September 24, 2001

New Look Football Team Falls Flat in Yale…

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The most obvious evidence to help understand or explain the football team’s 40-13 defeat at Yale on Saturday wasn’t its dismal rushing statistics or shoddy tackling. A more glaring and disturbing image was that of senior quarterback Ricky Rahne making like a tailback and scurrying across the field to evade the rush of the oncoming Bulldog defense.

Undoubtedly one of the best passers in the Ivy League, Rahne had to serve as the Red’s best running back on Saturday — not out of luxury, but out of necessity. Thanks to an offensive line that didn’t afford him enough time or protection and a Yale secondary that blanketed the Red’s receivers, Rahne was forced run for a team high 32 yards; the rest of the team could chip in only 34 more.

Though promised by head coach Tim Pendergast, against Yale an effective running game was never established by the Red. Worse, the passing game —