Sunday, October 29, 2006

Notes from Columbia

Yale’s defensive line continues to play well, helping hold Columbia to just 11 first downs, including three rushing, and 238 yards, including 54 yards rushing.

The Bulldogs had seven tackles for losses in a 21-3 win over Columbia Saturday at Yale Bowl.
Linebacker Bobby Abare and defensive tackle Jared Hamilton each had two, including a sack from Hamilton, and defensive end Brendan Sponheimer, defensive lineman Bryan Kana and defensive end Michael McGinity had one each.

Yale played without injured starting defensive end Kyle Hawari (knee).

"They’ve all done a great job. I work a lot closer with Hathaway and Kana, and they are just great players," said Hamilton, who had back-to-back tackles for losses to snuff Columbia’s final drive of the day.
He stopped running back James Cobb for minus-2 yards then sacked Craig Hormann for minus-9.
"They’ve accepted their roles as being able to step in and help when needed, and they’ve really excelled," Hamilton said.
"In a moment, they would do anything for us. Brady Hart did a great job."

Yale did not turn the ball over once against a Columbia defense that led the nation in turnover ratio at plus-1.5. Columbia had forced 17 turnovers entering the game.
Yale had a season-high 14 penalties for 105 yards.
Yale sophomore Casey Gerald blocked a 45-yard field goal attempt midway through the third quarter. Gerald came from the kicker’s left side. The snap was not handled well.
Yale sophomore Steve Santoro had his streak of turnovers ended at five games. He did return Columbia’s only kickoff 44 yards to increase his Ivy League-best average to 26.4 yards.
Strangely, the kickoff was a low-traveling line drive right to Santoro. The return should lift him into the top 15 at the I-AA level.


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