Bucknell 25, Yale 24
Oct. 12, 1997
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ Sean Thompson's block on Damon McLaren's punt in the fourth quarter led Bucknell to a 25-24 victory over Yale on Saturday.
Thompson broke through the line to smother McLaren's punt and Bucknell recovered on the Yale 15. Two plays later Chris Peer scored on a 1-yard run to give the Bison a 23-18 lead, and Bucknell went on to score on a 2-point conversion pass.
Ross Coleman had a career-best 47-yard field goal at the end of the first half to pull the Bison within 12-10.
Yale took an 18-17 lead on the second play of the fourth quarter when freshman Konrad Sopielnikow scored from a yard out on fourth-and-goal, but Yale missed the conversion.
But the Elis, whose offense was stagnant after a dominating first quarter in which they held the ball for 13:43 and scored on drives of 77 and 70 yards, rallied.
Joe Walland, who was 14 of 28 for 190 yards and three touchdowns, connected with Ben Johnstone on a 44-yard pass to the Bucknell 4.
On third down tight end Bill Sprouse (6 catches, 53 yards) wrestled a possible interception away from Bucknell cornerback Justin Lustig for a 7-yard touchdown to make it 25-24.