NEW HAVEN — There weren’t any surprises on the play that, ultimately, won Saturday’s Ivy League opener for Yale’s football team. Rodney Thomas had a pretty good idea the ball could be coming to him. Coach Tony Reno knew what he might do with it.
“The position I’m in, it comes to me pretty often,” Thomas said after he grabbed a Cornell onside kick on a bounce and returned it 48 yards for a touchdown, the ultimate difference in a 23-17 win. “I tried to keep my eye on the ball.”