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Roberts Rules! Yale QB Sparks Comeback Win In Season Opener

Yale tops Colgate 29-28

Morgan Roberts, No. 19 (photo by Ron Waite and Jahkima Cuencas/Photosportacular)

Morgan Roberts, No. 19 (photo by Ron Waite and Jahkima Cuencas/Photosportacular)


Coach Tony Reno and his Yale Bulldogs opened their 2015 football season with a pulsating 29-28 road win over the Colgate Red Raiders last Saturday afternoon in Hamilton, New York.

Yale opened the scoring in the first quarter on a 1-yard plunge by Chandler Rich (Holmes PAT) to take a 7-0 lead, but after that it was all Colgate.

The Red Raiders, taking advantage of a variety of Yale miscues,  scored 21 unanswered points to take a 21-7 lead at the half.

Colgate extended its lead to 28-14 early in the fourth quarter on a James Holland 13-yard touchdown run.

However, Morgan Roberts, Yale’s All-Ivy quarterback, rallied the Eli on a pair of late fourth quarter touchdown tosses to Robert Clemons III (30-yards) and Michael Siragusa (13-yards) to secure the comeback win.

Roberts was 29 for 41 passing for 293 yards and three touchdowns, while throwing for one interception to lead Yale.

Rich led the Yale ground attack with 78 yards on 22 attempts while Siragusa caught 7 passes for 82 yards in the non-league win.

Bo Hines, the sophomore transfer from NC State, had a sparkling Ivy League debut catching six passes for 68 yards before leaving the game with a shoulder injury.

Coach Reno and the Eli training staff exercised a bit of extra caution with the wide receiver as they kept him on the sidelines for the balance of the Colgate contest.

They expect Hines to be back in action for the Cornell game.

The Eli open Ivy League play this coming Saturday afternoon at the Yale Bowl when they host the Cornell Big Red.

Cornell lost their opener last week at home to Bucknell, 19-14.

The kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. and will be available on the Ivy League Digital Network.




Yale’s Morgan Roberts was named the Ivy League Co-Offensive Player of the Week for his superb opening day performance against Colgate.

Harvard quarterback Scott Hosch (336 yards, three touchdowns, 41-10, Crimson win over URI) was honored along with Roberts.

Yale junior, Bryan Holmes, handled the placekicking, punting and kickoff duties in the Colgate opener,becoming the first Bulldog to do that since Tom Mante in 2008.

The Bulldogs host Ivy League rival Cornell for a 1 p.m. kickoff.

In last year’s game with the Big Red, Morgan Roberts threw five touchdown passes in leading the Bulldogs to a 51-13 win in Ithaca, NY.

The Big Red was picked to finish last in the Ivy League Preseason Media Poll.

In addition to Yale and Harvard, Princeton and Dartmouth were the other Ivy schools who opened the 2015 football season on the winning side of the ledger.

Princeton trounced Lafayette 40-7 and Dartmouth whipped Georgetown 31-10.



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Bob is a college basketball columnist here at He also covers Yale football and the Connecticut Sun of the WNBA.
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