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Yale 51, Cornell 12

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- Mike McCleod ran for 151 yards and three touchdowns Saturday as Yale routed Cornell 51-12.

Quarterback Matt Polhemus added 61 rushing yards for the Bulldogs (2-0, 1-0 Ivy), who had 293 yards on the ground.

McCleod carried the ball 31 times and scored all three of his touchdowns in the third quarter, when the Bulldogs broke the game open. His 1-yard plunge with four seconds to go in the third gave Yale a 37-12 lead.

The Bulldogs led just 16-0 at the half, and Cornell (1-1, 0-1) cut the deficit to 16-6 five minutes into the third quarter when Bryan Walters caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Randy Barbour.

But McCleod scored twice in the next five minutes and Yale took control from there.

It was the Bulldogs most lopsided Ivy win since a 41-0 victory over Columbia on Oct. 28, 2000 and their most points scored since a 62-28 win against Towson in the 2003 season opener.

The loss was the worst for Cornell since dropping a 59-7 decision at Penn to close the 2003 season.

Quarterback Nathan Ford completed 22-of-37 passes for 203 yards for the Big Red, but was intercepted three times.

Yale kicker Alan Kimball hit field goals of 19, 34 and 38 yards.

Yale coach Jack Siedlecki left the post game news conference after it was revealed that his brother-in-law had passed away Saturday after an extended illness. He heard of the death after the game.

"Our team played great," said Siedlecki before breaking down in tears.