Monday, November 12, 2007

COUNTDOWN: 5 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.
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. 20, 1920, Harvard wins 9-0 as 80,000 fill the Yale Bowl, at the time the largest spectator event in U.S. history.

MIKE'S MILESTONES
A daily look at records Yale junior tailback Mike McLeod has broken or is pursuing:
McLeod has 23 touchdowns this season, one shy of the Ivy League record set by Cornell’s Ed Marinaro in 1971.

DID YOU KNOW?
Harvard has spoiled three perfect Yale seasons since the formation of the Ivy League in 1956, winning the final game in 1974 and 1979 and tying the 1968 game. Harvard also spoiled a perfect league season for the Bulldogs in 1989.

CRIMSON CLOSEUP

A daily look at a Harvard player:
Corey Mazza, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound senior wide receiver, tied Harvard’s career touchdown reception record Saturday with his 24th. He had a touchdown catch against the Bulldogs as a freshman in 2003. He was a medical redshirt in 2005. This year, he leads the Crimson with 49 catches for 730 yards and seven touchdowns.

EXTRA POINTS

‰Yale’s scoring defense is first in the FCS, allowing 11.1 points per game. Harvard is 12th, allowing 16.7.

‰Yale and Harvard are ranked 1-2 in the FCS in passing efficiency defense.

‰Yale is the fourth-ranked rushing offense in the FCS. Harvard’s rushing defense is third.

‰ The junior varsity game will be played at 1 p.m. Friday at Clint Frank Field.

QUOTABLE

"I think it will be the essence of this rivalry. I think it’s great for the league, and we’re just happy to be in this position."

— Harvard coach Tim Murphy

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