Non-conference Competition Closes at Yale
Oct. 9, 2012
THE OPENING KICK-OFF
MATCH-UP: Lafayette (3-2) travels to Connecticut to play its final non-conference opponent of the 2012 season. The Leopards have taken the last two games from Yale (1-3) in a series that dates back to 1912, but has included just three meetings in the new millennium. Both teams are coming off 20-point home losses last week, the Leopards losing 35-14 to Princeton and the Bulldogs surrendering a 34-14 setback to Ivy League foe Dartmouth.
A DIFFERENT MARK: Freshman LB Mark Dodd has seen his playing time increase steadily. Dodd has played in the team's last three games including Princeton when He made 5.5 tackles with a half-sack.
INTERCEPTION NUMBERS: Lafayette is second is the nation in passes intercepted with 11 through five games (2.2 per game).
Yale comes in with a 1-3 record while playing its third game of a four-game homestand that includes two Patriot League and two Ivy League opponents. Yale opened with a 24-21 win over Georgetown, followed by losses to Cornell (45-6), Colgate (47-24) and Dartmouth (34-14).
Fr. Eric Williams has been the Bulldogs' QB, completing 64 percent of his passes (84-of-131) with five touchdowns and eight interceptions through four games. Williams' older brothers, Scott '13 and Sean '11, both played at Yale. His father, Larry, who is currently the A.D. at Marquette, played college football at Notre Dame and then spent nine seasons in the NFL.
The Yale defense is allowing nearly 450 yards (218 rushing and 228 passing) and 37 points per game.
Senior LB Will McHale leads the team in tackles with 37, including three tackles for loss in the Bulldogs' 3-4 lineup.
Yale is -7 in turnover margin, giving up 8 INT and 4 fumbles.
Tony Reno (Worcester St. '97), a former Harvard and Yale assistant, is in his first season at Yale.
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