Tuesday's news and notes
Yale may be featured on College Gameday this season after all.
The Bulldogs were snubbed by ESPN’s college football show earlier in the year during the historic showdown with Army. But the show may visit Cambridge, Massachusetts for the 131st edition of The Game on Nov. 22, according to Yale sports information director Steve Conn.
Harvard has been in contact with ESPN and is certainly in the running. There’s not much more information than that at this time though.
Yale won its third straight with a 25-7 victory over the Lions on Saturday. It was a bit closer than expected.
Tony Reno said the offense moved the ball well. And they did, running a season-high 96 plays and producing 586 yards of total offense. But the Bulldogs struggled in the red zone. They converted on 6-of-9 red zone opportunities, but four times they settled for field goals.
Reno said it was “a lack of execution.” QB Morgan Roberts wasn’t as accurate as he usually is, completing just 21 of his 42 passes, a week after breaking the school’s record for completion percentage in a game (89.7 percent). Reno attributed it to Columbia’s pressure. There was also a steady rain and wind, which could have also been a factor.
Defensively, Yale played well. Reno was pleased with the secondary which finished with four interceptions, two by freshman Jason Alessi.
Kicker Kyle Cazzetta booted four field goals (31, 25, 25, 33). He also missed two.
“The winds were awkward,” Cazzetta said. “Sometimes there’s a heavy wind at the Bowl, but I know what it’s doing: going across the field, north or south. [At Columbia] it was swirling at one side more than the other. I was aiming a little inside of the right upright. It wasn’t strong, just tough to figure out.”
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Yale got a glimpse into the future Saturday with RB Candler Rich, who is the likely replacement for Tyler Varga next season. Rich ran 17 times for 202 yards.
“He got a lot of carries and made the most of it,” Reno said.
Rich ran well last year when Varga was sidelined with an injury.
Yale has had the luxury to keep all their running backs fresh, sharing carries between Varga, Rich and Khalil Keys.
That’s been critical, especially for Varga with the season winding down. Varga is averaging about 20 carries per game.
“That’s what’s different from two years ago,” Reno said. “We’re able to distribute carries. We’re not really in the situation where anyone is beat up.”