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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - One of the most famous rivalries in college sports is on tap this Saturday in one of the most famous football stadiums on a day of milestones. Yale (5-4, 3-3 Ivy) hosts Harvard (8-1, 5-1) in the 130th edition of The Game at the 99-year-old Yale Bowl, which is hosting its 600th Bulldog football game. Kickoff is at noon in a contest aired live on NBC Sports Network and heard on the Yale Football Radio Network, including WELI (960-AM).
The last of the parking passes for the lots around Yale Bowl were sold on Tuesday evening. There are game tickets available, and there are other ways of getting to The Game. Fans can park downtown and take shuttle buses to the Bowl from two locations: Payne Whitney Gym (Tower Parkway) and the corner of College and Chapel Streets. The Yale Ticket Office is open 10 am to 6 pm this week and tickets will also be on sale outside the Bowl on Saturday morning.
The Bulldogs lead the Crimson 65-56-8 heading into the 130th meeting but Harvard has won six straight and 11 of the last 12. Yale is 28-26-5 at Cambridge, 30-29-3 at home and 7-1-0 at neutral sites. There have been 55 shutouts since the first meeting in 1875, and the Elis are 28-20-7 in those contests. This Saturday is the 27th time The Game has Ivy title implications, and Yale is 11-14-1 in those contests.
The 2012 game came down to the final minutes, something that surprised anyone who just looked at the won-lost records of Yale and No. 24 Harvard. The underdog Bulldogs took the lead with just 7:07 left, but Harvard scored twice and took it 34-24. Derek Russell (9-10, 73) got the Yale start at QB but was replaced by Henry Furman (13-20, 158, 1 TD), who engineered comebacks from 13-3 and 20-17 deficits. Bulldog WR Grant Wallace led all receivers with 11 catches and 118 yards.
TIGERS TAKE BULLDOGS
Logan Scott threw for 240 yards and three scores and Deon Randall caught 13 passes for 127 yards and a TD but the Bulldogs fell at Princeton, 59-23 last Saturday. Yale scored first, on a 48-yard pass play to TB Candler Rich, and was in the game for most of the first half. The Tigers, who pulled away with 21 third-quarter points, rolled up 507 total yards on the way to clinching a piece of the Ivy title.
CRIMSON CLOSE CALL
Harvard jumped out to a 38-0 lead, with QB Conner Hempel completing 11 straight passes and finishing 21-for-25 with 227 yards and two TDs, and then held on for a 38-30 victory over Penn at Boston last week. Paul Stanton Jr. rushed for a pair of scores. The Crimson blocked two punts and were led on defense by captain Josh Boyd, who had eight tackles and an interception.
IT STARTED HERE
The Game is responsible for a number of original events: Yale performed the first on-side kick against Harvard in 1881; Harvard's flying wedge was first seen in the 1892 contest; the first game in the Bowl was the 1914 meeting; the first crowd at an American sporting event over 80,000 was the 1920 game at the Bowl; and the first triple OT Ivy game happened in 2005 at Yale.
These are the attendance figures for the last five Yale-Harvard games at New Haven.
Yale wins: It ends a streak of six straight Crimson victories and spoils Harvard's shot at sharing the title.
Harvard wins: It would be seven straight wins and could mean a piece of the title if Dartmouth beats Princeton.
The Yale-Harvard series has seen its share of last-second wins, comebacks, outstanding performances, firsts and freaky plays. Here are some of the most memorable meetings:
1881: Yale tries the first on-side kick ever in football during a scoreless tie
1946: Elis overcome a 14-0 Harvard lead to win 27-14
1952: Yale student manager Charlie Yeager catches a PAT pass in a 41-14 Eli win at Cambridge
1968: QB Frank Champi completes a TD pass and a conversion play with no time left as Harvard gains a 29-29 draw at Cambridge and shares the Ivy crown with Yale
1972: Yale overcomes a 17-0 first half deficit to win 28-17
1974: QB Milt Holt scored on a 1-yard run with 0:15 left in a 21-16 victory that gave Harvard a share of the Ivy title with Yale
1975: Mike Lynch's 26-yard FG with 0:33 left gave Crimson a 10-7 win and sole possession of the Ivy title
1977: Mike Sullivan's 65-yard TD run out of punt formation ignites Yale in a 24-7 win at the Bowl
1995: Crimson Eion Hu scores from 2 yards out with :29 left in a 22-21 win
1999: WR Eric Johnson (21-244) scoops up a Joe Walland (42-67, 437) pass with :29 left to send Yale to a 24-21 win and an Ivy title
2005: Clifton Dawson ends the longest game in Ivy history in the 3rd OT with a two-yard run to give Harvard a 30-24 win at the Bowl
Princeton, at worst the 2013 co-champion, takes the outright crown with a win at Hanover. Harvard will finish first or second, while Dartmouth is going to be second or third. Yale and Penn can be anywhere from third to fifth.
Saturday is the final game for 20 Yale players and three former players who now serve as managers.
2 – RANDALL
Deon Randall catches passes (78-726), carries the ball (24-148), returns kicks and plays some defensive back. Nobody in recent Yale football history figures more prominently in the game plan than the junior speedster. Last week at Princeton, he had a career-best 13 grabs (5th best at Yale), which moved him into third place on Yale's single-season list. Randall, who leads the team with 10 TDs overall, is Yale's top receiver in all categories. He batted down Brown's hail Mary pass attempt in the end zone that secured the 24-17 Yale win on Nov. 9, but that wasn't all Randall did that day. He caught nine passes, returned punts and ran the ball six times, including a game-winning 32-yard TD scamper with 19 seconds left. He entered the season without a TD at Yale Bowl and now has eight in four games this fall. Randall, ranked No. 3 in the FCS with 8.7 grabs per game, scored four consecutive touchdowns in the second half of a 38-23 win over Cornell on Sept. 28 that earned him the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week and the Gold Helmet (top D1 player) by the New England Sports Writers. Randall helped Yale break open a halftime tie with 28 second-half points in the Elis' league opener. Three of his scores came through the air, from eight, 23 and 44 yards. Randall, a San Diego, Calif., native who was All-Ivy in 2011, caught a career-high 11 passes for 148 yards and ran the ball three times for 18 yards and another score (10 yards) against the Red. The three TD receptions tied a school record, while the four scores were one shy of the Yale mark shared most recently by Mike McLeod against Holy Cross in 2007. This is Randall's first season of defensive snaps at Yale.
Randall Yale Rankings
Single-Season Catches: 78 (3rd)
Career Catches: 139 (3rd)
Career TD Catches: 11 (8th)
Career Receiving Yards: 1328 (9th)
3 – SMITH
Senior WR Chris Smith (Midlothian, Va.), who is third on the team in receptions, sat out the last five weeks with an injury. He clinched the win at Cal Poly with a diving, 28-yard catch in the end zone on third down with 3:24 left in the fourth and Yale up by a touchdown. The 2011 All-Ivy League pick returned to the lineup after missing last season and has 16 catches for 182 yards and a 27.9 average on kickoff returns. He is Yale's career leader in kickoff return yardage with 1,710, while he is eighth in receptions with 110. Smith's two returns for TDs at Brown in 2010 as a sophomore are an Ivy League record. Smith had his best day receiving at Lafayette in 2011 with seven grabs for 174 yards.
Smith Career Rankings at Yale
KOR Yards: 1710 (1st)
Catches: 110 (8th)
Receiving Yards: 1495 (7th)
5 - CHAMPION
Sophomore SS Cole Champion (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) leads the Blue with three interceptions and four fumble recoveries (No. 1 in Ivy). He is second on the team in tackles (69) and had his best day as a collegian in the win at Cal Poly; he led all tacklers with 14 (6-8) while recovering a fumble and picking off two passes. He had 23 yards in interception returns as the Yale defense held a high powered Mustang offense to 37 total yards in the second half while not allowing a point. For that performance, he was named FCS National Player of the Week by The Sports Network and beyondsportsmadness.com, while also earning Ivy League co-Defensive Player of the Week. Champion had a career-high 10 solos and 12 overall stops against Cornell on Sept. 28. Champion earned a starting safety spot early in 2012 and was the leading returning tackler (46-25-71) from last fall. Champion, an all-state football linebacker and lacrosse midfielder at St. Thomas Aquinas High, is the school's career tackles leader and was part of two "national championships."
Senior Henry Furman (Portland, Ore.) has a team-high six rushing TDs this fall, three more than any teammate, despite sitting out the Penn and Princeton games and two other halves with an injury. That's the most QB rushing TDs for a Yalie since Alvin Cowan had seven in 2003. Furman is fourth among Ivy players in points responsible for with 96. He had a unique start to the 2013 season, leading his team on scoring drives his first five series behind center while rushing for a TD on four of them. Furman set a school record on Sept. 28 against Cornell with an .805 (29-36) completion percentage while accumulating 353 yards and three scores. In the opener at Colgate, he scored three times (25, 1, 33) on four rushing attempts. He got the natural hat trick by making them consecutive scores, all in the first half. They were his first career rushing TDs; he had one receiving TD in 2012. The last Yale QB to run for three scores was Cowan in 2002 vs. San Diego. Furman, who also completed 11 of 17 passes for 129 yards at Colgate, was a JV quarterback in 2010 and 2011. He made a successful transition to receiver in 2012 and had nine catches, including a TD, as a backup. After three QBs went down in the 2012 Penn game, he jumped in and played the last four Saturdays. His first collegiate start at any position came at QB against Princeton when the former Lincoln High (Portland, Ore.) School star completed 18 of 28 passes for 184 yards and a score as Yale's most valuable offensive player. Furman, who worked at the Yale Alumni Magazine last summer, threw for 5,000 yards and 43 TDs before coming to Yale.
14 – SCOTT
Yale's sophomore QB Logan Scott (Woodland Hills, Calif.) had a solid showing in his first collegiate start. He completed 22 of 39 passes for 240 yards and three TDs while making a few nice runs at Princeton last week. Scott, who was fourth on the depth chart and the guy responsible for signaling plays to the offense, threw scoring passes of seven, 13 and 48 yards. He now has four career TD passes and two (Henry Furman, Morgan Roberts) have been to Eli WRs who were also QBs. His career stats line: 34-58, 345 yards, 4 TD, 1 int.
19 – ROBERTS
Sophomore QB Morgan Roberts (Charlotte, N.C.) added wide receiver to his resume last week with two catches for 15 yard including a 13-yard scoring play in the first quarter at Princeton. Roberts got his first collegiate QB start at Penn and completed 20 of 34 passes for 193 yards and a pair of scores. This came after backing up senior Henry Furman the first five games and getting regular action. Roberts (37 of 71, 4 TD, 4 int) made a successful debut at Colgate by engineering three scoring drives in the second half of a victory at Hamilton. Roberts played at Clemson last fall as a red-shirt freshman and was the No. 3 signal-caller.
23 – OLUOKON
Foye Oluokon, a freshman defensive back from St. Louis, Mo., is third on the team with 38 solo tackles and 50 overall. His best day as a Bulldog came against Brown with 12 solos and 13 overall, and that earned him both Ivy League Defensive Player and Rookie of the Week. That was his first league honor this fall. Oluokun, who is a safety, started the first half of the season at corner to fill in for an injured teammate.
24 - KEYS
The Bulldogs were just looking for a first down and better field position in the third quarter against Columbia when Kahlil Keys (Petaluma, Calif.) took a handoff from Henry Furman near Yale's six yard line. The junior TB broke outside, went through a tackle and then sprinted ahead of three defenders for a school-record, 94-yard TD run. That broke Denny McGill's record of 93 yards against Dartmouth in 1956 on the same field. He is averaging 6.6 on 46 carries this fall.
Junior WR Grant Wallace (St. Louis, Mo.) is second on the team this fall in receptions with 26 and TDs with two. He had a big day at Penn with eight catches for 104 yards, while his 50-yard TD catch against Columbia was the longest Yale pass play of the season. He was second last fall with 35 grabs for 371 yards and three scores. He made the school's top 10 in single-game catches with 11 for 118 yards and a score at Harvard last November. Wallace, the son of former Bulldog Bob Wallace '78, had four catches at Dartmouth.
Junior Tyler Varga (Kitchener, Ont.), who sat out the last four weeks with an injury, had a 236-yard rushing day (3rd best at Yale) at Colgate in the opener and then had 105 against Cornell. For the Sept. 21 performance, he was collegesportsmadness.com Ivy Offensive Player of the Week and beyondsports.com FCS Running Back of the Week. He led the nation with 199.4 all-purpose yards per game in 2012 and was the Ivy League leader with 119 rushing yards per game (10th in FCS). Varga rushed for over 100 yards in eight of his 11 Yale games. His 220 at Columbia in 2012 was sixth best for a Bulldog player and got him FCS national RB of the week from College Football Performance Awards. He was the first Yale newcomer to run for triple digits in his debut since Mike McLeod in 2005. Varga, who played at the University of Western Ontario in 2011, also competed in track & field, swimming, basketball and baseball as a kid. Varga was a star regional sprinter and jumper, but injured his leg and was convinced by his coach to help the team by throwing the shot (45', 6.5") and javelin (110').
32 – RICH
Freshman Candler Rich (Newnan, Ga.) is averaging 4.9 per carry as the backup to Tyler Varga. Rich, who has a pair of 100-yard games among his four starts, scored his first three collegiate TDs against Columbia and earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors. He rushed for a pair and caught a scoring pass in the 53-12 win on Nov. 2. Rich's career-high was 159 rushing yards – including a 58-yard run – and a TD against Fordham. He caught another TD pass against Brown, but his longest reception was a 48-yard scoring play at Princeton.
37 - CAZZETTA
Junior Kyle Cazzetta (Slate Hill, N.Y.) is having an All-Ivy type season at two positions, and he was rewarded for that with his second Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week honor after the Brown game. No Bulldog since 1990 (Ed Perks) had booted three FGs over 40 yards until Cazzetta notched his third 46-yarder of the fall against Brown with no time left in the first half. He also landed key punts inside the Brown 20 on a busy (9 attempts) day. Cazzetta is 11-for-14 on field goals, including the career-best 46-yarders, while he is averaging 39.1 yards per punt. The last Bulldog to have double-digits in FGs was Alan Kimball (14-17) in 2007. Cazzetta tops the Ivy League with 11 made. On Oct. 5 at Cal Poly, he landed three great punts inside the 10-yard line, including a 68-yarder. He averaged 44.8 on five punts and earned Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week. Cazzetta connected on both (46, 31) field goal attempts in week one, and the 46-yarder was the longest for a Yalie since Tom Mante split the uprights from 54 (Ivy record) in 2009. Cazzetta was named to numerous pre-season all-conference teams after averaging 40 per punt and landing 13 inside the 20 in 2012. His best outing was at Brown in 2012 with a 46.1 average on seven kicks and four inside the Brown 20, including a 72-yarder (3 yards shy of school record). He was No. 16 (2nd in region) on Phil Steele's FCS 2-13 pre-season national list of punters.
40 - PALIN (Captain)
Senior DE Beau Palin was a NFF Scholar-Athlete candidate and a semifinalist for the William Campbell Trophy. He was elected captain of the Bulldogs at the conclusion of the 2012 season. Palin (Oconomowoc, Wis.), who is sixth on the team in tackles (23 solos, 42 total) this fall, played TE his first two years before switching to defense in 2012. His five sacks were second on the team in 2012. His best day as a Bulldog was a six-solo performance in a win over Penn in 2012. Palin is also very involved in the Warrior-Scholar Project, which helps war veterans and non-commissioned officers who are leaving the service make the transition to college life. His brother, Drew, also played football at Yale.
42 – VAUGHAN
Junior LB William Vaughan (South Orange, NJ) leads the team with 47 solos and 79 overall tackles. He leads the Ivies with 5.2 solos per game. His career-best outing came at Hanover on Oct. 12. Vaughan made 20 overall tackles including seven solos, and he was credited with a sack when he chased down the Dartmouth QB and forced an intentional grounding late in the first half. He had 5-5-10 last week against Brown.
Two All-Ivy League seniors, a pair of juniors and a sophomore combined to prevent a sack in the first four games while playing almost every snap of the season on the offensive line. They are the only OL unit in the Ivy League to start all nine games with the same people.
Seniors: LT 79 Wes Gavin (6-6, 286, San Diego, Calif.), C 60 John Oppenheimer (6-0, 264, Menlo Park, Calif.)
Juniors: RT 70 Ben Carbery (6-5, 287, Oak Park, Ill.), LG 67 William Chism (6-3, 277, Ridgeland, Miss.)
Sophomore: RG 50 Luke Longinotti (6-4, 265, Burlingame, Calif.).
OL NOTES: Here are some other notes on Yale offensive linemen.
LT Wes Gavin had numerous scholarship offers but came to New Haven and became Yale's freshman MVP in 2010 before getting All-Ivy honors in 2012… He was named scholar-athlete by the San Diego chapter of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame while also throwing the shot and discus in high school. Both of Gavin's parents are under 5-foot-8… John Oppenheimer, who moved over from the defense his sophomore year and became an All-Ivy center in 2012, played both sides of the line in high school. An active member of the Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Yale, he made a live-saving marrow donation last spring and went to Washington, D.C. this past summer to speak to members of congress about the need for funding. More recently, he was named Capital One Academic All-District this fall. His father, Peter Oppenheimer, is Apple's senior vice president and Chief Financial Officer… LG William Chism, also an academic all-district pick this fall, owns a fire wood business back home in Mississippi. His father, Brad Chism, played football at Millsap College and was a Rhodes Scholar. He is President of Zata|3 Consulting, a Washington, D.C.-based direct voter contact firm. The younger Chism had offers from every Ivy school and several other FCS institutions… RG Ben Carbery was a National Merit finalist and the captain of his high school's Scholastic Bowl team, which finished 17th at the 2010 National Academic Quiz Tournament national championship (he was 8th in the individual competition). Carbery, who was Yale's freshman MVP in 2011, is the son of Paul '83 and Sherry '83 Carbery. His aunt, Patti Carbery '86, played basketball and softball at Yale. Luke Longinotti, who played in all 10 games last year as a newcomer, was a three-sport (thrower, basketball) athlete in high school. His father, Ron, swam at Stanford and his mom, Libby, was varsity golfer at Stanford. His sister was a volleyball player at Columbia.
At St. Thomas Aquinas (FL): Y- Champion, Drake, H- Kirton
At Glenbard West (IL): Y- Larkin, H- Burello, Loftus
At Oaks Christian (CA): Y- Napolitano, H- Owusu
At Xavier (OH): Y- Ries, H- Ahern
Yalies have earned nine different Ivy League Player of the Week honors over the first nine weeks of 2013. In fact, the Brown game brought three selections from two (Kyle Cazzetta, Foyesade Oluokun) players. Oluokun was both rookie and defensive player of the week. The New England Football Writers pick a Division I Gold Helmet Award recipient each week, and the Elis had winners in consecutive weeks: WR Deon Randall (Cornell) and SS Cole Champion (Cal Poly). The win over then No. 18 Cal Poly helped the Blue take three (Champion - defense, PK/P Kyle Cazzetta – special teams, CB Spencer Rymiszewski - rookie) of the four Ivy League player of the week awards, a very rare occurrence. Meanwhile, Champion, who had two interceptions and a fumble recovery against the Mustangs, was selected as national defensive player of the week by The Sports Network. Yale has had six players earn league player of the week this fall after Candler Rich was rookie of the week on Nov. 4.
The Bulldogs were flagged for an end zone celebration in the fourth quarter against Columbia, and it was a penalty approved by head coach Tony Reno. That's because the backup tailback who rushed for a score has been an inspiration to many Elis. Senior Tate Harshbarger (Pico Rivera, Calif.) was not recruited by Yale, but came out for the team in 2010 and then broke his leg in the first JV game. Harshbarger, who has been a key scout team performer, returned last fall and has been a favorite among his teammates. He got his first varsity carries (6, 41 yards) on Nov. 2 and scored on a 14-yard run. Harshbarger is a freshman counselor, an intermediate microeconomics tutor and one of three Branford College Chairs for the Senior Class Gift Campaign.
Yale's non-league opponents this fall have gone a combined 19-14 led by Fordham's 10-1 mark. The Rams lost for the first time this year last week against Lafayette… The Elis have outscored opponents in both the first and fourth quarters this fall… Yale has been penalized 48 times compared to 65 by opponents… Logan Scott's 3 TD passes at Princeton tied Yale's season-high for 2013… No team has kicked more than one field goal against the Blue this fall… Princeton had the longest kick and punt returns Yale has allowed this year.
There has never been more of a freshman impact on a Yale varsity team than in 2013. Four freshmen are starting on defense with nine on the two-deep and 13 overall on the chart. Here's some of the examples of their impact: CB Spencer Rymiszewski (West Chester, Pa.) blocked a punt and had six tackles at Cal Poly on the way to Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors… FS Robert Ries (Cincinnati, OH), the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for Sept. 28, had 4-5-9 and an interception against Cornell. He also has two interceptions… DE Victor Egu (Concord, Calif.) had a sack and a forced fumble on the same play at Cal Poly… CB Foyesade Oluokun (St. Louis, Mo.), was Ivy rookie and defensive player of week after 12 solos and 13 overall stops on defense against Brown… TB Candler Rich (Newnan, Ga.) has played in every game and has four starts… WR Robert Clemons (Laguna Beach, Calif.) had his first collegiate touch against the Rams and went 64 yards on a kickoff return… WR Miles Gaines (Tallahassee, Fla.) has 15 catches and a TD… PK/P Bryan Holmes (Holland, Mich.) boomed all four kickoffs out of the end zone at Dartmouth.
One hundred and nine former Yale students have become college football head coaches, though no Elis currently serve that role. However, the 2013 Vanderbilt University football team includes two coaches who are former Yale receivers. Bob Shoop '88, a 25-year veteran of college coaching, is the defensive coordinator. Chandler Henley '06, the captain of the 2006 Ivy Champions, is in his second year as an offensive graduate assistant coach. In addition, former Yale offensive lineman Kyle Metzler '03 is the offensive tackles/tight ends coach for Dartmouth. A.J. Haase, a tight end at Yale and a 2009 graduate, is the defensive line coach at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.
ANCIENT EIGHT CROWNS
Dartmouth owns the most Ivy League titles since league play officially began in 1956. Yale and Harvard trail Penn by two for second.
No. Team Last Title
17 Dartmouth 1996
16 Penn 2012
14 Yale 2006
14 Harvard 2011
10 Princeton 2013
4 Brown 2008
3 Cornell 1990
1 Columbia 1961
Next season marks the 100th anniversary of Yale Bowl, which opened for the playing of the 1914 Harvard game. The cornerstone event of the season-long celebration is the Sept. 27 contest with Army, an old rival that helped fill the famous stadium on numerous occasions. Army and Yale last met in 1996 at West Point, the last game in New Haven was 1988. The Bulldogs have played 599 games and are 375-204-20 in the Bowl.
Yale has gone five straight seasons without a tie after regulation time. The Elis are 4-3 in OT games overall since its first, a 34-31 loss at Penn in 2003.The last OT game was a 26-20, triple-extra-session win at Penn in 2007.
TUESDAYS AT MORY'S
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 (Sept. 17 through Nov. 19) 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 (email@example.com) if you would like to attend.
YALE FOOTBALL RADIO NETWORK
Legendary coach Carm Cozza and Ron Vaccaro '04 call the action of Yale Football this fall on the flagship station – both ESPN Radio (AM 1300) and WELI (AM 960) – for the new Yale Football Radio Network. The broadcast can also be heard on 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). You can also hear the games on iHeart radio and on espnradio1300.com. Cozza, who handles the color commentary, is the career victory leader among Ivy League coaches and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. This is his 16th season in the booth after a 32-year head coaching tenure during which he led the Bulldogs to 10 Ivy League Championships. The play-by-play is done by Vaccaro (follow @yalevoice on Twitter for Yale football updates), entering his ninth season as the voice of the Bulldogs. He has been covering the team since his freshman year in 2000. Vaccaro has won five Emmy Awards for his work with NBC Sports and Olympics and is the editorial director for NBC Sports and the NBC Sports Network. He has covered a total of five Olympics. His TV on-air work includes the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the 2009 World Swimming Championships and college hockey.
A recent tradition continues with Yale football radio broadcasts in 2013. Every third quarter, Vaccaro and Cozza are joined by a former Yale player on the Yale Football Radio Network. Ex-Bulldog running back Bill Primps '71 was in the booth at Colgate. Doug Johnson '74, an ex-Eli guard and center, came up for Cornell. Former Yale QB Chris Hetherington '96 (11 years in NFL) was at the Cal-Poly game, while record breaking WR Ralph Plumb '05 is set for Dartmouth. Ryan Fodor '09, a QB for the Blue, saw an undefeated Fordham team at the Bowl. Jim Dwyer '80, who played on two Ivy champs, talks Lions and Bulldogs. Jake Stoller '11, in the Steelers camp two summers ago, saw the Brown game. Keith Bassi '78, a two-time Ivy champion, talked Tigers last week. QB Kevin Rogan, 40 years after leading Yale to a 35-0 victory over Harvard in 1973 to deny the Crimson a championship, comes to the booth for The Game.
The WYBC Sports Staff, led by director Evan Frondorf '14, covers all games on wybcx.com and on AM 1340. Their coverage includes a pre-game show 30 minutes prior to kickoff and interviews with Tony Reno and different players each week.
The Bulldogs, off on Mondays, are on the field from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday on Clint Frank Field. Practices are closed to the media this week. Friday is walk-through days at Yale Bowl. Players and coaches are available for interviews with working media following the practice if there is no student-athlete scheduling conflicts. All schedules are subject to change. Check with Steve Conn at least 24 hours in advance.
Yale and Harvard kickoff on Clint Frank Field after the Walt Levering Luncheon (Kenney Center) at 1 p.m. Friday.
YORKSIDE IN BOWL
The Yale Bowl press box has a taste of New Haven with Yorkside Pizza & Restaurant serving slices, pasta and salad to the media on home Saturdays.
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 fifth season at Foxboro. Graham, a Waterbury, Conn., native, was a member of Yale's 1999 Ivy title team. Michael McDaniel '05 is in his seventh NFL campaign and third with the Washington Redskins. He also coached the Houston Texans and Denver Broncos.
INSIDE IVY FOOTBALL
"Inside Ivy League Football," a weekly online radio show dedicated to Ivy League football, returns for its third year for the 2013 season but now has a new home on The Ivy League® Digital Network. Airing Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and hosted by Dan Loney and Brian Seltzer, "Inside Ivy League Football" takes an in-depth look at all the on-field gridiron action and all the news and notes surrounding football in the Ancient Eight. Each episode is packed with highlights, statistics and expert analysis in its 'Around the Ancient Eight' segment. With its interview segments 'Program Profile' and 'Alumni Spotlight,' the show visits with players, coaches and administrators who impact Ivy League football, both past and present in exclusive one-on-one conversations. Fans and alumni can engage with the show via Facebook (facebook.com/InsideIvyLeagueFootball) and Twitter (@insideivyfb, #IvyFootball) and contribute content for its 'Social Media Mash' segment with chances to win prize packs courtesy of The Ivy League. Check IvyLeagueSports.com each week for this season's episode schedule and guest lineups. Every episode from the first two seasons are also available on The Ivy League® Digital Network at IvyLeagueDigitalNetwork.com.
The Bulldogs honor their seniors and introduce a new captain next Monday during the team banquet at the Yale Commons.
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