Preview: Football Hosts Yale on Homecoming

After starting its season with a surprisingly dominant win over VMI on the road, football can move to 2-0 for the first time since 2016 if it beats Yale at Schoellkopf Field in its homecoming game on Saturday.

A few late touchdowns by VMI after the game’s outcome had essentially been decided made Cornell’s 28-22 win seem less convincing on paper than it was on the field. The Red’s defense did not allow a point for the game’s first 54 minutes, forced three turnovers, six sacks, nine tackles for loss and got off the field on seven of VMI’s ten third downs. Cornell held VMI to -2 rushing yards on 25 carries.

Cornell’s chances of earning its first win over Yale since 2016 will depend on whether the defense can replicate its dominant performance. The Bulldogs relied heavily on their running game in their 38-14 season opening loss to Holy Cross, running 40 times and passing 27, despite playing from behind.

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