Wednesday, November 14, 2007

COUNTDOWN: 3 DAYS

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-Friday
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 45. It is expected to rain heavily Thursday.

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
On Nov. 22, 1975, Mike Lynch’s 26-yard field goal with 33 seconds left gives Harvard 10-7 win. It was the 100th anniversary of the first game.

Mike’s milestones
A daily look at records Yale junior tailback Mike McLeod has broken or is pursuing:
McLeod has scored a touchdown in an Ivy League record 18 straight games. McLeod’s last game without a touchdown was against .

Did you know?
Yale will be going for its 17th perfect season Saturday. The Bulldogs have enjoyed 16 perfect seasons since 1872: 1960 (9-0); 1923 (8-0); 1917 (3-0); 1909 (10-0); 1905 (10-0); 1900 (12-0); 1894 (16-0); 1892 (13-0); 1891 (13-0); 1888 (13-0); 1887 (9-0); 1883 (8-0); 1882 (8-0); 1876 (3-0); 1874 (3-0); 1872 (1-0).

Crimson closeup
A daily look at a Harvard player:
Steven Williams, Sr. DB: The 5-foot-11, 190-pound San Antonio native has appeared in 29 straight games, starting 19. Williams has intercepted an Ivy high seven passes this season, including one he returned 91 yards for a touchdown. He has broken up 15 passes. Williams has also returned kicks this season.

FIRSTS IN THE GAME
The Game is responsible for a number of original events:
‰Yale performed the first on-side kick against Harvard in 1881
‰Yale’s flying wedge was first seen in the 1892 contest
‰The first game in the Bowl was the 1914 meeting
‰The first crowd at an American sporting event over 80,000 was the 1920 game at the Bowl
‰The first triple OT Ivy game happened in 2005.

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. Friday at Clint Frank Field.

QUOTABLE
"They’re going to hear a lot of the questions about being 10-0, but it comes down to accomplishing our goals, which are the same every year, winning the Ivy League title and beating Harvard, it just so happens this year that both can happen on the same day. The historical part of it is for later on."
— Yale coach Jack Siedlecki

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

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