Walter Camp, the “Father of American football” shaped a new game into what we know today as football. Carmen Louis Cozza, the father figure to more than 2,000 Yale student-athletes from four different decades, molded young men into future leaders while serving as the head football coach at Yale for an amazing 32 seasons. Cozza, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, passed away today at the age of 87.
The Ivy League released its list of student-athletes selected for 2017-18 Academic All-Ivy honors in its fall sports today, and 10 Bulldogs were honored. The five men and five women were starters or key reserves on an officially recognized varsity team with 3.0 or better cumulative grade point averages.
College Sports Madness named Zane Dudek its Football Championship Subdivision Freshman of the Year. The first-year Yale running back also earned on spot on CSM’s All-America third team, while senior linebacker Matthew Oplinger was a second-team All-America pick. In addition, both Bulldogs were on the third unit of the Phil Steele FCS All-America Team.
Five players on the 2017 Ivy League Champion Yale Football Team were named All-ECAC today. TE Jaeden Graham and OL Kark Marback were first-team picks, while Matthew Oplinger, Zane Dudek and John Herubin took second-team honors.
Fenway Sports Management and the City of Boston today announced that one of college football’s most storied and tradition-laden rivalries will be played out on the Fenway Park gridiron in 2018. The 135th rendition of Harvard and Yale’s football rivalry will be played in front of the “Green Monster” at the home of the Boston Red Sox on November 17, 2018. The game will also mark the 50th anniversary of the epic 1968 clash between the two Ivy League schools, which famously ended in a 29-29 tie.
He was the leader of and most dominant player on the league’s top defensive team, one that ranked 8th in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) with just over 15 points allowed per game. Yale linebacker Matthew Oplinger, who led the Ancient Eight and was second in the country in sacks, has been named a finalist for the Asa S. Bushnell Cup, given to the Ivy League’s top defensive player.
Four Bulldogs who helped Yale go 9-1 and win an outright Ivy League Championship with a 6-1 mark were honored today as first-team All-New England picks. There were two from an Eli offense that averaged 34.5 points and a defensive pair that helped the champs limit opponents to 15.6 per game.
The Bulldogs went from 3-7 in 2016 to 9-1 this fall while grabbing their first outright Ivy League Championship in 37 years. Tony Reno, Yale’s Joel E. Smilow ’54 Head Coach of Football, was rewarded for the team’s success with both the New England Football Writers and the Gridiron Club of Boston naming him Division I Coach of the Year.
Yale’s 1977 Ivy League Championship team celebrated its 40th anniversary last weekend at New Haven during the 24-3 win in The Game, the finishing touch on the Elis’ first outright league title in 37 years.
The outright Ivy League Champion 2017 Yale Football Team gathered one final time this afternoon at the Lanman Center inside Payne Whitney Gym for its season-ending banquet. The idea was to celebrate the school’s 15th Ancient Eight title while honoring 31 members of the senior class. There were also some awards handed out.
The crowning of the 2017 Ivy League Champions came after a dominating defensive performance before a crowd of 51,426 in the 134th edition of The Game. Yale, which earned its first outright league title since 1980, sacked Harvard quarterbacks six times and limited its offense to 164 total yards in a 24-3 victory over the Crimson.
The Yale Athletic Department is pleased to remind spectators, fans and alumni of the parking and shuttle plan for the Nov. 18 Yale-Harvard football game at Yale Bowl, Class of 1954 Field, which kicks off at 12:30. The following plan will remain in effect to control heavy traffic in the vicinity of Yale Bowl caused by overwhelming interest in Yale-Harvard football games.
There have been 61 official Ivy League contests between Yale and Harvard, and 29 of those meetings have impacted the championship. The 134th edition of The Game will be No. 30 on the list of significance. The Bulldogs (8-1, 5-1 Ivy), seeking an outright Ivy championship, take on a Crimson (5-4, 3-3) squad looking to spoil their archrival’s celebration. Yale plays host to Harvard in the second oldest rivalry in the sport on Saturday at 12:30. CNBC provides live coverage, while the game airs on WELI Radio (AM 960)
Kurt Rawlings and Zane Dudek earned Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week honors, respectively, after leading the Bulldogs to a big comeback win at Princeton last week that clinched a league championship.
A new banner will hang from the walls of the Yale Bowl, one celebrating a 2017 Ivy League Championship. The only remaining accomplishment is making it an outright title with a victory over the Elis’ archrival.
There are few traditions as well known in Connecticut as “The Game,” the historic football rivalry between Yale and Harvard heading into its 134th edition. For more than 25 years, part of the tradition has included a drive to benefit the Connecticut Food Bank.
The last time a Yale football team had a chance to clinch an Ivy title in week No. 9 was in 2006. The Bulldogs, 7-1 overall (4-1 Ivy), shared the championship with Princeton that season, and they have the Tigers (5-3, 2-3) this Saturday with another clinching opportunity. The Elis, who sit atop the Ivy League standings, take a four-game win streak into Princeton Stadium for a 1 p.m. kickoff that airs live on Eleven Sports (DirecTV 623, ILN, Twitter) and WELI Radio (960 AM).
He ran for three touchdowns in a crucial victory over Brown last weekend. Zane Dudek, Yale’s first-year running back sensation, earned his fourth Ivy League Rookie of the Week award with that performance against the Bears.
Yale scored on its first three possessions and four of the first five offensive series before Brown had a chance to get comfortable in this important Ivy League night game at Yale Bowl on the Class of 1954 Field. The Bulldogs made it uncomfortable for the visitors all night in a 34-7 win, the fourth straight for a Yale team that is in first place with a 4-1 record (7-1 overall).
The Bulldogs, 6-1 overall (3-1 Ivy), who take a three-game win streak into November, look to avoid a post-Halloween scare when Brown (2-5, 0-4) comes to the Bowl Friday night for a nationally televised contest. Yale, tied atop the Ivy League football standings with Columbia and Cornell, takes on the Bears in a game airing live on NBC Sports Network (Todd Harris, Ross Tucker) and WELI Radio-960 AM (Ron Vaccaro, Jack Siedlecki).
After their big win over previously undefeated Columbia, Tony Reno's Yale Bulldogs prepare for a Friday Night date under the lights with Brown. The game kicks off at 8 p.m. on NBCSN and the Yale Football Radio Network.
Ten of Zane Dudek’s 25 carries last Saturday against first-place Columbia went for first downs during a season-best 173-yard performance that led to a crucial Yale football victory. That earned the first-year running back STATS FCS National Rookie of the Week as well as offensive player and co-rookie of the week in the Ivy League.