Friday, November 16, 2007

COUNTDOWN: 1 DAY

As we countdown to the most anticipated game at Yale Bowl in decades, the Register will take a daily look at The Game, which pits Yale and Harvard with undefeated Ivy League records for the first time since 1968:

Where
Class of 1954 Field, Yale Bowl

When
Saturday, noon
Parking lots open at 9 a.m.
Gates open at 10:30
Yale officials are encouraging fans to arrive to the Bowl early because of the high volume of traffic expected.

SERIES
Yale leads 65-50-8.
Yale leads series at Yale Bowl 23-22-1.
First game 1875.
Last year: Yale 34, Harvard 13

RECORDS
Harvard (7-2, 6-0)
Yale (9-0, 6-0)

TICKETS
Call 203-432-1400, or visit 20 Tower Parkway (next to Payne Whitney), 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. today
Yale is anticipating a near-capacity crowd. The Bowl holds 61,446

Television/radio
WTXX-20, WLVI, SNY, HDNet; WELI-960, WYBC-1340

Weather
Saturday: Partly sunny, high 46.
Tailgating tips
‰Tents and gas-powered electric generators prohibited
‰Open fires prohibited in all parking lots
‰Gas and charcoal grills permitted, provided they are self-contained and contents are removed from parking lots at conclusion of game
‰Tailgating will not be permitted after the start of the third quarter

HISTORY LESSON
Nov. 17, 2001: Harvard wraps up its first perfect season since 1913 with a 35-23 win.

DID YOU KNOW?
Yale has not allowed more than 20 points in a game this season, and that was in a triple-overtime game against Penn. The Bulldogs have allowed 10 or fewer points in regulation the past six games. Harvard has scored 24 or more points in eight of nine games this year.

CRIMSON CLOSEUP
A daily look at a Harvard player:
Matt Curtis, Jr. DT: The 6-foot-2, 260-pound Peabody, Mass., native was second-team all-Ivy as a sophomore. He had eight tackles against Yale last season, then a career-high. This season Curtis has 38 tackles, including 5.5 for losses and two sacks. He also has eight quarterback hurries.

MIKE'S MILESTONES
A daily look at records Yale junior tailback Mike McLeod has broken or is pursuing:
McLeod has rushed for 100 or more yards in each of the Bulldogs’ nine games this season. No Ivy League back has rushed for 100 or more yards in every game of a season.

DEDICATING THE BOWL
There will be a halftime ceremony rededicating the Bowl Saturday. First opened in 1914 against Harvard, the Bowl is in the midst of a two-phase restoration project. Phase I is complete.
Appetizer
The junior varsity game will be played at 1 p.m. today at Clint Frank Field.

QUOTABLE
"He sounds like Lou Holtz at Notre Dame." — Yale coach Jack Siedlecki on Harvard coach and former roommate Tim Murphy, who told media Yale had all the stars.

COMING SATURDAY
The Register takes a look at The Game in a commemorative eight-page special section.

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