Yale, Dartmouth meet in football for 100th time Saturday

Yale head coach Tony Reno says he likes playing against tougher Patriot League competition.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Bulldogs are back in Ivy League play with a big one on Saturday at 1 p.m. Yale and Dartmouth, two of the most successful Ancient Eight football programs, play for the 100th time. This meeting at Yale Bowl, a crucial one for both teams, airs live on the Ivy League Digital Network (also ESPN3) and on the Yale Football Radio Network (AM 960 WELI) with Carm Cozza and Ron Vaccaro ’04 providing the call.

This is the 100th meeting between the Elis and the Big Green with Yale leading 53-40-6. Dartmouth, winners of the last four, played at Yale Bowl for 46 consecutive years (1924-1970) because the crowds at New Haven made it more profitable for both schools. Twelve of the first 15 contests ended in shutouts for Yale, but Dartmouth has had its share of success. The Green took nine straight from 1990 to 1998.

Nothing went right for the Bulldogs from the start of the clash of 3-0 teams at Hanover. Yale kept Dartmouth off the scoreboard until there was 29 seconds left in the first quarter, but that broke open the dam in a 35-3 win. The Big Green had 592 yards of offense and made three Eli turnovers hurt.

Yale, trying to overcome the losses of key players on defense, fell at home to Lehigh last week, 63-35. Sophomore quarterback Tre Moore, making the first start of his Yale career, notched his first collegiate scoring run and pass while junior defensive back Jason Alessi returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown to help the Bulldogs score three straight times to cut the margin to seven late in the second. Junior Christopher Williams-Lopez, who had a 15-yard run into the end zone for Yale’s first score of the day, was the receiver on the 63-yard touchdown pass that began the second-quarter comeback. After Alessi’s inspirational punt return, the third longest in school history and the second of his career, made it a 15-point game, Moore made some nifty moves on a 14-yard scoring run that was followed up by junior defensive back Andrew Johnson’s two-point conversion blast up the middle. The Mountain Hawks added a score late in the first half to take a 42-28 lead into intermission and then notched three more touchdowns in the third quarter to put the game away. Moore’s 12-yard run early in the fourth was the final tally of the day. Williams-Lopez ended up with 71 yards on two catches while junior Deshawn Salter, starting for the injured Dale Harris, led all backs with 151 yards on just 15 carries.

The Big Green, which graduated 18 starters from last year’s championship team, opened the season with wins over New Hampshire and Holy Cross before falling to Penn at home last week. Interceptions on consecutive passes late in the third quarter helped the Quakers win 37-24 last Friday at Memorial Field in the conference opener for both teams. Dartmouth had more yards (411-395) on offense than the visitors with junior quarterback Jack Heneghan completing 27 of 43 passes for 289 yards and two scores. His two primary targets were freshman Hunter Hagdorn (9-86) and sophomore Drew Hunnicutt (8-108, TD). Senior defensive back Danny McManus led all Dartmouth tacklers with 14 against Penn.

Sophomore Tre Moore, who became the third black quarterback to start a game for Yale last Saturday, ran for two (14, 12 yards) TDs and threw for another (63) in his initial collegiate start. He was more efficient (21-33, 174) in relief at Cornell in week two, but he produced more points in his first start a week later. Rufus Moore III, nicknamed Tre (the third), came to Yale from John Burroughs School in St. Louis, Mo, where he was a teammate of Eli defensive standout Foyesade Oluokun. He has played in all three games this season after not getting any varsity snaps in 2015.

The Big Green set a school record with 38 completions in a 2001 game played on Sunday in the Bowl. The game was moved back a day for Yale’s tercentennial celebration… Dartmouth set a record with 419 passing yards in 1992 behind the arm of NFL QB Jay Fiedler… Yale’s five TD passes in 1968 were the most ever scored on Dartmouth. Brian Dowling and Calvin Hill helped in the scoring effort… Dartmouth notched a school record with six fumbles recovered against the Blue in 1953. That Jordan Olivar Yale team went 5-2-2… Yale quarterbacks were picked off nine times in 1939, school records for both teams… The most points allowed by a Dartmouth team were 113 against Yale in an 1884 shutout. Walter Camp, who would later become Yale’s coach, played in that game.

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame announced this fall that Yale’s Sebastian Little has been named one of the 156 semifinalists for the 2016 William V. Campbell Trophy, The award recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation and is prominently displayed inside its official home at the New York Athletic Club. Little is a senior tight end from Cheshire, Conn., who has earned three varsity letters and has been among the team leaders in community outreach. He is the co-founder of Next Future Leaders (NFL), a student activities coordinator for Earn While You Learn, a member of the Mandi Schwartz Marrow Drive Committee and team ambassador for Team IMPACT.

The team selected linebacker Darius Manora as its 2016 captain during a vote last November. Manora, a senior from Alexandria, Va., has 176 career tackles and has played in all 33 games. His most productive day as a Bulldog was 8 solos and 14 total tackles against Princeton in 2014, while his biggest play was plucking a Brown lateral pass – a flee flicker – out of the air and running it back for a score that same fall.

Hayden Carlson (Glen Ellyn, Ill.), a junior safety, led the Ivy League in 2015 with 92 total tackles and a 9.2 average. He began 2016 with a game and career-high 14 tackles and set up scores with an interception (48-yard return) and a fumble recovery. He had eight stops, a fumble recovery and a solo tackle on a fake field goal attempt at Cornell before registering nine tackles against Lehigh. Carlson leads Yale this season with 22 solos and 31 total stops.

Junior defensive back Jason Alessi is Yale’s Mr. Versatility, and he is the only player in school history to return two punts for TDs at 80 yards or more. He had an 80-yarder (4thd longest at Yale) at home against Columbia last year and then notched an 82-yard play (3rd longest) against Lehigh at the Bowl on Oct. 1. In addition to starting on defense and seeing time on multiple special teams units, Alessi is a standout member of the Yale lacrosse team, which has won consecutive Ivy League Tournament titles. On the gridiron, the Bloomfield Hills, Mich., native had a career-high five solos and eight overall tackles at Maine last fall and finished the year with 39 stops.

Junior Deshawn Salter had Yale’s biggest day of the year on the ground last week with 151 yards and a 10.1 average. He got the start when senior Dale Harris was unable to play. Salter stepped in for Candler Rich in game three last year and rushed for 233 yards (5th best at Yale, most by an Ivy player in 2015) and two scores at Lehigh. The Syracuse, N.Y., native leads the team in rushing this fall and has a team and season-high 70-yard run against Lehigh.

Senior Candler Rich (Newnan, Ga.) began 2015 as the top running back but missed most of the year with an injury. He averaged 7.5 per carry as a backup in 2014, which included a 202-yard day on 17 runs at Columbia. Senior Dale Harris (Brooklandville, Md.) volunteered to move from defense last fall when injuries ravaged the backfield. He started the first two weeks of 2016. A three-year starter at cornerback, Harris ran for 177 yards (71-yard TD) at Princeton last November.

Christopher Williams-Lopez led the team last fall with 60 catches and 576 yards. He got off to a good start this year with 11 catches, 2 TD grabs and a rushing score in three games. Nicknamed “C-Lo,” Williams-Lopez recovered from a pre-season injury to get his first varsity action in week four of 2015 at Dartmouth. The junior WR from Duluth, Ga., had numerous, double-digit catch outings, including a career-best 13 grabs for 154 yards against Brown.

Senior WR Myles Gaines (Tallahassee, Fla.) is determined to change the way America—and maybe even the rest of the world—gets its nutrients by studying food policy and sustainable farming options. An environmental studies turned political science major, Gaines, who has 28 career catches over 17 (injuries the last 2 years) varsity games, hopes to combine these disciplines and work on the policy end of providing sustainable food, especially to black communities. He served as a Lazarus 2016 Summer Intern through the Yale Sustainable Food Program in New Haven after working at an oyster farm that practiced sustainable harvesting. He caught three passes at Cornell.

Sophomore kicker Alex Galland (Bakersfield, Calif.) did not see any varsity action last fall but has taken over the field goal and extra-point kicking. He split the uprights for three points twice in each of the first two games and is seven of eight on point-after kicks this fall. His long field goal was 38 yards at Cornell.

Senior left tackle Khalid Cannon (Gadsden, Ala.) has been a starter the last two seasons. Junior Karl Marback (Birmingham, Mich.) moved over to center to handle the spot vacated by three-year starter Luke Longinotti. Senior RT Beau Iverson (Lakewood, Wash.), senior RG Mason Friedline (Seattle, Wash.) and junior Anders Huizenga (Trophy Club, Texas) all have been starters. Huizenga attended a high school (Byron Nelson) named for a legendary golfer. Junior Jeho Chang (Suwanee, Ga.) got the start at RG the first three weeks.

Karl Marback (Birmingham, Mich.), a junior center who is a biomedical engineering major, is a member of the Yale Undergraduate Aerospace Association (YUAA). As a sophomore, he helped build a rocket that climbed to 10,000 feet and collected microbes from the air to learn more about what is living in the atmosphere. That rocket was launched twice, first in Maryland and again in Utah for the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC). The Yale entry took second place for payload design. Marback, who came over from the defense in 2015, is playing center for the first time as a Bulldog.

There were four scoring drives of a minute or less last week at the Bowl… The combined 98 points last week were the second most scored in a game at the Bowl. The most two teams combined for was 99 in a 55-44 Brown win in 2003… There were no field goal attempts with all that scoring last Saturday… Yale’s first three opponents are 7-5 overall.

Harvard is 3-0 (1-0 Ivy) after beating Georgetown last week at home. Cornell, which knocked off Colgate last Saturday, is the other Ivy unbeaten at 3-0, 1-0. The two meet Saturday at Boston at 1 pm. In other games, Stetson is at Brown, Princeton is at Georgetown, Central Connecticut is at Penn and Columbia is at Wagner.

It’s very rare to have an ex-Yale football captain on the coaching staff, but the Elis have two. Paul Rice ’10 (outside LB, special teams), who joined Tony Reno’s staff in February of 2013, became the first captain to return as a “full-time” or “primary” coach since Albie Booth in the late 1930s. Chandler Henley ’07 (TEs), who led the Elis to a 2006 Ivy title as captain, came back to New Haven last spring.

One hundred and nine Yale graduates – far more than any other school – have become head coaches in college football. Six Yale grads currently serve on college coaching staffs, including Paul Rice and Chandler Henley. Bob Shoop ’88 is defensive coordinator at the University of Tennessee. Dartmouth has Kyle Metzler ’02, the running game and recruiting coordinator (OT, TE focus), while Josh Grizzard ’12 is a graduate assistant (QB, quality control) at Duke. Matt Coombs ’08 is a quality control GA at Boise State.

Two former Yale players are coaching in the NFL this fall. Pat Graham ’01, a former Yale tight end and defensive lineman who won a Super Bowl ring in 2015 with the New England Patriots as a defensive assistant coach, worked seven seasons for Bill Belichick before taking a new job this fall with the New York Giants. Graham earned an Ivy Championship ring in 1999. Michael McDaniel ’05 is in his 10th NFL campaign and second as offensive assistant with Atlanta. He has worked with Cleveland, Houston. Denver and Washington. The Yalie with the longest NFL tenure (player/coach) in Ivy history is Dick Jauron ’73, who played eight seasons between two teams and then spent 32 years as a coach. His last was 2012 with Cleveland. Two former Elis are working for the Miami Dolphins: Max Napolitano ’14 is a business analytics specialist while Grant Wallace ’15 is a player personnel assistant. Brandon Etheridge ’07, who had worked for the NFL Management Council, is now general counsel for the Baltimore Ravens.

There are numerous double numbers on the Yale roster this fall. Here are the ones that might cause the most confusion. Last week’s participation is included:

2: Bo Hines WR (DNP), Marquise Peggs DB (DNP)
4: Sebastian Little TE (started), Malcolm Dixon DB (DNP)
6: Jaelin Alburg DB (started), Kurt Rawlings QB (DNP)
10: QB Tre Moore (started), LB Victor Egu (started)
18: QB Rafe Chapple (DNP), LB Ryan Burke (played as backup)
22: Matthew Oplinger LB (played), Silas Wyper WR (DNP)
81: Alex Galland PK/P (started PK), Blake Rowlinson WR (DNP)
87: Devin Moore DE (DNP), Garrett White WR (DNP)

Yale, which played its first Friday night Ivy League Game last year at Penn, has a pair on Fridays this fall. The Blue hosts Penn on Oct. 21 in Yale Bowl’s first true night game (the 2015 Harvard game required lights for the second half). A week later at Columbia, the Bulldogs and Lions clash under the lights at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium. Both games air on NBCSN.

Ten years ago this fall, a team led by captain Chandler Henley (current Yale coach) went 8-2 and earned an Ivy League title. The final win came at Harvard, a 34-13 decision. Many members of that team were back to celebrate the title on Sept. 17 at the Bowl.

The 40th reunion of Yale’s 1976 Ivy League Championship gridiron squad takes place Nov. 12 as part of the Princeton weekend. The 76ers, captained by Vic Staffieri, won their last eight games, including a combined 60-14 score in victories over Princeton and Harvard, to finish 8-1.
Future Yale schedules include games with a new, Southern, flavor. One is in Georgia, the other Virginia. The Elis, who have a four-game series set with Mercer University, will play a school from Georgia (Macon) for the first time since playing the University of Georgia in 1929, the dedication game for Sanford Stadium. The Mercer Bears, a member of the Southern Conference, play at Yale on Oct. 13, 2018. The next meeting is Oct. 2, 2021 at Macon. The other two encounters come in 2022 (New Haven) and 2023 (Macon). The University of Richmond, a Colonial Athletic Conference and FCS power, is on Yale’s schedule for 2019 (at Richmond) and 2020 (New Haven). The Bulldogs and Spiders have never met. The Elis have not played in Virginia since a game against William & Mary at Norfolk in 1983.

Four Elis with injuries were helping the team behind the scenes. Seniors Robert Ries (DB), Peter Gerson (TE), Benjamin Bedard (DL) and junior Will Bryan (DB) began the year in that role. Bryan, however, was cleared to play during week 2 and began practicing as a defensive back. He played in the JV game and returned an interception 80 yards for a touchdown against Milford Academy.

Here are Yale’s 2016 weekly honors: Ivy League Honor Roll: Hayden Carlson (Colgate); Foyesade Oluokun, Alex Galland, Jaelin Alburg (Cornell)… Nissan Yale Player of the Game: Hayden Carlson (Colgate), Tre Moore (Cornell, co-Lehigh), Deshawn Salter (co-Lehigh).

The Ivy League has an experimental rule for the 2016 football season that moves kickoffs to the 40-yard line and touchbacks to the 20-yard line in an effort to reduce concussions and further promote the safety and welfare of its student-athletes. The goal of the experimental rule is to limit kickoff returns, which account for 23.4 percent of concussions during games despite representing only 5.8 percent of overall plays. The League will evaluate the concussion and kickoff return data after the 2016 season.

Freshmen are making an impact on the Yale team this year and 10 saw time last week against Lehigh. Jett Sexton (Pottensville, Mo.) started at left tackle last week, while Sterling Strother (Moraga, Calif.) and South African Dieter Eiselen saw significant time on the OL as well. Receiver Reed Klubnik (Austin, Texas) has made a few big catches already, while JP Shohfi (San Marino, Calif.) had his first grab against Lehigh. RB Alan Lamar (Olive Branch, Miss.) has handled most kickoffs. Jaelin Alburg (Glenn Dale, Md.) started all three games at cornerback. Against Cornell, he had five solos, forced two fumbles and broke up one pass. Ryan Burke (Huntington Beach, Calif.) was a week one starting linebacker and had eight solos. In addition, three other defensive players played last week.

890 or 891
Yale has 890 or 891 wins depending how you view things. The NCAA record books give the Bulldogs credit for games won on the field, which is 890. However, the Ivy League credits Yale with one more (891) victory from a 1997 (forfeit) game against Penn. Yale was the first to 800 wins but has been overtaken by schools playing a dozen or more games per year like Michigan and Notre Dame.

Yale is 6-3 in OT games including the win against Army in 2014. The Elis are 4-1 at home in extra sessions, the only loss against Harvard in triple OT in 2005. Yale has a pair of triple-session OTs (Penn, 2007) and a two double-dippers (Princeton, 2003; Holy Cross, 2008).

Tony Reno, the Joel E. Smilow ’54 Head Coach of Yale Football, and some of his players are at world famous Mory’s (306 York Street) every Tuesday at noon for the Dick Galiette Yale Football Media Luncheon. This event is limited to media only. Please contact Yale Sports Publicity Director Steve Conn (steven.conn@yale.edu) if you would like to attend. Darius Manora, Robert Clemons, Rafe Chapple, Nick Crowle, Foyesade Oluokun and Tre Moore have taken part so far this fall.

You can listen to legendary coach Carm Cozza, Ron Vaccaro ’04 and Steve Conn call the action of Yale Football this fall on ESPN Radio1300 (AM 1300) or News Radio 960 WELI (AM 960), as well as iHeart Radio, espnradio1300.com. You can also see some broadcasts this season. Six (Colgate, Lehigh, Cornell, Dartmouth, Brown, Princeton) games air on the Ivy League Digital Network. Three games in 2016 can be seen on the NBC family of networks (Penn, Columbia on NBCSN, Harvard on CNBC). In addition, One World Sports (OWS) airs two games from the Bowl this fall, Colgate and Lehigh, that are also on the ILDN, now available on Apple TV and Roku.

filed by Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD & Sports Publicity Director – steven.conn@yale.edu

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