Scores

Final

Yale 37

(2-1, 1-0 Ivy)

Lafayette 34

(2-3, 1-0 Patriot)

1:00 PM ET, September 30, 2006

Fisher Field, EASTON, PA

1 2 3 4 T
YALE 9 7 14 737
LAF 0 7 7 2034

Top Performers

Passing: B. Maurer (LAF) - 282 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: M. McLeod (YALE) - 30 CAR, 172 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: A. Wright (YALE) - 4 REC, 151 YDS, 1 TD

Yale 37, Lafayette 34

EASTON, Pa. (AP) -- Yale built a 16-point lead after three quarters and withstood a furious rally by Lafayette in a wild 37-34 win on Saturday.

Yale (2-1) got 172 yards rushing and three touchdowns from Mike McLeod and a big game from receiver Ashley Wright, but Lafayette scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to make a game of it. The Leopards got their final touchdown with 30 seconds left, but couldn't recover the onside kick, preserving the win for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs led 30-14 after three quarters thanks to two touchdown runs from McLeod, a 63-yard touchdown pass from Matt Polhemus to Wright and a 28-yard run by Polhemus. Polhemus threw for 196 yards -- most of them to Wright, who finished with four catches for 151 yards.

Lafayette (2-3) came back in the fourth when Joe Russo scored his second touchdown of the game and quarterback Brad Maurer scored on a 27-yard run. McLeod scored for the third time on a 45-yard run to give Yale a 37-27 lead with 4:04 left, but the Leopards were still in the game when Maurer threw his second touchdown pass of the game with 30 seconds left. Lafayette was unable to come away with the onside kick, however, and Yale ran out the clock.

Maurer threw for 282 yards and two scores on 28-for-43 passing and added 62 yards on the ground to lead the Leopards. Travis Hutson and Adam Gill were on the receiving end of Maurer's scoring passes.

Alan Kimball booted a 36-yard field goal in the first quarter for the Bulldogs, who were outgained 425-414 for the game but forced four turnovers -- three fumbles and one interception.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
YALE
LAF
1st Downs1625
Total Yards414425
Passing196282
Rushing218143
Penalties4-373-27
3rd Down Conversions6-128-12
4th Down Conversions0-02-2
Turnovers14
Possession31:0528:55

Passing Leaders

YaleC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Polhemus10/1619612.311-
LafayetteC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Maurer28/432826.621-

Rushing Leaders

YaleCARYDSAVGTDLG
McLeod301725.7345
Polhemus7375.3128
LafayetteCARYDSAVGTDLG
Maurer8627.8127
Hurt15473.1013

Receiving Leaders

YaleRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wright415137.8163
Johnson2178.5011
LafayetteRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hurt6498.2012
Ort5489.6017

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERYALELAF
FG9:48ALAN KIMBALL 36 YD FG
Drive info: 8 plays, 48 yards.
30
TD5:17MATT POLHEMUS 28 YD RUN (MISSED KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 44 yards.
90
SECOND QUARTERYALELAF
TD7:31TRAVIS HUTSON 28 YD PASS FROM BRAD MAURER (RICK ZISKA KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 63 yards.
97
TD5:21ASHLEY WRIGHT 63 YD PASS FROM MATT POLHEMUS (ALAN KIMBALL KICK)
Drive info: 4 plays, 76 yards.
167
THIRD QUARTERYALELAF
TD10:29MIKE MCLEOD 1 YD RUN (ALAN KIMBALL KICK)
Drive info: 8 plays, 81 yards.
237
TD6:58JOE RUSSO 3 YD RUN (RICK ZISKA KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 37 yards.
2314
TD1:19MIKE MCLEOD 1 YD RUN (ALAN KIMBALL KICK)
Drive info: 11 plays, 64 yards.
3014
FOURTH QUARTERYALELAF
TD12:10JOE RUSSO 3 YD RUN (FAILED 2PT RUSH)
Drive info: 12 plays, 82 yards.
3020
TD9:58BRAD MAURER 27 YD RUN (RICK ZISKA KICK)
Drive info: 2 plays, 27 yards.
3027
TD4:04MIKE MCLEOD 45 YD RUN (ALAN KIMBALL KICK)
Drive info: 3 plays, 50 yards.
3727
TD0:30ADAM GILL 3 YD PASS FROM BRAD MAURER (RICK ZISKA KICK)
Drive info: 15 plays, 69 yards.
3734