In 1980, Jimmy Carter was the President, the 'Internet' was probably considered a tennis term, and Yale last won an outright Ivy League football championship.
The Bulldogs survived this season's gauntlet Saturday and won 'The Game' against Harvard, 24-3, at the Yale Bowl. And the long wait was over — and the Bulldogs don't have to share the honor with anybody.
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Yale had waited 37 years to win an outright Ivy League championship, and it strangled the Crimson — holding on to the ball 10 minutes longer than Harvard (35:02 to 24:58). The defense held Harvard to 164 total yards and only 26 rushing yards.
Foyesade Oluokun was a monster, tallying 9 tackles and 3 tackles for loss for a defense that wound up with 12 negative yardage plays against the Crimson. Matthew Oplinger, John Herubin and Kyle Mullen all tallied multiple TFLs, Yale's J.P. Shohfi caught 5 passes and 86 yards and a TD, and Zane Dudek rushed for 64 yards and a TD. The team is young.
The Bulldogs finished the year 9-1 overall with one conference loss — giving the program only the seventh outright title in school history. The program has shared titles eight other times, including 11 years ago in 2006 (see full chart of Ivy League title history below the story).
Along with Yale's incredible finish, Columbia closed out a season to remember for the Lions when they knocked off Brown 24-6. The Lions' 8th win on Saturday put the program in rarified air when it comes to past Columbia teams. The 1996 team went 8-2 with future NFL pro bowler Marcellus Wiley roaming the gridiron, and prior to that the last time Columbia had won 7 games in a season was 1947 when the Lions went to 7-2 when Harry Truman was President of the United States.
Yale and Columbia are both in the middle of big-time youth movements and have had some of the top recruiting classes in the FCS the past two seasons.
YEAR BY YEAR IVY LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
|YEAR||IVY CHAMP||IVY REC.|
|2016||Penn & Princeton||6–1|
|2013||Harvard & Princeton||6–1|
|2008||Brown & Harvard||6–1|
|2006||Princeton & Yale||6–1|
|1999||Brown & Yale||6–1|
|1992||Dartmouth & Princeton||6–1|
|1990||Cornell & Dartmouth||6–1|
|1989||Princeton & Yale||6–1|
|1988||Cornell & Penn||6–1|
|1983||Harvard & Penn||5–1–1|
|1981||Yale & Dartmouth||6–1|
|1976||Brown & Yale||6–1|
|1974||Yale & Harvard||6–1|
|1971||Cornell & Dartmouth||6–1|
|1968||Harvard & Yale||6–0–1|
|1963||Dartmouth & Princeton||5–2|
|1961||Columbia & Harvard||6–1|