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 NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The Yale football team (1-2, 0-1 Ivy) is back in league play this Saturday with a noon kickoff against Dartmouth (0-3, 0-1) at Yale Bowl. The game, featuring the teams with the most Ivy League titles, will be live streamed through and can be heard on WELI (AM-960, and WYBC (AM-1340,



The Yale Athletics Department will offer a video stream of this Saturday's Yale-Dartmouth game, featuring the broadcast team of Ron Vaccaro '04 (play-by-play) and Carm Cozza (color commentary), on The video stream will be available for $6.95. It can also be purchased as part of Yale's All-Access package that includes home basketball, ice hockey and volleyball games for $49.95. Click here to order.



This is the 93rd meeting between the Elis (14 Ivy titles) and the Big Green (16) with Yale leading the series 50-36-6. Dartmouth played at Yale Bowl for 46 consecutive years, from 1924-1970, because the crowds at New Haven made it more profitable. The Bulldogs have taken the last six meetings.



Mike McLeod '09 rushed for 135 yards and a score but the Bulldogs broke free by throwing three TD passes on a 220-yard passing day in a 34-7 Yale win at Dartmouth on Oct. 11. QB Ryan Fodor '09 completed 14 of 26 passes while the Bulldog defense picked off three passes and returned one (by DB Paul Rice) for a score. Yale also got a TD pass from QB Brook Hart. The visitors outgained the home team 358 to 230 in total offense while holding the Dartmouth rushing attack to 38 yards.



Rob Curley completed 20 of 28 passes for 241 yards, including two TD tosses to WR Mark Layton (7-116), as Lafayette won its first game in eight tries all-time against Yale 31-14 at Yale Bowl on Oct. 3. Curley and Layton connected on scoring passes of 17 and four yards while TB Maurice White ran 21 times for 131 yards and a TD to help the Leopards improve to 3-1. The Bulldogs (1-2) recovered a Lafayette fumble on the opening kickoff and converted a fourth-and-goal from the three with a Patrick Witt (Wylie, Texas) to Peter Balsam (Orland Park, Ill.) pass to take the early lead. Witt was 7-for-13 with 60 yards. The Leopards answered with 24 straight points to put the game away. LB Mark Leggiero had a game-high nine solos and 12 overall tackles for a Lafayette defense that registered six sacks. DL Ian Dell and Andrew Poulson each had two sacks. Yale backup QB Brook Hart (State College, Pa.), who was 13 for 17 with 154 yards, connected with WR Jordan Forney (Bloomington, Ind.) on a 25-yard pass for Yale's other score late in the game.



Alex Jenny completed 23 of 38 passes for 204 yards and two scores but Dartmouth's comeback fell short in a 30-24 loss at Hanover to Penn, who was playing without its starting QB and its pre-season All-America DB. Niles Murphy and Garrett Babb caught scoring passes while Nick Schwieger had a 19-yard TD run. Juniors Pat Scorah and Charles Bay led the Dartmouth defense with 10 tackles each last week.


Senior DB Larry Abare (Acton, Mass.) leads the Blue with 17 solos and 27 overall stops after a team-high 7-4-11 against the Leopards. Abare also made the hit on the opening kickoff that caused a fumble and set up Yale's first score. His second hit of the day put the Lafayette TE on the sideline for a few plays. His twin, Bobby '09, an All-America LB, is now a graduate assistant coach for the LBs at Wagner College (2-2, 1-0 NEC).



Tom Williams was named the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Yale Football last January and came to New Haven after spending two seasons as an assistant for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars. Williams has 11 seasons of college coaching experience. He is the 33rd Yale head football coach but just the third in the last 44 years.



Dartmouth head coach Buddy Teevens has never faced Tom Williams, but the two worked together at Stanford. Teevens was head coach of the Cardinal from 2002 to 2004 with Williams on his staff, two years as an assistant and one as associate head coach.



"I thought the turning point of the game was their ability to score before halftime, and our inability to do the same. Then, in the second half, they wore us down running the football."



Williams can be heard Monday nights on WYBC (AM-1340) from 8 to 8:30 on the Yale Sports Monday Show. The Yale segment of the weekly Ivy League media teleconference is 11:53 AM on Tuesdays, while he and some of his players will be at the Yale Bookstore every Tuesday at 2 p.m. for the Dick Galiette Press Conference.



Day Time Venue Event

Mondays 8 pm WYBC Radio Yale Sports Monday at Lansdowne

Tuesdays 11:53 am Ivy Teleconference Media Call-in with questions

Tuesdays 2 pm Yale Bookstore Galiette Press Conference



Tom Williams, off to a 1-2 start, begins his Yale career following a full spectrum of success in debut seasons. The best debut campaign for a Yale head coach was the first, Walter Camp (13-0 and National Champs) in 1888. The next 20 coaches enjoyed comparable success in the early years of the sport. However, wins for new coaches in the later part of the 20th century did not come so easily. Two of the five Eli mentors since 1950 had better than .500 marks, Jordan Olivar (7-2 in 1952) and John Pont (6-3 in 1963). Herman Hickman went 4-5 in 1948, Carm Cozza was 3-6 in 1965 and Jack Siedlecki was 1-9 in 1997.



Senior RB Jordan Farrell (Orland Park, Ill.), who leads Yale with a 4.0 average per carry, was the busiest of all offensive Bulldogs last Saturday with eight carries for 37 yards and a career-high five catches for 47 more. The 5-foot-10, 220-pound back, who missed 2008 with an injury, earned Walter Camp Yale Player of the Game honors at Georgetown after rushing for 91 yards and two TDs.



Senior LB Tim "Bear" Handlon (Valparaiso, Ind.) has become a primary factor on the Yale defense. Last week he had a career-high seven solos and three assists and is now third on the team with 19 total tackles. He leads the Elis with two interceptions. His family began calling him "Bear" because of his wildness as a young kid. Handlon's brother, Matt '06, was a Yale DB who had five career interceptions.






Sophomore DB Geoff Dunham (Dallas, Texas) had a career-high 5-1-6 against Lafayette... Junior DB Adam Money (Whiteland, Ind.) had 4-3-7 and an interception... Seven different Bulldogs caught passes last week, eight have receptions this fall... The Blue has sacked opponent QBs four times but given up 11.



Junior QB Brook Hart (State College, Pa.) had a 3-and-out series early last Saturday but came on in the fourth quarter to give the Blue some zip on offense. Despite being sacked four times, Hart completed 13 of 17 passes for 154 yards, including his eighth career TD toss, a 25-yarder to WR Jordan Forney (Bloomington, Ind.). That capped an 11-play, 90-yard drive to cut the deficit to 24-14 with 4:30 left in the fourth. Hart has been the No. 2 QB for the first three games. He started the last five games of 2008 while establishing a Yale record, 62.1 completion percentage.



Junior WR Peter Balsam (Orland Park, Ill.) had a busy day last week against Lafayette despite catching just three passes for 22 yards. Balsam recovered a Lafayette fumble on the opening kickoff that led to a Yale TD, his three-yard reception on fourth down to put the Elis up 7-0. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound receiver, who plays on special teams, also threw an incomplete pass after grabbing a lateral. Balsam, who wore No. 15 last year when fellow Orland Park native Jordan Farrell (No. 15) was out with an injury, is now wearing No. 7.



Senior P/PK Tom Mante (Westford, Mass.), Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week two of the first three weeks, tied the Ivy League record with a 54-yard FG against Cornell on Sept. 26. He had a 50-yard FG at Georgetown the week before. Mante also has punts of 73 and 65 yards and he recovered one of his own on-side kicks. Mante now shares the league long FG mark with five others, but no kicker had reached from that distance since 1976. In addition, no Ivy kicker has hit 50-yard field goals on consecutive Saturdays. Otis Guernsey drop kicked

a 54-yarder for the Bulldogs in 1915. Mante, who is third in the Ivy with a 40.1 average, also had a school record 12 punts against the Big Red (six inside the 20) on the way to Walter Camp Yale Player of the Game honors. Mante was an All-Ivy selection at both positions last fall.



The Yale defense ranks 10th in the FCS and No. 1 among Ivies with just 74.67 rushing yards allowed per game. The Elis are second in the league in total defense (255) and in scoring defense (16.6).



The most points given up by a Dartmouth football team were 113 in a shutout loss to Yale in 1884. Yale's five TD passes in 1968 were the most ever scored on Dartmouth. The Elis surrendered the most passing yards by a Big Green offense with 419 in 1992. Yale allowed the most completions for a Big Green offense with 38 in 2001... The team from Hanover tossed a school-record nine interceptions against Yale in 1939, while Dartmouth notched a school record with six fumbles recovered against the Blue in 1953.



Sophomore QB Patrick Witt (Wylie, Texas) made his third start for Yale last Saturday and now has a team-best 50 completions, 456 yards and three TDs. His busiest day was 21-for-54 (180 yards) against Cornell. The last time a Yale QB attempted 54 passes was in 2005 against Holy Cross when Jeff Mroz '05 went 33-for-56 with 333 yards in a 22-19 loss.



Freshman WR/KR Chris Smith (Midlothian, Va.) has been a valuable member of the offense and special teams. Smith, who wore No. 4 the first two weeks before taking No. 21, became a starting receiver and the top return man when junior Gio Christodoulou (Miami, Fla.) was injured. Smith has eight catches, 10 punt returns and six kickoff run-backs.


Two Yale assistant coaches spent time last summer at NFL training camps as intern coaches. Kefense Hynson, who works with Yale's receivers, was with Oakland. Ikaika Malloe, the Joel E. Smilow '54 Defensive Coordinator, worked with Jacksonville... Mike Sanford, the mentor for the Yale TEs and a former Boise State QB, is the son of UNLV football head coach Mike Sanford. The Rebels are 2-3 after falling at the University of Nevada last week... Student assistant coach Isaiah DeLeon-Mares, who worked at the Warrick Dunn Foundation, also worked with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last summer.



Ancient Eight teams split four games out of the league last week. Brown won the state rivalry game by beating Rhode Island 28-20. Colllie Winters and Cheng Ho scored two TDs each as Harvard won 28-14 at Lehigh. Nate Eachus ran for 129 yards and three TDs as Colgate beat Cornell 45-23. M.A. Olawale (14-27, 201) threw for two scores and ran for another as Columbia blanked Princeton 38-0.



Senior DT Matt Kelleher (Southington, Conn.) has handled the long snapping in the first three games. Kelleher, the former Connecticut State Player of the Year as a QB, moved to defense his third year at Yale after injuries prevented him from taking any offensive snaps. He was a starter on defense last year but an injury this fall has limited him to snapping duties.



For the 10th straight season, the Walter Camp Football Foundation honors Yale's game MVP as the Walter Camp Yale Player of the Game. This award is handed out both at home and on the road. Walter Camp (class of 1880), commonly known as the father of American football, captained two Yale teams and coached five others. He compiled a 67-2-0 record and won three national titles as coach. Senior RB Jordan Farrell (Orland Park, Ill.) earned the first award in 2009 with a 5.4 average per carry and two scores at Georgetown. Week No. 2 went to senior PK/P Tom Mante (Westford, Mass.), who tied the Yale record with a 54-yard FG and punted a Yale record 12 times with six inside the Cornell 20-yard line. Week three went to QB Brook Hart (State College, Pa.), who came off the bench to complete 13 of 17 passes.



Yale has an 84-22-3 record against Patriot League teams, including 1-1 this fall. The Elis have played Bucknell (3-1), Colgate (25-10-3), Fordham (4-1), Georgetown (3-0), Holy Cross (27-4), Lafayette (7-1), Lehigh (14-5) and Towson (1-0).



Seven former Yale football players are working in the game this fall, either in the college or pro ranks. Mike McCaskey '65, chairman of the Chicago Bears, Buffalo head coach Dick Jauron '73, Bob Wallace '78 (Executive V.P. and General Council, St. Louis Rams) and New England assistant coach Pat Graham '01 are the Bulldogs in the NFL. Bob Shoop '88, defensive coordinator at William & Mary, Merchant Marine Academy offensive coordinator Kyle Metzler '02 and Bobby Abare '09, linebackers coach at Wagner, work at colleges.



Paul Rice (Cleveland Heights, Ohio), a senior LB who is third on the team with 19 total tackles, is the 132nd Yale football captain. He came to Yale as a talented RB but moved to defense when asked to his freshman year. Rice, who has 134 total career tackles and six interceptions, started at CB the last three years before moving to LB this season. His father, Lou Rice, played defense for Harvard.



Six-foot-2, 235-pound senior H-B John Sheffield (Portland, Ore.) leads the team with 17 catches and 143 yards. Media preparing to cover Yale games ask where he lines up. Sheffield can be found in the backfield, in the slot, next to a tackle on the line or split out wide. An H-Back (don't confuse it with HB for halfback), also known as a power back, is a hybrid combining the TE and FB positions. Sheffield has 82 career catches, while his one rushing attempt was a lateral pass that turned into a seven-yard TD against Penn in 2008.




When freshman RB Mordecai Cargill (Cleveland, Ohio) got his first collegiate carry, a 10-yard run in the first half, he probably didn't know the significance of the moment. Cargill, who wears No. 28 and has 20 carries and a 3.4 average, didn't know who wore that number until one of his teammates told him. Mike McLeod '09, who owns every Yale rushing record wearing the same number, was two rows from the surface of Multi-Sport Field watching his first game as an alum. "I learned of my jersey number the same time the rest of the freshmen did. The first thing Lou Scigliano (assistant equipment director) said was that I have big shoes to fill," said Cargill. "I found out who wore No. 28 on my recruiting visit, and I'm honored that the coaches' expectations of me are high enough for them to give me this number. My expectations of myself are higher still, and with due respect to Mike McLeod, I look forward to creating my own legacy with No. 28."



Yale is 363-192-26 overall in 581 games played at the Bowl. The Elis are 123-74-4 in Ivy games. Yale has had seven perfect and 11 undefeated seasons in the Bowl since it opened in 1914.



A survey of this fall's Yale squad revealed interesting character traits about its members. Here are the results of the voting on Bulldog players:

Most Humorous: H-B John Sheffield (Portland, Ore.)

Most Intelligent: QB Rich Scudellari (Saratoga, Calif.)

Most Vocal: DB Larry Abare (Acton, Mass.)

Most Likely to be US President: DL Patrick Moran (Alexandria, Va.)

Unusual Hobby: RB Rodney Reynolds (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.), gospel-rap singing

Best Singer: WR Lars Knudsen (Whitefish Bay, Wis.)

Strongest: RB Alex Thomas (Ansonia, Conn.)



Three members of the Yale coaching staff have ties to Hawaii, and Tom Williams has instituted Hawaiain Fridays in the football office. Any staffers caught without a Hawaiian style shirt on a Friday on the third floor of Ray Tompkins House is subject to a one dollar fine. Sophomore OL Gabriel Fernandez (Honolulu) is the first Yale football player from Hawaii in 10 years. WR Jimmy Bennett '00 (Honolulu), who played on the 1999 Ivy League championship squad, was the last Eli from the 50th state.



Seven current Bulldogs have brothers who play or played Yale football. Current Yale football brother combinations include junior OLB Sean and freshman QB Scott Williams (Portland, Ore.) and junior DB Marcus and senior OLB Jack Wallace (Germantown, Wis.).



Can you picture a 290-pound guy in bib overalls running an auction? If you could, it might be freshman OL Jeff Marrs (Garden Prairie, Ill.), who grew up on a farm of about 2,000 acres near Rockford, Ill. Marrs, his brother and grandfather are all auctioneers. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound former all-state lineman is part of a young offensive line.



A dog-friendly bar is open in New Haven this fall. Yale coaches and athletes will frequent Lansdowne Bar & Grill (179 Crown Street) Monday nights from 7-9 for WYBC Radio's sports lineup. At 8, Tom Williams, the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Yale Football, makes a weekly appearance on "Yale Sports Monday" with Anthony Brooks'03 MM and Sam Purdy ‘10. Athletes and coaches from all sports, including football, will be interviewed each week on "Yale Sports Monday" from 8-9. From 7-8 Michael Dunn '10 and Sam Levander '10 host "Cover 2 Sports," a comprehensive national sports talk show.




The Yale junior varsity football squad lost at Brown 13-8 on Oct. 4. The Bulldogs got a touchdown pass from freshman QB Dez Duron (Shreveport, La.) to sophomore WR Lars Knudsen (Whitefish Bay, Wis.), and a two-point conversion run from freshman TB Taylor Stib (Scottsdale, Ariz.). All the scoring for both teams came in the first half with Brown getting a TD run and two field goals.



The 2009 Yale football roster includes 60 high school football captains and 41 captains of other sports. The Elis also list 52 National Honor Society members, six student body presidents, six valedictorians and three salutatorians.



Yale may be the only football team in America to have had a state holiday decreed because of its visit. In 1929 (80 years ago this fall) when Yale visited the University of Georgia to be its dedication opponent for the opening of Sanford Stadium, the governor issued a proclamation making the day a legal holiday in honor of Yale University and of the Yale men who founded the state university in Georgia.



Eight Yale football games will air live on TV this fall, including four of five home games. Yale on YES is back for a second season with three straight Ivy League games (Columbia, Brown, Princeton) on the network of the New York Yankees. The YES Network, available nationally on DirecTV, Verizon's FiOS service and on select cable systems, is the country's No. 1 regional sports network. Two contests (Cornell, Harvard) will be broadcast on Versus, the national cable home of the National Hockey League that is in more than 73 million homes. Other Yale games aired in 2009 include Penn (Comcast), Lafayette (RCN) and Lehigh (Service Electric 2).



The Bulldogs have begun a tradition befitting the school responsible for shaping the game of football. Prior to every home game, Coach Williams will gather the team under the Walter Camp Field Memorial to remind the Bulldogs of their proud heritage. Walter Camp '1880, who coached the Blue (67-2) for five seasons and was instrumental in shaping the rules as we know them, is commonly referred to as the father of American football.



NEWS/Talk 960 WELI broadcasts all Yale football games on AM (960) and online at Yale football coaching legend Carm Cozza, a 2003 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, is in his 12th season as the color commentator for WELI broadcasts. Ron Vaccaro '04 returns for his fourth year as play-by-play announcer. Vaccaro is a two-time Emmy Award winner for his work with NBC Olympics, his primary employer since 2004. His on-air resume also includes the 2008 Beijing Olympics for NBC and the 2009 World Swimming Championships for Universal Sports. Sideline reporter Alex Goldberger '08, engineer Tom Ivanovich and spotter Kevin Guarino add the finishing touches to the broadcasts.



Former Yale QB Tom Doyle '75 will join Carm Cozza and Ron Vaccaro in the WELI radio booth for the third quarter this Saturday. Doyle was the Elis' starter in 1973 and 1974 and led the Blue to a 1974 Ivy title. That squad was perfect, including a 14-9 win over Dartmouth at the Bowl, until falling 21-16 at Harvard. Doyle was taken by the Oakland Raiders in the 14th round of the 1975 NFL Draft.



WYBC (AM 1340) also covers each game. WFAN Radio personality Bob Heussler, WYBC's Director of Football Radio Broadcasts, and Anthony Brooks '03 MM, the station's sports coordinator, lead a talented group of Yale students who can also be heard on Yale football is also included in WYBC's Monday night sports lineup from Lansdowne Bar & Grill (179 Crown Street). At 8 pm, Tom Williams, the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Yale Football, makes a weekly appearance on "Yale Sports Monday."



Another way to listen to Yale games live is by calling TEAMLINE at 800.846.4700 and using Yale's code 5682.



The Dick Galiette/Yale Football Press Conference has moved from the Course at Yale back to campus with the first edition on Sept. 15. The new location is the Yale Bookstore, which will host this event for 10 Tuesdays at 2 p.m. Coach Williams and a selection of players will take part in the press conferences that are streamed live by They will take place on the second floor where all the book signings are done. The press conferences are open to the public, but questions for Williams and his players are limited to the working media. The Yale Bookstore is also the sponsor of the Yale Sports Hotline (203.432.YALE), where Yale fans get game-day scores without going to their computers.



Ron Vaccaro '04 hosts a series of video netcast interviews, which will include the Yale football team and other Yale athletics content, on Vaccaro also has a set of audio netcasts featuring the team for Apple iTunes users at



Media take note... The Yale Bowl may be in West Haven, but the press box has a taste of New Haven with Yorkside Pizza & Restaurant serving slices and salad on home Saturdays. Rather than interrupting your work with a lunch at halftime, the food is now served on its arrival before kickoff.



The Ivy League will hold a weekly football coaches' teleconference every Tuesday during the 2009 season beginning September 15 and running through November 17. Each teleconference will begin at 11 a.m. ET. Each coach will be available for a seven-minute window to preview his team's upcoming opponent and answer questions from the media. A replay of the teleconferences will be made available on To access the call, use the following (877) 548-7906 and Passcode: 9204583.


Ivy Teleconference Schedule

11:04 am Phil Estes, Brown

11:11 am Norries Wilson, Columbia

11:18 am Jim Knowles, Cornell

11:25 am Buddy Teevens, Dartmouth

11:32 am Tim Murphy, Harvard

11:39 am Al Bagnoli, Penn

11:46 am Roger Hughes, Princeton

11:53 am Tom Williams, Yale



A documentary film titled GameDay that will include footage from the 2009 Yale-Harvard game will appear in IMAX 3D theatres around the country later this fall. The film will provide an all access pass to college football focusing on the preparation, traditions, rivalries and pageantry.



This November the Yale/Harvard contest in the Bowl will mark the one hundredth anniversary of the historic National Championship Game of 1909.The 1909 Yale-Harvard game, an 8-0 Bulldogs win, featured two undefeated teams (the next matchup of undefeated squads in The Game was in 1968). Yale won the national championship and preserved its unbeaten, untied and unscored on marks. Three future members of the Football Hall of Fame suited up for the game. For Yale: fullback Ted Coy and end John Reed Kilpatrick and for Harvard: tackle Hamilton Fish. A reunion of family members is planned for this November's game.



Anyone who likes watching football should take note of this. On Oct. 14, the gripping Ivy League football documentary film "8" returns to NESN, home station of the Boston Red Sox and Bruins. There are four airings scheduled for this month on NESN: Oct. 14 (2:30, 7:30 pm), Oct. 25 (6:30 pm) and Oct. 30 (7:30 pm). Visit for further updates.


Release filed by Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD & Sports Publicity Director