Tuesday's news and notes
Reno: “I can’t say enough about how proud I am of this team. You really don’t know who you are coming into that first game. I guess being down 21-0 with 6 minutes to go in the first quarter, we we’re going to figure it out. The guys kept following the process and staying within the play and you felt the calmness on the sideline. That’s something I haven’t seen in my three years here. I was hoping they would stay with it and they did. I think it says a lot about our guys. We were able to show we had some depth. That was key in the fourth quarter when Tyler Varga was able to rip off some runs. And we were able to rotate seven WRs in.”
Reno: “We have a lot of physical work to do as well. We need to do a better job of tackling in space and getting off blocks better in space. But most of the mistakes are mental.”
Deon Randall scored late in the first quarter on a 20-yard play. It was originally ruled a run by Randall. But after further review, that play has been changed to a pass. Reno said it was a designed pass play. That change puts quarterback Morgan Roberts at 30-of-39 passing for 376 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Randall now has 14 catches for 172 yards and two touchdowns receiving.
Reno said Yale would love to play against Army again and at West Point in the future. But it’s not that easy. It’s a very complicated process that includes obtaining a waiver from the NCAA to count the game toward bowl eligibility since Army is a scholarship school and Yale is not.
ESPN may have snubbed the Yale-Army game, as it is headed to South Carolina for College Game Day this weekend. But it isn’t totally neglecting the storied rivalry and the 100th anniversary of the Yale Bowl. Producers will spend some time down at the Bowl this week for a feature on the historic venue for Saturday’s show. ESPN writer Gene Wojciechowski will also be writing a feature on the Yale-Army rivalry.
Author Rich Marazzi will be at the Yale Bookstore on Friday from 6:30-7:30 p.m., signing copies of his book, “A Bowl Full of Memories: 100 Years of Football at the Yale Bowl.”
Marazzi will also be at Campus Customs in New Haven from 5-6 p.m. on Saturday and he will be selling books on game day by Portal 17 at Bowl.
Marazzi’s coffee table book is filled with photos and tells the rich history of Yale football and the Yale Bowl through narrative and first-person stories. He interviewed coaches, fans, sports media and over 100 players.
The book is sold at Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com, the Yale Bookstore and Campus Customs.