Yale Football News Written By Former Bulldogs
November 23, 2019
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ABSOLUTELY BEST YALE HARVARD GAME EVER!!! At last we get even for ’69! Even better we are Ivy Champions again! Congratulations to those wonderful seniors.
November 23, 2019 — 5:23 PM
Dispute Yale AD’s best effort, The Faithful are rewarded. Go Eli !
November 23, 2019 — 5:27 PM
Absolutely awesome. What a display of grit by the Bulldogs, especially Rawlings. They hung in there and dominated at the end. Outscored Harvard 28-7 in the last 1 1/2 minutes plus two overtime’s. How many on sides kicks recovered by our guys in one season!?
November 23, 2019 — 5:49 PM
Congratulations to Yale on a true fantastic effort.. I feel even better this week.
November 23, 2019 — 6:05 PM
This, to me, might not be as “significant” a win as the victory over Navy in 1981, or the OT win over FBS Army back in 2014, but it is hard to recall one more satisfying. Absolutely astonishing display of guts and grit as the Holy Trinity of Rawlings, Klubnik, and Shohfi write the final chapter to their amazing legacy. Someone should carve their likenesses on West Rock or something.
I said a while back that Rawlings is the best Yale quarterback I’ve seen since Brian Dowling. I rescind that: Rawlings is THE best Yale quarterback I have seen. Period. His already impressive statistical resume would be even deeper had he not missed almost half his junior year due to injury, but his numbers won’t show the guts, the leadership, the toughness that were so intrinsic to his game. Those things are etched, though, on the memories of those of us fortunate to have seen him play (a rather sadly select company these days, however).
As another noted earlier, today it felt like the Bulldogs did a great deal to exorcise the demon of THE TIE way back in 1968. First thing I thought when the Harvard ball carrier came up a couple of yards short to seal the win. Maybe they won’t be making documentaries about this one decades from now, but I’ll sleep better tonight.
A great year for a courageous team. I honestly thought they were dead midway through the third quarter of the Richmond game and the season on the verge of being lost. It’s not the first (sure it won’t be the last) time I was wrong. But I can’t remember ever being so happy admitting it.
Hats off to the 2019 Ivy League co-champions!
November 23, 2019 — 8:31 PM
Well said Blifred’s Ghost.
Special shout out to Cameron Warfield who recovered Rawlings fumble with 22 seconds left and saved the season. He took the ball away from a Harvard player who actually had a better angle.
November 23, 2019 — 8:54 PM
Cameron Warfield recovered a Rawlings fumble in the 2nd quarter as well.
November 24, 2019 — 4:56 AM
Truly a team effort, SOE
You never know how important any single play will be.
November 24, 2019 — 5:02 AM
Well said Blifred’s Ghost. This season has been a very special ride for us fans. However I am left wanting just one more thing. Please, please please install lights at the Yale Bowl.
Unfortunately, I have a feeling the protest we saw at half time will now become an annual tradition. If the protest had lasted just 5 minutes longer this special memory we now all have of an incredible Yale comeback win for a championship would have never been. Instead the game would have had to be called for darkness at the end of the first OT and Yale would have finished behind Dartmouth at 5-1-1. This can’t ever be allowed to happen in the future.
November 23, 2019 — 8:51 PM
By the way, it isn’t only unplanned protests that can cause The Game to be called for darkness. It very nearly happened in 2005 too. Yale needs to install lights at the Yale Bowl ASAP.
Or at least bring in temporary lights for the November games,
November 23, 2019 — 8:56 PM
How about the cops take their night sticks out and crack some head. After 1 or 2 the rest will scatter.
I agree with son of eli, they really could’ve ruined one the greatest sporting events for people who want to watch SPORTS!
November 23, 2019 — 11:16 PM
Agreed. There was a security presence, paid to perform their job, which did nothing. To secure the field. Only a few took the proper action and denied access when being rushed. When they took action, it worked. It was not a protest. It was privileged brats exercising their right to not be disciplined! When confronted while exiting the field, most had no answer to what they were doing out there. The vanilla reaction to this illegal activity will only ensure it will happen again. Yale must do their job securing the field and there will not be a need lights!
November 23, 2019 — 11:43 PM
Agreed that security should be increased. However, it’s very difficult to control such a large crowd.
These protestors should also be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and face academic sanction up o and including expulsion. Doing that might deter such criminal behavior in the future. Unfortunately I doubt that the feckless Yale administration will do that. Installing Lights seems to be the path of least resistance.
November 24, 2019 — 3:20 AM
I am ecstatic, and nearly beyond belief! One thing, though, is marring this day and night for me as I type at 2:49 a.m. here in Seattle.
I moved here in ’92 after growing up in New Haven — Dad was Professor Bob Abelson (Social Psych, PoliSci) and took me to Yale games starting in ’66 when I was 9. Have loved Yale Football ever since. For this year’s GAME, since I don’t have cable, friends recorded the game for me onto DVD — but they f*cked up and only recorded 4 hours, despite my pleas to get more just in case. When the protest happened I texted them but they wrongly thought they would still get the whole game. Nope, recording ended in mid-4th quarter.
Upshot: did anyone record The Game onto a disc or even (ahem) videotape? If so, would you be willing to loan it to me so I can copy or make a copy for me? I will of course pay all postage, both ways. I know recording games onto physical media makes me a dinosaur but that’s what I am comfortable with.
I have seen highlights of key plays but having the whole experience as it unfolded would be sweet. If you can help, please contact “off-list” at: email@example.com . Many thanks.
November 24, 2019 — 5:56 AM
If you sign up for espn plus you can’t watch the game again on demand.
November 24, 2019 — 6:48 AM
Meant you can watch the game again on demand with ESPN plus.
November 24, 2019 — 7:11 AM
Regrettably left with around 3 minutes to go in regulation. Spouse getting cold despite blanket and with her vision problems she could see less and less as it got darker: I was discouraged by the 4th long run by the Harvard back. Got to hear it on WELI heading home though. I found the game on ESPN last night and watched the last 3 minutes and overtimes 3 times! Harvard coach screwed up big time in leaving non-hands players along their left sideline – both players #82, #55 let the ball squirt between them, not even trying to recover, but instead going after blocks of Yale players, letting Klubnik recover. May the Spirit of Carm finally Rest In Peace.
If you want to watch the whole game, I could not find it on ESPN+, probably because it was televised on ESPNU. However, if you can get ESPN streaming via their app, do this: Click on “Featured”, then scroll down to “Conferences”, click on “Ivy”, scroll down to “On Demand”, then scroll over to Harvard-Yale Game. You can even select the Spanish version.
November 24, 2019 — 8:02 AM
Thank you MissCarm70!
November 24, 2019 — 3:02 PM
Thank you Son of Eli! Also, a great ol’ pal from West Haven alerted me to this. Full game with Spanish broadcasters:
November 24, 2019 — 3:00 PM
” Harvard deserved to win”- Crimson Coach Tim Murphy following loss
November 24, 2019 — 8:22 AM
Right. Your supposed outstanding defense gives up over 550 yards, Yale has the ball for over 36 minutes, you 23, you cannot hold a 14 point lead with 1 1/2 minutes to go, and you are outscored 28-7 from that last 1 1/2 minutes through 2 overtime’s, and you say your team deserved to win? What about your lack of coaching of your guys on the onsides kick? Who did you say this for, your players or yourself? What a gracious comment at the end of the game. Jack Ford and Reno looked pretty dumbfounded and I don’t blame them.
November 24, 2019 — 10:55 AM
FU, Murph. Classless.
How Rawlings, Klubnik and Shohfi became a trio before they ever put on the blue jersey thanks to social media. Here’s Friday’s Yahoo article on how it all began. https://sports.yahoo.com/yale-quarterback-receivers-rewriting-school-record-book-170302379–ncaaf.html
November 24, 2019 — 9:03 AM
I agree with what you said about fearing that the protests will now become an annual tradition. There is no aphrodisiac quite so strong to the perpetually aggrieved as the heady mix of notoriety and approbation (not unexpectedly, I suppose, there are any number of people who seem sympathetic to, if not outright supportive of the actions of the protestors). No doubt that toxic catnip will only encourage future copy-cats. Attendance for The Game at the Bowl this year dropped below 50,000 for the first time since 1999. If what we saw at halftime is what we have to look forward to in the future, I suspect that number will continue to drop.
November 24, 2019 — 10:02 AM
Ironically I think Murphy was upset in part due to the fact he is still one win short of tying Cozza’s all Time Ivy League win record. He now fell painfully short five straight times and will have to wait nine months for another chance. Maybe Carm’s ghost has been haunting him.
November 24, 2019 — 11:11 AM
Whatever the reason, pretty classless, sour grapes thing to say.
On the other hand, Tommy Amaker, Harvard Basketball coach, has had a top 100 recruit loaded team now for three years and he has yet to win the Ivy Tournament and has to be pretty disappointed about that. You didn’t hear about him being anything but gracious to “Gentleman James” Jones of Yale when he lost to Yale at the end of the year and again in the tournament finals.
November 24, 2019 — 12:18 PM
In fairness to a Murphy I caught him saying to Reno “you deserved to win too.” It was hard to hear so I didn’t catch it the first two times I watched it.
November 24, 2019 — 1:58 PM
Didn’t hear it. Must have said it to Reno after he turned away from Jack Ford, probably realized what he said at first was a poor choice of response to Ford’s question.
November 24, 2019 — 3:08 PM
Didn’t hear it, but what he said to Ford initially was a poor choice.
November 24, 2019 — 3:09 PM
Sorry for the repeat. Site fed back what I said the first time was a repeat so I thought it was deleted,
November 24, 2019 — 3:14 PM
After watching the last hour of the game three times now (it never gets old) I am really impressed with the commentary of Roddy Jones. He is a future star in the making for college football broadcasting.
November 24, 2019 — 1:55 PM
I hope I’m wrong but I fear that yesterday’s halftime disruption— and the prospect of a repetition— will keep The Game off national TV indefinitely.
Anybody have any information on the injuries to Tribble and Eiselen?
November 24, 2019 — 3:20 PM
SOE, all I heard from him , was how are they gonna play this game in the dark. It’s so dark, over and over.
I would rather listen to Russ Tucker , Jack Ford and Ron Vaccarro.
November 24, 2019 — 3:21 PM
I can see your point but I was saying the same thing as I watched the game at the bowl. I was really worried the game was going to be called while the score was still tied. It easily could have been.
November 24, 2019 — 4:34 PM
November 24, 2019 — 5:01 PM
I also love to listen to Ross Tucker and Vaccarro. Jack Ford is good too.
November 24, 2019 — 4:39 PM
Here’s another question, will there be any redshirts coming back.. Keeler, Lamar anyone else.?
November 24, 2019 — 3:39 PM
Any thoughts on the favorite for next years captain?
Dudek, Henson, Rouse II, Thomas II ? Someone else?
November 24, 2019 — 4:26 PM
I meant to add John Dean as well.
November 24, 2019 — 4:28 PM
If I had a vote it would be for Dudek.
November 24, 2019 — 4:31 PM
Congratulations Kurt Rawlings on his 6th OPW honor
Sam Tuckerman for his Special Team Honor.
Should cement Mr. Rawlings OPY honor as well
November 25, 2019 — 1:47 PM
My vote would go to R.Thomas.
November 25, 2019 — 10:53 AM
A couple more shout outs. Tipton was outstanding and I look forward to three more years of his pass catching.
And how great was the O line when they needed to be. During the last two drives and OT, no sacks, no holding penalties. Great job.
I’m sure there are others I’m forgetting.
November 24, 2019 — 4:48 PM
November 24, 2019 — 5:05 PM
Here is Yale’s football schedule fir next year. Already counting the days until it starts.
November 24, 2019 — 6:37 PM
Thanks for that link, SoE! I was about to gripe on the voy board that we STILL didn’t know who the 10th opponent for next year is, after the 2019 season is over. Looks like it will be Lehigh.
Glad Vicki didn’t wait until Oct. 2nd to let us know. (Well, actually, that fbschedules.com website gathers data from many sources, so in all probability, Yale STILL hasn’t announced that game as official. The info was probably obtained from the Lehigh Sports Information Department.)
November 25, 2019 — 10:58 AM
Looks like Yale ended up ranked 22nd in the FCS national standings, right behind Dartmouth. So, anyone know the reason we don’t participate in the FCS playoffs these days? We pretty much do in all other NCAA sports. Does it have something to do with the fact we don’t have a freshman team anymore and football starts right at the beginning of the fall semester? Would have been great to see how we would have done, just saying….
November 25, 2019 — 7:57 AM
Couple months ago I put the question to Pres Salovey on an alumni call-in program. He said he opposes lengthening the season as it might result in additional injuries.
I’m not sure that’s a candid response, and I’m sure it’s not a full explanation. Other conferences are, in effect, run by ADs. Not so the Ivy League. It’s official name, the Ivy Group of President’s, tells you how it’s run. And in recent years about half of the Ivy presidents have been female. Student interest in football is also way down all across the league. In that context, I suppose we are fortunate to see football continue on any basis.
November 25, 2019 — 9:46 AM
Under that rationale why play football at all? Injuries are always possible, just like in any sport.
November 26, 2019 — 7:34 AM
I’m not sure many people are aware of how important this year’s seniors have been to the football program as a whole. They represent Reno’s best recruiting class (recruiting has since fallen off), they have created an amazingly unselfish team-first ethos (the football parents have helped with this) which they have tried to pass down to the younger players, and they have in effect taken over most of the coaching.
The answer to the question, “How is Reno at halftime?” was “Terrible, the team is basically self-coached.” The better players have in effect taken over from the position coaches, telling them when to back off and when stop tolerating less than all-out effort.
Things will not be the same going forward. Given our coaching, we cannot expect to win unless our material is clearly superior and, given our recent recruiting that just isn’t the case.
Barring a miracle, I’m afraid we can expect mediocrity, at best, for the foreseeable future.
So, let’s savor 50-43!
November 25, 2019 — 11:33 AM
Why can’t you give Coach Reno credit for creating a culture of unselfishness and mutual support? With that said, I agree that there is going to be a drop in talent next year.
November 25, 2019 — 12:19 PM
A drop in talent is not an absence of talent.
I don’t see the cupboard as being bare. Does any program in the league replace talents like Rawlings, Shohfi, and Klubnick easily?
November 25, 2019 — 2:50 PM
You are displaying absolute ignorance of football or how iris coached . Yes senior leadership is essential but so is the coaching
What is going to make you happy ,two titles and then we fire Reno ?
Come on Man ! !!!
November 25, 2019 — 2:48 PM
If you want to read a brilliant report on the game, go to YaleDailyNews.com and read the piece by Jared Fel. It is superb, and that guy should be going places as a sports writer!
November 25, 2019 — 12:09 PM
Rawlings and Tuckerman win OPW and SPW honors
November 25, 2019 — 1:48 PM
Read Jared Fel’s article in the Yalie Daily News (YaleDailyNews.com). It is brilliant!
November 25, 2019 — 12:15 PM
Not sure I understand the two blogs that seem to be from anonymous or if they are the same person.
But how could anyone not give credit to Tony and his staff after winning two Ivy League titles in 3 yrs and the last year losing Rawlings and in effect Dudek for the second half of year .
Getting blown out by Dartmouth in forth week , yet coming back to win ) in a row!
Dismantling Princeton at home and then coming all the way back in just over a minute .
Either there is a hidden grudge somewhere or i am just missing something, the coaching staff needs to be congratulated for these accomplishments.
November 25, 2019 — 2:08 PM
Give credit ,where credit is do. Great job in doing on what you set out to do. . Each game after the Dartmouth game got better and BETTER.
The players as always deserve this Championship, As do the coaches and staff well done.
I have watched this program for many many years. I never realized how good I had it . Until this year with all the policy changes and restrictions. Well if this result of this , A Championship Season. I will abide by it. Sincerely JH
November 25, 2019 — 2:26 PM
Agree with the above regarding the masterful writing displayed by Mr Fel in his article in the YDN. It gives me a segue way to provide a dated but uplifting verse from the great icon of sports journalism Grantland Rice:
I remember the stand at Thermopylae
The Greek Guard made one day;
I remember the legions that Caesar used
To shatter the Gallic sway;
And I remember across the years
Two banners that crowned the crest,
When Yale was king of the conquered East,
And Michigan ruled the West.
At night in my humble den I dream
Of the glories that used to be ?
Of Hannibal taking the Alpine Trail,
Of Drake on the open sea;
And then I wander the ancient ways
To dream a dream I love the best,
When Yale was king of the conquered East,
And Michigan ruled the West.— Grantland Rice
November 25, 2019 — 2:35 PM
My error in spelling segue shows I am far from being a masterful writer.
November 25, 2019 — 2:39 PM
Thanks for posting this RIW.
November 25, 2019 — 3:25 PM
I love this poem. I’m going to commit it to memory.
November 25, 2019 — 3:39 PM
Thank you RIW.
November 25, 2019 — 3:52 PM
Just sent that poem to my Yale ’87 buddy who now teaches at Michigan. Thanks!
November 26, 2019 — 6:13 AM
John Dean was elected Captain for 2020
November 25, 2019 — 2:46 PM
Congratulations, Mr. Dean.
I’m sure team 148 will make us proud.
November 25, 2019 — 3:03 PM
I’ve checked the record this afternoon, and I believe Rawlings is the first starting Yale QB to beat Harvard three times since the immortal T.A.D. Jones In 1905-07.
Quiet an achievement.
November 25, 2019 — 5:36 PM
How about John Rogan 79-81? He might not have started the 79 game, could have been Dunn. I don’t remember. I always thought Rogan was a way better QB than Dunn, but Dunn was a senior that year.
November 25, 2019 — 7:55 PM
Never mind. Yale lost in 79 to Harvard.
November 25, 2019 — 8:01 PM
Mike Curtin, now an MD in Utah, came pretty close: lost 17-7 in The 100th Game in ’83 with a 1-9 Eli squad, then beat the Crimson 30-27 and 17-6 his junior and senior years. Great guy too.
November 26, 2019 — 6:17 AM
Not to diminish this particular Rawlings accomplishment, but it wasn’t until 1993 that QB’s could even get four chances to start against Harvard. For the first 120-or-so years of the program, to beat H three times, you had to go 3-for-3.
The other side of that, of course, is that Rawlings DID go 3-for-3, considering he did not play in The Game last year.
November 26, 2019 — 8:45 AM
To add to this young man’s accomplishments. He has been added to The Walter Payton award.
He should be invited to some All-star games..If they don’t their loss
November 25, 2019 — 5:49 PM
Do Rawlings, Shofi, Klubnik or any defenders have pro prospects?
…To Reno haters, I’d say a) It’d be tough to improve on 23-7 the last three years including two 9-1 Ivy titles; b) do you really want to go back to the likes of Williams and Siedlecki? (Though Jack had 2 titles, he couldn’t beat Harvard and apparently wasn’t a good communicator with players.)
The grass is always greener
November 26, 2019 — 7:30 AM
Jack siedlecki’s teams actually beat Harvard four times (over twelve years).
November 26, 2019 — 4:56 PM
We don’t have grass anymore just Reno turf.
November 26, 2019 — 7:54 AM
A moving piece by Josh Keeler on what it means to play football at Yale. This is why Yale still plays football, and I hope always will.
November 26, 2019 — 8:03 AM
Sam Tuckerman’s column is another fine example of the value of this program and the sacrifices these players make. Another must read
November 26, 2019 — 8:11 AM
Speaking of Yale Daily News pieces, did anyone notice the cheeky URL on Jared Fel’s game report?
November 26, 2019 — 8:48 AM
I noticed it. I imagine that was the score when he started writing it and he thought the game was going to be called for darkness after the 1st OT, and then he forgot to change it.
November 26, 2019 — 9:15 AM
Thanks, SOE. I wish their fellow students would give them the support they deserve.
November 26, 2019 — 8:58 AM
The entire game now on YouTube
November 26, 2019 — 10:20 AM
After some reflection about this season and this great team, but the negative projection from one of the “Anonymous” contributors about next year and the near future, I recalled the 1969 team who was honored on Saturday along with other champs ending in 9. After Dowling, Hill, and the rest had graduated, no one gave the ‘69 team much of a chance, especially against “more talented” Dartmouth and Princeton teams. All I know is that a lot of those guys on that team were from my class, and they were a really dedicated bunch. While I never asked those I knew on the team, I’m sure they had two things going for them, “talent” not withstanding.
One was character, their own intrinsic and also what they inherited from their playing with that great team that preceded them. The other was their desire to prove everyone wrong. They ended up tying the “more talented” Dartmouth and Princeton teams, by playing what I remember well as an amazingly gutsy game against Harvard. Let’s not sell next year’s team short.
November 27, 2019 — 8:31 PM
Thanks for the memory of the ’69 Eli champs MissCarm! Actually, that group — after an opening loss to UConn, just our second loss ever to the Huskies, that bode poorly — lost just once more, to Dartmouth. We beat Princeton 17-14, then avenged the ’68 Game with, as you say, an amazingly gutsy 7-0 win over the Johnnies at The Bowl. Ended in a 3-way tie for 1st, the title that no one expected.
November 30, 2019 — 11:31 PM