In the most extensive playing time of his young college career, Yale University freshman quarterback Kurt Rawlings, who led John Carroll to a 12-0 record and a MIAA B Conference championship in 2015, came off the bench, Friday, to lead Yale to a 31-23 Ivy League football victory over Columbia.
Rawlings, the 2015 VSN Offensive Player of the Year after throwing for 52 touchdowns in his senior year at JC, completed of 12-of-21 passes for 152 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed five times for 46 yards, including 38-yard run, which setup a field goal. In addition, he made a beautiful throw on what would have been a 65-yard touchdown pass, only to have it nullified by a penalty.
Rawlings has made a total of four appearances this fall, completing 16-of-29 passes for 207 yards and three scores, with just one interception. He also has nine rushing attempts for 35 yards. On Saturday, he became the first freshman to throw a touchdown pass for Yale since Eric Williams did it in 2012. The performance earned him Ivy League Rookie of the Week award.
Yale is now 2-5 overall and 2-2 in the Ivy League. The Bulldogs will play at Brown this Saturday. It is not yet known if Rawlings will start.