After beating the Penn Quakers last week to end a two-game skid, Team 148 will host the Columbia Lions on Saturday.
The Bulldogs will host their second straight sport on the Yale Bowl on Saturday after they face off towards Columbia. The Lions are coming off a powerful 19–0 shutout towards Dartmouth, who beat the Elis in extra time just some weeks in the past.
Columbia (5–1, 2–1 Ivy) has just one loss on its ledger all yr. Of their Ivy opener, the Lions misplaced 24–7 in Princeton, New Jersey to the Tigers. Princeton entered the yr because the Ivy League preseason favorite and is the one undefeated staff left among the many Historical Eight. Columbia entered its final contest as 17-and-a-half-point underdogs to Dartmouth however rode a defensive shutout en path to victory. The Massive Inexperienced loss put Yale (3–3, 2–1 Ivy) squarely again into the combination for the Ivy League crown. The Bulldogs’ solely convention loss got here towards Dartmouth and with the Massive Inexperienced dropping a sport to Columbia, Yale can be assured a share of the Ivy League title in the event that they win their remaining 4 video games, together with the penultimate contest towards Princeton.
“Our opponent this week is the most effective staff we’ve performed on our schedule to date,” Yale head coach Tony Reno stated. “General, actually good in all three phases. They’re coming off a shutout of an excellent staff in our league on the highway. There’s actually not plenty of weaknesses in what they do, however we’ve obtained to simply fear about ourselves and put together properly and get ourselves able to be the most effective variations of Yale soccer in 2021.”
Columbia’s offense has been carried by its working sport. Six completely different Lions have recorded a dashing landing and senior Dante Miller leads the Ivy League in dashing yards with 608 in simply six video games. As a staff, the Lions sit second within the convention with 185 dashing yards a sport. They path solely Harvard, who common 185.3 yards. To accompany their prolific working sport, sophomore quarterback Joe Inexperienced has performed a superb job of limiting turnovers, with the Lions sign caller having only one interception all yr. Inexperienced gained the convention’s Rookie of the Week award on Monday, for his efficiency towards Dartmouth.
“Columbia has performed an excellent job on offense all yr,” defensive finish Reid Nickerson ’23 stated. “They’ve a extremely quick working again and their offensive line can get after it just a little bit as they’ve proven in earlier weeks. However, , we’ve emphasised, actually, that it’s us versus us. If the protection goes on the market and executes, then we’re going to be tremendous as we’ve proven all year long.”
Of the 4 Lions to have gained an Ivy League weekly award, two of them are on the defensive aspect of the ball. Senior linebacker Cam Dillon and senior defensive again Ben Mathiasmeier have each been honored as defensive gamers of the week. Dillon is second within the convention with seven sacks this yr, trailing solely Yale defensive finish Clay Patterson ’24. Mathiasmeier, in the meantime, is tied for the convention lead in interceptions with three.
Yale’s offense can be led by quarterback Nolan Grooms ’24. Grooms made his first profession collegiate begin final Saturday and orchestrated a 14-point win over Penn.
“Oh, man,” Nickerson stated when requested about Grooms. “He’s an issue. He’s an issue. He’s been inflicting issues ever since he obtained right here. The [defensive line] likes to joke round as a result of in observe, we’ll get proper up subsequent to a sack after which he’ll simply outrun us 20 yards.”
Grooms was named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week for his efficiency towards the Quakers, which included a staff excessive 113 dashing yards and 4 complete touchdowns. Grooms’ skill as a dual-threat quarterback, working and passing the ball, has been a key storyline in his younger profession
“I actually satisfaction myself on being a passer first,” Grooms stated. “However then, as soon as stuff breaks down, you gotta be capable of transfer just a little bit, so I obtained to be decisive … I obtained to maintain working, gotta maintain my eyes downfield as a passer, however as quickly as I personally cross the road of scrimmage, it’s time to go.”Nader Granmayeh
Grooms and the Bulldogs will kick off towards Columbia on Saturday at 12 p.m.