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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2016 6:31 pm  Reply with quote
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Back to the game itself, what are folks expecting?  Yale has been very tough on us historically though we gave away last year's game and 2 years ago I think we  would have won if Melville wasn't hurt.  

This time around I'm thinking we've got the veteran team with playoff experience, one game under the belt and two weeks to prepare.  I'm sure it will be close, but I'm expecting no giveaways and to be 1-1 by the end of the day.  Other forecasts welcome!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2016 9:44 pm Reply with quote
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Yale always seems to be an annoying game for Colgate.  They stay strong until the end and can come up with plays when needed.  Colgate should be able to handle the run and I'm sure the DB's will do much better than they did against SU.  Colgate needs to do what they always do and that is get the run going and have Melville be the dual threat that he is.  These close games come down to keeping mistakes and turnovers to a minimum.  Do that and I think 'gate's experienced veterans will do fine and get the win.   Nothing new in this one.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2016 10:48 pm Reply with quote
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Agree with both posts, particularly with the observations about last year @ the Kerrdome and the prior season's loss when Mooney filled in for Jake (best performance ever by Mooney for us in a tough spot, and he connected on some nice throws). Each game, both under Coach Hunt, portrayed a team that had a lot of good component parts but that inevitably stalled when the chips were down. I would like to think that that all changed course after last season's second half on the road in Worcester. It's all been rock solid since then { with due deference to our commitment to leave the outcome of every game in question until the last second, and an understandable loss at 'Cuse). Yale is always tough, and they are said to have one of the top incoming classes in 1AA ( I still have alphabet problems with FBS/FCS). I've sat through many painful losses in the Yale Bowl, including drubbings in the 70's; a loss in which Kenny Gamble (playing on borrowed shoes or sneakers) put on what the Bulldog's legendary coach Carm Cozza described at the time as the finest performance he'd yet seen on that field by a running back; and a late game turnaround when a Chris Brown squad in the season after Chattanoga lost on a last second 50 +/- field goal.  We've also had some nice wins there. The Tom Parr/Mark van Eeghan wishbone attack from my generation on campus raised a lot of eyebrows in New Haven, and QB's Dave Goodwin and Gavin McCarney put on memorable displays.  In my view this is the lace-up the spikes, buckle your helmet definition moment for a Hunt team to date. We made a statement in 2015.  We are playing an Ivy League traditional rival. We want to make noise on the national level. On paper, we have credentialed players with experience.  On paper, we have depth.  I think we are well coached, and have a team that is in-shape, healthy, and has intelligence and character on a par with all of the service academies.  I see no reason why, if we play our game,  I shouldn't be leaving the Bowl on Saturday with a small piece of souvenir victory turf in my pocket.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 12:32 am Reply with quote
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All good posts.

Yale is 122-18-2 in season openers. That's kind of ridiculous. Colgate's defense looks like it could be really good. Hope special teams is ready for a crazy two point play on Yale's part. They seem to come up with some good ones. Curious to see what Washington does at RB--kid plays tough. Hope Holland gets a bunch of carries--such a good first step--like that they have the pitch play as an option--good to get him outside fast. Think any pass play with a pump fake involved would eat a defense alive with them looking into the backfield. Or just throw the 20 yard back shoulder pass to the sideline. Amazing how many of those Melville completes. Short season. Good week for these guys to get rolling.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 6:49 am Reply with quote
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Our Achilles heel is our DB's, the run defense was outstanding against SU, they play well, we win.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 9:05 am Reply with quote
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will 94 KXZ carry an audio stream??
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 12:50 pm Reply with quote
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[quote="bluefish:1167"]will 94 KXZ carry an audio stream??[/quote]

WKXZ isn't covering the game.  On the Colgate football schedule page scroll to the Yale game and click listen on the right.  It takes you to a radio station will have audio of the game.  If you go to the Yale football/athletics site you can find more than one radio station that is broadcasting the game.  Here is the link for the Yale radio station covering the game.

http://www.yalebulldogs.com/information/broadcasts/index

You can also get the radio for the game from ESPN Radio 1300 -New Haven.
Do a Google search on that and it will bring up the link for the station's broadcast.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 1:06 pm Reply with quote
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I think the DB's are pretty solid. The scheme has them keeping everything in front of them. The three times (I think) they were beat for big plays against Syracuse were the long TD, the catch on the sideline against Castillo and the pass to the big receiver against Daramy. There were really only beat on one of those and there were three very good catches. They really didn't give up much in the red zone--when they stopped playing off so much. I would love to see them not giving up the seven yard out so much--especially when they have a lead in the 4th--and I liked when they did a late shift last year to get the Morgan pick against HC--but everything comes at a cost. Looking forward to seeing what V. Steffen can do this week with a game under his belt and how Afriyie does against Yale's 6'9" OT.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 1:48 pm Reply with quote
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Yale has 5 guys on the O line that are between 295 and 300 pounds and several more just under that amount.  Obviously, size is not and indication of how good they are. I did not look up the stats on them. 'gate's D line is pretty good and I think they will meet the challenge.  The 6'9' guy could certainly be a factor on extra points which has been a weak point in past years for the Raiders.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2016 7:19 am Reply with quote
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I hate to bring it up but we lost last years game because Yale scored two points on the "Swinging Gate" play where they lined up after a TD with the kicker holder and center twenty yards from the other eight players, snapped the ball, ran it in for two points and won by one.  Embarassed

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