Klubnik Sets Record During 45-27 Loss
BOSTON, Mass. – The highest combined scoring output in the history of The Game wasn't enough to get the Bulldogs a third straight victory against their archrival. Yale, which led 24-21 in the third quarter, saw Harvard score 21 of the last 27 points on the way to a 45-27 win in a wild 135th edition of The Game at Fenway Park.
The guys in all white uniforms erased three deficits through the first three quarters on the way to a 10-point surge that gave the Elis that three-point lead in the middle of the third.
A crowd of 34,675 saw Yale (5-5, 3-4 Ivy) get outstanding performances from sophomore RB Zane Dudek (10-66, 3-38 rec.) and junior WRs JP Shohfi (7-127, 1 TD) and Reed Klubnik (5-91), who broke the school's receiving yards record for a season with 1,143.
Dudek, who has been sidelined with an injury most of the season, flashed the brilliance seen from his rookie campaign by making a few big plays while breaking multiple tackles. Meanwhile, junior RB Alan Lamar and first-year QB Griffin O'Connor each ran for TDs while senior PK/P Alex Galland booted a pair of field goals, contributing to the combined record of 72 points for this rivalry.
O'Connor, who set the school record for passing yards last week, threw for 328 yards on 23 completions and enabled his veteran wideouts to put on a show with some long connections.
Shohfi, who made a spectacular grab along the sideline in the second quarter, put the finishing touches on another drive with another sideline, tip-toe, 16-yard catch for TD that evened things at 14 in the first half.
"Give credit to Coach [Tim] Murphy and the Harvard team," said Tony Reno, Yale's Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach. "They played a great game and took it over in the fourth quarter. It was a great game until that point. We have a young team, and it really showed in the fourth quarter."
Reed Klubnik finished the year with team-high 73 catches, which is tied for 5th with Deon Randall (2014) on the school's single-season list… Sophomore WR Melvin Rouse II had a few electrifying plays included among his 3 catches and a 22-yard punt return…. First-year LB Noah Pope led the Blue with 5 solos and 8 overall stops… Yale's white jerseys, pants and helmet were featured on ESPN's Gear Up segment today, while the shirt's Carm Cozza patch - celebrating the hall of fame coach - was also mentioned.
By Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD/Sports Publicity Director – firstname.lastname@example.org