Defense Stands Out in Preseason Scrimmage

Sept. 4, 2004

Princeton, NJ - The Yale defense was the story at Princeton Stadium on Saturday, as the Bulldogs limited the Tigers to just one field goal in five quarters of play in a preseason scrimmage. Half of Princeton's six possessions in the first half, with mostly first-stringers playing, ended in three-and-outs. The Yale offense found the endzone twice on the day, as TB Jordan Spence punched the ball in from a yard out late in the second quarter and TB Matt Murray added another score midway through the third. "Defensively, we played really well," Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Football Jack Siedlecki said. "The biggest thing we need to improve from last year is our pass rush. On Princeton's final drive of the first half we got to the quarterback on every play with a four-man rush." Twice in a span of four plays on that drive Yale would have gotten a sack, but those were not allowed in the scrimmage and DEs Brandon Dyches and Brandon Etheridge both had to pull up. The offensive highlight of the day for the Eli first-stringers was a 38-yard pass from QB Alvin Cowan to WR Chandler Henley on the second possession of the game. Cowan threw an interception three plays later, setting up a 54-yard drive for a field goal by the Tigers that would turn out to be their only score of the day. Spence's TD put Yale up 7-3 at halftime, and backup QB Todd Feiereisen highlighted the second half with a 19-yard run as part of a drive that took over six minutes (running time) off the clock in the fourth. The defense came up with its lone turnover of the day, an interception by DB Chris Solga, in the final quarter. Yale opens the regular season Sept. 18 at Dayton. Photo Gallery report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity Department