If anyone ever made a talking doll of football head coach Jim Knowles ’87, choosing its phrases would not be that difficult. And in the press conference after Cornell’s 17-14 win over Yale on Saturday — an old-fashioned skirmish befitting the drizzle and gloomy clouds — the media pulled the string and Knowles uttered one of his favorite idioms.
“This was not about offense, defense, or special teams,” he said. “It’s about one team.”
As true as that has been through two games this year, with the offense picking up the defense and vice versa, Saturday’s tilt was certainly about the defense.