Army, which had won the last four meetings with Yale dating from 1985 by an average of 25 points, came into the game averaging 293.3 yards rushing, led by back Larry Dixon, who scored his 20th rushing TD in the first quarter of last week's 24-21 loss at Wake Forest. The Black Knights took a 7-0 lead with left in the first quarter on a 3-yard run by Dixon that completed a 13-play, 57-yard drive.
Army survived the loss to injury of starting quarterback A. After Varga's third touchdown tied the score at 36 late in the third, Santiago's 1-yard run three seconds into the fourth quarter, set up by a 74-yard gain by Aaron Kemper, put Army ahead for good.
Varga, who gained 152 yards in the season-opening win over Lehigh, brought Yale back from 14 down points to tie it at 36 with 21 seconds left in the third.
144 against Colgate this afternoon at the Yale Bowl (1 p.m., One World Sports, ESPN Radio 1300.) “We were hired here and went out on the road to get that first class, and I can’t say enough about the faith that they had in Yale and in us that we’d turn this thing around,” Reno said. That class came in with a ton of character and personality.
They also came in with a love of the game of football.
Staying healthy became as much a focal point as anything else in the offseason and training camp.