Elis Secure First Ivy League Victory of Season in Football


Elis Secure First Ivy League Victory of Season in Football

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The Yale football team clinched its first Ivy League win and second victory of the season by defeating Dartmouth with a final score of 31–24 in Hanover last Saturday. This marked Yale’s first triumph against Dartmouth since 2010.

The game, which was their first away match of the season, saw the Bulldogs fight tooth and nail against Dartmouth. Tied scores persisted in the first, third, and fourth quarters until Yale managed to secure the win in the final six minutes. Head coach Tony Reno emphasized the importance of finishing strong, and the team did just that to claim the victory.

Dartmouth made the first entry on the scoreboard in the first quarter with a touchdown. However, Yale responded with a pick-six by Sean Guyton, leveling the score at 7–7. Yale later took the lead with a field goal and a touchdown, entering halftime ahead at 17–14.

The second half saw Dartmouth tying the score once more, but Yale capitalized on a key interception and a well-executed pass play to regain the lead. The game remained tied until the fourth quarter, when Yale’s Nolan Grooms connected with Mason Tipton for a crucial touchdown. Dartmouth answered back, resulting in a 24–24 tie.

With just over five minutes left in the game, Grooms unleashed a 69-yard pass to Ryan Lindley, who scored the winning touchdown for Yale. Yale’s defense stepped up with key plays, including interceptions by Hamilton Moore and Sean Guyton, ultimately securing the victory.

Despite gaining fewer yards than Dartmouth, Yale’s big plays, especially in the passing game, made the difference. Nolan Grooms had an impressive game with two touchdowns, and Ryan Lindley had a career-high performance with seven receptions for 128 yards.

The game was marked by turnovers, with Yale forcing four, including three interceptions. Sean Guyton’s 70-yard interception return was a standout moment, earning him the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week honor.

The win brought Yale and Dartmouth to a tie in the Ivy League standings, both at 2–2 overall and 1–1 in the Ivy League.

Looking ahead, the Bulldogs will face Sacred Heart in their final non-conference game of the season, which will be broadcast on ESPN+ and held at the Yale Bowl with a noon kickoff. Coach Reno expressed excitement about the team’s growth potential as the season progresses.




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