Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Live Blog: Harvard at Yale

Follow today's Yale-Harvard action here. Kickoff is 2:35 p.m. on NBC Sports Network.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Let there be light

There will be more in a slideshow at later tonight, but here's a sneak peek with one of the four light towers up at the Bowl. The light towers each have 15 6,000 watt bulbs.

If you click on photos they will appear full size on your screen.

Catherine Avalone-New Haven Register 

Lighting technicians from Musco Lighting from Oskaloosa, Iowa, adjust one of four portable lighting trucks, Thursday, November 19, 2015, each containing fifteen individual lights producing six thousands watts to illuminate the Yale Bowl for Saturday's game against Harvard. The lighting is a first in the history of the Bulldog's football program.

This is with two banks of lights illuminated.

Photographer stated each of the lights was adjusted hundreds of times as the engineers walked around the field with light meters. Walkie talkies were used to communicate with those adjusting each of the bulbs.

What's YOUR prediction?

Can Yale end the season with three straight wins by topping Harvard and denying the Crimson a third straight Ivy League title? 

What's your predicted score for the game? 

Focus on winning for selves, not playing spoiler to Harvard

NEW HAVEN >> This time of year is always an interesting one for members of the Yale football family.

This is the week the student body and the alumni care about the most.

There is no hiding from the hype that leads up to The Game.

Heck, there is even an intramural House competition between Yale and Harvard in soccer, volleyball, football and ultimate frisbee today before the varsity teams meet for the 132nd time Saturday (2:30 p.m., NBCSN).

Yale’s legendary coach Carm Cozza has often said he liked it better when the Bulldogs traveled to play at Harvard because there were less distractions.

Yale is no longer in the hunt for the Ivy League title. An injury-filled month of October helped produce three losses. The Bulldogs are 6-3 overall, 3-3 in the league.

Harvard’s 22-game win streak was snapped last week with a 35-25 loss to Penn. The Crimson (8-1 overall) are tied with Dartmouth and Penn for first in the Ivy League at 5-1.

Penn plays host to Cornell and Dartmouth plays host to Princeton Saturday.

A Yale win would deny Harvard from becoming the sixth team to win three straight titles. The others: Yale (1967-69), Dartmouth (1969-73), Yale (1979-81), Penn (1982-86) and Dartmouth (1990-92).

But that is not the motivation for this Yale team.

“I know I play for us,” Yale quarterback Morgan Roberts said. “I look forward to being able to celebrate in our locker room with my teammates rather than spoil Harvard’s chances.

“I know the student body feels 100 percent differently.,” Roberts said. “But for us, it does not cross our mind. We want to win and be able to celebrate with each other.”

Yale football coach Tony Reno, who was an assistant at both Harvard (2009-11) and Yale (2003-08) prior to being hired as head coach in 2012, understands the hype surrounding the rivalry, which began in 1875.

“These are arguably the top two universities in the world,” Reno said. “They compete in everything. Admissions, academics, athletics. I’ve been to hockey games, basketball games, baseball, track and field. They all have that high level of energy to them.

“There is the same energy and uniqueness as Michigan-Ohio State, Army-Navy, Florida-Florida State, Texas-Oklahoma. We are very fortunate to share in a similar rivalry."

Security Measures

Yale announced enhanced security measures for the game, which is expected to draw between 40,000-50,000 fans.

In a release, the university stated in order to minimize any potential delays, fans are encouraged to follow these guidelines:

Arrive early

Gates to the Bowl will open at 12 p.m. to allow extra time for fans to access their seats. Delays at the gates can be expected close to kick-off.

Unnecessary bags are strongly discouraged 

In accordance with Yale Bowl’s existing bag policy, all backpacks, duffle bags, and other large bags will not be allowed to enter the stadium. All other bags will be searched at the gates.

Nonessential items 

Leave at home, or in your vehicle.

No General Admission Game Day Parking

All pre-paid parking has been sold out. There will be no parking passes sold Saturday. Free shuttle busses will be available from downtown locations listed at

Series results from The Game

The Game Results

Yale leads series 65-58-5.

2014: Harvard 31, Yale 24
2013-a: Harvard 34, Yale 7
2012: Harvard 34, Yale 24
2011-a: Harvard 45, Yale 7
2010: Harvard 28, Yale 21
2009-a: Harvard 14, Yale 10
2008: Harvard 10, Yale 0
2007-a: Harvard 37, Yale 6
2006: Yale 34, Harvard 13
2005-a: Harvard 30, Yale 24 (3OT)
2004: Harvard 35, Yale 3
2003-a: Harvard 37, Yale 19
2002: Harvard 20, Yale 13
2001-a: Harvard 35, Yale 23
2000: Yale 34, Harvard 24
1999-a: Yale 24, Harvard 21
1998: Yale 9, Harvard 7
1997-a: Harvard 17, Yale 7
1996: Harvard 26, Yale 21
1995-a: Harvard 22, Yale 21
1994: Yale 32, Harvard 13
1993-a: Yale 33, Harvard 31
1992: Harvard 14, Yale 0
1991-a: Yale 23, Harvard 13
1990: Yale 34, Harvard 19
1989-a: Harvard 37, Yale 20
1988: Yale 26, Harvard 17
1987-a: Harvard 14, Yale 10
1986: Harvard 24, Yale 17
1985-a: Yale 17, Harvard 6
1984: Yale 30, Harvard 27
1983-a: Harvard 16, Yale 7
1982: Harvard 45, Yale 7
1981-a: Yale 28, Harvard 0
1980: Yale 14, Harvard 0
1979-a: Harvard 22, Yale 7
1978: Yale 35, Harvard 28
1977-a: Yale 24, Harvard 7
1976: Yale 21, Harvard 7
1975-a: Harvard 10, Yale 7
1974: Harvard 21, Yale 16
1973-a: Yale 35, Harvard 0
1972: Yale 28, Harvard 17
1971-a: Harvard 35, Yale 16
1970: Harvard 14, Yale 12
1969-a: Yale 7, Harvard 0
1968: Yale 29, Harvard 29
1967-a: Yale 24, Harvard 20
1966: Harvard 17, Yale 0
1965-a: Harvard 13, Yale 0
1964: Harvard 18, Yale 14
1963-a: Yale 20, Harvard 6
1962: Harvard 14, Yale 6
1961-a: Harvard 27, Yale 0
1960: Yale 39, Harvard 6
1959-a: Harvard 35, Yale 6
1958: Harvard 28, Yale 0
1957-a: Yale 54, Harvard 0
1956: Yale 42, Harvard 14
1955-a: Yale 21, Harvard 7
1954: Harvard 13, Yale 9
1953-a: Harvard 13, Yale 0
1952: Yale 41, Harvard 14
1951-a: Yale 21, Harvard 21
1950: Yale 14, Harvard 6
1949-a: Yale 29, Harvard 6
1948: Harvard 20, Yale 7
1947-a: Yale 31, Harvard 21
1946: Yale 27, Harvard 14
1945-a: Yale 28, Harvard 0
1944: Not played
1943: Not played
1942-a: Yale 7, Harvard 3
1941: Harvard 14, Yale 0
1940-a: Harvard 28, Yale 0
1939: Yale 20, Harvard 7
1938-a: Harvard 7, Yale 0
1937: Harvard 13, Yale 0
1936-a: Yale 14, Harvard 13
1935: Yale 14, Harvard 7
1934-a: Yale 14, Harvard 0
1933: Harvard 19, Yale 6
1932-a: Yale 19, Harvard 0
1931: Yale 3, Harvard 0
1930-a: Harvard 13, Yale 0
1929: Harvard 10, Yale 6
1928-a: Harvard 17, Yale 0
1927: Yale 14, Harvard 0
1926-a: Yale 12, Harvard 7
1925: Yale 0, Harvard 0
1924-a: Yale 19, Harvard 6
1923: Yale 13, Harvard 0
1922-a: Harvard 10, Yale 3
1921: Harvard 10, Yale 3
1920-a: Harvard 9, Yale 0
1919: Harvard 10, Yale 3
1918: Not played
1917: Not played
1916-a: Yale 6, Harvard 3
1915: Harvard 41, Yale 0
1914-a: Harvard 36, Yale 0
1913: Harvard 15, Yale 5
1912-a: Harvard 20, Yale 0
1911: Yale 0, Harvard 0
1910-a: Yale 0, Harvard 0
1909: Yale 8, Harvard 0
1908-a: Harvard 4, Yale 0
1907: Yale 12, Harvard 0
1906-a: Yale 6, Harvard 0
1905: Yale 6, Harvard 0
1904-a: Yale 12, Harvard 0
1903: Yale 16, Harvard 0
1902-a: Yale 23, Harvard 0
1901: Harvard 22, Yale 0
1900-a: Yale 28, Harvard 0
1899: Yale 0, Harvard 0
1898-a: Harvard 17, Yale 0
1897: Yale 0, Harvard 0
1896: Not played
1895: Not played
1894-b: Yale 12, Harvard 4
1893-b: Yale 6, Harvard 0
1892-b: Yale 6, Harvard 0
1891-b: Yale 10, Harvard 0
1890-b: Harvard 12, Yale 6
1889-b: Yale 6, Harvard 0
1888: Not played
1887-c: Yale 17, Harvard 8
1886: Yale 29, Harvard 4
1885: Not played
1884-a: Yale 52, Harvard 0
1883-c: Yale 23, Harvard 2
1882: Yale 1, Harvard 0
1881-a: Harvard 0, Yale 0
1880-d: Yale 1, Harvard 0
1879-a: Harvard 0, Yale 0
1878-d: Yale 1, Harvard 0
1877: Not played
1876-a: Yale 1, Harvard 0
1875-a: Harvard 4, Yale 0
a-Yale home game; b-played in Springfield, Mass.; c-played in New York; d-played in Boston

Highlighting Dick Jauron

Dick Jauron will be honored between the first and second quarters Saturday to celebrate his upcoming induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Here's a look at a story Chris Hunn did on Jauron at the announcement of his induction: 

Carm Cozza told the story about 20 people in a telephone booth unable to get a hand on Jauron again on Tuesday. He called Jauron magical, saying he was the most agile back he had seen and a coach as a player. Cozza added it was an honor to coach Jauron in the East-West Shrine Game, and how impressed he was with Jauron rushing for 125 yards in that game.

When I went to look up information on Jauron to expand on Cozza's quotes, Chris' story popped up. Felt it was better to share his story again.


To paint a picture of just how elusive Dick Jauron was, legendary Yale coach Carm Cozza always tells people they could spend 20 minutes in a phone booth with him and never touch him.
The Bulldogs running back weaved his way through opposing defenses for 2,947 yards over three seasons, a school record at the time. He earned All-Ivy and All-American honors each year and the 1972 Ivy League Player of the Year award along the way.
On Friday, the College Football Hall of Fame announced Jauron will be among this year’s class of inductees.
Jauron will officially be inducted on Dec. 8 in New York. Others highlighting this year’s group include Oklahoma linebacker Brian Bosworth, Texas running back Ricky Williams and former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel.
“I am extremely honored to represent my family, my teammates, my coaches and Yale University in the College Hall of Fame Class of 2015,” said Jauron in an email on Friday.
The 6-foot, 190-pounder averaged an impressive 5.7 yards per carry for the Bulldogs. Jauron was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1973 and played in the NFL for nine seasons. Along with the Lions, he also played for the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals. Jauron was selected to play in the 1975 Pro Bowl as a kick returner.
Jauron also served as a coach in the NFL for 24 seasons. He spent five seasons as head coach of the Chicago Bears (1999-2003) and earned AP NFL Coach of the Year honors in 2001. He also spent four seasons as head coach of the Buffalo Bills (2006-09).
Paul Sortal, who spent time as a blocking back for Jauron while at Yale, also spoke about his innate athletic ability. He told a story about how Boston Celtics great John Havlicek once said Jauron was the best high school basketball player he ever saw and talked about his exceptional ability on the baseball field as well. The St. Louis Cardinals drafted Jauron, a shortstop, in the 25th round of the 1973 MLB Draft.
“He had an uncanny ability to accelerate to a point, cut back a run and leave people flailing,” Sortal said. “He was an unbelievable football player. He did it without any sense of an ego. He was a one-of-a-kind person. He was amazingly humble and has a big heart.”
And if Jauron didn’t need time to catch his breath after running for touchdowns, he might have been the place-kicker as well.
“If he wasn’t busy winning games with 87-yard insane runs, I would have been backing him up,” former Yale record-holding kicker Brian Clarke said. “I was the second-best kicker on the field during practice. He was that good. There’s no question about it.”

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Parking passes sold out

Here is a release from Yale on parking passes and tickets:

The last of the parking passes for the lots around Yale Bowl were sold on Wednesday afternoon in anticipation of Yale hosting Harvard on the gridiron Saturday at 2:30.
There are game tickets available, and there are other ways of getting to the 132nd edition of The Game. Fans coming to New Haven should click Here to see options.
The Yale Ticket Office is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this week and tickets will also be on sale outside the Bowl on Saturday.
Directions for each specific lot can be found here. We encourage fans to follow the published directions and plan to arrive well in advance of game time. Parking lots open at 10 am and the stadium gates open at 12:30. To avoid unnecessary delays, please leave any unnecessary bags at home or in your car.
All lots at the Yale Bowl are pre-sold. No game day parking sales will be available on game day.  To accommodate fans who do not wish to park at the Bowl, or are not able to purchase a parking pass, Yale has partnered with the City of New Haven and the New Haven Parking Authority to provide parking options downtown and FREE shuttle service. Directions to these parking garages can be found here.

We are also hearing Reserved Seating on the West side of the Bowl is nearly sold out (and could be by the time of this posting).  

Dale Harris makes transition look easy

Yale running back Dale Harris has made quite an impact in the two weeks since his transition from defense.Jack Warhola — Special to the Register

Dave Borges profiled Dale Harris and his smooth transition from corner back to running back. 

Dale Harris was a pretty good high school running back at St. Paul’s School in Brooklandville, Maryland. Good enough to be recruited by Colonial Athletic Association schools like Towson and James Madison.
But he wound up going to Yale, which recruited him solely as a defensive back. And defensive back is all Harris had played through his first three years with the Bulldogs. Until a couple of weeks ago.
With Yale’s running backs corps banged up and coach Tony Reno in need of healthy bodies heading into a Nov. 7 matchup with Brown, Harris was asked to make the switch from DB to RB. Harris, who always thinks of his team first, gladly took the challenge.
“I had the mindset to help my team if I knew I could,” he explained. “If that means me embracing a new role and finding a new position, I’d do it.”
Harris picked up right where he had left off in high school, gaining a team-high 71 yards on 12 carries and scoring a touchdown in Yale’s 41-14 romp over the Bears. But it was the following week, in a tough showdown at Princeton this past Saturday, where Harris truly took it to another level, rushing for 177 yards on 30 carries — including a 71-yard scoring run — as the Bulldogs edged the Tigers 35-28.
Harris admitted he even surprised himself with his big day — at least a little bit.
“I always go into a game with confidence, and I don’t want to count myself out of doing anything,” he said. “It was definitely shocking. But I was so caught up in the game, I wasn’t realizing, statistically, what I was doing. Looking back, it definitely was surprising.”

Read Full Story Here

A Bowl Full of Memories

Rich Marazzi, the author of A Bowl Full of Memories: 100 Years of Football at the Yale Bowl,  will be selling and signing his book outside Portal 16 at the Yale Bowl Saturday before the Yale-Harvard game.

The book, which was released last year, is well done, full of information and photos. 

A closer look at the book

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Roberts has been a rock for Yale football

Register sports columnist Chip Malafronte did a really nice piece on Yale quarterback Morgan Roberts and his journey at Yale, not only as a quarterback, but as a young man looking for more.

Here is a portion of the article with link.

NEW HAVEN >> Morgan Roberts has just finished lunch in an upstairs dining room at Mory’s. He is seated in an aged chair at an old wooden table surrounded by framed, sepia-toned images of Yale’s early football captains.
The photos are from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but a hundred years ago these men were very much like Roberts is now; gifted, athletic scholars driven to succeed. They won championships on the gridiron before unleashing their leadership skills on the world.
New Haven is a 12-hour drive from his hometown of Charlotte. But sitting in this room two floors above York Street, where U.S. presidents and captains of industry have also dined with those same old photos as a backdrop, he might as well be a million miles from where he envisioned himself four years ago.
“Before I got here, I’d never been above the Mason-Dixon Line in my life,” Roberts said. “Where I’m from it’s family, faith and football. That’s the culture.”

The Basics: 132nd The Game

Harvard at Yale

When: 2:30 p.m.

Where: Yale Bowl, New Haven

TV/Radio: NBCSN/960-WELI

Records: Harvard 8-1 (5-1 Ivy); Yale 6-3 (3-3)

Series: Yale leads 65-58-5

Crowd: Expected 40,000-50,000

Tickets: Still available. $20-$50. General admission end zone seating $15. Call 203-432-1400 or visit

Parking passes: Limited. No game-day general admission parking available. Call ticket office for more information.

Shuttle: Visit for information on downtown parking and free shuttles to Bowl.

Parking lots open: 10 a.m.

Gates open: 1 p.m.

Reunion teams honored: Several, including 1960

Special recognition: Dick Jauron will be honored for his upcoming induction into College Football Hall of Fame between the first and second quarters. Jack Ford will present award on field.

Lights: Portable lights will be erected Thursday at the Bowl. They will be turned on prior to kickoff. Lights for parking lots will similar to those used for Connecticut Tennis Open.

More from Tuesday luncheon a bit later.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Ivy League Awards (11/14) / Harris on honor roll

The Ivy League football awards press release:

Penn sophomore wide receiver Justin Watson (Bridgeville, Pa.) put up one of the best offensive performances in school history to launch the Quakers to a 35-25 win at No. 12/13 Harvard. On a ferociously windy day, Watson finished with 249 all-purpose yards -- a career-high 149 receiving yards and a career-best 100 yards rushing -- to finish just outside the top-five best offensive outputs in the program's 139-year history. He added a pair of long touchdowns, including the back-breaking 79-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter. With Penn leading by just three in the fourth quarter, Watson took a handoff and ran 79 yards to give Penn a 10-point lead it did not relinquish. He accounted for 100 of Penn's 164 rushing yards on just five carries and 149 of Penn's 245 receiving yards on seven catches.

Watson's Statistics for the Week
5 car. for 100 yds., 1 TD, 7 rec. for 149 yds., 1 TD

Dartmouth senior cornerback Vernon Harris (Succasunna, N.J.) set the tone early, picking off two passes in the first quarter, to contribute to the Big Green's seven recovered turnovers in a 34-18 victory at Brown. Harris’ first interception came on Brown's first play from scrimmage in which a receiver caught a lateral then threw downfield, only to have him blow up the trick play. Late in the first quarter, he plucked a pass from the air and returned it 29 yards to the Brown 25-yard line. He also posted a trio of solo stops on the day. Harris' coverage contributed to holding the third-ranked passing offense in the FCS to a mere 95 yards through the air.

Harris' Statistics for the Week
3 tkls. (3 solo), 2 INTs

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEKDartmouth sophomore running back/return specialist Ryder Stone (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) provided what could be considered the most pivotal score of the game in the Big Green's victory at Brown. With a nine-yard touchdown to his credit on the day already and Dartmouth leading 14-6, Stone gave the Big Green a boost, fielding the kickoff at the 11-yard line and weaving his way through the coverage 89 yards for a touchdown. It was the Big Green's first kickoff return for a touchdown in three years. Dartmouth went on to build up a 34-6 lead into the fourth quarter and eventually got the 34-18 win.

Stone's Statistics for the Week
89 yd. KOR for TD, 15 rush yds., 1 TD

Harvard freshman wide receiver Justice Shelton-Mosley (Sacramento, Calif.) amassed 158 all-purpose yards, including 126 on kick returns, 21 rushing and 11 receiving in the Crimson’s loss to Penn. Shelton-Mosley threw for a touchdown on the first passing attempt of his young career, connecting with junior tight end Anthony Firkser on a 28-yard scoring connection in the second quarter. He ran the ball once for 21 yards and made four catches for a total of 11 yards

Shelton-Mosley's Statistics for the Week
28-yd. TD pass, 126 KOR yds., 21 rush yds., 11 rec. yds.

Isaiah Barnes
, Princeton (Sr., WR - Freeport, N.Y.)
6 rec. for 151 yds., 2 TDs

Ben Braunecker, Harvard (Sr., WR - Ferdinand, Ind.)
8 rec. for 134 yds.

David Caldwell, Dartmouth (Sr., DB - Charlotte, N.C.)
9 tkls. (5 solo), 1 BrUp

Kurt Frimel, Cornell (So., LB - Cream Ridge, N.J.)
5 tkls. (4 solo), 1.0 TFL

Tyler Drake, Penn (Sr., LB - Plantation, Fla.)
12 tkls. (6 solo), 1.0 Sack, 1.5 TFL

Jared Katz, Columbia (Jr., DB - Manorville, N.Y.)
3 tkls. (2 solo), 4 BrUps

Matt Koran, Harvard (Sr., LB - Joliet, Ill.)
10 tkls. (1 solo), 1.0 TFL

Brian Grove, Dartmouth (Sr., RB - West Palm Beach, Fla.)
8 car. for 90 yds., 1 TD

Dale Harris, Yale (Jr., RB/DB - Brooklandville, Md.)
30 car. for 177 yds., 1 TD

Cameron Molina, Columbia (Sr., RB - Broadlands, Va.)
29 car. for 151 yds.

Kyle Moreno, Brown (Jr., QB - Pleasanton, Calif.)
78 rush yds., 1 TD, 11 pass yds.

Dorian Williams, Princeton (Jr., DB - Streetsboro, Ohio)
15 tkls. (9 solo)

A.J. Zuttah, Dartmouth (Sr., DL - Edison, N.J.)
2 tkls. (1 solo), 2 blocked PATs

Apologies / Parking Policy

Sorry for the delay in getting this blog back up and running. There were technical issues we needed help addressing, but we are able to access again.

Myself, Chip Malafronte and Dave Borges will have features and notes during the week as Yale prepares to play host to Harvard Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

If you have not seen yet, please read the parking policies offered by the University below:

Key points

  • There will be no same-day general admission parking available on game day. All parking passes must be purchased in advance. In order to purchase a parking pass in advance, patrons must also purchase at least two game tickets.
  • Yale ticket office phone number: 203-432-1400
  • Parking lots open at 10 a.m.
  • Parking costs $20 for regular sized vehicles. There are $50 bus parking options.
  • This week parking passes will only be available through in-person transactions.
  • Directions to each parking lot can be found here
  • There are also several shuttle buses from downtown New Haven available starting at 10 a.m.

Saturday, November 07, 2015

LIVE BLOG: Brown at Yale

Thursday, November 05, 2015

What's YOUR prediction?

Yale will look to get back on track Saturday when the Bulldogs host Brown at 12:30 p.m.. What's your predicted score for the game? 

Portal 31 pick: Brown 24, Yale 17

News and notes

Sorry for the delay on this week’s notes…

After watching film, Tony Reno talked about the poor performance in the 17-7 loss to Columbia.

“Obviously, all of us were disappointed with the outcome of Saturday’s game,” Reno said. “It came down to missed opportunities and lack of execution, especially on the offensive side. We didn’t do enough to give ourselves a chance to win. We regrouped on Sunday and we’re looking forward to getting back on the field. We have one-game seasons each week and that’s how we look at things.”

QB News

Morgan Roberts will start at quarterback on Saturday against Brown. He has 10 turnovers in his last four games.

Sophomore Rafe Chapple replaced Roberts in the second quarter for a drive and then again down the stretch in the fourth.

“I thought he did a nice job,” Reno said. “Some plays I’m sure he’d like to have back. His poise was good. He had a nice throw at the end that was called back. He’s one of those guys that not much rattles him. He’s got pretty good stock in the family as far as QBs go.”

His borther, Lee, played QB for Northern Alabama and his brother, Colton, played QB at Harvard. He also has a brother that plays TE at Georgia.

Reno mentioned freshman and third-string QB Tre Moore is also growing more comfortable with the offense. Logan Scott is currently the fourth QB on the depth chart.

RB News

Here’s a quick look at Yale’s RB situation. So top RB Candler Rich is out for the year. No. 2 Deshawn Salter missed last week’s game against Columbia and it’s unlikely he’ll play against Brown. No. 3 Jon Barton is out for the year and No. 4 Andrew Johnson is out with an injury. No. 5 RB Austin Reuland is currently the starter and No. 6 Jamal Locke is the backup. Freshman Dan Debner is next on the list and QB Stephen Barmore has also moved to RB because of all the injuries.

Staying positive

Sure, Yale has been decimated by injuries and last week’s offensive performance, one of the program’s worst in some time, was a result of that. But Reno has been encouraged by some of those stepping in to bigger roles. Players like WR Chris Williams Lopez and OL Karl Marback are among the list.

“Embrace opportunities,” Reno said. “A lot like life. Things aren’t always going to work out for you. You need to be able to adapt. Our goal here is to win championships and give these guys great skills to use the rest of their lives. This is one of those opportunities.”

When asked if he’d ever dealt with this amount of injuries during his coaching career, Carm Cozza said “never this bad.” He did explain how his 1989 team lost its top three QBs before the season even started, but still went on to win the Ivy League title with the wishbone.

Silver lining

Jason Alessi returned a punt for an 80-yard TD against Columbia. It was the fifth longest in program history.

“A huge play,” he said. “We pride ourselves on being best in special teams. It’s a huge phase of the game.”

Alessi is a two-sport athlete for the Bulldogs. He’s also on the lacrosse team, playing in the second midfield.

“You do what you have to do,” said Alessi, balancing both sports in the spring along with a rigorous academic schedule. “Stay up late, wake up early. It’s what you have to do as an Ivy League student athlete. You find a way to figure it out.”

A quick look at Brown

QB Marcus Fuller is the top passer in the league right now at 311.3 ypg. He has a great group of WRs in Alex Jette, Brian Strachan and Troy Doles. It’s defense is one of the worst in the Ivy, allowing 33 ppg. The faster-paced game on Saturday should be beneficial for Yale. For what it’s worth, the road team has won 14 of the last 19 meetings.

Heroes Day

Yale will host Heroes Day at the Bowl on Saturday.

A partnership between the Yale Veterans Association and the West Haven VA will bring a group of blind veterans to the game. There will be a $5 admission ticket for active duty members, reservists, veterans and first responders (use promo code HERO 15 at There will be obstacle course and a civil service and military vehicles at the Yale Veterans Association tent in the Hospitality Village.

Fans are also encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for the U.S. Marine Coprs’ Toys for Tots drive.

In other Ivy news...

Harvard's 21-straight wins is tied with Ohio State for the most in DI football (both FBS and FCS). The Crimson are one of 14 DI teams (three in the FCS) still undefeated.