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Ivy League Co-champs
Two years after going 1-9, Yale finished 9-1 and tied Brown for the Ivy League title by beating Harvard 24-21. With the victory the Bulldogs need one more win to become the first collegiate team to win 800 games, going back to 1872. Yale would have been unbeaten this season if it hadn't lost its opener to Brown 25-24. Yale led 24-23 with 14 seconds to play and blocked a conversion kick that would have tied the game, but Brown's Rob Scholl picked up the ball and ran in for a two-point conversion.
Kentucky's Standout End
Kentucky tight end James Whalen Jr. caught only 30 passes in his first two seasons with the Wildcats, but this fall he has been the team's brightest star. Whalen, a 6'4", 231-pound senior, set an NCAA single-season record for receptions by a tight end with 90, and his 1,019 yards were more than those amassed by Kentucky's second, third-and fourth-leading receivers combined.
"The great thing about James is he's a little too quick and agile for a linebacker and has the size to beat a corner," says Kentucky coach Hal Mumme, who watched Whalen catch nine passes for 114 yards and one touchdown in last week's 56-21 loss to Tennessee. "He's become so reliable that we try to keep him on the field [on offense] at all times. When I first saw tape of James, I thought he could be good, but I never expected this." Kentucky was in need of a go to guy after Craig Yeast, the Wildcats' leading receiver in 1998, was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth round in June. Whalen, who put on 25 pounds this past off-season, was ready to step up. "My first year here I just tried to work hard enough to play special teams, and I did that," says Whalen, who walked on in 1997 after transferring from Shasta College, a junior college in Redding, Calif., where he caught 19 passes as a freshman. "Last year my goal was to work my way into the offense, and I did that. This year I wanted to shine."
Though he got a scholarship before this season, Whalen still performs with a walk-on's mentality. He remembers how he once had to fight for every minute of playing time, every bit of respect, and he refuses to change his approach now that he has tasted success.