December 3, 2004

Yale Football Reunions 2004

The Yale football teams of 1934, 1974 and 1979 hosted reunions the weekend of the Yale-Princeton game.

An Ivy League championship team coached by Carm Cozza, the 1979 Elis led the nation in rushing defense on the way to an 8-1 campaign. That included a 35-10 beating of the Tigers at Old Nassau, which was the 13th straight victory over their rivals from New Jersey.

The 1974 Bulldogs toasted their 30th anniversary and an Ivy League Championship. This Yale squad, also coached by Carm Cozza, beat Princeton 19-6 at the Bowl on the way to eight wins in nine contests. These Old Blue were second only to the University of Michigan in scoring defense in 1974, allowing just 7.4 points per game.

Celebrating its 70th anniversary, the Iron Men of 1934 pulled off one of the great upsets in college gridiron history. After splitting its first six games in one of the most difficult Yale schedules ever, the Elis went down to Princeton to face a Tiger team that had not lost in two years and was on a 15-game win streak. Yale played the same eleven players the entire game on both sides of the ball to earn the famous nickname and shocked the nation with a 7-0 victory. One of those Iron Men, Jimmy DeAngelis, returned for the Princeton game.

The Yale Athletic Department would like to congratulate all of the former players joining us in this three-team celebration.