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Salter Shines: Yale RB Goes For 233 Yards In 27-12 Win

(Photo by Gaby Morera -

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Yale extended their unbeaten record last Saturday to 3-0 with an impressive 27-12 win over Lehigh in Bethlehem, PA.

The Bulldog (3-0, 1-0 Ivy League) victory sets up an Ivy League showdown this Saturday in Hanover, NH against unbeaten Dartmouth (3-0, 1-0 Ivy League).

The non-league win over Lehigh included a number of impressive individual efforts by the offense, defense and special teams.

Yale sophomore tailback, Deshawn Salter, exploded for 233 yards rushing and two touchdowns in the leading the way for the Bulldogs. Salter’s 233 rushing yards was the fifth-best in Yale football history. Prior to the Lehigh game, Salter’s best effort was last year where he rushed for 36 yards on 11 carries against Cornell in Ithaca.

Salter was named the Ivy League’s Co-Offensive Player of the Week for his performance.

Dartmouth quarterback Dalyn Williams shared the honor with Salter. Williams was nothing but spectacular, connecting on 23-of-25 passes for 336 yards and four touchdowns, while rushing for two more TDs, in leading Dartmouth to a 41-20 win over the Penn Quakers.

Williams was also named the FCS National Offensive Player of the Week for his record breaking effort against Penn.

The Bulldogs offensive unit was operating on all eight cylinders as they racked up a whopping 529 total yards of offense against an overmatched Lehigh defensive unit.

Yale sophomore linebacker, Matthew Oplinger (Summit, NJ) led the Eli defense with a career-high 11 solo tackles and a pair of sacks.

Oplinger was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week was outstanding play against Lehigh.

Yale senior quarterback Morgan Roberts had another solid outing throwing for 251 yards (25-42) and one touchdown.

The upcoming matchup between Yale and Dartmouth will mark the 99th meeting between the schools.

Yale leads the series 53-39-6.

Last year Dartmouth won a thriller in New Haven, 38-31.

It’s Homecoming Weekend in Hanover, NH, so Dartmouth will have some extra incentive against the Eli on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.

The 1:30 p.m. kickoff will air on Fox College Sports Atlantic and can be heard on the Yale Football Radio Network (ESPN Radio AM-1300 in New Haven).




Bryan Holmes, Yale’s jack of all placekicker’s, was named to last week’s Ivy League Honor Roll. The junior out of Holland, Michigan connected on two field goals (44, 20) while punting for 41.6 yards per punt.

Yale’s junior defensive lineman, Jack Rushin, was at a Boston (MA) hospital earlier in the week to donate marrow. He was the 32nd donor that has come from the Mandi Schwartz Marrow Drive, which takes place each spring on the Yale campus.

The Eli’s Matt Oplinger is playing with a heavy heart and some extra incentive this season. The Summit, New Jersey native has switched his jersey from No. 44 to 22 this season in honor of his late brother, Eric, who passed away unexpectedly last spring.

In the first three games,Yale quarterback Morgan Roberts has connected on 79 of 130 passes (60.8%) for 915 yards.


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Bob is a college basketball columnist here at He also covers Yale football and the Connecticut Sun of the WNBA.
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