Elis blow Game in triple-OT

Had The Game been called after regulation, one could imagine the front page of last Monday’s Harvard Crimson reading: “Harvard beats Yale, 24-24.” The Elis suffered a monumental collapse of 1968 proportions, blowing an 18-point second-half lead with minutes to go. But it was only after three historic overtimes and four hours of play that […]

Yale falls to Harvard, 30-24 in triple overtime

Had The Game been called after regulation, one could imagine the front page of Monday’s Harvard Crimson reading: “Harvard beats Yale, 24-24.” The Elis had suffered a monumental collapse of 1968 proportions, blowing an 18-point second-half lead with minutes to play. But it was only after three historic overtimes and four hours of play that […]

No title, but pride at stake at The Game

“Before I even came here, my parents had three books on my bookshelf about the rivalry.” — Defensive tackle Kirk Porter ’08 The mystique of Ivy League football has gradually diminished in the last few decades. Ancient Eight teams no longer compete for national championships, nor their players for the Heisman Trophy. But each year, […]

Elis ready for Game time ’05

With one thunderous hit on an unsuspecting 165-pound Princeton receiver last Saturday, Brendan Sponheimer ’07 added meaning to tomorrow’s 122nd edition of The Game. After Sponheimer’s forced fumble helped the Bulldogs secure their victory over the Tigers, Yale’s (4-5, 4-2 Ivy) battle with Harvard (6-3, 4-2) this weekend became a contest in which the rivals […]

Butler ’06 looks to corner Cantab WRs

Smart, handsome and Yale-educated, Andrew Butler ’06 was asked to be something even more exceptional at the start of the 2005 season: marquee cover-corner. “I realized the team and the coaches were going to look to me to lock down some of the better receivers in the Ivy League,” he said. “I definitely felt the […]

Game brings transfer issue to the forefront

In a Division I-AA quarterfinal game last December, James Madison defeated Furman, 14-13. The quarterbacks who squared off that day, Justin Rascati and Ingle Martin, had been on their respective campuses for only a few months. The vaunted signal-callers were not freshmen. Instead, like Harvard All-American tailback Clifton Dawson, Rascati, an ex-Louisville Cardinal and Martin, […]

Football stages epic comeback

With 60 minutes of defense and one of magic, Yale (4-5, 4-2 Ivy) stole Saturday’s game from Princeton (6-3, 4-2), 21-14. By the time the clock had reached its final 1:14, beleaguered Eli captain Jeff Mroz ’06 had had a long day. There were the two interceptions, the three straight incompletions just thrown, and the […]

Elis rally to top Tigers

With 60 minutes of defense and one of magic, Yale (4-5, 4-2 Ivy) stole Saturday’s game from Princeton (6-3, 4-2), 21-14. By the time the game had reached its final 1:14, the beleaguered Eli captain had had a long day. There were the two interceptions, the three straight incompletions just thrown, and the fact that […]

Elis hope to dethrone Tigers

There was a day not long ago when the summer sun still cast its rays over New Haven and shed light on the Yale football season. It was Sept. 3, when Princeton (6-2, 4-1 Ivy) visited the Yale Bowl for the annual preseason scrimmage. The Elis (3-5, 3-2) trounced the Tigers, 31-10. That day is […]

Bears kill football’s title run

The late-season championship tease, it now seems, was nothing more than a function of scheduling. The Bulldogs, under .500 since Oct. 15, had only beaten the Ivy League’s three worst teams, and were thus a curious member of the quartet tied atop the Ancient Eight — a lottery winner among old-money elite. Brown (7-1, 4-1 […]

Elis host key Ivy matchup

The leaves have changed, the temperature has dropped and the calendar has reached November. And Yale is still playing meaningful football games. The Bulldogs have made it this far with victories against the three worst teams in the Ivy League, but now the schedule turns as cruel as the weather. The Elis (3-4, 3-1 Ivy) […]