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Salter Scores Three Touchdowns to Lead Bulldogs to 41-14 Win

Deshawn Salter (photo by Steve Musco - Yale Athletics)

Deshawn Salter (photo by Steve Musco – Yale Athletics)

Yale’s Deshawn Salter’s return to action was a sight for sore eyes as he ran for three touchdowns in leading the Bulldogs to a very satisfying 41-14 victory over the Brown Bears last Saturday at the Yale Bowl.

Salter, a Syracuse, NY native, had scoring runs of 1, 2 and 11 yards.

Salter, after being sidelined with an injury which caused him to miss the past two games, carried the ball 13 times for 45 yards.

The Bulldogs (5-3, 2-3 Ivy) put the game out of reach in the third quarter, when they exploded for 24 points, on touchdown runs by Salter and Dale Harris, a Brian Holmes field goal and a 24-yard pick six by Spencer Rymiszewski.

Harris, normally a defensive back, was pressed into service due to injuries in the Yale backfield and led the Eli rushing attack with 71 yards on a dozen carries.

Yale quarterback Morgan Roberts, returned to form in the win as he completed 28 passes for 267 yards.

Wide receiver, Christopher Williams-Lopez, led the Yale receiving corps with 13 catches for 154 yards.

The Yale defense, which has allowed just 31 points over the last two weeks, had another big day against the Bears as they forced four turnovers and broke up eight passes.

Yale safety Hayden Carlson led the team in tackles as they held the high-scoring Bears, led by quarterback Marcus Fuller, scoreless in the second half.

Princeton (5-3, 2-3 Ivy) needs one more victory for only its second winning season in the last nine years.

The game is the 138th meeting between Princeton and Yale.

It is the longest-running rivalry in the Ivy League and the second-longest active rivalry in college football (Lehigh and Lafayette will meet for the 151st time next week).

Yale holds a decisive 75-52-10 edge in the series with the Tigers.

Last year Yale defeated Princeton, 44-30, as Roberts threw for 405 yards in New Haven.

The 1 p.m. kickoff at Princeton’s Powers Field can be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network and heard on the Yale Football Radio Network (ESPN AM-1300), with Carm Cozza and Ron Vaccaro on the call.




In eight games, Roberts has connected on 187 of 332 passes (56.3 %) for 2,018 yards.

Roberts is among the 135 student-athletes announced as semifinalists for the 2015 William V. Campbell Trophy®, presented by Fidelity Investments®, by the National

Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF).

The Yale defense had interceptions from Jason Alessi, Spencer Rymiszewski, and Keefer Johnson.

Dale Harris, normally a safety, took snaps in the Yale backfield for the first time since he played high school football at St. Paul’s School in Maryland.

A shout out to Penn junior linebacker and New Jersey native Donald Panciello (Succasunna, N.J.) who blocked Princeton’s potential game-winning field goal as time expired.

The Quaker’s prevailed in OT, 26-23.

Panciello, a junior linebacker, was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week for his performance.

Harvard, (8-0, 5-0 Ivy), continues as the odds-on favorite to rack up another Ivy League title, after grinding out a 24-16 win over Columbia last week.

Harvard moved into 12th place (from 15th) in the latest FCS National Coaches Poll.

Dartmouth (7-1, 4-1 Ivy), who stands 23rd in the national poll, should remain in the title chase with a game at Brown Saturday.

Columbia (1-4) meets Cornell (0-5) this week.

The Crimson, who currently has a 22-game winning streak heading into this weekend’s game with the Penn Quakers (4-1), will face Yale in THE GAME on November 21 in New Haven.

THE GAME has traditionally started at 12:30 p.m., but has been moved to a 2:30 p.m. kickoff, prompted by requests from the NBC Sports Network.

The change will require lights for the first time during a game at the Yale Bowl.


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