American Football Database
American Football Database
1975 Yale Bulldogs football
ConferenceIvy League
1975 record7–2 (5–2 Ivy)
Head coachCarmen Cozza (11th season)
MVPJohn Smoot
CaptainJohn Smoot
Home stadiumYale Bowl
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Template:1975 Ivy League football standings The 1975 Yale Bulldogs football team represented Yale University in the 1975 NCAA Division I football season. The Bulldogs were led by eleventh year head coach Carmen Cozza, played their home games at the Yale Bowl and finished in third place in the Ivy League with a 5–2 record, 7–2 overall.[1][2]

On November 22, 1975, Harvard and Yale entered "The Game" tied for first place with identical 5–1 records. The game was played at the Yale Bowl in front of 66,846 spectators. Yale took a 7–0 lead on a five-yard option run by quarterback Stone Phillips (later known for his work as a television news reporter). Harvard rallied with 10 points in the second half to win the game and become the 1975 Ivy League champion.[3]

The team's statistical leaders included Stone Phillips with 969 passing yards, halfback Don Gesicki with 873 rushing yards and 42 points scored, and split end Gary Fencik (who later played 12 years in the NFL) with 729 receiving yards.[4][5]

Linebacker John Smoot was the team captain and also received the Ted Blair Award as the team's most valuable player.[6] Eight Yale players received first-team All-Ivy honors: Fencik, Gesicki, Smoot, defensive end Scott Keller, offensive tackle Charlie Palmer, offensive guard Victor Staffieri, punter Mike Southworth, and MB John Cahill.[7]

One Yale player was selected in the 1976 NFL Draft: Gary Fencik by the Miami Dolphins in the 10th round, 281st overall pick.[8]


September 27Connecticut*W 35–14
October 4Colgate*
  • Yale Bowl
  • New Haven, CT
W 24–10
October 11at BrownL 12–27
October 18at ColumbiaW 34–7
October 25Cornell
  • Yale Bowl
  • New Haven, CT
W 20–14
November 1Dartmouth
  • Yale Bowl
  • New Haven, CT
W 16–14
November 8Penn
  • Yale Bowl
  • New Haven, CT (Rivalry)
W 24–14
November 15at PrincetonW 24–13
November 22Harvard
L 7–10
  • *Non-conference game


  1. "1975 Yale Bulldogs Schedule and Results". Sports Reference. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  2. "Yale Football 2009". Yale University. 2009. p. 111.
  3. Phil Hersh (November 23, 1975). "Harvard squeezes past Yale, 10-7, for Ivy title". The Baltimore Sun: pp. B1, B13.
  4. Yale Football 2009, pp. 100-101.
  5. "1975 Yale Bulldogs Stats". SR/College Football (Sports Reference LLC). Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  6. Yale Football 2009, pp. 84, 111.
  7. Yale Football 2009, p. 80
  8. Yale Football 2009, p. 86.