November 8, 2004

Big Three Title On the Line

Nov. 8, 2004

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Neither Yale (4-4, 2-3 Ivy) nor Princeton (4-4, 2-3) is playing for an Ivy title, but plenty is on the line at Yale Bowl this Saturday in the nationally televised (YES Network, 4 p.m.) contest. In addition to pride (both teams were predicted to have better seasons), the heated rivalry and the fact that most Old Blue consider the Big Three the only games that really matter, the Elis and Old Nassau need some momentum heading into the off-season for recruiting and team spirit. The Bulldogs and Tigers kick it off at 12:35 p.m. and can be heard in Connecticut on WELI (960 AM) and WYBC (1340 AM).

The Series One hundred and one 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 rivarly has developed into the second longest in college football. This week marks the 127th meeting, second only to the Lehigh-Lafayette (139) rivarly. Some of the Old Blue hold this series dearer to their hearts than THE Game. Yale leads 68-48-10 but the teams have split the last eight meetings. Princeton has the last shutout (1997) in the series, but Yale has a 29-24-1 advantage at home.

Memorable Moments in the Yale-Princeton Series 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 Moriarity 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... 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, win a double-OT game at Princeton in 2003 by recovering a fumble.

The Coaches Jack Siedlecki, who has led Yale to 14 victories in games that the Bulldogs trailed in the fourth quarter, is the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Football. Twelve of his 16 seasons as a college head coach have been winning efforts, including five of seven in New Haven. Twenty-one Elis have earned first-team All-Ivy since Siedlecki arrived at Yale, while almost every school offensive record has been broken during that time. The Yale coach is 4-3 vs. Princeton. Roger Hughes, the fifth-year Princeton coach, is 2-2 against Yale and is 18-29 overall at Old Nassau.

The Matchup It seems like a wash when you compare the two teams in scoring and scoring defense. Yale averages 19 points a game and lines up against a defense that allows 22, while the Bulldog defense gives up 20 points per game compared to the Tigers' 23-point scoring average. Other than a relatively easy win for Princeton over Brown, comparing the scores does not do much for predicting what will happen in this game either.

Bears Hold On For 24-17 Win A big first half but nothing over the last 30 minutes. That has been the story for the Yale football team over the last four games. This time it cost the Bulldogs a 24-17 decision to Brown despite the best offensive day of 2004. Yale moved the ball all over Brown Stadium in the first two quarters and had a 17-14 lead. However, there were fewer (199) yards of total offense in the second and the Elis could not score despite six opportunities in the red zone. The loss spoiled record-breaking days for a pair of Bulldogs. Despite three interceptions, Yale quarterback Alvin Cowan completed 31 of 57 passes for 419 yards and two scores while passing Joe Walland on both the career total offense and passing yardage lists. Then there was Plymouth, R.I., native Ralph Plumb, who caught 18 passes (2nd best in Ivy history) for a school-record 258 yards (4th for Ivy player) and a score. He broke Eric Johnson's Yale game and career yards record in this game. The other TD came from Chandler Henley (8-110), while PK Andrew Sullivan split the uprights on one (28 yards) of four attempts. TB Robert Carr (13-70) was held well under his season average as the Bulldogs turned the ball over a season-high four times and had 13 minutes less possession time. That makes it hard to imagine Yale also had season-highs for first downs (26), passing yards (419) and total offense (498). The Bulldog defense, which held star back Nick Hartigan (41-142) to 32 yards in the first half, was led by LB Ben Breunig (5-8-13, 2.5 TFL) and DE Brandon Dyches (8-2-10, 3 TFL).

Plumb Named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week Everyone at Yale who encountered Eric Johnson (a.k.a. EJ) during his four years in New Haven liked him enough to want his records to hang around for a while. But a current Yale receiving star, whose personality and fortitude are revered like EJ's, is knocking the current NFL star from the top of the big records. After pulling down 18 catches (2nd best in Ivy and Yale history) for a school-record 258 yards in an Ivy Offensive Player of the Week performance against Brown on Nov. 6, senior WR Ralph Plumb owns the Yale career record for yardage (2,249) and is tied with Johnson for the receptions (181) lead. He ranks first in the Ivies and second in I-AA with 8.13 receptions per game. Johnson, who still owns the Yale single-game receptions record (21), had his name on the game yardage (244) standard until Plumb broke it. The Portsmouth, R.I., native finished his career against Brown (where he was a ballboy as a kid) with 34 receptions for 570 yards. Plumb, who had a TD in all four meetings with the Bears, entered this year's game with 285 receiving yards and matched that mark despite wearing a target on his back.

Plumb's Career Year Rec. Yds. TD 2001 2 52 1 2002 55 592 3 2003 59 813 7 2004 65 792 5 Totals 181 2,249 16

Carr Adds To Records Senior TB Robert Carr (Baytown, Texas) owns the Yale records for both career rushing yards (3,214), all-purpose yards (4,084) and rushing attempts (691), while he is second in rushing touchdowns (27). He needs seven scores in two games to tie John Pagliaro on the that list. Carr, who also has a kickoff return for a TD (2003), is fifth in I-AA all-purpose yardage (169.88, tops in Ivy) and 10th in rushing (121.13, 2nd in Ivy) this fall. Carr earned Walter Camp Yale Player of the Game honors by rushing for 164 yards and totaling 249 all-purpose yards at Dartmouth. Carr, whose three receptions at Dartmouth were a career-best, has gone over the century mark in 13 collegiate games (4 of 8 in 2004) and owns the Yale single-game record with 235 yards against Cornell in 2002. When he goes over 100 yards this fall (Yale is 3-1), he is averaging 168 yards per game. Carr, the Oct. 4 Ivy Offensive Player of the Week, has all but a dozen of the team's running back carries this fall. The 5-foot-9 sparkplug has earned Walter Camp Yale Player of the Game honors twice this fall. Carr narrowly escaped drowning in Connecticut's Candlewood Lake last July. His saviors turned out to be brave on-lookers who wanted to help when Carr's friends were unable to find him. Carr, who had stopped breathing, was pulled from the lake by Brandon Roy before Nick Nunally resuscitated him. This story was featured on ESPN over the summer and in USA Today on Sept. 16 and in the Oct. 25 issue of Sports Illustrated. It will also air on The George Michael Sports Machine on Nov. 14. The Baytown, Texas, native, who owns the Yale record for 200-yard games in a season (2), has made a full recovery.

Carr's Career Year Att. Yds TD 2001 80 362 3 2002 236 1,083 10 2003 170 800 9 2004 205 969 5 Totals 691 3,214 27

Consistent Defense While the Yale offense has struggled in the second half the last four weeks, the Bulldog defense has come up with the big plays. The defense, which was not the strong point last year (Elis gave up 55 to Brown and 52 to Colgate), has allowed a reasonable, 20 points per game. The Blue, which gave up a combined 52 points between Brown and Colgate this fall, has held the opposition under 20 points in five of eight games in 2004.

Cowan Burying Records Senior QB Alvin Cowan (Austin, Texas) exploded with a season-best 31 completions, 57 attempts and 419 yards on Nov. 6 at Brown. In doing so he broke both the Yale career passing yardage (5,079) and total offense (5,645) records. That makes it 19 school records for the most prolific No. 10 in school history since Brian Dowling '69. Cowan etched his name on the top of another school record on Oct. 23 when he connected with WR Chandler Henley on a 20-yard TD pass against Penn. That gave Cowan 36 career TD passes (now 40), one more than Joe Walland, who played QB for the Bulldogs from 1997-99. He has thrown a TD pass in all eight games. The Eli signal-caller, who leads the Ivy League in TDs (15) and is second in pass efficiency (126.19), had his first four-touchdown performance on Oct. 2 against Colgate. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound former captain engineered comeback wins against Dayton and Colgate this season. Cowan, the first former Yale captain to suit up the following season in modern times (medical waiver allowed this to happen), owns the Ivy record for total offense in a season (3,429) and broke 15 other school records last fall while earning the honor of Payton Award finalist. He was listed on the Sports Network's 2004 Walter Payton Award Watch until Nov. 2.

Cowan's Career Year Att Com. Yds. TD Int. T.O. T.R. 2001 4 2 36 0 0 0 0 2002 23 18 283 3 0 403 6 2003 381 227 2994 22 7 3429 29 2004 259 147 1766 15 9 1777 15 Totals 667 394 5079 40 16 5645 50 Henley The Great First he made a diving catch at Penn to help the Bulldogs make a miraculous comeback in the second half of a 2003 overtime loss, then he went into acrobat mode to snare an Alvin Cowan pass on the last play of regulation to send last November's Princeton game into OT and a Yale victory. His diving catch against Colgate this season provided the TD to tie the game before the Elis won in the closing moments. Chandler Henley did it again against Penn and then Columbia. With Yale trailing Penn 7-0 in the first quarter, Cowan launched a ball out in front of the junior receiver as he headed into the end zone. Henley, as he turned his body from inside to out, fell backwards and hauled in the pass just after it missed the outstretched arms of a Penn defender for a 20-yard scoring play. His diving grab of a low throw in the end zone against Columbia was the game-winning play. Henley leads all Yale receivers with six TD catches and a 14.6 average per catch. He is second in catches (42) and yards (615).

Second Half Woes It's no secret that Yale has played well in the first half but has struggled mightily over the last 30 minutes of the last four games this fall. Third-down conversions, possession time and scoring are the best stats to examine when quantifying the disparity. The Bulldogs convert better than 31 percent of their third downs, but the rate goes down to 20 in the third quarter and 23 percent in the fourth. Yale has split the time of possession over the first two quarters but now trails in the second half 19 minutes to 11 for the season. Nothing needs to be said about the lack of scoring in the second half other than three points in four games (120 minutes), while the Elis have gone 1-3.

Sullivan Has First Bad Day The fact that senior PK Andrew Sullivan (Minneapolis, Minn.) was having a great year through seven games is a tribute to him. He had served as the kickoff man the last two years and backed up John Troost on placekicks, before moving up to the top job when his kicking partner took a leave of absence for personal reasons this fall. Sullivan responded by connecting on all his PAT tries and four of five field goal attempts heading into the Nov. 6 Brown game. No. 85 booted a 28-yard FG in the first quarter for Yale's first points, but he missed from 41 in the second, 33 in the third and 40 in the fouirth. Sullivan is now 5-for-9 on three-pointers. He nailed a career-long, 38-yarder against Lehigh. The bare-footed kicker earned Walter Camp Yale Player of the Game honors by splitting the uprights from 37 yards with seven seconds to beat Colgate. It was Yale's first game-winning kick with under a minute left since Justin Davis beat Holy Cross (23-22) at Worcester in 2001, Sullivan's freshman year. The last time a Bulldog had booted a game-winning three-pointer in the last seconds at Yale Bowl was in 1989 when Ed Perks hit a 28-yarder with 10 ticks remaining.

Captain America Rory Hennessey (Strongsville, Ohio), a 2003 All-America selection who has an American flag tattoo on one of his biceps, is the top professional football prospect on the Yale team based on the inquiries from NFL scouts. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound offensive left tackle, who has been the team's offensive lineman of the week three times this fall, has not allowed a sack during his collegiate career. He and his linemates protected Alvin Cowan well enough for the senior to throw 15 TD passes this fall, while Robert Carr has broken the school's career rushing yardage record and ranks 10th in I-AA this fall.

Rare Breed Junior Tyson Crawford (Dallas, Texas) is a rare breed -- for good reasons -- both on and off the field. His combination of starting punter, starting short snapper and backup fullback are unprecedented in college or pro football this season. Crawford has averaged 36.9 yards this season and has seven kicks landing inside the opponent 20. He had already distinguished himself two summers ago when he worked in Moscow as an intern in the corporate financing office of a Russian oil company. Crawford was born and raised in Massachusetts before his family moved to Texas before high school.

Frosh Impact DT Brandt Hollander, DT Jared Hamilton, TE Langston Johnson, QB Matt Polhemus, PK Alan Kimball, DB Andrew Liyana and DB Matt Jacques are the seven members of the class of '08 who have been part of the travel squad this fall. Two of those players -- Hollander and Hamilton -- have seen varsity action on a regular basis, while Polhemus is a backup QB who will be competing for the top job next fall. Here is a look at their backgrounds.

Jared Hamilton, DL, 6-3, 235, Alpine, UT 2004: Worked way up to varsity playing time in recent weeks and has four overall tackles at defensive tackle... At Lone Peak High School: Earned nine varsity letters in four different sports...Three-time regional champion in football...2003 football first-team all-state...2003 region and defensive MVP...2003 team defensive MVP...Academic all-region for track and football...All-American scholar...Personal: Jared Alexander Hamilton, born Oct. 9, 1985, is the son of Larry and Tami Hamilton...Father, Larry, was a member of the 1984 Brigham Young University National Championship team...Is an Eagle Scout...Spent one year living in Croatia.

Brandt Hollander, DL, 6-3, 240, Indianapolis, IN 2004: Started two games at tackle and leads all interior linemen with 16 solos and 26 overall tackles... Named Yale's DL of the Game the last three weeks... Has two sacks... At North Central High School: Earned 11 varsity letters in football, wrestling, and track and field...2003 all-state selection in football... 2003 All-Marion County Invitational Conference...2002 and 2003 football team defensive MVP...Co-captain of 2003 football and wrestling teams...First place in 2004 Central Indiana Power Lifting Championship for 220-pound weight class...Football academic all-star...2004 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete...International Baccalaureate candidate...Personal: Brandt Hollander, born Nov. 13, 1985, is the son of Gene and Kathy Hollander.

Matthew Polhemus, QB, 6-2, 210, Chatham, MA 2004: Has yet to take a varsity snap and is considered the No. 3 QB... At Phillips Exeter Academy: Captained 2003 Exeter squad to the Prep New England Championship and a 10-0 record, the school's first undefeated season since 1957...2003 Prep New England Player of the Year...Had 900 yards of total offense...Personal: Matthew John Polhemus, born Nov. 15, 1984, is the son of Peter Polhemus and Francie Joseph.

Championship Teams Celebrating Members of both the 1974 and 1979 Yale Football teams will celebrate their championship campaigns on Princeton weekend in New Haven. The 1979 squad will have its celebratory dinner on Friday, Nov. 12, at the Ray Tompkins House (RTH) with former assistant coach Dave Kelley serving as the master of ceremonies. The 1974 team dinner is scheduled for Nov. 13 at RTH with the voice of Yale football, Dick Galiette, serving as m.c.

Yalie Wins Election For the first time since the U.S. Presidential election process came down to Republicans vs. Democrats, candidates from the same undergraduate institution opposed each other. Since a Yale man (graduate school included) will occupy the White House for the fifth straight term - and both of the candidates were athletes - we surveyed the largest Bulldog team to see who was getting the most support. In a pre-season survey, the 2004 Yale Football team leaned to the right with 62 players voting for George Bush '68 (baseball). John Kerry '66 (lacrosse, hockey, soccer), who shared the Yale campus with his opposition for two years as an undergraduate, got 27 votes while 11 players said they were undecided. A pre-election survey came up with some interesting numbers: Out of 112 players, 107 were registered to vote and one, Tom Woznicki (Torrington, Conn.), was too young to take part in the election. The current Bulldogs were also asked who on their team is most likely to become president of the U.S. The clear-cut choice is senior OL Dickey Shanor (Cheyenne, Wyo.), who hails from the same state as current V.P. Dick Cheney.

The Rest of the Voting Yale players were also surveyed for other impressions of their teammates. OL Steve Bassermann (Branford, Conn.) was voted the most humorous, OL Matt Lesniak (Boca Raton, Fla.) and LB Ken Estrera (Dallas, Tex.) were named the most intelligent, while RB Robert Carr (Baytown, Tex.) and Alvin Cowan (Austin, Tex.) were voted the most vocal leaders other than the captain.

Leaders Play for Yale Seventy-six Yale football players captained their high school gridiron squads and 58 Bulldogs captained sports other than football (primarily baseball and basketball) before coming to New Haven. Seventy-four Elis were National Honor Society members, while amongst them were five valedictorians, three salutatorians, five student body presidents and four class presidents.

Class of 2004.5 Five seniors on the 2004 Yale team were granted a medical waiver to take their final year of eligibility this fall. DL Bryant Dieffenbacher (Ashtabula, Ohio), DB Barton Simmons (Nashville, Tenn.), QB Alvin Cowan (Austin, Tex.), LB Ken Estrera (Dallas, Tex.) and DL Tim Barrett (S. Windsor, Conn.) had injuries at different times over the last four years. They each have red shirts with "Class of 2004.5" on the front. Estrera suffered a potential season-ending injury at Cornell in game No. 2 and Dieffenbacher had one in week five against Lehigh.

Single Digits Are More Aerodynamic Starting linebackers and Dallas natives Ken Estrera (94 to 7) and Ben Breunig (93 to 5) switched their numbers to single digits as did Alex Faherty (New York, NY) who went from 40 to No. 1. None of the three care to explain why they made the changes, but Breunig did say, "Speed. I think we all shaved at least two tenths of a second off our forty times by switching to single digits." Sophomore TB Jordan Spence (Colleyville, Texas), who wore Barton Simmons' (Nashville, Tenn.) No. 3 while the senior DB was recovering from surgery last fall, has No. 20 this fall.

It's Been 95 Years... Since Yale won a national football title (Helms Foundation) in 1909, but the Bulldogs still have more championships (12) than any other school in the country. Notre Dame is second with 11 national titles. In addition, the Elis were the first collegiate football team to win 800 games (now 824) but have since been overtaken by Michigan (838). Bulldogs vs. Ranked Teams Yale is now 1-2 against teams ranked in the Sports Network/CSTV and ESPN/USA Today I-AA national polls. The Elis beat Colgate (20) on Oct. 2 for their first win ever against a ranked squad, but fell on Oct. 16 to No. 18 Lehigh. No. 25 Penn beat the Elis 17-7 on Oct. 23.

Elis on the Tube Yale has six TV games this fall, including five live broadcasts and three home game telecasts. Here is the breakdown:

Game Producing Broadcast Other Information Dayton Time Warner (W. Ohio) no satellite available Lehigh Fox Sports Net (Pittsburgh) available on satellite Penn Comcast CN8 viewable on internet Brown Cox3 satellite available Princeton YES Network - (tape delay) satellite available/4 p.m. showing Harvard WLVI (Boston) also WGN (Chicago), other Tribune stations

WGN and HD Net Broadcasting The Game The Association of Yale Alumni (AYA) and the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) are pleased to announce that the 2004 Yale-Harvard Game will be broadcast live on the Superstation WGN, as well as the High Definition (HD) Net Channel for WGN. Either of these options should be available at many sports bars and venues. The Game will be hosted by Harvard, in Cambridge, on Saturday, Nov. 20. Brian Dowling '69 will serve as one of the color commentators.

Lunching on the Third Hole of the Course Every Tuesday at noon at the Golf Course at Yale Coach Siedlecki and Yale players are available for questions at the football media luncheon, which is held in the Garden Room overlooking the third and fourth holes. DT Willie Cruz and TE Ted Stem join the coach this week, while Princeton head coach Roger Hughes will be available for questions via speaker phone.

Practice Makes Perfect There is no practice on Mondays, and normal practice time from Tuesday through Friday is 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 and inside the outdoor track. Inclement weather could bring the team inside to either Coxe Cage or the Lanman Center. Players might be available for interviews before practice around the Smilow Center or out on the fields or after practice. It is best to email Steve Conn to arrange a meeting at least a day before you would like to speak with a player.

Siedlecki By Month Jack Siedlecki, who coached in his first overtime game ever on Oct. 25, 2003, at Penn, is 11-5 in September games for Yale. He swept the opening month of play in three of the last four falls. The Bulldog leader is 19-16 in October and 12-13 in November.

The Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Football Says... "We moved the ball up and down the field, we just didn't put it in the end zone. We had nearly 500 yards of total offense. The bottom line is we just did not connect on the scoring opportunities we had in the second half. Our defense just kept playing and playing, but Brown made a couple big plays and won the game. The end of the first half was a preview of the second. We had two opportunities to score and we didn't get either one. With two games left, I'm a believer that things even out, so in one of these we should score 100 points in the second half."

90th Season in Yale Bowl Since opening the national historic landmark in 1914 with a 36-0 loss to Harvard before a full house, the Bulldogs have gone 349-183-21 (553 games) in Yale Bowl. In recent times the Blue has had five home and five away games each fall, but the average for the 89 seasons is 6.2 home contests per year. Since formal Ivy play began in 1956, the Elis are 112-72-3 vs. Ancient Eight foes at home. Many famous people have played against Yale at the Bowl, including Heisman Trophy winners Dick Kazmaier (Princeton), Glen Davis (Army), Tom Harmon (Michigan) and Doug Flutie (Boston College).

Yale Bowl Renovations Work has begun on the restoration project that will include among other things a plaza area, upgraded pressbox, new seating, exterior wall & portal work, new perimeter fencing with iron gates and a new drainage system.

Bowl is Half Full Yale, for the first time since 1985, led Division I-AA in attendance last fall with 23,578 per game over five dates. The Elis have been ranked among the top 30 schools in attendance the last dozen years. The largest home crowd of the year was on Oct. 23 against Penn with 17,737, while the Bulldogs are averaging better than 13,000 this fall.

Bulldog Bites Senior LB Adam Brown, whose pre-season leg injury kept him off the field until now, saw his first game action of 2004 on special teams at Brown... Sophomore DE Stan Malyszka put his name on the honors list for the first time this year when he shared the special teams award for the Brown game... Princeton ranks 13th in the nation in punt returns with Greg Fields (11th in I-AA) at 13.81 per return, while Yale's Chandler Henley (5.52) ranks 81st... The Elis have allowed just seven TD passes this fall... DB Nick Solakian has become one of the top special teams players for the Blue with three game MVP honors because of his kick coverage... Yale was called for 75 penalties in 2003 but has only drawn flags 38 times this fall with two games left... The Bulldogs have as many interceptions (8) this fall as they did all of last season... The Blue has lost two defensive starters to injury, LB Ken Estrera (Dallas, Texas) and DT Bryant Dieffenbacher (Ashtabula, Ohio).

Lone Star Dominance Less than a dozen Texas natives played for Yale from the mid 60's to the middle of the 90's. Nineteen players from the Lone Star State are on this year's roster -- a team-high -- and eight of them showed up on the initial two-deep depth chart. Texas, now recruited by assistant coach Matt Dence, forms the core of the Yale lineup for the second straight year. The starting QB, TB and one LB (it was two before Estrera got injured) all come from the land of the big. There are seven players from Dallas.

Bulldogs Impact the NFL Eric Johnson '01 missed the 2003 NFL season with an injury after having a sensational (36-catch) rookie season in 2002 with San Francisco. He was a receiver at Yale but is now a TE who is now fourth in the NFL with 51 catches ( 547 yards and two TDs)... Johnson had a career-best 13 catches for 162 yards and a score in a 31-28 OT win over Arizona on Oct. 10... Dick Jauron '73, an Ivy League star runner and former NFL special teams All-Pro, was the head coach of Chicago for five seasons before being fired last winter. He is now the defensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions, who beat the Bears on opening day... Chris Hetherington '96, who has played eight seasons (Colts, Panthers, Rams, Raiders) in the NFL as a running back and special teams player, was cut by Oakland a week before the 2004 campaign... Nate Lawrie '04, drafted by Tampa Bay, has moved around between the Bucs and the Eagles pratice rosters since then.

Radio, Internet, Home Page and Hotline NEWS/TALK 960 WELI broadcasts Yale football this fall on 960-AM. Yale football coaching legend Carm Cozza and Dick Galiette, in his 32nd season as the voice of the Elis, provide the call of the action. If you are not within listening range of WELI, you can call TEAMLINE at 1-800-846-4700 and enter Yale's four-digit code of 5682. WELI's Jerry Kristafer begins home game coverage from the Bowl with a half-hour tailgate party, then Galiette and Cozza take over for the pre-game show, which features interviews with head coach Jack Siedlecki and a Yale player. Engineer Tom Ivanovich adds the finishing touches on the broadcasts.WYBC (1340-AM), the Yale student station, also covers each game and has a 30-minute pre-game show that includes an interview with Eli head coach Jack Siedlecki. Sports Director Alex Goot anchors the coverage this fall. All 10 Yale games this fall can be heard live on the internet at www.yalebulldogs.com. Information on all of Yale's 35 varsity sports, including football, is available on the Yale Athletics Home Page. The address is: www.yalebulldogs.com. The football home page is maintained by Sam Rubin '95 and the Yale Sports Publicity Office. Information about upcoming games in addition to historical data and many photos of the past and present are also featured. The latest scores and game information from Yale varsity athletics are available by calling 432-YALE. The Yale Sports Hotline is sponsored by Barnes & Noble at Yale University, which is located on Broadway. Call 1-888-730-YALE for a copy of the store's fall catalog.

Walter Camp Yale Players of the Game For the seventh straight season, the Walter Camp Football Foundation honors Yale's game MVP as the Walter Camp Yale Player of the Game. This award is handed out both at home and on the road.

WCYPG 2004 Game Player Pos. Stats Dayton Carr RB/KOR 172 rush, 50 return Cornell Estrera LB 4-7-11 (injured during game) Colgate Sullivan PK Game-winning FG, 4-4 PATs Dartmouth Carr RB/KOR 164 rush, 70 return, 15 receiving Lehigh Cowan QB 287 passing yards Penn Breunig LB 7-8-15, PBU Columbia Smith DE 6 solos, PBU Brown Plumb WR 18 catches, 258 yards

Bulldogs in OT Yale's only two extra-session games since the NCAA adopted the OT rule came last fall. Yale fell 34-31 at Penn and beat Princeton 27-24 (2 OT) on the road. The Bulldogs have yet to play overtime at Yale Bowl.

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