Yale Takes on First-Place Princeton
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale football team (5-3, 3-2 Ivy), looking for a third straight win as its H-Y-P season begins this Saturday at Old Nassau, hopes to play spoiler against a Princeton (7-1, 5-0) team that can clinch a share of the Ivy League Championship with a win against the Bulldogs. Yale and the Tigers meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at Princeton Stadium in a contest that airs live on the Yale Football Radio Network - including ESPN Radio (AM-1300) - and on ESPN3.
One hundred and eleven years ago a young rivalry featuring two of the venerable powers of the gridiron made history by playing in the first game captured on film. Thomas Edison's camera focused on Yale's 12-5 win at Princeton that November day, and the rivalry has developed into the second-longest in college football. This week marks the 136th meeting, second only to the Lehigh-Lafayette (148) rivalry. Some Old Blue put more emphasis on this rivalry than THE Game. Yale leads 74-51-10 overall and has taken eight of the last 11.
The Elis had a tough Saturday at home against Princeton a year ago. An early Henry Furman TD pass to Grant Wallace 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 '13 picked off two Princeton passes, made seven solo tackles and returned two kickoffs for 41 yards.
BIG FIRST HALF
The Yale offense was more effective when Henry Furman was playing in the first half. The Elis scored TDs on two of their first three possessions and led 17-7 after Kyle Cazzetta's 46-yard FG with no time left in the first half. They would not score again until there was 19 seconds left in the fourth quarter. With the score tied at 17, Deon Randall, who caught a game-high nine passes, took a third-and-10 handoff and zipped through the line and past all the defenders for a 32-yard scoring run that gave Yale a 24-17 win over Brown last week.
DEFENSE LIFTS BULLDOGS
On a day when Yale saw its top two QBs get injured, and two other signal-callers played in the second half, the Bulldogs got a super performance from the defense to knock off Brown. The Elis held the high-powered Bruins offense to a season-low 17 points and seven third-down conversions. Led by the 12 solo-tackle performance by freshman FS Foyesade Oluokun (St. Louis, Mo.), the Bulldog D limited the visitor's passing attack to 25 completions on 46 throws while sacking their QB twice (he had only been sacked 3 times through 7 games). The Bears were blanked in two quarters.
TIGERS BURNING BRIGHT
Princeton opened the season with a one-point loss to Lehigh and has not lost since. The only close game was a triple OT contest with Harvard, though the Tigers, seeking their first Ivy title since 2006 (shared with Yale), did have to come back from a big deficit against Brown before turning it into a blowout.
The ball burst after it was kicked during the first meeting in 1873 and it took 30 minutes to replace it... Princeton's James Haxall drop kicked a school-best 65-yard field goal in a 2-1 Tiger win in 1882... Playing both ways for the entire game, Yale's "Iron Men" ended Princeton's 15-game win streak with a 7-0 win in 1934 at New Jersey... Yale held the orange and black to one first down and minus-four yards rushing in a 20-14 Bulldog win at Princeton in 1945... The 1953 Bulldogs erased a 17-0 Princeton halftime lead and won 26-24... RB Don Gesicki '76 completed a 97-yard pass play to Gary Fencik at Princeton in 1975 in the longest pass play in Yale history as the Blue won 24-13... 1981 was the battle of Bob Holly (Princeton QB) vs. Rich Diana '82 (Yale RB). Holly, who scored the winning TD with 4 seconds left, threw for a school-record 501 yards while Diana set the Yale record with 222 rushing yards in a 35-31 Tiger win at Princeton... Kevin Moriarty '86 hauled in a 14-yard pass from Mike Curtin '86 with 5 ticks on the clock in Yale's 27-24 win in 1984... The 1995 Elis spoiled an undefeated season by winning at Princeton behind QB Chris Hetherington '96 (229 total offense)... The Bulldogs, who tied the game on a 22-yard TD pass from Alvin Cowan '05 to Chandler Henley '06 with no time left on the clock in the fourth quarter, won a double-OT game at Princeton in 2003 by recovering a fumble after Yale kicked a field goal. The Tigers took a 34-31 decision at the Bowl in 2006 that led to the two teams sharing the Ivy crown.
Princeton controls its destiny, needing a win Saturday to clinch a share of the title. Harvard has only one loss and could still share or take the outright championship. Yale, Dartmouth and Penn, with two Ivy losses each, are hoping for Tiger and Crimson losses over the final two weeks to give them a hope for sharing the crown. The Big Red and Lions remain winless.
2 – RANDALL
He batted down Brown's hail Mary pass attempt in the end zone that secured the 24-17 Yale win last Saturday, but that wasn't all Deon Randall did that day. The junior WR caught nine passes, returned punts and ran the ball six times, including a game-winning 32-yard TD scamper with 19 seconds left. Randall leads the Blue in all receiving categories including receptions (65) and yards (598). His seven TD catches rank seventh at Yale for a single season. He entered the season without a TD at Yale Bowl and now has eight in four games this fall. Randall, ranked No. 6 in the FCS with 8.1 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 junior 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 this fall as a DB.
3 – SMITH
Senior WR Chris Smith (Midlothian, Va.), who is third on the team in receptions, sat out the last four weeks with an injury. He 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.) leads the Blue with three interceptions and four fumble recoveries. He is second on the team in tackles and had his best day as a collegian in the win at Cal Poly; he led all tacklers with 14 (6-8) while recovering a fumble and picking off two passes. 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, an all-state football linebacker and lacrosse midfielder at St. Thomas Aquinas High, is the school's career tackles leader and was part of two "national championships."
Senior Henry Furman (Portland, Ore.) has a team-high six rushing TDs this fall, three more than any teammate, despite sitting out the Penn game and two other halves with an injury. That's the most QB rushing TDs for a Yalie since Alvin Cowan had seven in 2003. Furman is third among Ivy players in points responsible for with 96. He had a unique start to the 2013 season, leading his team on scoring drives his first five series behind center while rushing for a TD on four of them. 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 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.) got his first collegiate start at Penn and completed 20 of 34 passes for 193 yards and a pair of scores. This came after backing up senior Henry Furman the first five games and getting regular action. Roberts had two TD passes in two of the last three games. Roberts (37 of 71, 4 TD) made a successful debut at Colgate by engineering three scoring drives in the second half of a victory at Hamilton. Roberts played at Clemson last fall as a red-shirt freshman and was the No. 3 signal-caller.
23 – OLUOKON
Foye Oluokon, a freshman defensive back from St. Louis, Mo., is third on the team with 34 solo tackles and 46 overall. His best day as a Bulldog came against Brown with 12 solos and 13 overall, and that earned him both Ivy League Defensive Player and Rookie of the Week. That was his first league honor this fall. Oluokun, who is a safety, started the first half of the season at corner to fill in for an injured teammate.
24 - KEYS
The Bulldogs were just looking for a first down and better field position in the third quarter against Columbia when Kahlil Keys (Petaluma, Calif.) took a handoff from Henry Furman near Yale's six yard line. The junior TB broke outside, went through a tackle and then sprinted ahead of three defenders for a school-record, 94-yard TD run. That broke Denny McGill's record of 93 yards against Dartmouth in 1956 on the same field.
Junior WR Grant Wallace (St. Louis, Mo.) is second on the team this fall in receptions with 24 and TDs with two. He had a big day at Penn with eight catches for 104 yards, while his 50-yard TD catch against Columbia was the longest Yale pass play of the season. He was second last fall with 35 grabs for 371 yards and three scores. 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 four catches at Dartmouth.
Junior Tyler Varga (Kitchener, Ont.), who sat out the last three weeks with an injury, 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').
32 – RICH
Freshman Candler Rich (Newnan, Ga.) is averaging 5.2 per carry as the backup to Tyler Varga. Rich, who has a pair of 100-yard games among his three starts, scored his first three collegiate TDs against Columbia and earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors. He rushed for a pair and caught a scoring pass in the 53-12 win on Nov. 2. Rich's career-high was 159 rushing yards – including a 58-yard run – and a TD against Fordham. He caught another TD pass against Brown.
37 - CAZZETTA
Junior Kyle Cazzetta (Slate Hill, N.Y.) is having an All-Ivy type season at two positions, and he was rewarded for that with his second Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week honor after the Brown game. No Bulldog since 1990 (Ed Perks) had booted three FGs over 40 yards until Cazzetta notched his third 46-yarder of the fall against Brown with no time left in the first half. He also landed key punts inside the Brown 20 on a busy (9 attempts) day. Cazzetta is 10-for-13 on field goals, including the career-best 46-yarders, while he is averaging 39 yards per punt. The last Bulldog to have double-digits in FGs was Alan Kimball (14-17) in 2007. Cazzetta tops the Ivy League with 10 made. On Oct. 5 at Cal Poly, he landed three great punts inside the 10-yard line, including a 68-yarder. He averaged 44.8 on five punts and earned Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week. Cazzetta connected 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. Cazzetta was named to numerous pre-season all-conference teams after averaging 40 per punt and landing 13 inside the 20 in 2012. His best outing was at Brown in 2012 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 was No. 16 (2nd in region) on Phil Steele's FCS 2-13 pre-season national list of punters.
40 - PALIN (Captain)
Senior DE Beau Palin was a NFF Scholar-Athlete candidate and a semifinalist for the William Campbell Trophy. He was elected captain of the Bulldogs at the conclusion of the 2012 season. Palin (Oconomowoc, Wis.), who is third on the team in tackles this fall, played TE his first two years before switching to defense in 2012. His five sacks were second on the team in 2012. 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. His brother, Drew, also played football at Yale.
42 – VAUGHAN
Junior LB William Vaughan (South Orange, NJ) leads the team with 45 solos and 71 overall tackles. His career-best outing came at Hanover on Oct. 12. Vaughan made 20 overall tackles including seven solos, and he was credited with a sack when he chased down the Dartmouth QB and forced an intentional grounding late in the first half. He had 5-5-10 last week against Brown.
Two All-Ivy League seniors, a pair of juniors and a sophomore combined to prevent a sack in the first four games while playing almost every snap of the season 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.)
Sophomore: 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. More recently, he was named Capital One Academic All-District this fall. His father, Peter Oppenheimer, is Apple's senior vice president and Chief Financial Officer… LG William Chism, also an academic all-district pick this fall, 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.
COMMON HIGH SCHOOLS
At St. Thomas Aquinas (FL)
2009 season: Y - Champion, P - Lescano
2010 season: Y- Champion, P - Lescano, Bleck
2011 season: Y - Champion, P - Lescano, Bleck, Northcutt
At Staples (CT)
2010 season: Y - Patrick Murray, P - James Frusciante
At Harvard-Westlake (CA)
2009 season: Y - Nick Okano, P - Chad Kanoff, Henry Schlossberg
Yale has garnered a number of individual honors in 2013, including two (Kyle Cazzetta, Foyesade Oluokun) Ivy players of the week from the Brown game. The New England Football Writers pick a Division I Gold Helmet Award recipient each week, and the Elis had winners in consecutive weeks: WR Deon Randall (Cornell) and SS Cole Champion (Cal Poly). The win over then No. 18 Cal Poly helped the Blue take three (Champion - defense, PK/P Kyle Cazzetta – special teams, CB Spencer Rymiszewski - rookie) of the four Ivy League player of the week awards, a very rare occurrence. Meanwhile, Champion, who had two interceptions and a fumble recovery against the Mustangs, was selected as national defensive player of the week by The Sports Network. Yale has had six players earn league player of the week this fall after Candler Rich was rookie of the week on Nov. 4.
The Bulldogs were flagged for an end zone celebration in the fourth quarter against Columbia, and it was a penalty approved by head coach Tony Reno. That's because the backup tailback who rushed for a score has been an inspiration to many Elis. Senior Tate Harshbarger (Pico Rivera, Calif.) was not recruited by Yale, but came out for the team in 2010 and then broke his leg in the first JV game. Harshbarger, who has been a key scout team performer, returned last fall and has been a favorite among his teammates. He got his first varsity carries (6, 41 yards) on Nov. 2 and scored on a 14-yard run. Harshbarger is a freshman counselor, an intermediate microeconomics tutor and one of three Branford College Chairs for the Senior Class Gift Campaign.
Yale used four QBs last week against Brown: senior Henry Furman and sophomores Morgan Roberts, Eric Williams and Logan Scott. It was the second straight week the Elis have used that many signal-callers. The most Yale QBs used in a game in 2012 was three against Penn… All three of Yale's non-league opponents won last Saturday… The Bulldogs earned an Ivy championship on Nov. 16, 1974, with a 19-6 win over Princeton at the Bowl. They did the same thing on Nov. 16, 1968, with a 42-17 win vs. the Tigers... Senior WR Cameron Sandquist, one of the great team leaders for the Elis, suffered a serious elbow injury in practice the week of the Brown game and will not be able to play in the final two games.
There has never been more of a freshman impact on a Yale varsity team than in 2013. Four freshmen are starting on defense with nine on the two-deep and 13 overall on the chart. Here's some of the examples of their impact: 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. He also has two interceptions… DE Victor Egu (Concord, Calif.) had a sack and a forced fumble on the same play at Cal Poly… CB Foyesade Oluokun (St. Louis, Mo.) made 12 solos and 13 overall stops on defense against Brown… TB Candler Rich (Newnan, Ga.) has played in every game and has three starts… WR Robert Clemons (Laguna Beach, Calif.) had his first collegiate touch against the Rams and went 64 yards on a kickoff return… WR Miles Gaines (Tallahassee, Fla.) has 13 catches and a TD… PK/P Bryan Holmes (Holland, Mich.) boomed all four kickoffs out of the end zone at Dartmouth.
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. A.J. Haase, a tight end at Yale and a 2009 graduate, is the defensive line coach at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.
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 599 games and are 375-204-20 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 can be heard on 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 aired on Fox College Sports. YES Network had the Columbia game, 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, saw 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: Yale beat Milford Academy on Oct. 20; the Elis lost at Brown on Nov. 10 and then host Harvard on Nov. 22 on Clint Frank Field.
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.
The 600th Yale game in the Bowl is the 130th playing of The Game. Yale and Harvard square off at noon on Nov. 23 in a game that airs on NBC Sports Network.
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filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director