Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Notes from Saturday

Yale’s kickoff coverage team continued its exceptional play Saturday at Dartmouth, holding the Big Green to 73 yard on six returns in a 26-14 Ivy League win.

“We covered kicks as well as we’ve ever covered them,” Yale coach Jack Siedlecki said.

Sophomore twins Larry and Bobby Abare combined for 15 tackles overall, three on kick coverage. Bobby Abare showed his athletic ability on the second-half kickoff, chasing returner Phil Galligan across the field for a tackle. Andrew Liyana and Brady Hart each had two stops on kick coverage.


Chandler Henley, on making eight catches for 94 yards a week after Ashley Wright made five catches for 154 yards.

“Mike makes so many plays, there’s only so many left over. Ashley made them last week, and I made some this week.”


‰Yale has won three straight for the first time since opening the 2003 season 4-0.

‰Linemen Tom Woznicki and Darius Dale sprung Mike McLeod open for a 25-yard gain on a screen pass in the fourth quarter.

‰Sophomore safety Steve Santoro, who had interceptions in his past two games, forced a fumble in the first quarter.

‰Yale was impressed with Dartmouth’s new field, a newer version of FieldTurf.

“We’ve seen them all,” Siedlecki said. “Princeton last year, Cornell and Lafayette this year. The kids really like this one. They thought this was a faster surface.” ‰

Freshman punter Tom Mante didn’t have one until the fourth quarter, but he made it count, booming a career-high 51-yarder, which was downed at the 4-yard line.

‰Senior left offensive guard Brett Crandall missed the second half with back spasms.

‰This was the first time Yale swept road games at Cornell and Dartmouth since the league changed the scheduling format in 2000.


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