Yale's Grant Wallace pulled in a 14-yard touchdown pass from Henry Furman to take a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter, but that would be the last points the Bulldogs would see. The Princeton Tigers then took complete control of the game and pummeled the Bulldogs 29-7 at the Yale Bowl.
A crowd of 21,824 watched the Tigers (5-4) amass 376 total yards and four unanswered touchdowns as Princeton improved its record to 4-2 in the Ivy League.
Yale was undoubtedly handicapped by the absence of starting running back Tyler Varga, but Mordecai Cargill (24 carries, 101 yards) filled his shoes admirably. The Bulldogs collectively rushed for 164 yards in the game.
"We did not know that their running back wasn't going to play," said surprised Princeton head coach Bob Surace regarding Varga (as quoted in the Yale University Athletics game summary on YaleBulldogs.com). "We prepared all week for the Wildcat."
Princeton tied the game 7-7 midway through the second quarter when Roman Wilson scored on a one-yard run. The TD was the culmination of a 10-play, 77-yard drive that had started on the Tigers' own 23.
Yale threatened to take the lead as the first half neared completion, but Tigers DB Trocon Davis intercepted a Mordecai Cargill pass at the Princeton goal line and raced 100 yards to put the Tigers ahead to stay. The interception was one of three turnovers committed by the Bulldogs in the game.
"They came out, to their credit, and jumped us really good," said Surace (per Yale Athletics' website). We kept fighting and fighting and fighting."
Princeton continued to put up points in the game, as QB Quinn Epperly ran the ball in from one yard out in the third quarter and also threw a nine-yard TD pass to Matt Costello in the fourth quarter to close out the scoring.
Epperly (5-of-10, 66 yards) was effective as a passer, but he was more effective running the ball, leading all Princeton rushers with 91 yards and a TD.
Starting quarterback Connor Michelsen (12-of-18, 126 yards) again effectively split time with Epperly, and the two combined to spread the ball to seven different receivers as they carved up the Yale defense for 192 yards through the air. The passing attack helped Princeton go 9-of-17 on third-down conversions in the game.
Sophomore wide receivers Seth DeValve and Connor Kelley led Princeton pass catchers with four receptions apiece.
The Tigers conclude their season next week when they host Dartmouth. Yale moves on to play long-time rival Harvard, who was defeated 30-21 by Penn.
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