Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Countdown: 4 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

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
WTXX-20, WLVI, HDNet

WEATHER
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
On Nov. 22, 1930, the first radio broadcast overseas of football game takes place as Harvard wins 13-0.

MIKE'S MILESTONES
A daily look at records Yale junior tailback Mike McLeod has broken or is pursuing:
McLeod holds the single-season (1,569) and career (3,622) rushing records at Yale.

DID YOU KNOW?
On Nov. 20, 1982, The Game is interrupted for several minutes when just after a second-quarter Harvard score, a black weather balloon bearing the letters MIT rose, inflated and exploded on the 45 yard line. Harvard won 45-7.

CRIMSON CLOSEUP
A daily look at a Harvard player:
Chris Pizzotti, Sr. QB: A 6-foot-5, 225-pounder from Reading, Mass., Pizzotti has been called the most improved player on the Crimson, and possibly in the league by his coach, Tim Murphy. Pizzotti has completed 137 of 219 passes for 1,818 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has been intercepted four times and averages 227.2 yards per game. He came off the bench to throw a touchdown against Yale last year.

EXTRA POINTS
‰Harvard has won seven or more games in seven straight seasons, the longest such streak for the Crimson since a string of 28 seasons came to an end in 1911.
‰ Yale has intercepted 20 passes this season; Harvard has 19.
‰ Yale is going for its first 10-0 season since 1909.
‰ The junior varsity game will be played at 1 p.m. Friday at Clint Frank Field.

QUOTABLE
"Not since 1968, when Al Gore was best known as Tommy Lee Jones’s roommate, has The Game been set up this way: Both Harvard and Yale unbeaten in the Ivy League and playing winner-take-all for the title in the Yale Bowl Saturday."
— John Powers, Boston Globe

COMING WEDNESDAY
A look back at Yale’s last undefeated and untied team in 1960.

COMING SATURDAY
The Register takes an indepth look at The Game in a commemorative special section.

— Sean Barker

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