October 5, 2008

Yale Junior Varsity Falls to Brown, 17-0

Oct. 5, 2008

WEST HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale junior varsity football team fell to Brown 17-0 Sunday afternoon at Clint Frank Field. The Bulldog defense limited the Bears to 60 yards rushing on 38 attempts, and had three sacks, but the offense managed just 31 yards rushing on 34 attempts.

Yale (1-1) attempted a fake punt that failed on its first possession, giving Brown the ball at the Eli 29. A tackle for loss by sophomore defensive back Marcus Wallace momentarily stopped the Bears, but they were eventually able to score on a leaping grab by WR Jimmy Saros in the end zone at 8:51.

The defense came up with its first big play on Brown's next drive, as freshman defensive back Bedford Booth popped the ball loose and freshman linebacker Cliff Foreman recovered, taking the ball 21 yards to the Brown 15. But the Bulldogs got only two yards after that, and an incompletion on fourth-and-eight ended the possession.

Booth got another turnover on Brown's next drive, picking off a pass at the Brown 45 near the end of the first quarter. But the offense managed just five yards after that, and had another failed fourth-down conversion attempt.

The Bulldogs continued to turn the Bears over on the next Brown drive. Sophomore defensive end Pat Ruwe had a nine-yard sack, and two plays later freshman defensive back Geoff Dunham made a leaping interception at the Yale 49.

A fourth straight Brown drive ended with a turnover when junior defensive end Jack Wallace intercepted a batted ball at the Bear 47. The teams then traded punts before freshman defensive back Sudiptho Paul added another interception for the Bulldogs, grabbing a Brown pass at the Bear 33 late in the second quarter.

Looking to extend its lead, Brown drove to the Yale 27 midway through the third quarter. A sack by sophomore defensive lineman Nick Simmons on fourth-and-12 ended that drive, but a turnover by the Elis on their first play gave the ball right back. Brown took advantage with a field goal that made it 10-0.

A 40-yard run by freshman tailback Alex Thomas, who had 87 yards on 15 carries, gave Yale a momentary spark late in the third. But that drive ended at the Brown 33, and the Bears later tacked on another touchdown for the 17-0 final.

report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity

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