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Photo courtesy of USA Football
, a member of the Dartmouth Class of 2011, played a key role in helping USA Football successfully win the gold medal at the IFAF Senior World Championship in Austria, defending its world title that was won in Japan in 2007. Bay was one of 11 members of the team to be selected for the all-tournament first team.
To earn his spot on the all-tournament first team, Bay recorded nine tackles in the four games with five going for a loss, including three sacks. The 6-3, 250-pound end also forced and recovered a fumble, plus hurried the quarterback once. His finest game came against Mexico with four tackles, three of which came behind the line of scrimmage, with a 15-yard sack, the forced fumble and recovery, and the QB hurry.
The United States began defense of its title on July 8 with a 61-0 whitewashing of Australia at Tivoli Stadium in Innsbruck. A mere two days later, USA trounced Germany, 48-7, before staving off Mexico, 17-7, in the squad’s third game in five days. With its perfect 3-0 record in pool play, USA advanced to the gold-medal game against its neighbors to the north, Canada.
The championship tilt was held on Saturday, July 16, in Vienna at Ernst Happel Stadion with 20,000 on-lookers on hand. The United States struck first with a touchdown halfway through the first quarter, but it was a flurry of second-quarter points that put USA in control. Over the final six minutes before halftime, the U.S. put 30 points on the board, including three touchdowns in the final two minutes. From there, USA cruised to a convincing 50-7 triumph.