Last year, Yale trailed in five of its eight
victories. The Bulldogs continued their comeback trend on Saturday, trailing by
14 twice before rallying to beat Colgate.
Some more notes from Tuesday’s luncheon…
Fans attending Yale’s home opener against Cornell on
Saturday at 1 p.m. should be aware of two exit closings and detours in I-95.
Exit 47 on I-95 South will be closed from 9 p.m. on
Friday until 6 a.m. on Monday. Exit 48 on I-91 South will be closed from 9 p.m.
on Friday until 6 a.m. on Monday as well.
Fans should take Exit 44 to get to Yale Bowl.
After struggling defensively early on against
Colgate, the Bulldogs allowed just seven points after
“We were more focused in the second half,” Spencer
Rymiszewski said. “Coach was pretty upset at halftime. We didn’t want them to
gain another yard. We played well and we can keep it up.”
Following a Robert Clemons TD, LB Matt Oplinger took
a direct snap and ran in for a two-point conversion. That two-point conversion cut
Yale’s deficit to 28-22 in the fourth and proved to be critical, as Yale scored
again to pull ahead.
“Our approach on XP opportunities is to stress
defenses and see how they align,” Tony Reno said. “And if there is an alignment
that we feel is advantageous that we’ve worked on, if we like it, we take it.”
Rymiszewski played well in his return. The Yale DB
suffered a spinal concussion and missed the final four games last year. He had
six tackles, a forced fumble and a key pass deflection on Colgate’s final
“I’ve been waiting for that for a long time,” he
said. “I’ve been out for many games, many months. A lot of rehab, a lot of hard
work in the offseason. It’s really rewarding to be back on the field. I’m just
blessed to be able to play still.”
Tony Reno insisted during the preseason Yale is
still a run-first team. The Bulldogs ran 41 pass plays and 35 run plays on
“We want to be as balanced as possible,” Reno said. “Some
games threw more than ran, others we ran more than threw last year. The key to
being a good offense is the ability to do both. The second half, the passing game
was more accessible than the run game because of what they were doing up front.
We took advantage of that. There will be times this year it’ll be the opposite.”