Saturday, November 15, 2008

LIVE UPDATES: Football vs. Yale

UPDATED 2:50 pm

On the move deep into the fourth quarter, Brian Anderson's pass just bounced out of Trey Peacock's hands and into the hands of a Yale defensive back. It's been that kind of game. Yale has the ball, first down, less than 4 minutes left. Full recap after the game on

UPDATED 2:17 pm

The third quarter ends with Yale still leading 14-0. The quarter moved about as quickly as possible, considering TV timeouts. Princeton is near midfield now on a drive that began with a 7-yard hook and ladder (from Will Thanheiser to Jordan Culbreath). The Tigers will be going against the wind in the quarter, although its a pretty light wind at this point. The way possessions have been going, Princeton can't assume more than three chances the rest of the way, including this one, so points are a near must here.

UPDATED 1:29 pm

Halftime score is 14-0. Princeton got into a bit of an offensive groove with backup Tommy Wornham leading the charge, but a fourth-down attempt in Yale territory was incomplete. Anderson didn't appear to get injured, and head coach Roger Hughes did talk about the chance of Wornham seeing time to keep Anderson healthy deeper into the games. We'll see who takes the field when Princeton starts in the third quarter, although Yale will get the ball first.

UPDATED 1:05 pm

Yale just got another big turnover in the Princeton red zone and converted it into another touchdown. Brian Anderson scrambled out of trouble and tried to find Will Thanheiser, who went upfield as Anderson tried to hit him on a shorter route. The pass was picked by Yale captain Bobby Abare, the 10th of his career, and returned to the 17. Three plays later, Jordan Forney caught a slant for the 14-0 lead with seven minutes remaining in the half.

Princeton will get the ball and has the wind at its back, and it desperately needs some positive momentum going into the half.

UPDATED 12:27 pm

There have been better starts. Princeton fumbled an option pitch on the first play of the game, and Yale drove for the touchdown. The Tigers' second drive was thwarted by a sack, and Ryan Coyle's punt into the wind was fair caught at the 41. The Princeton defense needs a stop here, because the Yale defense is ranked No. 1 nationally.

UPDATED 12:08 pm

We're at the historic Yale Bowl. It's raining. Not as much as an hour ago, but it's raining. It's also overcast, but at least it's warm. The crowd is sparse, but at least they (and you) can watch the game on the Versus Network.

This will be Princeton's second game on grass and first game on wet grass since the Brown game in 2005. It will be interesting to see how Princeton handles the turf, especially in both the run game and the run defense.

The interlocking 'Y' and 'P' are at midfield, the cameras are rolling and the 131st edition of Princeton-Yale is about to get started.

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