Bulldog RB Plowed Through Snow For 230 Yards
PRINCETON, NJ - Dashing through the snow with a 215-pound running back worked well for the Yale football team in its 16-13 win at Columbia last Saturday. It also worked well for junior Mordecai Cargill (Cleveland Heights, Ohio), who earned Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week honors after he trucked for 230 yards on 42 carries.
Cargill, the first Bulldog to earn league player of the week honors since Patrick Witt (Wylie, Texas) earned it consecutive games (Georgetown, Cornell) in September, started in place of injured Alex Thomas (Ansonia, Conn.) in the backfield.
He entered the Columbia game with 53 carries and 247 yards in six outings this fall. He nearly doubled both on a challenging day for offenses. Cargill, who had never played in a game with that much snow, put himself at No. 4 on Yale's single-game rushing list with a career-high, 230-yard day.
Cargill, who will be at Tuesday's 2 p.m. press conference at Mory's on York Street, rambled through the snow for 153 yards in the second half after 20 yards on six carries in the first quarter and 57 yards on eight more runs in the second. He scored on runs of 19 and four yards.
His 42 carries are the most since Mike McLeod had 40 against Lehigh in 2007 and are the most (tie with Tyler Smith, Bucknell) by an FCS back this season. That total is four attempts short of the school record set by Rich Diana (46, 222 yards) against Princeton in 1981.
Yale hosts Brown this Saturday at noon in clash of rivals trying to stay in the race for an Ivy title.
filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director