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
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
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.