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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale Football Team (3-0, 1-0 Ivy), unbeaten after three games for the first time since 2007, is back in league play for a week with a trip to Hanover to face Dartmouth (1-2, 0-1). The Bulldogs, coming off a 24-10 win over No. 18 Cal Poly on the road, square off against the Big Green Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in a game airing live on Fox College Sports Central (DirecTV 608 and some cable systems) and on the Yale Football Radio Network.
This is the 97th meeting between the Elis and the Big Green with Yale leading the series 53-37-6. Dartmouth played at Yale Bowl for 46 consecutive years (1924-1970) because the crowds at New Haven made it more profitable for both schools and there was no major highway connecting the two. Twelve of the first 15 contests ended in shutouts for Yale, but Dartmouth has had its share of success. The Green took nine straight from 1990 to 1998. The Blue has had the recent upper hand by winning nine of the last 10, the only blemish coming last fall.
Yale scored TDs on two of its first three drives but was blanked in the second half and fell 34-14 at Yale Bowl last October. Bulldog QB Eric Williams threw for 181 yards and RB Mordecai Cargill '13 rushed for 96 yards on a day neither team turned the ball over.
Yale overcame a 3,000-mile trip, high temperatures and an 18th ranked team that had already played twice against FBS schools. Trailing 10-7 at halftime, the Bulldogs blanked Cal Poly the rest of the way while allowing just 37 yards over the last two quarters of a 24-10 Yale victory. In its most significant non-league win of the I-AA/FCS era, the Elis held the Mustangs to a season low points and total yards. It knocked Cal Poly out of both top 25 national FCS polls and put Yale in the "others receiving votes" category.
The longest game in the history of the Ivy League was Dartmouth's four-OT, 37-31 loss to Penn last week at Franklin Field. The Big Green rolled up 534 yards of offense while picking off two Penn passes that led to scores. Buddy Teevens' gang has played three close ones in 2013, beating Butler on the road and falling to Holy Cross at home in the other two outings. Their first two games this fall were at night.
Every school has played one league game with Yale, Harvard (3-0), Penn and Princeton at 1-0. Yale-Dartmouth and Harvard-Cornell are the only Ivy matchups this Saturday.
DO YOU REMEMBER?
Statistically Significant Yale-Dartmouth Games…
The Big Green set a school record with 38 completions in 2001... Dartmouth set a record with 419 passing yards in 1992… Yale's five TD passes in 1968 were the most ever scored on Dartmouth… Dartmouth notched a school record with six fumbles recovered against the Blue in 1953… Big Green quarterbacks were picked off nine times in 1939, school records for both teams… The most points allowed by a Dartmouth team were 113 in an 1884 shutout.
2 – RANDALL
Deon Randall rebounded from a scary, blind-sided helmet-to-helmet hit in the second quarter to lead all receivers with seven catches for 79 yards at Cal Poly. He left the field for the rest of the series but came back to record the bulk of his day's total. Randall, ranked No. 5 in the FCS with eight grabs per game, scored four consecutive touchdowns in the second half of a 38-23 win over Cornell on Sept. 28 that earned him the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week and the Gold Helmet (top D1 player) by the New England Sports Writers. Randall, a senior wide receiver who scored his first points at Yale Bowl that day, helped Yale break open a halftime tie with 28 second-half points in the Elis' league opener. Three of his scores came through the air, from eight, 23 and 44 yards. Randall, a San Diego, Calif., native who was All-Ivy in 2011, caught a career-high 11 passes for 148 yards and ran the ball three times for 18 yards and another score (10 yards) against the Red. The three TD receptions tied a school record, while the four scores were one shy of the Yale mark shared most recently by Mike McLeod against Holy Cross in 2007. Randall also saw his first collegiate snaps on defense and made one solo and broke up a pass.
3 – SMITH
Senior WR Chris Smith (Midlothian, Va.) clinched the win at Cal Poly with a diving, 28-yard catch in the end zone on third down with 3:24 left in the fourth and Yale up by a touchdown. The 2011 All-Ivy League pick returned to the lineup after missing last season and has 16 catches for 182 yards and a 27.9 average on kickoff returns. He is Yale's career leader in kickoff return yardage with 1,691, while he sixth in receptions with 108. Smith's two returns for TDs at Brown in 2010 as a sophomore are an Ivy League record. Smith (in photo by raphotos.com) had his best day receiving at Lafayette in 2011 with seven grabs for 174 yards.
5 - CHAMPION
Sophomore SS Cole Champion (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) led all tacklers with 14 (6-8) while recovering a fumble and picking off two passes in the win at Cal Poly. He had 23 yards in interception returns as the Yale defense held a high powered Mustang offense to 37 total yards in the second half while not allowing a point. For that performance, he was named FCS National Player of the Week by The Sports Network and beyondsportsmadness.com, while also earning Ivy League co-Defensive Player of the Week. Champion had a career-high 10 solos and 12 overall stops against Cornell on Sept. 28. Champion earned a starting safety spot early in 2012 and was the leading returning tackler (46-25-71) from last fall. 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. Nine of his former teammates are playing Division I football, five in the FCS and four Ivy Leaguers.
Senior Henry Furman (Portland, Ore.) continued his solid play by completing19 of 33 passes for 199 yards and two scores. He rushed six times for 19 yards. Furman led scoring drives on his first five series behind center while rushing for a TD on four of them. He is now eighth in the FCS with an average of 18 points per game responsible for. Furman set a school record on Sept. 28 against Cornell with an .805 (29-36) completion percentage while accumulating 353 yards and three scores. In the opener at Colgate, he scored three times (25, 1, 33) on four rushing attempts. He got the natural hat trick by making them consecutive scores, all in the first half. They were his first career rushing TDs; he had one receiving TD in 2012. The last Yale QB to run for three scores was Alvin Cowan in 2002 vs. San Diego. Furman, who also completed 11 of 17 passes for 129 yards at Colgate, was a JV quarterback in 2010 and 2011. He made a successful transition to receiver in 2012 and had nine catches, including a TD, as a backup. After three QBs went down in the 2012 Penn game, he jumped in and played the last four Saturdays. His first collegiate start at any position came at QB against Princeton when the former Lincoln High (Portland, Ore.) School star completed 18 of 28 passes for 184 yards and a score as Yale's most valuable offensive player. Furman, who worked at the Yale Alumni Magazine last summer, threw for 5,000 yards and 43 TDs before coming to Yale.
19 – ROBERTS
Sophomore QB Morgan Roberts (Charlotte, N.C.) made a successful debut behind center at Colgate by engineering three scoring drives in the second half on a very windy day. He had one series in each of the last two games. Roberts, who played at Clemson last fall, completed eight of 15 passes. As a red-shirt freshman in 2012 at Clemson, Roberts was the No. 3 signal-caller and completed two of his three passes.
Junior WR Grant Wallace (St. Louis, Mo.), who was second on the team last fall with 35 grabs for 371 yards and three scores, has seven catches in three games this year. He made the school's top 10 in single-game catches with 11 for 118 yards and a score at Harvard last November. Wallace, the son of former Bulldog Bob Wallace '78, had three or more receptions in four games.
Junior All-America candidate Tyler Varga (Kitchener, Ont.) is tops among Ivy runners and third in the FCS with 151 yards per game. He had a 236-yard rushing day (3rd best at Yale) at Colgate in the opener and then had 105 against Cornell.. For the Sept. 21 performance, he was collegesportsmadness.com Ivy Offensive Player of the Week and beyondsports.com FCS Running Back of the Week. He led the nation with 199.4 all-purpose yards per game in 2012 and was the Ivy League leader with 119 rushing yards per game (10th in FCS). Varga rushed for over 100 yards in eight of his 11 Yale games. His 220 at Columbia in 2012 was sixth best for a Bulldog player and got him FCS national RB of the week from College Football Performance Awards. He was the first Yale newcomer to run for triple digits in his debut since Mike McLeod in 2005. Varga, who played at the University of Western Ontario in 2011, also competed in track & field, swimming, basketball and baseball as a kid. 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').
37 - CAZZETTA
Junior Kyle Cazzetta (Slate Hill, N.Y.) had a great day at Cal Poly, where he landed three great punts inside the 10-yard line, including a 68-yarder. He averaged 44.8 on five punts and prevented the Mustangs from grabbing any momentum, which earned him Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week. Cazzetta, who has also done most of te placekicking this fall, onnected on both (46, 31) field goal attempts in week one, and the 46-yarder was the longest for a Yalie since Tom Mante split the uprights from 54 (Ivy record) in 2009. He is 3-for-5 on FGs this season. Cazzetta, who punted into the wind many times this fall, has punted 14 times for a 35.6-yard average. He was named to numerous pre-season all-conference teams after averaging 40 per punt and landing 13 inside the 20 in 2012. His career-best outing was at Brown with a 46.1 average on seven kicks and four inside the Brown 20, including a 72-yarder (3 yards shy of school record). He is No. 16 (2nd in region) on Phil Steele's FCS pre-season national list of punters.
40 - PALIN (Captain)
Senior DE Beau Palin, a NFF Scholar-Athlete candidate and a semifinalist for the William Campbell Trophy, was elected captain of the Bulldogs at the conclusion of the 2012 season. Palin (Oconomowoc, Wis.) played TE his first two years before switching to defense in 2012. His five sacks were second on the team last fall. His best day as a Bulldog was a six-solo performance in a win over Penn in 2012. Palin is also very involved in the Warrior-Scholar Project, which helps war veterans and non-commissioned officers who are leaving the service make the transition to college life.
Two All-Ivy League seniors, a pair of juniors and a sophomore have – and played every snap of two of the three - on the offensive line.
Seniors: LT 79 Wes Gavin (6-6, 286, San Diego, Calif.), C 60 John Oppenheimer (6-0, 264, Menlo Park, Calif.)
Juniors: RT 70 Ben Carbery (6-5, 287, Oak Park, Ill.), LG 67 William Chism (6-3, 277, Ridgeland, Miss.)
S ophomore: RG 50 Luke Longinotti (6-4, 265, Burlingame, Calif.).
Here are some other notes on Yale offensive linemen.
LT Wes Gavin had numerous scholarship offers but came to New Haven and became Yale's freshman MVP in 2010 before getting All-Ivy honors in 2012… He 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. Both of Gavin's parents are under 5-foot-8… John Oppenheimer, who moved over from the defense his sophomore year and became an All-Ivy center in 2012, played both sides of the line in high school. An active member of the Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Yale, he made a live-saving marrow donation last spring and went to Washington, D.C. this past summer to speak to members of congress about the need for funding. His father, Peter Oppenheimer, is Apple's senior vice president and Chief Financial Officer… LG William 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). Carbery, who was Yale's freshman MVP in 2011, is the son of Paul '83 and Sherry '83 Carbery. His aunt, Patti Carbery '86, played basketball and softball at Yale. Luke Longinotti, who played in all 10 games last year as a newcomer, was a three-sport (thrower, basketball) athlete in high school. His father, Ron, swam at Stanford and his mom, Libby, was varsity golfer at Stanford. His sister was a volleyball player at Columbia.
Yale and Harvard are tied for No. 1 in the FCS with a 2.0 turnover margin… Junior RB Kahlil Keys (Petaluma, Calif.) averaged 4.3 on three carries to help put the game away at Cal Poly… It's difficult to rate the magnitude of Yale's win over the Mustangs, but it could have been the first-ever win over a ranked team (no records to confirm that). It may have been similar to playing Central Florida in 1993 or Army in 1996, both losses... The Yale defense was more productive against the Mustangs than both Fresno State and Colorado State.
There has never been more of a freshman impact on a Yale varsity team than in 2013. Four freshmen are starting on defense with six on the two-deep. A rookie running back, receiver and kicker have already made big contributions. CB Spencer Rymiszewski (West Chester, Pa.) blocked a punt and had six tackles at Cal Poly on the way to Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors. FS Robert Ries (Cincinnati, OH), the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for Sept. 28, had 4-5-9 and an interception against Cornell. DE Victor Egu (Concord, Calif.) had a sack and a forced fumble on the same play at Cal Poly. PK/P Bryan Holmes (Holland, Mich.) has been booming kickoffs. CB Foyesade Oluokun (St. Louis, Mo.) made five solos and had seven overall stops on defense against Colgate. RB Candler Rich (Newnan, Ga.) is second on the depth chart and has also been productive.
YALE FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBER
0 sacks allowed by Yale offense
1 elected team captain (Palin)
2 turnover margin (shared top FCS ranking with Harvard)
4 returning Elis who started a game at QB last fall (Williams, Russell, Furman, Varga)
5 All-Ivy players (Gavin, Oppenheimer, Randall, Smith, Varga)
33 average points per game
81 average plays per game
96 players on roster
99 current season of Yale football in the Bowl
596 regular season games played in the Bowl
One hundred and nine former Yale students have become college football head coaches, though no Elis currently serve that role. However, the 2013 Vanderbilt University football team includes two coaches who are former Yale receivers. Bob Shoop '88, a 25-year veteran of college coaching, is the defensive coordinator. Chandler Henley '06, the captain of the 2006 Ivy Champions, is in his second year as an offensive graduate assistant coach. In addition, former Yale offensive lineman Kyle Metzler '03 is the offensive tackles/tight ends coach for Dartmouth.
ANCIENT EIGHT CROWNS
Dartmouth owns the most Ivy League titles since league play officially began in 1956. Yale and Harvard trail Penn by two for second.
No. Team Last Title
17 Dartmouth 1996
16 Penn 2012
14 Yale 2006
14 Harvard 2011
9 Princeton 2006
4 Brown 2008
3 Cornell 1990
1 Columbia 1961
Next season marks the 100th anniversary of Yale Bowl, which opened for the playing of the 1914 Harvard game. The cornerstone event of the season-long celebration is the Sept. 27 contest with Army, an old rival that helped fill the famous stadium on numerous occasions. Army and Yale last met in 1996 at West Point, the last game in New Haven was 1988. The Bulldogs have played 596 games and are 373-203-20 in the Bowl.
Yale has gone five 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.
TUESDAYS AT MORY'S
Tony Reno, the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Yale Football, and some of his players are at world famous Mory's (306 York Street) every Tuesday (Sept. 17 through Nov. 19) 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 (email@example.com) if you would like to attend.
YALE FOOTBALL RADIO NETWORK
Legendary coach Carm Cozza and Ron Vaccaro '04 call the action of Yale Football this fall on the flagship station – both ESPN Radio (AM 1300) and WELI (AM 960) – for the new Yale Football Radio Network. The broadcast can also be heard on Talk of Connecticut radio stations WDRC (AM 1360 Hartford), WWCO (AM 1240 Waterbury), WMMW (AM 1470 Meriden), WSNG (AM 610 Torrington) and WDRC (FM 102.9 HD -3 Hartford). You can also hear the games on iHeart radio and on espnradio1300.com. Cozza, who handles the color commentary, is the career victory leader among Ivy League coaches and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. This is his 16th season in the booth after a 32-year head coaching tenure during which he led the Bulldogs to 10 Ivy League Championships. The play-by-play is done by Vaccaro (follow @yalevoice on Twitter for Yale football updates), entering his ninth season as the voice of the Bulldogs. He has been covering the team since his freshman year in 2000. Vaccaro has won five Emmy Awards for his work with NBC Sports and Olympics and is the editorial director for NBC Sports and the NBC Sports Network. He has covered a total of five Olympics. His TV on-air work includes the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the 2009 World Swimming Championships and college hockey.
IVY LEAGUE DIGITAL NETWORK
The Fordham and Brown home games and all of the road league games except Dartmouth and Princeton can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network (www.ivyleaguedigitalnetwork.com). Cozza and Vaccaro call the games from the Bowl, while the home team announcers work Yale's away games.
The home or league road games not available on the digital network are on national TV or internet. Yale's Oct. 12 contest at Dartmouth airs on Fox College Sports. The Princeton game is on ESPN3, while NBC Sports Network has The Game on Nov. 23.
A recent tradition continues with Yale football radio broadcasts in 2013. Every third quarter, Vaccaro and Cozza are joined by a former Yale player on the Yale Football Radio Network. Ex-Bulldog running back Bill Primps '71 was in the booth at Colgate. Doug Johnson '74, an ex-Eli guard and center, came up for Cornell. Former Yale QB Chris Hetherington '96 (11 years in NFL) was at the Cal-Poly game, while record breaking WR Ralph Plumb '05 is set for Dartmouth. Ryan Fodor '09, a QB for the Blue, could see an undefeated Fordham team at the Bowl. Jim Dwyer '80, who played on two Ivy champs, talks Lions and Bulldogs. Jake Stoller '11, in the Steelers camp two summers ago, will see the Brown game. Keith Bassi '78, a two-time Ivy champion, will talk about the Tigers. QB Kevin Rogan, 40 years after leading Yale to a 35-0 victory over Harvard in 1973 to deny the Crimson a championship, comes to the booth for The Game.
The WYBC Sports Staff, led by director Evan Frondorf '14, covers all games on wybcx.com and on AM 1340. Their coverage includes a pre-game show 30 minutes prior to kickoff and interviews with Tony Reno and different players each week.
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. 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. Check with Steve Conn at least 24 hours in advance.
There are three 1 p.m. games confirmed for this fall: Oct. 20 vs. Milford Academy, Nov. 10 at Brown and Nov. 22 vs. Harvard.
YORKSIDE IN BOWL
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.
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 fifth season at Foxboro. Graham, a Waterbury, Conn., native, was a member of Yale's 1999 Ivy title team. Michael McDaniel '05 is in his seventh NFL campaign and third with the Washington Redskins. He also coached the Houston Texans and Denver Broncos.
INSIDE IVY FOOTBALL
"Inside Ivy League Football," a weekly online radio show dedicated to Ivy League football, returns for its third year for the 2013 season but now has a new home on The Ivy League® Digital Network. Airing Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and hosted by Dan Loney and Brian Seltzer, "Inside Ivy League Football" takes an in-depth look at all the on-field gridiron action and all the news and notes surrounding football in the Ancient Eight. Each episode is packed with highlights, statistics and expert analysis in its 'Around the Ancient Eight' segment. With its interview segments 'Program Profile' and 'Alumni Spotlight,' the show visits with players, coaches and administrators who impact Ivy League football, both past and present in exclusive one-on-one conversations. Fans and alumni can engage with the show via Facebook (facebook.com/InsideIvyLeagueFootball) and Twitter (@insideivyfb, #IvyFootball) and contribute content for its 'Social Media Mash' segment with chances to win prize packs courtesy of The Ivy League. Check IvyLeagueSports.com each week for this season's episode schedule and guest lineups. Every episode from the first two seasons are also available on The Ivy League® Digital Network at IvyLeagueDigitalNetwork.com.
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There are three significant changes in the Yale football program this season. One the fans will notice, the other two are less obvious. There are new Nike uniforms. The "Y-Dog" logo has been taken off the shirt and the stripe on the pants is nothing like the double blue stripes that ran the full length in recent years. The other two changes are in facilities. Clint Frank Field has a new FieldTurf surface, and the varsity strength & conditioning room at the Payne Whitney Gym has been completely renovated with an efficient training system and a synthetic turf track running through the middle of the room.
The following players were elected to the team's leadership council: seniors Beau Palin, John Oppenheimer, Cam Sandquist and Hank Furman; juniors Tyler Varga, Will Chism, Grant Wallace and Will Vaughn; sophomores Eric Williams, Cole Champion, Sebastian Little and Austin Reuland.
Yale's home opener vs. Cornell is Youth Day, Yale Family Weekend and Coach To Cure MD Day… The Fordham game is New Haven Chamber of Commerce and Walter Camp Football Foundation Day at the Bowl… Heroes Day and Yale Employee Day are the co-promotion when Columbia comes to town… The season finale against Harvard marks the "Fill The Bowl" campaign.
filed by Steve Conn (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity Director
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