It also turned out to be a team just getting started. Yale rolled to a 13-0 record by outscoring opponents 694-0, ending the season with a 10-0 win over Princeton at the Polo Grounds in New York.
Tony Reno's 2014 team, the 142nd in program history, has also won its first three, for the second year in a row, heading into Saturday's game at Yale Bowl against Dartmouth. And while his offensive numbers pale in comparison's to Camp's, they have gained Division I attention.
The Bulldogs have scored 154 points and averaged 631.0 yards in wins over Lehigh, Army and Cornell, topping 50 against the Mountain Hawks (54) and Big Red (51) in last week's Ivy League opener. If you are keeping score, it's the most points Yale has scored in its first three games since 1888. And its 51.3 average currently leads all Division I teams.
"And to be honest, we've left points on the board," said senior receiver Grant Wallace. "But the offense has been running smoothly, starting with the level-headedness we've had at quarterback with Morgan Roberts."
For the second time in three weeks, Roberts, a junior transfer from Clemson, was Ivy League offensive player of the week. Roberts has completed 80 of 110 passes to 14 different receivers for 978 yards and 10 touchdowns this season with just two interceptions. He set a school single-game record for completion percentage (26 of 30) and equaled the school mark for touchdowns (five) at Cornell.
Despite the historic start triggered by a spread offense, Reno remains stoic.
"I know this sounds boring," Reno said, "but it's the way we live here. We deal with process and routine and one play at a time. If we continue to do that we will be in position to impact the outcome positively.
"Our offense last week was not even close to being as efficient as it can be. We played too slow, missed too many blocks and missed too many reads. We can execute better."
Much seems to be similar to 2013, as well. Yale was 3-0 before losing to Dartmouth to start a 2-5 finish that led to a longer winter than Reno would have liked.
"We are a very different team than last year," Reno said. "Last year's team couldn't benefit from having another year in the system [this is Reno's third year] and dealing with the process. This year's team is tight, a big family and is better able to deal with adversity. We've been through a growth cycle with this program."
Yale led Cornell 34-6 at the half and pulled back somewhat in the second half, getting just about every player in uniform into the game. Seven players had carries, including five backs. Tyler Varga, the team's rushing leader, had just 10 carries.
Freshman Deshawn Salter had 10 carries for 64 yards. But the highlight was the first career touchdown for senior Everett Johnson of Union, N.J., who scored from the 34 with just under six minutes to play.
Senior captain Deon Randall already has 28 receptions for 355 yards and four touchdowns. Former NFL tight end Eric Johnson holds the single-season record (86 in 2000). Randall's 173 career catches are third all-time at Yale, just eight behind Johnson and 22 behind Ralph Plumb, who made 195 from 2001-04.
Wallace, son of former Yale and NFL player Bob Wallace, has 19 catches for 274 yards and two scores.
"As the game goes on we seem to get better and better," Wallace said.
Dartmouth opened with a win over Central before losing on the road to New Hampshire. They opened the Ivy season last week with a 31-13 win over Penn. Junior defensive back Frankie Hernandez had a career-high 11 tackles, broke up two passes and recovered a fumble in the Big Green's first victory over Penn in seven years.