Football Drops Double-OT Heartbreaker To Yale 27-24
Nov. 15, 2003
PRINCETON, N.J. - Chandler Henley tied the score with no time remaining in regulation and Bryant Dieffenbacher jumped on a fumble in double overtime to give the Yale football team a 27-24 win Saturday at Princeton Stadium.
Yale forced overtime with a 92-yard drive in the final 1:03 of the game, which was capped by a 22-yard touchdown pass from Alvin Cowan to Henley in the left corner of the end zone. Cowan completed eight passes on the drive to four different receivers.
Princeton wasted no time getting the overtime lead, as quarterback Matt Verbit connected on a 25-yard touchdown pass to Jon Veach to open the extra session. Yale came back, with help from a pass interference call, and evened the score with a three-yard touchdown pass from Cowan to Alex Flaherty. In the second overtime, Yale started with the ball and drove to the 9-yard line, where John Troost kicked a 26-yard field goal to give the Bulldogs the 27-24 lead. Princeton nearly scored on its first play again, as Verbit found B.J. Szymanski on a slant that looked like it could go for the score. It wasn't to be, though, as the ball was stripped and recovered by Dieffenbacher to secure the most unlikely of a season full of unlikely Princeton losses.
Princeton led throughout the game, starting with a 7-0 lead on the opening drive. Veach, who has scored eight touchdowns in Princeton's last two games, finished the drive with a 20-yard run.
Yale and Princeton would trade field goals, but Princeton would add a 29-yard touchdown pass to B.J. Szymanski late in the half to open a 17-3 lead. Robert Benigno would score on an 8-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, the lone scoring play of the quarter. It would be the last score until Henley's game-tying play to end regulation.