Notes on the loss to Brown

Kurt Rawlings might develop into a star in the years to come, but he’s clearly not there yet.  He was great at eluding defenders in the pocket and made a number of tough throws, but the misses to Marcinick in the endzone and the ugly interception were crucial to Brown’s victory.  The receiving corps did not bail out Rawlings.  Clemons dropped a touchdown pass that looked like it was going to be picked off, Klubnik tried to haul in another deep ball with one hand, and Leo Haenni bobbled an easy catch.  The offensive line struggled all day against Dewey Jarvis with Lamar and Salter hit behind the line of scrimmage on several run plays.   Jeho Chang was back in the lineup at left guard.  JP Shohfi was the offensive player of the week for Yale after a number of impressive receptions.

Despite a number of blunders on the defensive side of the ball, the defense still gave our offense every chance to pull out a victory.  Crowle and Egu were not seen on Saturday and we speculate they are out with injuries.  Freshmen Spencer Matthaei, Joshua Keeler, and Julian Fraser all saw action at defensive tackle.  Sophomore Quintin Herbert replaced Egu at linebacker.  Oluokun had his worst game of the year as he missed several tackles and could not stop the quick outs thrown at him.  Harriott’s big TD run in the first quarter and Demetri Jackson’s TD reception in the second half should have been minimal gains, but defenders simply did not wrap up.

The special teams played well until the very last play of the game.  Alessi has to catch that punt whether he is going to return it or not and the blockers need to be aware of where the ball is before turning their backs.  The officiating was horrendous all day and the Ivy League must implement replays to supplement the worst referees in the FCS.

19 thoughts on “Notes on the loss to Brown”

  1. Thank you, whoever provided this report. I can’t help thinking, though, that it sounds like Yale was playing its first game of the season instead of the eighth!

  2. Somehow the wheels have come off this year. Last year was disappointing, but at least there was a semblance of a team, even if one decimated with injuries. This looks like a group of guys just going through the motions, with no improvement from week to week.
    I’ll be at the Princeton game, and I will be cheering as usual for the Blue. I just hope we aren’t humiliated.

  3. I am up to my limit on injuries. There is more behind the injuries than we know about. The net net is that we have a totally inept coaching staff that has no clue how to use the players available to them. It’s time to move on and pull this program out of the toilet that Reno has put us in over the past five years.

  4. One last point. When Reno took the Yale job, he withdrew offers to young men that that the former staff had recruited. It had to be devastating for them and their families. it’s fine to play that brand of hard ball, but now he has to face up to the reality of the AD playing hard ball also. Good riddance to Reno.

  5. I AM SURE THAT THERE WILL BE ENOUGH PLAYERS FOR THE JV GAME NEXT WEEK. IT IS VERY UNLIKELY THAT AD BECKETT WOULD CANCEL THE GAME.

    1. While on the subject of The JV Game, Yale’s record in that game in recent years –
      Last 4 years under Siedlecki: 3-1
      3 years under Williams: 0-3
      3 years under Reno: 0-3 (one year cancelled)

  6. I BELIEVE THAT HARVARD ATTEMPTED TO CANCEL, HOWEVER, IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT AD BECKET INTERVENED AND THE GAME WAS PLAYED.

  7. Seems like a lot of websites are predicting a Yale win this week. Not surprised, but just want to get your guys’ thoughts on this.

  8. bulldog10jw
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    Predictions for Ivy League Week 9 2016
    Harvard – Penn was exposed by Princeton.
    Princeton – Princeton may score 60

  9. Columbia football blog:
    Penn +2 1/2 vs. Harvard
    The Quakers were not exposed by Princeton last week as much as the Tigers showed how good a team they really are. Penn will bounce back and beat the Crimson.

    Princeton -17 1/2 at Yale
    The Elis are plum terrible. Princeton is plum perfect.

  10. I will be cheering for Yale, but given the way things have gone so far this year I will be surprised if we are within 18 points of Princeton. I can’t remember a year when I was less enthusiastic about Yale football.

  11. I stand by this, but certainly hope I’m wrong. Well, at least wrong about Yale. I could care less about Harvard-Penn

    bulldog10jw
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    Predictions for Ivy League Week 9 2016
    Harvard – Penn was exposed by Princeton.
    Princeton – Princeton may score 60

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