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The Game No. 129 Saturday at Boston

The Game No. 129 Saturday at Boston

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Its Ivy League title hopes were dashed in week seven, but the Yale football team doesn't need motivation for the season finale. A senior class with just one opponent yet to beat isn't what drives the Bulldogs this week. The rivalry known as The Game is all that really matters as Yale and Harvard get set for the 129th edition at noon on Saturday at Harvard Stadium. One of the most revered traditions in sports can be seen live on NBC Sports Network and heard on WELI Radio (AM-960, and student radio station



The Bulldogs lead the Crimson 65-55-8 heading into the 129th meeting but Harvard has won 10 of the last 11. Yale is 28-25-5 at Cambridge, 30-29-3 at home and 7-1-0 at neutral sites. There have been 55 shutouts since the first meeting in 1875, and the Elis are 28-20-7 in those contests. Yale is 11-14-1 against the Cantabs when The Game has league title implications.



The senior class will have a win over every Ivy school… The Elis get their first win in the series since 2006… Harvard can't finish first in the league… Penn could have an outright title with a win over Cornell.



It would be the sixth straight victory in the series… The Crimson could share the league title if Cornell beats Penn… Yale would have its fewest Ivy wins since 2001 and fewest overall since 1997.



Harvard has won three of the five games played on Nov. 17… Yale is 7-6 in years ending with two, but the Crimson has won the last three.



Pat Witt '12 connected with Jackson Liguori (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) on a scoring play at 7:25 of the first, but that was all Yale could put on the board in a 45-7 loss at the Bowl. The Crimson was also able to take advantage of three interceptions along with a Yale fumble and a blocked field goal while having the edge in total offense, 506 to 302.



While Harvard was falling to Penn at Franklin Field, the Elis had a tough Saturday at home against Princeton. An early Henry Furman (Portland, Ore.) TD pass to Grant Wallace (St. Louis, Mo.) gave Yale a 7-0 lead before the Tigers jumped on two fumbles and picked off a pass (100-yard return) to take a 29-7 decision. Playing without standout TB Tyler Varga, the Blue managed to match the visitors statistically thanks to an excellent showing by Furman (18-for-28, 184 yards), making his first collegiate start. The Yale defense deserved a better fate with some standout efforts. CB Collin Bibb (San Antonio, Texas) picked off two Princeton passes, made seven solo tackles and returned two kickoffs for 41 yards.


The Yale-Harvard series has seen its share of last-second wins, comebacks, outstanding performances, firsts and freaky plays. Here are some of the most memorable meetings:

1881: Yale tries the first on-side kick ever in football during a scoreless tie
1946: Elis overcome a 14-0 Harvard lead to win 27-14
1952: Yale student manager Charlie Yeager catches a PAT pass in a 41-14 Eli win at Cambridge
1968: QB Frank Champi completes a TD pass and a conversion play with no time left as Harvard gains a 29-29 draw at Cambridge and shares the Ivy crown with Yale
1972: Yale overcame a 17-0 first half deficit to win 28-17
1974: QB Milt Holt scored on a 1-yard run with 0:15 left in a 21-16 victory that gave Harvard a share of the Ivy title with Yale.
1975: Mike Lynch's 26-yard FG with 0:33 left gave Crimson a 10-7 win and sole possession of the Ivy title

1977: Mike Sullivan's 65-yard TD run out of punt formation ignites Yale in a 24-7 win at the Bowl.
1995: Crimson Eion Hu scored from 2 yards out with :29 left in a 22-21 win
1999: WR Eric Johnson (21-244) scoops up a Joe Walland (42-67, 437) pass with :29 left to send Yale to a 24-21 win and an Ivy title
2005: Clifton Dawson ends the longest game in Ivy history in the 3rd OT with a two-yard run to give Harvard a 30-24 win at the Bowl

The Game is responsible for a number of original events: Yale performed the first on-side kick against Harvard in 1881; Harvard's flying wedge was first seen in the 1892 contest; the first game in the Bowl was the 1914 meeting; the first crowd at an American sporting event over 80,000 was the 1920 game at the Bowl; and the first triple OT Ivy game happened in 2005 at Yale.



The crowd of 21,824 at the Yale-Princeton game made it the best attended game of the 2012 Ivy season. It should become the second-most attended football game after this Saturday's crowd is announced. The 2010 contest at Boston drew 31,398.


Yale and Harvard's mutual respect make the rivalry unique. The Tim Clark (called the Walt Levering '33 when at New Haven) Luncheon, held on even years at Harvard is evidence of the shared admiration. This year's gathering of former combatants in The Game takes place on Friday in the Murr Center from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.



Citing medical issues as the cause, Harvard sent out word on Monday that the Yale-Harvard JV game slated for 1 p.m. Friday at Harvard Stadium has been canceled. The email that went out from the Harvard Athletic Department stated that the "unprecedented rash of injuries at the offensive line position" has forced them to make this decision. Yale, which has had more than its share of injuries this year and has even canceled two of its JV games, was ready to play this Friday.  



A week before the season began the QB picture looked like this: freshman Eric Williams competing with a junior, who had been a backup the last two years. That week, the junior decided to quit the team, so the Bulldogs went to Georgetown with Williams and freshman No. 2 Logan Scott (Woodland Hills, Calif.). Since then, Williams, Scott and emergency backups senior WR Derek Russell (Newton, Mass.) and sophomore TB Tyler Varga have all gone down with injuries. Last week against Princeton, junior WR Henry Furman was the starter and was backed up by Scott Williams, a linebacker the last three years and the brother of Eric Williams. Scott Williams moved from No. 43 to No. 10 so he could be a backup QB, but he has yet to see any varsity action. Overall, three different Elis have started at QB and there have been 67 Yale passing attempts by players not listed as QBs on the roster.



All-America candidate Tyler Varga (Kitchener, Ont.) leads the nation with 199.4 all-purpose yards per game, while he is the Ivy League leader with 119 rushing yards per game (10th in FCS). The sophomore TB has rushed for over 100 yards in five (most in Ivy) of his seven games (9 yards shy vs. Cornell, 4 vs. Penn) and is the only Ivy player to rush for more than 200 in a game this season. His 220 at Columbia are sixth best for a Bulldog player and got him FCS national RB of the week from College Football Performance Awards. He was the first newcomer to run for triple digits in his Yale debut since Mike McLeod in 2005.  Varga, who played at the University of Western Ontario in 2011, leads the Blue with 839 rushing yards and seven TDs. The 5-foot-11, 220-pound back (also played some QB) was a star track & field athlete who also competed in swimming, basketball and baseball. Varga was a star regional sprinter and jumper, but injured his leg and was convinced by his coach to help the team by throwing the shot (45', 6.5") and javelin (110').


Varga's 2012 Season

Opponent        Rush Yds        TD       Rec Yds          KOR  

Georgetown    21-103             2          1-6                   3-65      

Cornell             13-91               0          3-9                   4-93

Colgate            21-125             2          3-31                 3-119  

Dartmouth       DNP

Lafayette         23-100             0          2-17                 3-73

Penn                       26-96                     0              2-15                        1-21

Columbia              25-220                   3              0-0                          3-39

Brown                    20-104                   0              1-3                          3-66

Princeton               DNP

Totals                     1 49-839                7              12-81                     20-476



Senior CB Collin Bibb (San Antonio, Texas) had a career day last Saturday with two interceptions, seven solo stops and two kick returns for 41 yards. His two picks are the most in a game for a Yale player since Bobby Abare '09 had two against Holy Cross in 2008.



Junior Henry Furman, who was a JV quarterback the last two years, made a successful transition to receiver this year and has nine catches, including a TD, as a backup this fall. After three QBs went down in the Penn game, he started taking some snaps in practice and has seen action in each of the last three games. His first collegiate start at any position came at QB last week.  The former Lincoln High School star completed 18 of 28 passes for 184 yards and a score as Yale's most valuable offensive player.



Sophomore WR Grant Wallace has become a primary target for all the guys playing QB for Yale this fall. He has 24 grabs for 253 yards and two scores, while his 14-yard TD catch last Saturday was the team's first score through the air since the Penn game.



On Nov. 2, a few days after Hurricane Sandy hit parts of the Northeast, Yale junior WR Jackson Liguori (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) led a group of teammates to the Jacob Riis Project Houses in lower Manhattan to deliver much needed supplies. RB Tate Harshbarger (Pico Rivera, Calif.), OL Dustin Ross (Cincinatti, Ohio) and Ben Killion (Potomac, Md.), and Liguori pooled some money to buy water, food and flashlights. They drove to the city and found a large line of people waiting for their help. "When we got there, we brought all the food we had bought to the crew of volunteers and helped them organize into different sections so that they could distribute it more easily," said Ligouri, who also had Sabine Van Der Linden '14 helping on this trip.



Senior WR Derek Russell (Newton, Mass.) was the team's top holder for kicks, a backup receiver, a kick coverage guy and an emergency backup QB. He got plenty of action in all those roles until suffering an injury while leading the Blue to a win over Penn as the emergency QB. When Yale's starting quarterback went down with an injury on the game's third series vs. Penn, Russell took over, completing 13 of 20 passes, including a score, and running the ball 11 times for 61 yards and a TD. The former high school QB connected with HB Elijah Thomas on a four-yard scoring play in the third quarter to put the Bulldogs up 17-7 and then added the clinching TD on a three-yard run in the fourth. Russell has been a patient and loyal Bulldog, waiting for three years to make an impact for the varsity. Russell, who passed for 2,100 yards and 21 TDs his senior year at Newton South High, has bounced around different positions at Yale before settling into his first collegiate varsity role this fall. At Cornell he caught three passes for 27 yards. Against Dartmouth he completed one of two passes on fourth-down plays, including a fourth-down, 18-yard score to Dylan Drake on special teams in the second quarter. Russell's brother, Sam, is a linebacker doing a post-graduate year at Cheshire (Conn.) Academy this year.



Senior LB Will McHale (Old Greenwich, Conn.) leads the Blue with 67 overall tackles. McHale, who has started 29 straight games since his sophomore year, has 201 career tackles and three interceptions. He was second-team All-Ivy last fall. The 6-foot-1, 236-pound defensive leader with Sunday football potential comes from a college football family. Both his father and grandfather played at Notre Dame.



Senior RB Mordecai Cargill (Cleveland, Ohio) is Yale's active career rushing leader with 1,637 yards. He is second on the team in rushing yards and average and has three games with better than a 6.0 average. His first 100-yard game of 2012 was last week against Princeton (24-101).



Junior WR Cameron Sandquist leads the team with 48 catches and 507 yards this season, including a career-best 10 catches against Colgate. He entered the season with 21 career grabs and kicked off 2012 with a bang. In the opener at Georgetown, he connected on a school-record, 98-yard pass play in the second quarter. His 187 yards in that game are the most by an Ivy player this year. Sandquist, who has six career TD grabs, scored on his first two collegiate receptions as a freshman in 2010 against Columbia. He is also the team's top punt returner; his 37-yarder vs. Princeton was the longest in the league this fall. He is equally famous for his role as shortstop on the 2004 Little League World Series Northwest (Redmond LL) Team.



Freshman DB Cole Champion (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) has worked his way into a starting safety spot and is second on the team in total tackles with 65. He notched a career-high nine solos (10 overall) against Lafayette and then had 8-3-11 vs. Penn. He also leads the Blue with four pass breakups. Champion was an all-state football linebacker and lacrosse midfielder at St. Thomas Aquinas High. He is the school's career tackles leader and helped them earn "national championships" in 2008 (with current teammate LB Dylan Drake '13) and 2010. He has played on stages as big as Cowboys Stadium and against opponent running backs as talented as South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore and Florida State's James Wilder.  Not surprisingly, nine of his former teammates are playing Division I football, five in the FBS and four Ivy Leaguers. His father, Gregg Champion, played football at New Hampshire.



Senior PK Philippe Panico (Boston, Mass.), the Oct. 20 Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week, split the uprights twice against Penn, including a career-long 43-yarder. His other boot was from 42 and he now has five field goals this fall. He has made 19 three-pointers and has 114 points over four seasons. Panico, who wears the No. 16 to honor a high school teammate who suffered a stroke during a game, will play his final collegiate game before many of his Buckingham, Browne & Nichols School friends.



Sophomore Kyle Cazzetta (Slate Hill, N.Y.) has been Yale's special teams standout the last four games while bringing his season average up to 40.1 (4th in Ivy) with 11 landing inside the 20. He enjoyed a career-best day at Brown with a 46.1 average on seven kicks and had four that landed inside the Brown 20, including a 72-yarder (3 yards shy of school record).



Yale hasn't won a national championship since 1927, but there are three current Bulldogs who earned national titles before coming to New Haven. Junior LB Chris Brady's 2009 Don Bosco Prep (NJ) team finished first in the national prep poll rankings. Senior LB Dylan Drake and freshman DB Cole Champion were teammates on the 2008 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) team that earned the mythical national championship.


Tony Reno, the Joel E. Smilow'54 Head Coach of Yale football, is in his first head coaching position after cutting his teeth in the Ivy League the last nine seasons. He was a Bulldog assistant under Jack Siedlecki (2002-08) and coached for the Crimson the last three falls. This isn't the first time an Italian-American, former Bulldog assistant in his mid 30s took over the Yale program.  Carm Cozza did it in 1965 and amassed an Ivy record 179 wins 32 years later. The two former Yale head coaches were very successful at Yale after rough first campaigns. Siedlecki's squad went 1-9 in 1997; Cozza and the Blue were 3-6 in 1965.


Each week the Yale football team elects someone to be its "team leader" for that Saturday. Here are the Bulldogs who have earned the most respect of their teammates that week.


Game               Player

Georgetown    RB Mordecai Cargill '13

Cornell             DB Collin Bibb '13

Colgate            DB John Powers '13

Dartmouth       OL Roy Collins '13

Lafayette         DB Kurt Stottlemyer '13

Penn                       NG Chris Dooley '13

Columbia              LB Brian Leffler '13

Brown                    DT Nick Daffin '13

Princeton               LB Wes Moyer '12



Freshman Eric Williams (Portland, Ore.) started seven games this fall and has played in almost all of six. He missed the Columbia game with an injury, came back against Brown but was less than ready and sat out last week. Against Colgate, he rushed for 114 yards (threw for 171) to become the first Yale QB to rush for triple digits since Sept. 21, 2002. Williams has 1,056 passing yards and six TDs. Williams, the brother of Yale football players Scott '13 and Sean '11, and the son of former NFL player, Larry (Browns, Patriots, Saints, Chargers), became Yale's first freshman starter behind center since Mike McClellan '01 (first Eli rookie QB to start a varsity game since World War II) in the 1997 season opener at home against Brown. Williams was the starting QB at Jesuit High School in Portland for two years before his family moved, and he spent his senior campaign at St. Ignatius near Cleveland. One of the assistant coaches on the St. Ignatius team was former Yale captain Rory Hennessey '05.


Seven players have seen most of the action, including one senior, three juniors, two sophomores and a freshman. The senior is RT Roy Collins (6-5, 266, Carbondale, Ill.). The juniors are LT Wes Gavin (6-6, 286, San Diego, Calif.), C John Oppenheimer (6-0, 264, Menlo Park, Calif.) and LT Kyle White (6-7, 268, Pompton Plains, NJ). The sophomores are RG Ben Carbery (6-5, 287, Oak Park, Ill.) and LG William Chism (6-3, 277, Ridgeland, Miss.), while the lone newcomer was RG Luke Longinotti (6-4, 265, Burlingame, Calif.). Gavin and Carbery combined to win freshman MVP honors the last two years.


Two tight ends and two defensive tackles have been moved over to solidify this unit over the past few years. Here are some other notes on Yale offensive linemen.


LT Wes Gavin's father, Bob, ran the two-mile event at the Missouri High School State Championships and the marathon during the 1975 Kansas Relays. He and his wife are under 5-foot-8. Their son was named scholar-athlete by the San Diego chapter of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame while also throwing the shot and discus in high school. He had offers from SDSU, Portland State, the military academies and the rest of the Ivy League … C John Oppenheimer, who moved over from the defense his sophomore year and now has 16 straight starts, played both sides of the line in high school. His father, Peter Oppenheimer, is Apple's senior vice president and Chief Financial Officer… RT Roy Collins, who was a prep star at Choate Rosemary Hall, came to Yale as a TE. He was in the New Haven chapter of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame. Collins is a type 1 diabetic who wears an insulin pump during practices and games.  His first cousin, Gerome Sapp, played at Notre Dame and then with the Colts and the Ravens (2003-2007). His mother's cousin, Burgess Owens, played at the University of Miami and with the Jets and Raiders (1973-1982)… LG Wiliam Chism owns a fire wood business back home in Mississippi. His father, Brad Chism, played football at Millsap College and was a Rhodes Scholar. He is President of Zata|3 Consulting, a Washington, D.C.-based direct voter contact firm. The younger Chism had offers from every Ivy school and several other FCS institutions… RG Ben Carbery was a National Merit finalist and the captain of his high school's Scholastic Bowl team, which finished 17th at the 2010 National Academic Quiz Tournament national championship (he was 8th in the individual competition). He is the son of Paul '83 and Sherry '83 Carbery. His aunt, Patti Carbery '86, played basketball and softball at Yale.



Portland, Oregon, is well represented on the Yale roster. Eric Williams and Henry Furman have been two key offensive figures this fall. He threw for 5,000 yards and 43 TDs at Lincoln High School. Another Portland guy, sophomore TE Michael Leunen (5 catches, 2 TDs), has been a solid target this fall. Scott Williams (backup QB) and Luke Hartwig (OL) make it five from the City of Roses.



Junior DE Beau Palin (Oconomowac, Wis.) has a team-high five sacks… Senior Chris Dooley (Massapequa, NY) leads the Yale defensive linemen with 20 solos and 39 overall tackles… Sophomore RB Kahlil Keys (Petaluma, Calif.) had a career-high 13 carries, 35 yards last week… There are only three Bay State Bulldogs on the 2012 roster: TE Adam Conklin (Dover), PK Philippe Panico (Boston) and Derek Russell (Newton)… All of Yale's non-league games were against Patriot League squads this fall. The Blue beat Georgetown and lost to Colgate and Lafayette. Those schools are a combined 17-13 this fall… There are 3,539 names of Yale football players listed on 346 stones in Jensen Plaza outside Yale Bowl. The names include the first Bulldog squad in 1872 through the class of 2012… There are 22 Yale players from California, twice as many as any other state represented on the roster.... Yale has played 595 games in Yale Bowl and is 372-203-20 in those contests.



Penn's win over the Crimson last week at Franklin Field put the Quakers in the driver's seat for the 2012 Ivy title. A win over Cornell at Ithaca this week gives Penn, which fell at Yale on Oct. 20, an outright title. Princeton, which can grab a piece of the title with a win at home over Dartmouth combined with a Cornell win, could end up in a three-way tie for the crown. If Harvard, Cornell and Princeton win Saturday, the Tigers, Crimson and Quakers would all have two losses. Columbia and Brown square off in the other Ancient Eight finale.



Three Bulldogs were honored after week one of the season, one from the Ivy and the other from the website


Ivy League:     RB Tyler Varga (Sept. 15), Rookie of the Week

CFPA:             LB Will McHale, WR Cameron Sandquist (Sept. 15)

                        RB Tyler Varga (Sept. 29)

                                CB Collin Bibb (Nov. 10)



These players had performances worth noting each week, but did not have the numbers to get player of the week.


Date                Player                          Pos.

Sept.  17          Will McHale                LB

                        Cameron Sandquist     WR

Sept. 24           Austin Reuland           WR

Oct.  1             Tyler Varga                 RB

Oct. 8              Eric Williams               QB

Oct. 15            Chris Dooley               DL

Nov. 3                    Tyler Varga                           TB

Nov. 10                  Henry Furman     QB



The 100th anniversary of Yale Bowl will be celebrated during the 2014 season. Planning for the celebration has just begun. The bulk of the activity will take place on Sept. 27 when the Bulldogs host Army for the first time since 1988 (last meeting was 1996).



There are five high schools shared by Yale and Harvard players this year.

*players listed on school's two-deep depth chart


Bergin Catholic High School

Oradell, NJ

*Yale     So.          DB          Nick LaTesta

*Har      Sr.           OL           Jack Holuba


Elder High School

Cincinnati, Ohio

*Yale     Sr.           DT           Nick Daffin

*Har      So.          LB           Jacob Lindsey


Oaks Christian High in California

Westlake Village, CA

Yale        Jr.           DB          Max Napolitano

*Har      Jr.           DB          Brian Owusu


Rocky Mountain High School

Meridian, ID

Yale        So.          LB           Tyler Manu

Har         Fr.           WR         David Trompke


St. Thomas Aquinas

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

*Yale     Fr.           DB          Cole Champion

*Yale     Sr.           DE           Dylan Drake

*Har      Jr.           DB          Reynaldo Kirton


Two former Yale receivers are coaches on the 2012 Vanderbilt University football squad. The Commodores have won four straight games, including a victory over Auburn, heading into this Saturday's showdown with Tennessee. Bob Shoop '88, a 24-year veteran of college coaching, is the defensive coordinator. Chandler Henley '06, the captain of the 2006 Ivy Champions, is a graduate assistant coach at Vandy… 2009 Yale captain Paul Rice '10 is a graduate assistant football coach at Georgia Tech (5-5 overall)… Former OL Kyle Metzler '03 is the tight ends coach for Dartmouth (5-4 overall)... Former Eli QB Bob Verduzco '90 is a first-year offensive coordinator for the Galesburg-Augusta (Mich.) High School football team (2-7 this year) that ended a 32-game losing streak on Sept. 20.



Dez Duron '13, a former reserve Yale QB and the team's best singer, took a leave from school last year to pursue a spot on NBC's hit singing show "The Voice." He was selected this fall by Christina Aguilera to compete on her team. As of this week, he is one of 12 finalists vying for the grand prize, a recording contract. Despite his absence from Yale, the Bulldogs voted him the "best singer" on the team this fall. Senior Allen Davis finished second in that voting.


Dartmouth owns the most Ivy League titles since league play officially began in 1956. Yale and Harvard trail Penn by one for second.

No.      Team                           Last Title
17        Dartmouth                   1996
15        Penn                            2010
14        Yale                             2006
14        Harvard                       2011
 9         Princeton                     2006
 4         Brown                         2008
 3         Cornell                                    1990
 1         Columbia                     1961


Yale has gone four straight seasons without a tie after regulation time. The Elis are 4-3 in OT games overall since its first, a 34-31 loss at Penn in 2003.The last OT game was a 26-20, triple-extra-session win at Penn in 2007.


Tony Reno, the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Yale Football, and some of his players are at the world famous Mory's (306 York Street) every Tuesday (Sept. 11 through Nov. 12) at noon for the Dick Galiette Yale Football Media Luncheon. This event is limited to media only. Please contact Yale Sports Publicity Director Steve Conn ( if you would like to attend. The following Yale players have attended the luncheon: Chris Dooley, Mordecai Cargill (Georgetown); Eric Williams, John Powers (Cornell) and Allen Davis, William Chism and Co le Champion (Colgate) and Ryan Falbo, Roy Collins and Grant Wallace (Dartmouth), Cameron Sandquist and Blake Thomson (Lafayette), Kurt Stottlemyer and Michael Leunen (Penn), Philippe Panico and Beau Palin (Columbia) and Collin Bibb and John Oppenheimer (Princeton). Hurricane Sandy canceled the luncheon on Brown week. This week's participants are senior LB Will McHale and sophomore TB Tyler Varga.

All five home games this season are video streamed on through Yale's All Access with Ron Vaccaro (follow @yalevoice on Twitter for Yale football updates)
and Carm Cozza providing the call for both All Access and WELI Radio. All home games are live broadcasts except for Penn.



A recent tradition continues with Yale football radio broadcasts in 2012. Every third quarter, home and away, Vaccaro and Cozza are joined by a former Yale player on WELI. Here's who has been on this fall: Dave Sheronas '93 and Dan Urban '93 (Georgetown), Gary Wilhelm '74 (Cornell), Jake Stoller '12 (Colgate), Rory Hennessey '05 (Dartmouth), Kevin Callahan '91 (Lafayette), Chris Denny-Brown '07 (Penn), Patrick Witt '12 (Columbia), Ralph Plumb '05 (Brown) and Steve Skrovan '79 (Princeton). Fred Danforth '73 (Harvard) completes the 2012 lineup.



To hear a Yale student broadcast of Yale football games, tune into Each pre-game show includes an interview with Tony Reno.


The Bulldogs, off on Mondays, are on the field from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday behind the baseball stadium. Fridays are walk-through days either at Yale Bowl or on the road and times vary. Some practices may be closed. Check with Steve Conn to confirm they are open before heading out there. Players and coaches are available for interviews with working media following the practice if there is no student-athlete scheduling conflicts. All schedules are subject to change.

This is the third game on NBC Sports Network this fall. Randy Moss, Ross Tucker and Carolyn Manno handle the commentary at Boston. The studio team of Liam McHugh, Doug Flutie and Hines Ward provide pre- and post-game coverage on NBC and/or NBC Sports Network every Saturday of the college football season. The NBC Sports Network has televised 17 Ivy League football matchups featuring all eight schools over the past four (2008-11) seasons.

Yale on YES included three broadcasts this fall on the YES Network. The YES games are Columbia, Brown and Princeton. This is the fifth straight fall the Bulldogs appear on the network home for New York Yankees baseball. YES broadcaster Chris Shearn handles the play-by-play, with color commentary coming from former Yale defensive back Jack Ford '72, a well-known author and TV personality, and ex-National Football League and Princeton lineman Ross Tucker.

The Yale Bowl press box has a taste of New Haven with Yorkside Pizza & Restaurant serving slices, pasta and salad to the media on home Saturdays.

Yale was the first football team of any type to reach 800 wins when it beat Dayton 42-6 on Sept. 16, 2000. It wasn't hard for Michigan (900th win vs. MSU, Oct. 20) to catch up playing three or four games more than Yale each season. The Bulldogs are second with 871 victories.

Shane Bannon '11 (Chiefs) and Jake Stoller '12 (Steelers) were in NFL Camps right up to the start of the 2012 regular season. Bannon, an H-Back on the Kansas City practice squad in 2011, suffered an injury midway through this year's camp before being released. Stoller, a defensive lineman, made it all the way to the final day of teams reporting their regular-season rosters.

Three former Bulldogs are coaching in the NFL this season. Dick Jauron '73, who has spent 34 years in the NFL as a player (25 interceptions, Detroit & Cincinnati) and coach, is in his second year as the defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns. He has also coached in Jacksonville, Green Bay, Chicago, Detroit, Buffalo and Philadelphia. Jauron, the 2001 AP Coach of the Year with the Bears, was an NFL head coach three times, most recently with the Bills (2006-09). Pat Graham '01, a former Yale tight end and defensive lineman, is a defensive assistant coach for the New England Patriots. He is in his fourth season at Foxboro. Graham, a Waterbury, Conn., native, was a member of Yale's 1999 Ivy title team. Michael McDaniel '05 is in his sixth NFL campaign and second with the Washington Redskins. He also coached the Houston Texans and Denver Broncos.

Yale, which last played in the Golden State in 2005 at the University of San Diego, has another trip to California planned. On Oct. 5, 2013, the Bulldogs play against Cal Poly Tech (San Luis Obispo), ranked No. 16 in the latest FCS polls. The Mustangs are 8-2 overall and 6-2 in the Big Sky Conference. The only two games the Blue has played on the West Coast were against USD.

The annual survey of Bulldogs produced the anticipated results; Yale is a team full of leaders who produced as much off the field as they did on it. Here is the 2012 breakdown.
50         players were captains of their high school football team
35         players were captains of another sport in high school
41         players were a national honors society member
 4         players were class president at their high school
 4         players were student body president at their high school
 5         players were class valedictorian at their high school
 4         players were class salutatorian at their high school

The following Yalies have distinguished themselves according to a vote by their teammates.

OL William Chism (So, Ridgeland, Miss.)… most humorous
TE Michael Leunen (Jr, Portland, Ore.)… most intelligent
TB Mordecai Cargill (Sr, Cleveland, Ohio)… most vocal leader (not captain)
DB John Powers (Sr, Hamden, Conn.)… most likely to be U.S. President
DE Beau Palin (Jr, Oconomowoc, Wis.)… most interesting activity (Capt. America, water skiing)  
DE Allen Davis (Sr, Grand Praire, Texas)… best singer
DB Collin Bibb (Sr, San Antonio, Texas)… strongest player (pound-for-pound)
DE Beau Palin (Jr, Oconomowoc, Wis.)… most involved in community outreach

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filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director