inadvertent whistle, prompting some vocal complaints from the Tiger sideline. On the very next play, however, a fumbled snap gave Princeton the ball anyway and nine plays later Javarone booted a 22-yarder.

Yale's offense looked to be mired in the second-half struggles that have plagued the Bulldogs the last few weeks, but a big special teams play turned things around. After what appeared to be a three-and-out at the Yale 28, Princeton return man Greg Fields had trouble fielding the Tyson Crawford punt. Yale's Kevin Littleton helped keep the loose ball alive long enough for Matthew Baker to race down to recover the fumble at the Princeton 17. Three Carr runs, the last a five-yarder, got Yale into the end zone. The defense took care of the rest, stopping Princeton on two crucial fourth downs - one at the Eli 45 and one at the Eli 15 with 4:56 to play that put Yale in firm control of the game.

The Bulldogs travel to Harvard Stadium next week to face the Crimson, who clinched at least a share of the Ivy title with a 31-10 win at Penn Saturday.

report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity Department