November 21, 2003

Yale Wins The JV Game 41-3

Nov. 21, 2003

The Yale Junior Varsity team finished its season off on Friday with a dominating 41-3 win over archrival Harvard. The Elis trailed 3-0 before reeling off 41 unanswered points, holding Harvard scoreless over the game's final 51:48.

After the Crimson got a 43-yard field goal on its opening possession, it was all Yale. QB Todd Feiereisen connected with WR JImmy Lewis on a 23-yard pass on the Bulldogs' next drive, getting Yale to the 50. Two plays later, Feiereisen scrambled back and forth before spotting RB Taylor Craig wide open way down the field. By the time Feiereisen's toss got to him Craig was surrounded by Crimson defenders, but he still managed to haul in the pass at the Crimson eight for a 35-yard gain. Two plays later, on the second play of the second quarter, Feiereisen hit WR Matthew Baker in the endzone for the score. K Brian Christiansen's extra point gave Yale a 7-3 lead.

The way the Yale defense was playing, that would turn out to be enough. An interception by DB Kevin Littleton started a trend of Harvard turnovers that would change the game. Littleton returned the ball to the Harvard four, and on fourth-and-goal from the one the Bulldogs gave the ball to TB Jordan Spence -- who took it left before stopping and tossing it to TE Dave Miller for a 14-3 lead.

The Cantabs fumbled the ball away on their next possession on a tackle by LB Chris McClowry. And on the third play of the next Harvard drive, from the Harvard 35, QB Mike Jones threw it right to Yale LB Chris Barry, who took it all the way back for a 21-3 lead.

Harvard RB James Velissaris fumbled after three plays on the Crimson's next drive, and Yale DE Nate Thorne was there to make the recovery at the Harvard 19. The Bulldogs missed a 40-yard field goal attempt but still held a commanding lead at the half.

On the first play of Yale's first drive of the second half the Bulldogs got a big play from the offense, as Feiereisen took off up the middle on a draw and raced 69 yards into the endzone. The Bulldogs could not get off the extra point attempt after a low snap, but still led by 24. And when Lewis blocked a Harvard punt and Craig recovered in the endzone, the rout was officially on. Feireisen hit WR Rob Wills on a 43-yard completion on Yale's next drive, which was capped off by a one-yard QB sneak for a score and a 41-3 lead. DB Tyler Wells added an interception and DL Rob McEwan recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter, which was shortened to 12 minutes at Harvard's request.

The Yale JV team ends the season with a 3-2 record.

photos by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu)

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