Friday, September 25, 2015

FOUR-DOWN FRIDAY: Cornell at Yale

It's time for four-down Friday. Here are four things to look for when Yale hosts Cornell in its season opener at the Bowl on Saturday at 1 p.m. 

Offensive consistency: Yale showed glimpses of a high-powered offense last week, including an opening 14-play, 71-yard drive that resulted in a touchdown.Yale also scored on its final three drives of the game. But the Bulldogs' attack also looked stagnant at times. Yale will need to get into a rhythm and prove it has a similar high-scoring offense that made the Bulldogs so effective last year. They will go up against an experienced Cornell defense that played well against Bucknell last week.

Halting Hagy: Cornell RB Luke Hagy is a four-year starter. He rushed 18 times for 105 yards and a TD in last week's loss to Bucknell. Expect the ball to be in his hands a ton on Saturday. Colgate had some success on the ground against Yale last week. If the Bulldogs can bottle up Hagy, it will be a long day for the Cornell offense.

Emerging target: WR Mike Siragusa waited his turn, as WRs like Grant Wallace and Deon Randall ate up most of the targets in the pass game last year. He's getting his opportunity now and making the most of it. Siragusa had a team-high seven receptions for 82 yards and two TDs last week. He's big receiver at 6-3, 205, so he's a tough matchup. If Bo Hines can't go, expect Siragusa to continue to emerge. 

Thriving in a new position: Victor Egu has moved to LB from DL this season. The former highly touted recruit finished with a team-high 13 tackles and a pass breakup last week. He looks quicker and should continue what is expected to be a big year for the junior. 


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