The Game 2013

No. 9 Cameron Sandquist ’14 said that the atmosphere for a Harvard-Yale game is different from other games.

Photo by Henry Ehrenberg.

For coverage of The Game ’13 on Saturday, the News has you covered. Access the latest news from sports reporters, opinion columnists and Weekend supplements, alongside archived articles, on this page along with a liveblog of Saturday’s game. Follow @YDNSports, @ydnWEEKEND and @yaledailynews on Twitter for minute by minute updates with #TheGame13.


It’s the most historic rivalry in college football – Yale v. Harvard. Follow along live as YDN beat reporters Ashton Wackym and Grant Bronsdon detail and analyze all of the action.



A true champion on defense

BY FREDERICK FRANK, Thursday, November 21, 2013

This season, Champion had his best game to date on Oct. 5 against the then nationally-ranked Cal Poly Mustangs. The defensive back had 14 tackles, a fumble recovery and two interceptions, in Yale’s 24–10 upset.

Scott ready to step in under center

BY ASHTON WACKYM, Friday, November 22, 2013
Yale has struggled with the loss of several key offensive leaders this year, but quarterback Logan Scott ’16 stepped in under center for Hank Furman ’14 at Princeton and became an impact player.

Ross twins make d-lines see double

BY GREG CAMERON, Friday, November 22, 2013
Fans watching The Game tomorrow may think that they are seeing double when they look at the Yale sideline, but they are actually looking at nearly-identical twins Derrek Ross ’16 and Dustin Ross ’16, who both play offensive line for Yale. 

Oppenheimer the center of attention

BY ASHTON WACKYM, Thursday, November 21, 2013
On Saturday, offensive lineman John Oppenheimer ’14 will emerge from the tunnel and enter the Yale Bowl in front of thousands of fans. The News sat down with Oppenheimer to discuss the emotions and energy that accompany playing in The Game.

A true champion on defense

BY FREDERICK FRANK, Thursday, November 21, 2013
Sitting at the heart of a tenacious Bulldog defense is strong safety Cole Champion ’16. The Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. native has been near the top of Yale’s leader board in tackles in both of his seasons with the Elis. Going into The Game, the sophomore leads the team with three interceptions and leads the Ancient Eight with four fumble recoveries. 

Inside the 20, Bulldogs excel

BY GRANT BRONSDON, Wednesday, November 20, 2013

 As any football coach can attest, great teams are able to dominate, scoring touchdowns on offense and limiting points on defense. By those metrics, the Yale football team certainly counts as a great team.

Sandquist talks Harvard-Yale

BY FREDERICK FRANK, Wednesday, November 20, 2013
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. 

Explosive Randall a jack-of-all-trades

BY GRANT BRONSDON, Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Yale football team has seen some uncertainty at quarterback this season, with four different players taking snaps under center. But no matter who directs the offense, one playmaker remains constant: wideout Deon Randall ’15.


WKND: Where There Is No Weekend

BY YUVAL BEN-DAVID AND LEAH MOTZKIN, Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Spaceship WKND lands on Moon Harvard, finds little life. In a reflection, writers examine why exactly that weekend was so awful in comparison to WKNDs at Yale.

WKND: The Best Performances, Off the Field

President Fitzgerald Grant III (H) v. First Lady Mellie Grant (Y) of “Scandal”, Elle Woods (H) v. Quinn Fabray (Y), Mark Zuckerberg (H) v. Rory Gilmore (Y)

WKND: The Game(s)

BY CODY KAHOE AND CALEB MADISON, Thursday, November 21, 2013

XC: Guide to Football

BY DANIEL STERN and CAROLINE WRAY, Thursday, November 21, 2013

For the sports fan, the week leading up to The Game feels like counting down the days to Christmas. For others, it can feel like a looming midterm, but not like one of those midterms you spent weekends studying for, never emerging from Bass to learn the basics of American football.

XC: Guide to Tailgating

BY LEO KIM and AKASH SALAM, November 22, 2013

Those Two Guys Throwing a Football back and forth… and back and forth and back and forth for like… an hour, two hours, eternity?… No one knows when they started, but it is suspected that they provide some sort of perpetual energy from the back and forth motion of the football that powers the stadium. 

Long Day’s Journey into Cambridge

BY AARON GERTLER, Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Tailgate You’re Probably Not Invited To

BY DAVID WHIPPLE, Thursday, November 21, 2013

WKND: Amateur

BY JORDI GASSÓ, Thursday, November 21, 2013

WKND: Re: My Term Paper Grade

BY WILL ADAMS, Thursday, November 21, 2013

WKND: HER GRACE’S TASTE: Drop the Bass, Not the Football

BY ALLIE KRAUSE, Thursday, November 21, 2013


Photo by Charlie Croom.

GRAVER: For better tailgates

Over the last few years, capricious administrators and litigious outsiders have worked to change this trend. Take Safety Dance, for example. Tailgates — in a more slow and steady fashion — appear next in line. Tailgates have been subject to increasing regulations. 

Students prepare for stricter Harvard-Yale tailgate

BY WESLEY YIIN AND ASHTON WACKYM, Wednesday, November 13, 2013


New tailgate rules in second year

BY ASHTON WACKYM, Tuesday, October 1, 2013

 After a November 2011 accident at the Yale-Harvard tailgate resulted in one death and two injuries, the Yale administration took action to make the area surrounding Gate C of the Yale Bowl a safer environment. 

HY 3Photo by Zoe Gorman.


2012: Harvard comes back, avoids upset

BY CHARLES CONDRO, Monday, November 26, 2012

Moral victories are not tallied in the Ivy League standings, but after an adversity-plagued 2012 season, the Bulldogs’ performance in the 129th episode of The Game last Saturday would be chalked up in that category.

2011: Harvard trounces Yale, 45-7

BY JIMIN HE, Saturday, November 19, 2011


After fighting to a 7–7 stalemate in the opening quarter, an overwhelmed Yale squad watched Harvard (9–1, 7–0 Ivy) blow past it for the rest of the game en route to a 45–7 win. It was Yale’s worst loss to its archrival in 29 years

2010: Crimson pull off close victory — again

BY MAX DE LA BRUYERE, Sunday, November 21, 2010

Yale expected to win the football game. It dominated every statistical aspect of the game except the scoreboard. But it did things that lose football games. It allowed a kickoff return for a touchdown. It gave up a blocked punt. It gave Harvard short fields. Then Harvard made the plays it had to. And Yale didn’t.