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Yale Heads To Brown For Key Clash

Kahlil Keys. (photo by Jack Warhola)
Kahlil Keys. (photo by Jack Warhola)


NEW HAVEN, Conn. - There are three games left in the 2014 season and the Bulldogs can get at least a piece of the league title by running the table. That is not an easy task with all the rivalry games remaining, and it starts this week as Yale (6-1, 3-1 Ivy) visits Brown (4-3, 2-2). The 12:30 kickoff at Brown Stadium airs live on Fox College Sports TV (Eric Frede, Steve DeOssie, Katie Fitzpatrick) and can be heard on the Yale Football Radio Network (Ron Vaccaro '04, Steve Conn).

So much for home field advantage; the visiting team has won 13 of the last 18 meetings heading into the 119th between Yale and Brown. The Bulldogs may be up 79-34-5, but the Bears have won nine of the last 15. Of the 118 meetings, only 32 have come at Brown Stadium, where the Blue is 19-10-3. The two rivals met in New Haven 32 consecutive years (1926-57) and Yale has a 60-24-2 advantage at the Bowl.

The Elis scored TDs on two of their first three possessions and led 17-7 after Kyle Cazzetta's 46-yard FG with no time left in the first half. They would not score again until there was 19 seconds left in the fourth quarter. With the score tied at 17, Deon Randall, who caught a game-high nine passes, took a third-and-10 handoff and zipped through the line and past all the defenders for a 32-yard scoring run that gave Yale a 24-17 win over Brown a year ago at the Bowl.

TB Candler Rich ran for 202 yards and TB Tyler Varga added 106 and two TDs as Yale beat Columbia 25-7 on a nasty weather day at Wien Stadium. The Bulldogs ran 95 plays and gained nearly 600 yards, including 13 catches for 133 yards by WR Grant Wallace, but they needed four field goals from Kyle Cazzetta (Ivy Special Teams POW) to put the game away. CB Jason Alessi (Ivy Rookie of Week) led the defense, which picked off four Lions passes, with nine tackles and two interceptions.

The Bulldogs held Columbia to 285 yards of offense, including 53 on the ground, and stopped the home team on 12 of 16 third downs. The four interceptions (Foyesade Oluokun, Hayden Carlson had the others) were a season-high.

Senior WR Grant Wallace was on the verge of making his way into the Yale career receptions and yards top 10 rankings as the Bulldogs hit midseason. His career-best day at Columbia (13-133) vaulted him up the charts. Wallace, the son of former Yale running back Bob Wallace '78, has 118 catches (5th at Yale) for 1,391 yards (6th). His 13-catch day ranks fifth on the school list. Wallace also has nine career TDs.

Seth Rosenbauer carried 30 times for 206 yards and two scores as Brown beat Penn at Franklin Field 21-13. Marcus Fuller threw a TD pass for the other Bear points. The boys from Providence have other wins over Rhode Island, Holy Cross and Cornell.

Chris Smith '13 became the first Ivy player to return two kickoffs for TDs in a game during Yale's 27-24 win at Providence in 2010… The Elis played spoiler in 2008 against league unbeaten Brown and won 13-3 on the road. The clincher was a 78-yard pass play from Brook Hart '11 to Peter Balsam '11... Ralph Plumb '05 set a Yale record with 258 receiving yards in 2004 at Providence... The Bears and Bulldogs combined for a series-record 99 points in the 2003 game at Yale Bowl, a 55-44 Brown victory that included four TD grabs for Bear WR Lonnie Hill... DB Ben Blake '00 blocked Brown's PAT attempt in the closing seconds of the 1999 game as the visitors attempted to tie the game. However, Bear TB Mike Powell picked up the loose ball and lateraled to FB Rob Scholl, who rambled into the end zone for the two-point conversion and a 25-24 victory... WR Jake Borden '00 hauled in a 27-yard TD pass from Joe Walland '00 with six seconds left as Yale pulled out a 30-28 game at Providence in 1998... Chris Hetherington '96, a Yale QB who later became an NFL fullback, rushed for 166 yards and passed for 223 in a win over Brown in 1995... In a matchup of defending co-champions, Yale's goal-line stand prevented the Bruins from converting a first-and-goal from the two-yard line with under a minute to play in a 10-9 Eli victory at the Bowl in 1977... The two teams combined for 37 punts in a 1941 Brown (7-0) win.

The Blue leads the nation in total offense (599.6) and is top five in kickoff return defense, passing offense and scoring offense.  WR Deon Randall (7.9 receptions), QB Morgan Roberts (352 total offense) and RB Tyler Varga (15.4 points) are tops in those FCS rankings.

Deon Randall, Yale's senior wide receiver and the nation's leader in receptions per game, is the school's career receptions leader with 201. His 16 career touchdown receptions are third at Yale. Randall (San Diego, Calif.) was voted captain by his teammates last November after an 85-catch (one shy of Yale record) season and 2013 first-team All-Ivy honors. He was an honorable mention all-league pick in 2011, but did not play in 2012 while recovering from surgery. He began 2014 with a career-high 14 catches and 172 yards against Lehigh, which included TD plays of 20 and 68 yards. He had 119 yards after the catch (YAC) in the opening day win. He had a 10-catch, two-touchdown game at Cornell.

Tyler Varga, who has 14 triple-digit rushing outings in just 21 collegiate games, is a Payton Award (FCS MVP) watch list tailback who is also a finalist for the William Campbell Trophy, the honor bestowed on the top football scholar-athlete in the nation. Varga enters the Brown game five yards short of 1,000 and leads the FCS with 15.4 points per game. Varga (Kitchener, Ont.) has 18 touchdowns (16 rush, 2 rec.), including five against Army and Colgate, this season. The big day against Army, which included the winner in OT, got him almost every national and regional award and mentions on numerous ESPN football shows. The 5-11, 234-pound back is also climbing the school's career yardage. He is sixth on the Yale career lists with 2,517 yards while his 25 rushing TDs are fifth. Varga, whose career-long run was a 69-yarder against Colgate this fall, has gone over 100 yards in six of the seven games in 2014. He led the FCS in 2012 in all-purpose yards when he was returning kickoffs and taking handoffs.

Date, Opponent, Attempts-Yards (TDs)
Nov. 1, 2014, Columbia: 17-106 (2)
Oct. 25, 2014, Penn: 23-140 (2)
Oct. 18, 2014, Colgate: 25-184 (4 rush, 1 rec.)
Oct. 11, 2014, Dartmouth: 20-105 (1 rush, 1 rec.)
Sept. 27, 2014, Army: 28-185 (5)
Sept. 20, 2014, Lehigh: 19-152
Oct. 5, 2013, Cal-Poly: 26-114
Sept. 28, 2013, Cornell: 21-105
Sept. 21, 2013, Colgate: 39-236 (1) – 3rd best at Yale
Nov. 3, 2012, Brown: 20-104
Oct. 27, 2012, Columbia: 25-220 (3) – 7th best at Yale; played QB
Oct. 13, 2012, Lafayette: 23-100
Sept. 29, 2012, Colgate: 21-125 (1)
Sept. 15, 2012, Georgetown: 21-103 (2)

QB Morgan Roberts, a three-time Ivy player of the week, tops the FCS in total offense, while he is among the top five in five other categories. He is the Ivy League leader in almost every area. Roberts, who was at Clemson in 2012 and began his Yale career in 2013 as a sophomore, has plenty of choices in ball distribution. He has connected with 15 different Eli receivers this fall.  Roberts now has 17 TD passes in 2014 which ranks fifth on the school's single-season chart. The record is 22 shared by Jeff Mroz (2005) and Alvin Cowan (2003). Roberts broke his own record for completion percentage by connecting on 26 of 29 passes for 346 yards and four scores against Penn. He had established a new standard by completing 26 of 30 (.866) passes at Cornell earlier this fall. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound QB has just eight starts for Yale but has already cracked the school's career top 10 charts for completions and passing yards.

Game: att-comp, yards (TDs)
Lehigh: 31-40, 376 (4) - Ivy POW
Army: 23-40, 290 (1)
Cornell: 26-30, 312 (5) - Ivy POW
Dartmouth: 25-41, 302 (1)
Colgate: 23-33, 379 (2)
Penn: 26-29, 346 (4) - Ivy POW
Columbia: 21-42, 267

The last time an Eli squad scored points like the 2014 team has, Walter Camp was the head coach. Yale has 298 points in seven games for a 42.6 per game mark, fourth best in the FCS. The most prolific scoring Yale team ever was the 1888 Elis who racked up a full-year total of 698 points. The school's "modern" record for points in a season is 354 in 2003.

Three Bulldog defensive players have earned Ivy rookie honors in 2014: LB Matthew Oplinger (Penn), CB Hayden Carlson (Cornell) and CB Jason Alessi (Columbia).

Last year, Yale was the only team in the Ivy League to start the same five on the offensive line the entire season. The Bulldogs have continued that trend through the first six games of 2014. LT Khalid Cannon, LG Will Chism, C Luke Longinotti, RG Mason Friedline and RT Ben Carbery have the starts. Two of them, Carbery and Chism, are seniors with All-Ivy credentials who are top scholar-athlete candidates. Carbery, a history major with a 3.50 GPA, earned a starting job as a freshman and was the team rookie of the year, while Chism (political science, 3.56) took over his second year.

College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) has placed TB Tyler Varga and QB Morgan Roberts on its FCS National Player of the Year watch list. Yale is one of three schools to have multiple players on the list.

Three different Elis have combined to handle the kicking duties this fall. Senior Kyle Cazzetta (Slate Hill, NY), a 2013 All-Ivy performer, has been handling the field goals (9-13) and PATs (31-31). Sophomore Bryan Holmes (Holland, Mich.) has been doing the punting (39.7) and some of the kickoffs (15 TB), while senior Parker Toms (San Carlos, Calif.) has shared the kickoff duties.

4 FGs
On a wet and windy day at Columbia, Kyle Cazzetta split the uprights four times, the first time a Bulldog has done that since Mike Murawczyk '01 booted four at Dartmouth in 1998. Cazzetta earned his second Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week Award for that performance. The modern standard for field goals in a game at Yale is four. Yale's George Watkinson kicked five against Wesleyan at New Haven in 1885, while Wyllys Terry kicked five vs. Rutgers in Brooklyn in 1883.

Tyler Varga and Kyle Cazzetta are first and second in scoring among Ivy players… This Saturday's game at Providence pits the only teams in the Ivy with real grass fields… The Bulldogs have played just two (Cornell, Columbia) games on artificial grass… Yale, Princeton and Dartmouth are all 3-1 in the league, a game behind Harvard.

Sixty-seven former players were selected to one of the Yale Bowl's all-era teams as part of the 100th anniversary celebration. This group includes 47 All-Americans and 18 NFL players, one of whom became an NFL head coach. These Bulldogs accumulated nine Super Bowl appearances and six NFL Championship rings. At least 40 of them will return to New Haven for the Princeton weekend. Many of them will be available to meet fans in the Webster Bank/Yale Bowl 100 Tent outside portal 20 on Saturday morning before the Nov. 15 game.

9/20 Lehigh: 19 Roberts (Ivy OPOW, CSM); 37 Cazzetta (Ivy STPOW) 2 Randall (Dream Bowl)
9/27 Army: 30 Varga (TSN & CSM NPOW; New England Gold Helmet, Ivy OPOW); Team (FWAA Team of Week)
10/4 Cornell: 19 Roberts (CSM NPOW, Ivy OPOW, ECAC OPOW); 26 Carlson (Ivy ROW)
10/18 Colgate: 30 Varga (CSM's Ivy POW, Ivy OPOW, ECAC OPOW)
10/25 Penn: 19 Roberts (CSM's Ivy POW, Ivy OPOW, CFPA National POW); 44 Oplinger (Ivy ROW); 29 Wallace (CFPA HM)
11/2 Columbia: 19 Alessi (CSM's Ivy DPOW, Ivy ROW); 37 Cazzetta (Ivy STPOW)

There are nine uniform numbers shared on the Yale roster, including those worn by the top two quarterbacks, Morgan Roberts (19, DB Jason Alessi) and Logan Scott (14, DB Will Bryan).

Yale is now 6-3 in OT games after the win against the Cadets. The Elis are 4-1 at home in extra sessions, the only loss against Harvard in triple OT in 2005. Yale has a pair of triple-session OTs (Penn, 2007) and a two double-dippers (Princeton, 2003; Holy Cross, 2008)

Yale Bowl, the first football stadium to completely surround the playing field with seating, was the largest athletic venue in the world when it opened in 1914. One hundred years later, it's a national historic landmark with plenty of great stories to tell during the anniversary campaign. Webster Bank sponsors the Yale Bowl 100th Anniversary Tent, which is open all six home games and includes historic memorabilia, a photo opportunity with Yale's Heisman Trophies and anniversary gear for sale. Yale honored participants in the famous Hillhouse-West Haven High School Thanksgiving Day rivalry in the Bowl with a ceremony on Oct. 18. The most significant part of the celebration is the selection of the All-Yale Bowl Team that will bring 40 of the legends of the Bowl back on Nov. 15 to be recognized.

Yale was picked fifth in the Ivy League media pre-season poll. Princeton edged Harvard for the top spot by a point and just one first-place vote. Dartmouth and Penn were also ahead of the Blue with Brown, Cornell and Columbia following.

Senior OL Will Chism is the heaviest Eli at 302 pounds… Six-foot-nine sophomore OL Beau Iverson (Lakewood, Wash.) is the tallest… The lightest Bulldog is 165-pound sophomore TB Galen McAllister (San Antonio, Texas).

Tony Reno, the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Yale Football, and some of his players are at world famous Mory's (306 York Street) every Tuesday at noon for the Dick Galiette Yale Football Media Luncheon. This event is limited to media only. Please contact Yale Sports Publicity Director Steve Conn ( if you would like to attend. Here is the list of Yale players who have attended this season:
Lehigh Week: Deon Randall
Army Week: Tyler Varga, Kyle Cazzetta
Cornell Week: Morgan Roberts, Charles Cook
Dartmouth Week: Grant Wallace, Jeff Schmittgens
Colgate Week: Ben Carbery, Foyesade Oluokun
Penn Week: Will Chism, Darius Manora
Columbia Week: Deon Randall

The Yale football team adopted 6-year-old Dante Chiappetta (North Haven, Conn.), a few weeks before the season began. Chiappetta, who attends Clintonville Elementary, has a No. 39 jersey and attends every home game. He was diagnosed with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI), a condition where his eyes see things correctly but his brain interprets the images incorrectly. Chiappetta has also been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, which is a non-progressive movement disorder. He is able to walk but utilizes braces on his legs for support. He truly epitomizes what it means to be a fighter and is a great inspiration to his teammates.

The Bulldogs open the 2015 season at Colgate before Ivy play begins at home in week two against Cornell. All three non-league games are on the road, including Lehigh and Yale's first trip to Maine. There are six away contests and four home games next fall for the 143rd Yale football squad.

There are a trio of Bulldogs with the last name Johnson on the 2014 roster. Everett (Union, NJ) is the senior tailback who wears No. 36, Keefer (8, Grand Ledge, Mich.) is freshman LB and Andrew (15, Peachtree City, Ga.) is a freshman QB who returned two kickoffs at Columbia. There are two players named Chism: Will (Ridgeland, Miss.) is a senior OL and Earl (Elk Grove, Calif.) is a freshman DE. The only brothers on the roster are twins, junior OL Derrek and Dustin Ross (Cincinnati, Ohio), who saw action together for the first time at Yale against Cornell. That was the first time the Elis had twins playing together on the offensive line since Rob and Chris Michalik '91.

You can listen to legendary coach Carm Cozza and Ron Vaccaro '04 call the action of Yale Football this fall on ESPN Radio1300 (AM 1300) or News Radio 960 WELI (AM 960), depending on the game, as well as iHeart Radio, and on the Yale Football Radio Network, which includes Talk of Connecticut radio stations WDRC (AM 1360 Hartford), WWCO (AM 1240 Waterbury), WMMW (AM 1470 Meriden), WSNG (AM 610 Torrington) and WDRC (FM 102.9 HD -3 Hartford).

Six of Yale's games can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network, while the other four are on national TV. There is a Yale channel on the Ivy League Digital with an easy-to-navigate interface for a league-wide schedule and interactive touch points to showcase content available on computer, mobile and tablet devices all without the use of an app. Available at, fans can have a year-long Yale channel for $89.95. The package includes live home and selected away games in HD as well as on-demand programming. There is also a four-month pass for $34.95, a one-month pass for $10.95 or a single-day pass for $9.95.

The Bulldogs, off on Mondays, are on Clint Frank Field from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Fridays are walk-through days either at Yale Bowl or on the road and times vary. Players and coaches are available for interviews with working media following the Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday practices if there is no student-athlete scheduling conflicts. All schedules are subject to change. Check with Steve Conn at least 24 hours in advance.

There are three JV games this fall starting with the Oct. 19 game on Clint Frank Field against Milford Academy. The Bulldogs also host Brown on Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. before finishing at Harvard on Nov. 21 in a 1:00 kick.

The Yale Bowl press box has a taste of New Haven with Yorkside Pizza & Restaurant serving slices, pasta and salad to the media all season. Yorkside is a Family and Yale tradition since 1969. New Haven's Blue State Coffee, a 10-year-old family business that donates a portion of sales to area non-profits, is also available in the press box.

Yale has needed comebacks in three of its six wins. The Elis erased a 21-point margin against Lehigh on Sept. 20 before coming back from 14 down against Army the following Saturday. The Bulldogs trailed twice (10-7, 17-16) against Colgate in week five before putting the game away in the fourth quarter.

Pat Graham '01, a former Yale tight end and defensive lineman, is a defensive assistant coach for the New England Patriots. He is in his sixth season at Foxboro. Graham, a Waterbury, Conn., native, was a member of Yale's 1999 Ivy title team. Michael McDaniel '05 is in his eighth NFL campaign and first with the Cleveland Browns as the receivers coach. He also coached the Houston Texans, Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins.

There are five former Elis serving as college coaches including Paul Rice '10, outside linebackers coach for the Blue. Bob Shoop '88 is defensive coordinator at Penn State. Chandler Henley '07 is the offensive graduate assistant at Vanderbilt, while AJ Haase '09 is graduate assistant with the Commodores. Josh Grizzard '12 is Duke's operations assistant, working primarily with the offense.  

Lehigh was Yale Youth Day and Army was in New Haven for Heroes Day, while Colgate and Yale play on Walter Camp Football Foundation Day. Yale Employee day is the Penn game and the Yale Bowl All-Era players will be honored at the Nov. 15 Princeton season finale.


filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director