WASHINGTON, D.C. — The first game of the 140th season of Yale (1-0) football was a thrilling back and forth battle with the Georgetown Hoyas (2-1) at venerable Multi-Sport Field. The game was not decided until Colin Bibb intercepted an Aaron Aiken pass in the end zone with 33 seconds remaining.
[flickr : Photos of Yale 24 Georgetown 21 /slideshow]
THE BIGGEST OFFENSIVE PLAY of the game was Williams’ 98 yard touchdown pass to Cameron Sandquist with under 45 seconds to go in the first half. The pass was tipped and Sandquist took it all the way for the longest play in Yale’s history.
TURNOVERS WERE HUGE on Saturday. Yale gave up 2 fumbles and freshman QB Eric Williams was intercepted 3 times, one of which was returned for a touchdown that gave the Hoyas a 14-7 lead. Georgetown had four turnovers with Aiken losing a fumble in addition to his late interception. Two other Hoyas put the ball on the ground.
SPECIAL TEAMS LOOMED LARGE as well, Georgetown missed two field goals in the first half, but returned a punt for a touchdown. The Bullodgs successfully fake a punt in the second quarter, but the drive stalled when Williams could not handle one of the many high snaps on the day.
OTHER NOTES: Williams, despite 3 interceptions, was impressive for a freshman quarterback. With experience, he should be able to cut down on the interceptions by not forcing throws…Mordecai Cargill and freshmen Tony Vargas combined for 179 yards on 37 carries. Cargil fumbled on the first drive, but rebounded for a solid day. Both are strong running north and south, not so much east and west. It seems like Cargill has been on the team for about 8 years…Yale fans outnumbered Georgetown fans…The Yale “Y” is no longer outlined on the helmet…This was the second time I saw Yale play at Georgetown, the previous time being the exactly five years earlier when Yale won 28-14…This was my son’s first football game, he did really well…my dad (“63 Silliman) has seen the Bulldogs all three times they have played at Georgetown.
FOOTBALL | Elis beat Hoyas sixth straight time – Yale Daily News
YALE FOOTBALL: Bulldogs topple Georgetown in season opener – New Haven Register
CHIP MALAFRONTE: A memorable start to the Tony Reno era at Yale – New Haven Register
Interception helps Yale hold off Georgetown 24-21 – AP/The Post
Historic Day in D.C. as Yale Wins Opener at Georgetown, 24-21 – Yale Sports Publicity