Cal Poly to Host Yale for Football Game in 2013

Cal Poly to Host Yale for Football Game in 2013

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Cal Poly and Yale have agreed to play one football game during the 2013 season.

The Mustangs will be playing an Ivy League school for the first time while the Bulldogs will be making their third trip to California in the 137-year history of the Yale football program, following trips to the University of San Diego in 1999 and 2005.

The game will be played Oct. 5, 2013, with kickoff tentatively set for 2 p.m. in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

"The opportunity to play a university with the prestige of Yale not only is great for our football program, but for our university as well," said third-year Cal Poly head coach Tim Walsh. "We hope to show future California student-athletes they don't have to go 3,000 miles to get a great education and play college football."

Five schools were considered by Yale officials before Cal Poly was chosen. The other four were Sacramento State, Portland State, UC Davis and the University of San Diego.

"Yale choosing Cal Poly shows a great amount of respect for our football program and the university as a whole," said Walsh. "We look forward to taking advantage of the opportunity."

"This is a great opportunity to play an Ivy League school with a rich and storied football tradition," said Mustang director of athletics Don Oberhelman. "It is a rarity for Yale to come to the West Coast, and for the university to choose San Luis Obispo in 2013 is truly an honor."

Yale, which split its previous two games in California against San Diego, selected Cal Poly due to the university's academics, location, athletic performance across the board and the success of its football program, according to Bob Gervais, special assistant to the director of athletics.

More than to play a football game, another purpose of Yale's trip to California in 2013 is to recruit students. San Luis Obispo is halfway between two large urban areas "and that seemed to resonate with them," said Gervais.

Yale played its first football game on Nov. 16, 1872, a 3-0 victory over Columbia, and has captured 14 Ivy League titles, the most recent in 2006. The Bulldogs currently are 3-3 overall, 1-1 in Ivy League games and were ranked in the FCS polls until falling at Lafayette and Penn the last two weeks. Yale has had winning seasons four of the last five years.

Located in New Haven, Conn., Yale was the first football program in America -- high school, college or pro -- to reach 800 victories, defeating Dayton 42-6 on Sept. 16, 2000. The Bulldogs claimed 26 national titles in the early years of the program, the last in 1927. Two former Yale players -- Larry Kelley (1937) and Clint Frank (1938) -- earned the Heisman Trophy.

The list of Bulldog alumni who played football also includes Gary Fencik, Chris Hetherington, Calvin Hill and John Spagnola while the list of former Yale players who have become head coaches includes Walter Camp, Amos Alonzo Stagg, George W. Woodruff and Dick Jauron.

Former presidents who are Yale graduates are George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Gerald Ford and William Howard Taft. Current California governor Edmund "Jerry" Brown also is a Yale graduate, as is Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.