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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale football team (2-0, 1-0 Ivy), coming off a win in its Ivy League opener last Saturday, has its longest road trip of the 2013 season this weekend on the West Coast. The Bulldogs travel to San Luis Obispo, Calif., to face the Cal Poly Mustangs (2-2, 1-0 Big Sky) on Saturday at 5 p.m. EDT in a game that airs on the Yale Football Radio Network (including WELI AM-960) as well as the Big Sky Network.

This is the first meeting of Yale and Cal Poly, while no Ivy school has ever played a Big Sky Conference member on the gridiron.

The Yale football team has played in the Golden State twice, splitting the meetings with the University of San Diego in 1998 (win) and 2006.

Deon Randall scored four touchdowns as Yale broke open a halftime tie with 28 second-half points in a 38-23 win over Cornell at Yale Bowl. Three of his scores came through the air. Randall, a senior from San Diego, Calif., caught a career-high 11 passes for 148 yards and ran the ball three times for 18 yards and another score as the Bulldogs improved to 2-0, 1-0 in Ivy play.  Senior QB Henry Furman, coming off three rushing TDs in the season opener, threw for 353 yards and three scores while the offense racked up 566 total yards. Furman connected on 29 of 36 attempts and did not have an interception. Junior TB Tyler Varga had another strong outing with 105 yards on 21 carries. Cornell QB Jeff Mathews, one of the top passing prospects in the country, collected 336 yards, but the bulk of them came in the fourth quarter with the game out of reach. The senior was hurried and hit all day. Yale LB Jeff Schmitgens and DB Robert Ries picked off Mathews passes, while DB Cole Champion led the way with 10 solos and 12 overall tackles against the Big Red.

Cal Poly, which has already played games against BCS schools Fresno State and Colorado State, is ranked 18th in the NCAA FCS Coaches Poll. The Mustangs overcame a 21-7 deficit at half to beat Portland State 38-34 on the road Sept. 26 thanks to Kristaan Ivory, who ran for 184 yards on 32 carries and ranks ninth in the FCS and No. 1 in the Big Sky for rushing. His team totaled 431 rushing yards in the win in Oregon last week. Cal Poly, which played at Ohio State in 2009 but has never played an Ivy school, is coached by Tim Walsh (5th year), who replaced Rich Ellerson when he left San Luis Obispo to take the Army job.

The Big Sky Conference, founded in 1963, includes membership from Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah and Washington.  BSC teams have won six national championships. Cal Poly, playing its first season in the conference last fall, earned a share of the 2012 title and made it to the second round of the NCAA Playoffs.

Yale and Cal Poly players have three California high schools in common, and they will be on the field together for the first time since they were teammates. Yale's Keith Coty and Cal Poly's EJ Galvez and Aaryn Bouzos attended La Mirada High School and played football together during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Yale's Deon Randall and Wes Gavin and the Mustangs' Ronald Jackson Jr. were teammates at San Diego's Francis Parker High School from 2007-09. Austin Reuland of the Bulldogs and Cal Poly's Colin Dzubnar were at Mission Viejo High together during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. The two former Oaks Christian High teammates facing each other Saturday are Max Napolitano (Y) and Chris Judge (CP).

Deon Randall scored four consecutive touchdowns in the second half of a 38-23 win over Cornell last Saturday at Yale Bowl that earned him the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week.  Randall, a senior wide receiver who scored his first points at Yale Bowl, 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). 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. Randall also saw his first collegiate snaps on defense and made one solo and broke up a pass.

Senior WR Chris Smith (Midlothian, Va.), a 2011 All-Ivy League pick, returned to the lineup after missing last season and has 12 catches for 119 yards and a 25.4 average on kickoff returns. He is Yale's career leader in kickoff return yardage with 1,646, while he sixth in receptions with 104. Smith's two returns for TDs at Brown in 2010 as a sophomore are an Ivy League record.

Sophomore DB Cole Champion (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) had a career-high 10 solos and 12 overall stops against Cornell on Sept. 28. Champion, who began 2013 with two solos at Colgate, earned a starting safety spot early in 2012 and was the leading returning tackler (46-25-71) from last fall. Champion was an all-state football linebacker and lacrosse midfielder at St. Thomas Aquinas High. He is the school's career tackles leader and helped them earn "national championships" in 2008 (with current teammate LB Dylan Drake '13) and 2010. Nine of his former teammates are playing Division I football, five in the FCS and four Ivy Leaguers.

Senior Henry Furman (Portland, Ore.) has done something so unique, there's no way to figure out if anyone has ever done it. He led scoring drives on his first five series behind center while scoring a TD on four of them. He is now third in the FCS with an average of 21 points per game responsible for. Furman, making his second straight start, ran for a 3-yard TD in the first quarter. On the day, he completed 29 of 36 passes (school-record .805 completion pct.) for 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 Alvin 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.

Sophomore QB Morgan Roberts (Charlotte, N.C.) made a successful debut behind center at Colgate by engineering three scoring drives in the second half on a very windy day. He had one series in week two against Cornell. Roberts, who played at Clemson last fall, completed eight of 15 passes. As a red-shirt freshman in 2012 at Clemson, Roberts was the No. 3 signal-caller and completed two of his three passes.

Junior WR Grant Wallace (St. Louis, Mo.), who was second on the team last fall with 35 grabs for 371 yards and three scores, has six catches in two games this year. 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 three or more receptions in four games.
Junior All-America candidate Tyler Varga (Kitchener, Ont.) is ranked No. 2 in the FCS after two games with 170 yards per game. He 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 Ivy Offensive Player of the Week and 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 five (most in Ivy) of his seven games (9 yards shy vs. Cornell, 4 vs. Penn) and was the only Ivy player to rush for more than 200 in a game. His 220 at Columbia 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').

After two seasons as the starting punter, junior Kyle Cazzetta (Slate Hill, N.Y.) took over at both kicking spots this fall. He 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. He is 3-for-4 on FGs this season. Cazzetta, who punted into the wind on four kicks and had "sky kicks" on two others, has punted nine times for a 30-yard average. He was named to numerous pre-season all-conference teams after averaging 40 per punt and landing 13 inside the 20 in 2012. His career-best outing was at Brown 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 is No. 16 (2nd in region) on Phil Steele's FCS pre-season national list of punters.

40 - PALIN (Captain)

Senior DE Beau Palin, a NFF Scholar-Athlete candidate and a semifinalist for the William Campbell Trophy, was elected captain of the Bulldogs at the conclusion of the 2012 season. Palin (Oconomowoc, Wis.) played TE his first two years before switching to defense in 2012. His five sacks were second on the team last fall. 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.

Two All-Ivy League seniors, a pair of juniors and a sophomore have started the first two games on the offensive line.
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.).

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. His father, Peter Oppenheimer, is Apple's senior vice president and Chief Financial Officer… LG William Chism 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.

Yale opened the 2013 season with a 96-yard scoring drive. Last week the Blue took advantage of a long kick return by Chris Smith and then took its opening possession 49 yards for a score… Yale tight ends had their first catches last week. Senior Keith Coty and junior Adam Conklin each had one… Junior Parker Toms and freshman Bryan Holmes shared the kickoff duties last week… Yale had three players in triple-digit AP yards… Seven different Elis had rushing attempts… Twenty Bulldogs had solo tackles last week.

Yale newcomers accounted for 19 solos and 32 overall tackles in the Ivy opener. FS Robert Ries (Cincinnati, OH), the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for Sept. 28, had 4-5-9 and an interception against Cornell. CB Victor Egu (Concord, Calif.) chipped in 4-1-5. Four freshmen are starting on defense and there are six on the two-deep on that side of the line. No newcomers started on offense but three are on the depth chart. PK/P Bryan Holmes (Holland, Mich.) has served as Yale's kickoff man. CB Foyesade Oluokun (St. Louis, Mo.) made five solos and had seven overall stops on defense against Colgate. RB Candler Rich (Newnan, Ga.) is second on the depth chart and has also been productive.

1    elected team captain (Palin)
2    games scoring on its first possession
4    returning Elis who started a game at QB last fall (Williams, Russell, Furman, Varga)
5    All-Ivy players (Gavin, Oppenheimer, Randall, Smith, Varga)
20    seniors
77    points in two games (most since having 79 in 2007 to open season)
96    players on roster
99    current season of Yale football in the Bowl
167    offensive plays in two games
596    regular season games played in the Bowl

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.
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
 9         Princeton                         2006
 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 596 games and are 373-203-20 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.
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 ( if you would like to attend.

Legendary coach Carm Cozza and Ron Vaccaro '04 call the action of Yale Football this fall on the flagship station - ESPN Radio (AM 1300) – 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 Some of the broadcasts also air on WELI (AM-960). 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.

The Cornell, Fordham and Brown home games and all of the road league games except Dartmouth can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network ( Cozza and Vaccaro call the games from the Bowl, while the home team announcers work Yale's away games.

The home or league road games not available on the digital network are on national TV. Yale's Oct. 12 contest at Dartmouth airs on Fox College Sports. The Princeton game is on ESPN3, while NBC Sports Network has The Game on Nov. 23.  

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) will be at the Cal-Poly game, while record breaking WR Ralph Plumb '05 is set for Dartmouth. Ryan Fodor '09, a QB for the Blue, could see 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, will see the Brown game. Keith Bassi '78, a two-time Ivy champion, will talk about the Tigers. 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 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 behind the baseball stadium. 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 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.

There are three 1 p.m. games confirmed for this fall: Oct. 20 vs. Milford Academy, Nov. 10 at Brown and Nov. 22 vs. Harvard.

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 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 ( 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 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

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There are three significant changes in the Yale football program this season. One the fans will notice, the other two are less obvious. There are new Nike uniforms. The "Y-Dog" logo has been taken off the shirt and the stripe on the pants is nothing like the double blue stripes that ran the full length in recent years. The other two changes are in facilities. Clint Frank Field has a new FieldTurf surface, and the varsity strength & conditioning room at the Payne Whitney Gym has been completely renovated with an efficient training system and a synthetic turf track running through the middle of the room.

The following players were elected to the team's leadership council: seniors Beau Palin, John Oppenheimer, Cam Sandquist and Hank Furman; juniors Tyler Varga, Will Chism, Grant Wallace and Will Vaughn; sophomores Eric Williams, Cole Champion, Sebastian Little and Austin Reuland.

Yale's home opener vs. Cornell is Youth Day, Yale Family Weekend and Coach To Cure MD Day… The Fordham game is New Haven Chamber of Commerce and Walter Camp Football Foundation Day at the Bowl… Heroes Day and Yale Employee Day are the co-promotion when Columbia comes to town… The season finale against Harvard marks the "Fill The Bowl" campaign.


filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director