June 21, 2005

ARMY RETURNS TO YALE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

June 21, 2005

They first met 112 years ago and more than half of the 45 contests pitted two squads looking to establish national prominence. Yale Athletics Director Tom Beckett announced today that the historic football rivalry between Yale and Army will be renewed with a pair of games at West Point's Michie Stadium.

The Bulldogs will travel to Army on Oct. 2, 2010, and Sept. 29, 2012. It is possible that the Cadets will come to the renovated Yale Bowl at some point after.

"The Yale-Army series has a glamorous tradition and we are thrilled to have it back," said Beckett. "This renewal is great for both schools and for college football. The opportunity to play Army at West Point will be an incredible experience for our students and fans. As we look to expand this series, we are hopeful the Cadets will visit our venerable Yale Bowl."

The rivalry has included three Heisman Trophy winners (Yale's Clint Frank and Larry Kelley, Army's Glenn Davis), performances like Albie Booth scoring every point in a 21-13 Bulldog win in 1929 and Yale Bowl crowds averaging better than 70,000. Much of the history of the game in the first half of the 20th century, including five Heisman Trophies, was shaped by these storied programs. "Army and Yale represent two of the most historic football programs in all of college football," said Army's Director of Athletics Kevin Anderson. "One of the Academy's main reasons for departing Conference USA was to gain flexibility in scheduling so we could return to playing some of our longtime rivals, both on a regional and national level. There are few football series with more historic value for those at West Point than our relationship with Yale. We feel our fans and alumni will be very excited about playing these games. We plan on discussing further the possibilities of adding additional games to the agreement and the potential of bringing our team back to the Yale Bowl."

Yale defeated Army 28-0 in 1893 in the first meeting, which was also the first of 20 straight games the Cadets hosted the Bulldogs. The Elis, 21-16-8 overall in the series, enjoyed the early dominance (7-0-3) while the Black Knights have had the upper hand (11-3-2) most recently. Army took the last meeting, 39-13, in 1996 at Michie Stadium but has not been to Yale Bowl since 1988 (33-18 Cadets).

"As we continue to build our future football schedules, we will strive toward including games against many of our longtime rivals," Anderson mentioned. "That is not only good for the Army program, but for college football as a whole."

"Army and Yale are producing future leaders of our nation. Bringing these schools together on the field of competition is what college athletics is all about," said Beckett.

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