Sunday, November 16, 2008

Yale/Princeton: The Morning After

Just some thoughts off Yale's 14-0 win over Princeton at a rainy, waterlogged Yale Bowl on Saturday.

Once again, the defense was the story with four turnovers (should have been five as replays showed that Brady Hart did indeed intercept the pass in the fourth quarter that one official came in, overruled the initial call of a good interception).

I know teams do what they do on offense but I question the play call that led to the first Princeton turnover. Running an option on a field in the condition the Yale Bowl was in seems like a high-risk move to me. Sure enough, on Princeton's second offensive play Jordan Culbreath mishandled the pitch. Larry Abare recovered the fumble to set up Yale's first touchdown.

The Abare brothers, playing together at the Bowl for the final time, were once again in the middle of things. Not only did Larry have a fumble recovery and interception but Bobby Abare's 10th career interception set up Yale's second touchdown.

Mike McLeod ran like the Mike McLeod of old, displaying wonderful vision and making decisive cuts en route to a season high 138 yards as he upstaged Culbreath, the Ivy's leading rusher.

The Columbia football team's fan base should reach an all-time high this week as supporters of the Yale, Harvard and Penn teams will be pulling for the Lions to upset Brown. Brown and Harvard currently lead the Ivy League race by a game over Penn and Yale. If Brown loses, Harvard is guaranteed no worse than a share of the title while Yale can also secure a piece of the championship with Brown and Harvard with a win and Brown loss. Penn will need a win over Cornell and wins by Yale and Columbia to share the title. This is the first time in league history that four teams are still in the championship race heading into the final week.

An intriguing item off the game was the Kyle Hawari and Brady Hart each recorded their 100th career tackles making them the fifth and sixth members of the senior class to reach triple figures in career tackles. With Bobby Abare (261 career tackles), Larry Abare (164), Steve Santoro (115), Casey Gerald (110), Hart (104) and Hawari (101) all with more than 100 career stops it is no wonder that Yale leading all Football Championship Subdivision teams in scoring defense, interceptions/per game and red zone defense.

Anybody who is free Tuesday night might want to consider swinging by The Arena at Harbro Yard as the proceeds from the ticket sales at the Fairfield/Sacred Heart men's basketball game will go to the American Diabetes Association in honor of Bill Gonillo, the former voice of Yale football, who died last year after falling into a diabetic coma. Ticket prices are $5, the game begins at 7:30 p.m.

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