Ivy ti­tle within reach for Bull­dogs

Yale can clinch share of crown by beat­ing Prince­ton

New Haven Register (New Haven, CT) - - SPORTS - By Chip Malafronte

NEW HAVEN — It’s been 11 years since Yale last won an Ivy League foot­ball cham­pi­onship; 37 years since it took one out­right.

So the fi­nal two games of the sea­son can ease quite a bur­den on the pro­gram.

If the Bull­dogs (7-1, 4-1) win today at Prince­ton (1 p.m., Eleven Sports) they clinch at least a share of the Ivy crown. An­other win over Har­vard on Nov. 18 gives Yale the cham­pi­onship out­right.

Well aware of what’s rid­ing on the next two games, the Bull­dogs know enough not to get too far ahead of them­selves.

“We’re not try­ing to think about what’s at stake,” sopho­more of­fen­sive line­man Di­eter Eise­len said. “We’re only think­ing about pre­par­ing for a name­less, face­less op­po­nent like we’ve done all sea­son.”

Yale en­tered last week­end in a three-way tie for first place with Cor­nell and Columbia. The Bull­dogs held up their end of the bar­gain, pound­ing Brown 34-7 on Fri­day night at the Yale Bowl.

Less than 24 hours later, ev­ery­thing had fallen into place. While Yale was gath­er­ing at the Bowl for a team photo shoot on Satur­day af­ter­noon, its ri­vals were busy tak­ing out the com­pe­ti­tion.

Peter Hviz­dak / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia Yale’s Zane Dudek fights for ex­tra yardage against Columbia ear­lier this sea­son.

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