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Thoughts on the Cornell Loss

The first half at Cornell was a disaster on both sides of the ball.  Offensively, Chapple was “ineffective” as the ILDN broadcasters put it and went 3/10 for 40 yards with 2 interceptions before being replaced by Tre Moore.  Moore played decently aside from an ugly interception and a few misreads.  On both second half scoring drives, Moore made smart decisions and showed off the accuracy coaches have been raving about since camp.  Whenever momentum seemed to shift in Yale’s direction, it was disappointing that the offense continued to operate at the slow tempo pace allowing defenders to catch their breath.  The RBs were not being effectively switched to keep defenses off balance trying to defend against Harris’ speed or the power of Salter/Rich.  The O Line struggled to open running lanes and protect the QB once again. Center Karl Marback had a number of high snaps and Guard Jeho Chang blew two assignments resulting in a sack and a tackle for loss.  The offensive line stepped up in the second half, but Yale just did not have the offensive gameplan in place to come back from the 24-3 halftime deficit.

Defensively, we witnessed the same struggles as we did a week ago against Colgate.  The defensive line could not generate pressure on Cornell’s QB Dalton Banks in the first half leaving the secondary exposed.  The corners and safeties were often a step too slow to break up the pass and had to settle for a touchdown saving tackle.  The linebackers simply missed too many tackles to slow down the Big Red.  It was nice to see Foye Oluokun out there playing OLB/Nickelback and he led the defense with 10 tackles, but appeared to suffer an injury in the fourth quarter so we hope he’s OK next week.  CB Marquise Peggs also went down with an injury and Yale opted to move Alessi down to cornerback and bring in senior Brian Sykes at safety.

We have to give credit to Coach Paul Rice as the special teams units played solidly.  With all of our talented receivers and backs, it might be time to give someone a shot at punt returning besides Alessi though.  Alex Galland performed well and should have a great future here at Yale.

Bulldogs Drop to 0-2 After Loss at Cornell 27-13

Cornell Preview

The Bulldogs will be on the road this week squaring off against the Big Red Saturday at 3 PM ET on the ILDN.  Cornell enters the contest at 1-0 after defeating Bucknell last week 24-16.  It took some heroics last year to pull off the 33-26 victory at home, but this is once again a very winnable game.

Cornell’s offense features an efficient QB,  an above average offensive line, and a solid runningback.  Cornell’s QB Dalton Banks went 17/24 for 160 yards passing last week and accounted for all three touchdowns (2 rushing, 1 passing).  RB Chris Walker gained 141 yards on 17 rushes.  Cornell’s defense was exploited by Bucknell’s rushing attack as Joey DeFloria ran for over 150 yards on the Big Red D.  They also had no answer for Bucknell WR Will Carter who gained 122 yards on 9 receptions.  Cornell was also only able to sack Bucknell QB Matt Muh once during the game.  This bodes well for the Bulldog offense as we have the backs and receivers at our disposal to make life a nightmare for Cornell.  If we can get the running game established with Harris/Salter and protect Chapple for a few seconds, our offense should get back on track this week.  Defensively, the Bulldogs need to win at the line of scrimmage to slow down Walker and fluster the sophomore QB.

Notes on the loss

Coach Reno decided to start Rafe Chapple at QB, but also experimented with Tre Moore and Kurt Rawlings on Saturday.  Moore’s series sputtered, while Rawlings series ended with a turnover on downs and an interception.  It’s a shame the QB circus had to play out another week, but at least now we know who will be leading this team forward.

Dale Harris got the start at RB over Salter and Rich, but all three struggled against the stout Raiders front.  The offensive line simply could not open the holes needed to get the run game going.  Penalties by Friedline and Cannon were costly to drives and overall the line could not sustain pass blocks long enough to pick apart Colgate’s secondary.

Jake Melville and the Colgate receivers had their way with the Yale secondary.  The defensive front could not generate an effective pass rush and often left corners Marquise Peggs and Jaelin Alburg in tough situations against the Patriot League’s top receiving corps.  Clearly the defense is reeling from the losses of Spencer Rymiszewski and Copache Tyler.   Even the experienced linebackers performed well below their capabilities in the season opener.

Yale’s next opponent, Cornell, beat Bucknell 24-16 on Saturday.

Bulldogs Drop Home Opener to Colgate 55-13

Yale Down 35-13 at Halftime to Colgate

Under 24 Hours to Kickoff

We are now just under 24 hours away from kickoff tomorrow at the Yale Bowl.  The 2006 Ivy League Championship team will be regathering at the game to celebrate the ten year anniversary of their historic run.  Unfortunately, we received terrible news that Isaiah DeLeon-Mares ’10 passed away suddenly this week.  Isaiah saw varsity action against Columbia in his freshman year, but concussions derailed his promising football career.  He was always a source of energy at practice as a student assistant and was beloved by not only the football team, but also by his Zeta Psi fraternity brothers and the fellow members of his secret society.

Be sure to check out the game tomorrow at 1:30 PM ET on One World Sports or the Ivy League Digital Network.  Ron Vaccaro and Carm Cozza will be leading the radio broadcast on ESPN Radio AM 1300.


QB Battle Rages On

Coach Tony Reno has not announced the starter for Saturday’s contest and it still appears to be a three horse race with Moore, Chapple and Rawlings duking it out for the top spot.

WR Bo Hines has been ruled out of Saturday’s game.  Hines’ string of injuries since his transfer has been disappointing for fans, but luckily we return veteran pass catchers such as Chris Williams-Lopez, Michael Siragusa Jr., Robert Clemons III, Myles Gaines, Sebastian Little and Leo Haenni among others to take the pressure off of our new QB.

Our beefed up O-Line will be looking to clear holes for the three-headed monster in our backfield.  Rich, Harris and Salter are all at full strength and will be splitting carries this Saturday against a stingy front seven for the Colgate Raiders.  Reno mentioned to the YDN that Salter is in the neighborhood of 230 pounds!


JV Schedule:

Vs. Milford Academy Sept. 25th

Vs. Brown Oct. 2nd

At Harvard Nov. 18th



5 Days Away

We are just five days away from kickoff at the Yale Bowl Saturday at 1:30 PM EDT versus Colgate.  As the YDN reported last week, the Bulldogs will be without their returning All-Ivy defenders Copache Tyler and Spencer Rymiszewski.

The game can be seen live on One World Sports or the Ivy League Digital Network.

Colgate is coming off a 9-5 season and was picked to repeat as Patriot League Champion this year.  Yale will need to put pressure up front on an experienced Raiders offensive line to slow down QB Jake Melville and RB James Holland.  On offense, getting blockers on LB Kyle Diener and DE Pat Afriyie will be crucial to opening the running lanes.

Syracuse Tops Colgate 33-7

The defending Patriot League Champion, Colgate, dropped its first game on Friday versus Syracuse.  Despite starting the game with an early lead after Jake Melville’s touchdown toss to Owen Rockett, the Orange scored 33 unanswered points and gained 554 yards on the day.  Colgate’s front seven did show promise as aside from a big 49 yard play, they limited Syracuse to just 68 yards on 34 rushes.  Colgate’s front seven includes three all-league performers from a year ago, so Yale’s O-linemen will have their hands full in Week 1.  Syracuse constantly found soft spots in Colgate’s secondary and surely this film will give Reno a rough blueprint for aerial success.

Yale has won the last nine season openers including last year’s wild 29-28 finish over Colgate.  The keys to this game will be punching holes in Colgate’s defensive front seven and preventing Melville and company from starting as quickly as they did against the Orange.

We did not attend the closed scrimmage on Saturday, but would love to hear your thoughts on the current position battles.

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