November 6, 2007

No. 12 Bulldogs Head to Princeton

Nov. 6, 2007

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs have not had a perfect season in 47 years and it's been 26 campaigns since the Elis captured an outright Ivy League title. These two prizes are clearly in focus for the No. 12 Yale football team (8-0 overall, 5-0 Ivy) as it prepares for the final two Saturdays of 2007. The Blue, 8-0 for the first time since 1981, travels to Princeton (3-5, 2-3) Saturday in a rivalry game that carries as much collegiate football tradition as any in the country. The 130th meeting of the Tigers and Bulldogs, which is part of Princeton's Senior Day and the dedication of Powers Field at Princeton Stadium, can be seen live on the YES Network and heard on WELI (960-AM), WYBC (1340-AM) and on 960weli.com and wybc.com.

THE SERIES

One hundred and four 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 130th meeting, second only to the Lehigh-Lafayette (142) rivalry. Some of the Old Blue put more emphasis on this rivalry than THE Game. Yale leads 70-49-10 and has taken four of the last five. The one Princeton win was the most painful, a 34-31 decision at the Bowl that led to the two teams sharing the Ivy crown. However, Yale's last victory, a come-from-behind game at Princeton in 2005, spoiled the Tigers' hopes for an Ivy title. The last six games have been decided by an average of 5.33 points.

ON THE LINE

There is a lot more riding on this game for the Bulldogs than the H-Y-P championship. A win over Princeton combined with a Harvard loss to Penn would clinch at least a share of the Ivy title heading into The Game. If both Yale and Harvard win or lose on Saturday, it would be winner take all on Nov. 17. No matter what happens this week, the season finale will determine the 2007 title.

HISTORY ON THE LINE

Yale's last unbeaten league season came in 1968. The only blemish (6-0-1) was a 29-29 tie (yes, that one) at Harvard. The Blue last won all seven Ivy contests in 1967, while the last overall undefeated team was the 1960 squad that went 9-0. The Elis have enjoyed 16 perfect seasons since 1872 including: 1960 (9-0); 1923 (8-0); 1917 (3-0); 1909 (10-0); 1905 (10-0); 1900 (12-0); 1894 (16-0); 1892 (13-0); 1891 (13-0); 1888 (13-0); 1887 (9-0); 1883 (8-0); 1882 (8-0); 1876 (3-0); 1874 (3-0); 1872 (1-0).

LAST YEAR AT THE BOWL

TB Mike McLeod (181 yards) helped Yale grab a 28-14 lead at halftime with four scores before Princeton came back to take a 34-31 victory before 43,406 at the Bowl. Tigers' QB Jeff Terrell (32-47, 445) established a Bowl total offense record with 472 yards while tossing three scoring passes in the second half. A Yale victory would have meant an outright Ivy title.

Y-P CLASSICS

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... Don Gesicki 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 (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 hauled in a 14-yard pass from Mike Curtin 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 (229 total offense)... The Bulldogs, who tied the game on a 22-yard TD pass from Alvin Cowan to Chandler Henley 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.

POLLS

The Bulldogs moved up two places in the FCS Coaches Poll to No. 12 while climbing three spots to No. 12 in the Sports Network Poll. Yale has been ranked as high as No. 12 and as low as 25th in seven different FCS (formerly I-AA) polls this year. Yale remained at No. 4 in the new Lambert (Eastern) Trophy poll.

TAIL OF THE SCALE

Yale's starting offensive line, which has paved the way for the third ranked rushing attack in the FCS, averages 279 pounds and has a 26-pound advantage over the Tiger defensive front that lines up at 253 pounds. The Bulldog defensive front (247 lbs), which has helped Yale become the top scoring defense in the country, faces a 22-pound disadvantage against a young Princeton OL (269 lbs) which starts three underclassmen.

RAIN SLOWS BLUE AGAIN

For the second week in a row the Elis faced bad weather and an inspired opponent. Yale needed 181 yards a TD from junior TB Mike McLeod (who broke Yale's career rushing yards record), an excellent backup performance by sophomore TB Jordan Farrell (11-78, GW score) and another outstanding showing by the Bulldog defense that blanked Brown on 14 third-down attempts and included timely interceptions by DE Brady Hart and SS Nick Solakian. After PK Alan Kimball put Yale up 3-0 in the first, Brown scored its only points on a 43-yard reception by Buddy Farnham in the second. Farrell put Yale ahead again after a long drive in the third and McLeod put the finishing touches on the muddy affair in the fourth. The Blue had the ball for more than 41 minutes, had 22 more plays and had 190 more yards of total offense.

TD STREAK NEARLY ENDED

Mike McLeod broke Yale's career rushing record (3,515) while gaining 185 yards on 32 carries in tough conditions at Yale Bowl on Saturday. He also stretched his Ivy record streak of consecutive games with a TD to 17, but that didn't look like it would happen late in the game. McLeod was replaced in the third quarter because his injured foot was clearly bothering him. Yale trailed 7-3 before backup TB Jordan Farrell scored to put Yale ahead. McLeod came back on the field in the fourth for two carries: the first on a fourth and three from the Brown 30 (6-yard gain) and five plays later he pounded his way into the end zone from two yards out to put the game away.

SURVIVAL OF FITTEST

After taking its first five games in dominating fashion, Yale survived triple OT at Penn and a scoreless first half with five turnovers at Columbia and its first second-half deficit of the year (against Brown) to remain unbeaten in 2007.

HAND IT TO HAWARI

At one point during the second half of the Brown game, junior DE Kyle Hawari was carted off the field with a hand injury and not expected to return. The next thing most people noticed was Hawari making a big, third-down sack in the fourth quarter. The 2006 honorable mention All-Ivy end led the Blue with five solos.

GLAD TO HAVE HART

The Elis are lucky to have a former high school QB making big plays at defensive end. Junior Brady Hart, who is second on the team with 47 total tackles and two sacks, led the Blue with five solos against Brown. He also picked off a pass in the third quarter deep in Yale territory. Hart, who won both the Yale defensive back and hammer (hardest hits) awards for the Brown game, has two interceptions this fall. He may have had the biggest defensive play of the game against Brown. Late in the second quarter Michael Dougherty, who was leading the nation in passing yards, went back to pass and did not see Hart coming. The junior DE leveled the Brown QB to stop the drive and ended up injuring Dougherty's throwing hand.

McLEOD ROLLS OVER TWO RECORDS

Lost in the muddy shuffle of junior TB Mike McLeod's performance against Brown was the fact that he broke Rich Diana's single-season rushing mark with 1,462 yards. Diana had 1,442 in 1981 with 293 carries and a 4.9 average. McLeod has 271 attempts and a 5.4 average this fall. The Ivy record is 1,881 in nine games by Cornell's Ed Marinaro in 1971. McLeod had raced past Robert Carr into the top spot on the Yale career rushing list with 185 yards, which was well documented. The New Britain, Conn., runner, who has 22 TDs this fall and TDs in 22 of his 28 collegiate games, needs two more this season to tie Marinaro for the Ivy season record (24). McLeod now has 3,515 career yards and an Ivy record 17 straight games with a TD.

FARRELL SAVES THE DAY

Sophomore Jordan Farrell, Yale's third-string TB, saved his best collegiate outing for a big game. He had 78 yards on 18 carries and scored on a career-best, 31-yard scamper to provide the winning points against Brown. Sophomore backup Ricardo Galvez, who recovered from an injury and saw his first action since the Lehigh game, gained just three yards on three attempts against the Bears.

SENIOR FRONT

Four seniors, NG Brandt Hollander and DTs Kirk Porter, Jared Hamilton and Stephen Schmalhofer, see regular duty on the defensive front. These four players form the core of the Bulldog defense that has allowed just two rushing TDs this fall. The last Yale squads that made running in the red zone that difficult were the nationally ranked 1970s defenses. The 1974 Bulldogs allowed just three rushing scores, while the 1979 (5) and 1980 (6) teams were also tough to run on. All three of those squads won Ivy titles.

MANTE EARNS IVY AWARD

Sophomore punter Tom Mante, in the toughest of conditions, averaged 42.7 and put one punt inside Brown's 20 to earn Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week. He had six punts including a 60-yarder. If his 41.8 season average remains intact for final stats, it would be a Yale record. Current New Orleans Saint TE Eric Johnson owns the Bulldog record with a 41.0 clip in 1999.

GIO

Freshman defensive back Gio Christodoulou (pronounced kristo-DO-lou), who has two long punt returns for TDs in junior varsity games, has been the starting PR man and one of the top two KOR guys the last two weeks. He had Yale's longest KOR of the year with a 38-yard scamper at Columbia. He saw his first varsity action at Penn and made one tackle and downed a Bulldog punt on the Penn one-yard line. He shared Yale Special Teams MVP honors against the Quakers with QB/holder Richie Scudellari.

PARTY LIKE IT'S 1981

Yale is 8-0 for the first time since the 1981 Ivy championship season when the Blue won eight straight before falling at Princeton 35-31. That squad, led by captain Fred Leone and head coach Carm Cozza,.scored no fewer than 23 points in a game.

COACHES

Jack Siedlecki (Union `74), in his 11th season as the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Football at Yale, is 119-66-2 as a collegiate head coach, 63-44 at Yale. Siedlecki is 6-4 against Princeton. Roger Hughes (Doane College '82), the Charles W. Caldwell '25 Head Coach of Football, is 38-39 at Princeton in his eighth season, his only collegiate head coaching job. Hughes is 3-4 vs. Yale.

SIEDLECKI ON BROWN GAME

"We've faced plenty of adversity in the last three weeks. We're getting it done in all phases: we're getting it done on specials teams, we're getting it done on defense, we're getting it done on offense. The last two games - played in bad weather - to hold people to seven points, that's playing great defense. It starts there, and we have found a way offensively to score enough. We're playing as a team."

PRINCETON FALLS TO QUAKERS

A 26-yard TD run by Joe Sandberg was the lone scoring play in a 7-0 victory for Penn over Princeton Saturday at Franklin Field. The two defenses dominated, but it was Penn's that came up with the crucial TD-saving interception that ultimately saved the shutout for the Quakers. Princeton, shut out for the first time since 1999, got a great day from junior LB Collin McCarthy, who recorded his second straight double-digit-tackle performance (14), including two for loss. LB Tim Boardman had 12 tackles. Senior QB Bill Foran led Princeton with 36 yards rushing and 91 yards passing, while Rob Toresco caught four passes for 69 yards. Adam Berry also had four catches for 49 yards.

THE ONLY THING

Winning isn't everything, but Yale has come out on top in nine straight games dating to the 2006 finale and has been victorious in 15 of its last 16 outings. The one loss was to the Tigers a year ago this week.

SMASHING SUCCESS

Senior FB Joe Fuccillo has broken seven (of his own) facemasks and cracked a pair of helmets in 2007. "When a helmet gets cracked, I obviously fit him for a new one. Thank God they have a three-year warranty," said assistant director of equipment services Jeff Torre. "In my 20 years, I have never seen a player go through two helmets, though Pete Mazza `01 and Alex Faherty `05 were among a few who went through seven or eight masks in a season."

KNOCKDOWN BACK

Fuccillo is arguably the most punishing blocker on the Yale team and currently leads the team with 73 knockdowns. His season-high was 11 against Brown, Penn and Georgetown. He got his first carry of 2007 against Dartmouth and scored from a yard out on a play that had been called for Mike McLeod but was changed in the huddle by both QB Matt Polhemus and McLeod. It was Fuccillo's first career TD. He snared his first collegiate pass on a key third down against Lehigh a week later.

BLUE IN RED

The Bulldogs put points on the board on just two of five trips (season-low) to the red zone against Brown. The Elis have scored on 36 of 42 attempts this fall when reaching the opponent's 20-yard line.

NOTHING FANCY ABOUT PASSING

Yale is not throwing the football like typical Jack Siedlecki teams do. The Elis have completed 75 of 145 passes this fall, far below the average over the last 11 seasons. You have to go back as far as the 1991 campaign to find a Blue offense that threw the ball less than the current squad. The 1991 Bulldogs completed 49 of 108 passes (10 int, 6 TDs) on the way to a 6-4 season. Of course that squad had a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in QB Nick Crawford and TB Chris Kouri.

RANKINGS

The Elis are sixth in the FCS in fourth-down conversion percentage (7-for-10) and are third in interceptions (18). Here's how Yale compares to the rest of the FCS: Scoring Defense -1st (11.75); Possession Time -1st (35:47); Total Defense - 2nd (260.3); Team Rushing - 3rd (306); Turnover Margin - 6th (1.63).

ROAD WARRIORS

The Bulldogs have won 11 straight road games dating to the middle of the 2005 campaign, a 38-21 loss to Penn at Franklin Field. The longest road win streak prior to the current one was 37 games that spanned 1887 to 1895.

TOP DOG

Yale senior Matt Polhemus is now 16-2 as the starting QB. He has completed better than 51 percent of his passes this year and has just five interceptions in 144 attempts. Polhemus, who had a season-high 16 completions and 28 attempts at Penn, has 416 rushing yards this fall. His 92 rushing yards at Columbia were his season-high.

ABARE TO BLOCK

The junior Abare twins (LB Bobby, DE Larry) have been separated on the field by Larry's season-ending knee injury against Cornell, but the name Abare is still heard often on the PA system. Bobby leads the team with 39 solos and 61 overall. He has six career interceptions. Both brothers earned 2006 All-Ivy recognition. Bobby, who is very difficult to block, jumped on a fourth-quarter fumble that set up the game-tying field goal at Penn. Larry, crutches and all, can be seen on the sideline cheering on his teammates at every game.

MONACO THE KING

Senior OG Jeff Monaco, who was a pre-season The Sports Network third-team All-America selection, has been named Yale's OL MVP in seven of the eight games. The 6-foot-4, 290-pound lineman from McDonald, Pa., has started 28 straight games at three different spots on the OL.

APPLE FALLING CLOSE TO TREE

Senior DT Jared Hamilton, who has been the DL MVP twice this fall and has 18 straight starts, comes from a family of athletes. His father, Larry, won a 1984 national championship with the undefeated Brigham Young football team. Jared's mom (Tami) played volleyball at BYU and his sister (Ashley) plays volleyball at Eastern Washington, while one brother (Justin, 6-foot-10) will play basketball at Iowa State and another (Jordan) is a football/basketball star in high school. Hamilton leads the Blue with seven TFLs and three sacks.

GERALD HAS PRESTIGOUS PATH

Junior CB Casey Gerald, who leads the team with six PBU and is fourth with 32 tackles, had a very distinct path to becoming a starter on the Yale defense. Gerald, the son of former Ohio State and Philadelphia Eagle star Roderic Gerald, grew up in inner-city Dallas with parents who were sometimes absent or dependent on drugs. The Bulldog corner was able to attend Yale because of the Levi Jackson Scholarship, a memorial fund developed by former Yale athletes Bill Conway, `49 and Vic Frank, '50 in 2000 to honor their famous friend. Jackson, who attended New Haven's Hillhouse High and was the first black captain of the Yale football team in 1949, went on to a distinguished career with the Ford Motor Company. Gerald is the first Eli football player to receive the scholarship.

BULLDOG BITES

Yale has held its last two opponents to seven points each. The last time it strung together a pair of defensive efforts like that was in 1999 against Pioneer League teams Valparaiso (48-2) and San Diego (17-6). As for consecutive Ivy games with those results, the last time was 1981 with games against Penn and Dartmouth, both 24-3 wins... Yale's 70 rushing attempts against Brown were a season-high... Brown QB Michael Dougherty's 43-yard TD pass to Buddy Farnham was the longest completion against the Elis in 2007... Yale's 30 rushing TDs are the most since the 1972 team had 32... Senior WR Chris Denny-Brown leads the Blue with 22 catches but is looking for his first TD of 2007... Sophomore HB John Sheffield (21 catches) has one of Yale's two TD grabs... Senior TE Langston Johnson, who has the other, had caught a pass in every game this fall until last week.

RED BULL DOG

Sophomore DE Tim Handlon serves as the Red Bull Student Brand Manager at Yale. His job is to change students' perceptions of Red Bull through various creative marketing strategies. He can be seen around campus delivering Red Bulls to classes and promoting various Red Bull events throughout the Northeast. Handlon, nicknamed "Bear" by his teammates, can also be seen cheering at Yale men's hockey games dressed as "Captain Freedom," a tradition started at Yale in the early 1970s to support the team.

YALE PICKS

Nine Bulldogs have picked off 18 passes in eight games and juniors account for all but six. Juniors LB Jay Pilkerton (missed last two games with injury) and DB Steven Santoro have four. LB Bobby Abare (2) and DE Brady Hart (1) are the other juniors with picks. Senior DB Nick Solakian has two while classmates and fellow DBs Matt Coombs, John Coombs and LB Lee Driftmier each have one. Sophomore DB Paul Rice has one. Yale has an interception in 13 straight games. The Blue defense has four games this season with three picks. The 18 interceptions are the most by a Bulldog squad since the 2000 team picked 21.

MAKING PICKS COUNT

Eight of the Bulldogs' 18 interceptions have resulted in points (36). In addition, on two occasions Yale interceptions have stopped opponents on critical drives just before halftime and four of the interceptions occurred within the red zone.

BIG FOOT

Senior PK Alan Kimball is 10th in the FCS and leads the Ivy League with 1.50 FG per game. He earned Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week against Penn when he connected on two of three FG attempts and made both PATs. Kimball put his foot on the ball an amazing 19 times on Sept. 22 against Cornell. He split the uprights on all three FG attempts and all six PATs while booting 10 kickoffs. His three FGs (at Columbia, 2005; vs. Lehigh, 2007) equaled a career-high and his 15 points surpassed another. He now has 29 FGs, which is seven behind career leader Mike Murawczyk (36). Kimball, who had a string of nine straight FGs made, is 12-for-15 on FGs and has connected on all 31 PATs this fall.

SURVEY SAYS

The Yale team poll revealed some interesting facts about the Bulldogs. QB Richie Scudellari and LB Bobby Abare are considered the hardest working players. DT Stephen Schmalhofer is the funniest, DE Matt Plummer the smartest and TB Mike McLeod the most athletic. The best leader other than the captain is QB Matt Polhemus, while captain and DT Brandt Hollander was voted the strongest. Bobby Abare has been named the toughest.

CAPTAIN CRUNCH

After sitting out the opener with an injury, Yale captain and DT Brandt Hollander has been a terror for opposing offensive lines. He had a sack against Holy Cross and shared one against Lehigh and has been clearing paths for his LBs to get into the offensive backfield by taking up two blockers. Hollander, who had a career-high six solo stops at Penn, was voted by the players as the strongest (bench press of 480, hang clean 368) guy on the team. He is a senior from Indianapolis who has been watched by the Colts (as well as other NFL teams) this season.

STILL LEAD THE NATION

Yale has not won a national football title since 1927, but the Bulldogs still have more championships (26) than any other school in the country. Notre Dame is second with 11 national titles. In addition, the Elis were the first football team of any kind to win 800 games but have since been overtaken by Michigan.

IT'S JUST PRACTICE

The normal practice week is from Tuesday through Friday, 4:15 to 6:15. Note that Friday times could be altered on travel days. Practice is held on the fields behind the baseball stadium (Yale Field) and inside the outdoor track. Inclement weather could bring the team inside to either Coxe Cage or the Lanman Center (back of Payne Whitney Gym). Players might be available for interviews before/after practice around the Smilow Center or out on the fields. It is best to email Steve Conn to arrange a meeting at least a day before you would like to speak with a player or coach.

FORMER BLUE ON SUNDAYS

Eric Johnson '01, starting TE for the 4-4 New Orleans Saints, has 31 catches for 221 yards and one score. His best day this year was eight catches for 57 yards against the Colts. Johnson, who has Drew Brees throwing balls to him, led all Saints receivers with five catches for 54 yards in the Atlanta game... Nate Lawrie '04 is listed as the third-string TE for the offensive-minded Cincinnati Bengals (2-6), which has wins over Baltimore and the Jets... Dick Jauron '73 is in his second season as head coach of the Buffalo Bills (4-4), which beat the Jets (twice), Ravens and Bengals... Mike McDaniel '05, a former Yale WR, is an offensive assistant with the 4-4 Houston Texans. The Yalies are a combined 14-18 in the NFL this fall.

BULLDOGS LOVE BOWL

Despite suffering both 2006 losses on the Class of '54 Field, the Yale Bowl has been a happy place for Bulldogs. Since opening the national historic landmark in 1914 with a 36-0 loss to Harvard, the Blue has gone 359-187-21 (567 games) at home. Since formal Ivy play began in 1956, the Elis are 120-74-3 vs. Ancient Eight foes at home.

OH BROTHER

There are five sets of brothers on the 2007 Yale roster: LB Bobby and DE Larry Abare; DBs Matt and John Coombs; DE Eric and OL Louis Gresham; DE Brady and QB Brook Hart; FB Jack and DB Marcus Wallace and student assistant coach Kevin and DL Tom McCarthy. LB Tim Handlon, DB Rylan Spence and student assistant coach Mike Cautero had brothers that used to play football at Yale.

CONNECTICUT CONNECTION

Connecticut has always provided talented athletes for the Yale football team with offensive stars such as Rich Diana (Hamden High) and John Pagliaro (Derby High), and 2007 is no exception. QBs Ryan Fodor (Hand of Madison) and Matt Kelleher (Southington High) both earned state player of the year honors as seniors. In addition, RB Mike McLeod (New Britain High) was the New Haven Register's player of the year. Pagliaro's son, John III, came to Yale this fall from Maryland.

GALIETTE MEDIA LUNCHEON

This Tuesday at noon, Yale head coach Jack Siedlecki will be joined by DT Kirk Porter and FB Joe Fuccillo. The Galiette Luncheon interviews can be heard (usually posted by Wednesday) on Don Boyle's sportingnewsct.com. Yale's weekly media luncheon was named after legendary play-by-play announcer Dick Galiette, who called Yale Football for 33 seasons until his death in 2005.

SMILOW'S ENDOWMENT FUND GROWS

In 1988 Joel E. Smilow '54 generously established a fund to endow the position of head coach of Yale's football team - the first endowed coaching position at Yale. Due to the extraordinary growth of this fund it is now able to support Yale's two associate head football coaches - Keith Clark, Yale's Offensive Coordinator and offensive line coach, and Rick Flanders, the Defensive Coordinator and linebackers mentor. The two positions have been designated as Joel E. Smilow '54 Associate Head Coaches of Football. Smilow, who broadcast Yale football games as Sports Director of WYBC, has also endowed three other head coach positions - men's and women's basketball and women's lacrosse - and has made three major donations to Yale's athletic facilities.

PHASE 1 AND DONE

Phase 1 restoration of Yale Bowl and the Class of '54 Field has been completed and a dedication event is scheduled for the Nov. 17 Harvard game. Phase 2, which begins next spring, includes the Jensen Family Plaza, which will be located on the walkway to the Bowl from Central Avenue, and honors the Jensen brothers: Irving '54, Colin '57, Erik '63 and Mark '67. The welcoming plaza will serve as the perfect place for fans to gather before and after games. The Kenney Family Field Center, which includes renovations to the existing field center and halftime room and additional special event space, will also be completed in the next phase of Bowl renovations. It honors the Kenney brothers: Jerry P. '63 (who will be honored by the Ivy Football Association in January), Brian R. '60, Robert D. '67 and Richard L. '71, and a son, Jeffrey S. '93.

BLUE LEADERSHIP BALL HIGHLIGHTS FINAL WEEKEND

As always, there are numerous activities centered around The Game on Nov. 17. One of the highlights is the handing out of the George H.W. Bush Lifetime of Leadership Awards at the Blue Leadership Ball (Nov. 16). The honorees include Richard P. Cooley '44, Charles B. Johnson '54, Anne F. Keating '77, James McNerney '71 and Kurt L. Schmoke '71. Johnson and Schmoke played football at Yale. This year, Yale also celebrates the completion of phase one of the Yale Bowl, Class of '54 Field restoration with a dedication ceremony. In addition, there are many alumni functions.

ELIS ON ELI

NEWS/TALK 960 WELI will broadcast all 10 Yale football games this fall on 960-AM and online at 960WELI.com. Ron Vaccaro '04 returns for his second year as play-by-play announcer. Yale football coaching legend Carm Cozza, a 2003 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, returns for his 10th season as color commentator. WELI's Jerry Kristafer begins home game coverage from the Bowl with a half-hour tailgate party broadcast. Kristafer, who has WELI's weekday morning show, speaks with Vaccaro about the Elis every Friday morning at 8:15.

WYBC ALSO AIRS

WYBC (1340-AM) also covers each game and has a 30-minute pre-game show. Bob Heussler, WYBC's Director of Football Radio Broadcasts, and Anthony Brooks, the station's sports coordinator, lead a talented group of Yale student broadcasters who can also be heard on wybc.com. WYBC also broadcasts Yale Sports Monday from 8-8:30pm, a show that wraps up each Yale football game and includes interviews with Jack Siedlecki, Yale's Joel E. Smilow `54 Head Coach of Football, and the New Haven Register's Sean Barker. The show is hosted by Anthony Brooks, Sam Purdy and Alex Jenson.

NETCASTS

Designed to keep Yale Athletics fans and alumni informed and entertained, the voice of the Elis, Ron Vaccaro `04 hosts a series of netcasts available via Apple iTunesU. This series will feature season previews, event coverage (such as Yale's Ivy title clinching defeat of Harvard in The Game last year), and commentary from coaches, players, and analysts, while also taking the fan inside special events such as the Blue Leadership Ball. You can download from iTunesU at yalebulldogs.com (see Yale Athletics Netcasts on right side of front page).

ON TV

The Blue has seven games on the tube this fall, three of which are at home. The Sept. 15 Georgetown game was a tape-delayed broadcast on Verizon Fios One in the D.C. area. Yale's Sept. 29 game at Holy Cross aired live on Comcast's CN8. The Oct. 6 game against Dartmouth was on NESN as the ECAC Game of the Week. WFMZ-TV and Fox Sports Atlantic aired the Oct. 13 Lehigh game in the Bowl. YES Network has the Penn and Princeton games with Chris Shearn, former Princeton great Ross Tucker and Dan Fleschner '01 calling the action this weekend. The 124th edition of The Game will be carried on HDNet nation wide (available on DirecTV 79, Dish Network 9422 and various cable providers), SportsNet NY (New York), WPHL (Philadelphia), WLVI (Boston) and WTXX (Hartford). Jack Ford '72 will provide color on the broadcast after serving as master of ceremonies at the Blue Leadership Ball.

Release Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director

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