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On Saturday, the football team will take on archrivals Harvard in the 130th installment of The Game. The Bulldogs (5–4, 3–3 Ivy) will have a chance to snap the Crimson’s six game win streak on home turf. Harvard (8–1, 5–1 Ivy) comes into the Yale Bowl needing a win to have a chance at a share of the Ancient Eight title. The News sat down with wide receiver Cameron Sandquist ’14 to discuss the impact of the rivalry matchup and his final game as a Bulldog.
Q: You’ve played Harvard at home once in your career, do you think playing The Game at home makes the contest a very different atmosphere?
A: I think that the Harvard-Yale game in general is a different atmosphere. I don’t know if home or away changes anything. Leading up to The Game generally there is more excitement around campus and [that the game is at home] definitely adds to it.
Q: Do you think that the experience of challenging Harvard right to the end last year will help in The Game this year?
A: I think last season across the board has helped up prepare for this year. I think this season we can see the difference as opposed to other seasons. I wouldn’t say that [last year’s game with Harvard] shaped us more than other games last season but we definitely grew from it.
Q: Would a win be extra special knowing you would ruin Harvard’s chances at an Ivy Title?
A: We don’t think like that. We treat every game pretty much the same. As a senior having a final win that’s what will be the most important to me. We don’t think about ruining Harvard’s Ivy chances.
Q: What do you need to do best in order to get a win on Saturday?
A: We focus on the same things every week. We are focusing right now on preparing the entire week and taking a step forward every day. When you get out there on the field on Saturday we want to control what we can take care of. That’s how we prepare every week; this week’s no different.
Q: As a senior does this game mean even more to you?
A: It’s the culmination of four years of hard work. I have played the game for 15 years; I am pretty excited about it. My family will be here. It’s my last year to play with my brothers. It’s just an exciting experience and something I know I’ll look back on and I’m preparing that way, as I know it’s something that will mean a lot to me down the road.