Yale leads Columbia 23-6 at halftime.
At halftime, the Lions trail the Bulldogs in New Haven, 23-6.
Yale got on the board first, scoring on its second possession of the game. Quarterback Henry Furman made a couple of big throws on the drive, including a 16-yard pass to wide receiver Cameron Sandquist that gave the Bulldogs a first and 10 at the Columbia 35. The Lions defense regrouped and forced a field goal attempt, but Yale kicker Kyle Cazzetta’s 46-yard attempt narrowly cleared the crossbar to give the home team a 3-0 advantage.
The Bulldogs added to their lead on their next possession, putting together a 62-yard drive that culminated in a touchdown. Running back Candler Rich, who had dropped Furman’s pass on the previous play, ran it in from 10 yards out to give Yale a 10-0 lead.
Columbia was forced to punt on its next possession, giving Yale a chance to start pulling away early in the second quarter. But Lions senior linebacker Brian East picked off a Furman pass, taking it back 27 yards for a Columbia touchdown. The score remained at 10-6, however, as senior kicker Luke Eddy’s extra point attempt was wide left.
Furman and the rest of the Yale offense quickly bounced back. After going three and out on their next possession, the Bulldogs put together a pair of long touchdown drives to go up 23-6.
Sophomore Trevor McDonagh replaced freshman Kelly Hilinksi at quarterback for Columbia on the Lions’ last drive of the half, but the Lions were unable to put any more points on the board.
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