A person like Van Dyke needs no artificial stimulant to prepare for an Ivy League matchup. She feeds off the pressure.
But even for a tenured coach with her track record and experience, a little pre-match anxiety can show up every once in awhile.
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Penn football played Yale last Friday night in the Bulldog's first ever night game in the Yale Bowl. It was not meant to be a fairytale game for the hosts, however, as the Quakers started strong and never looked back. Three receiving touchdowns from junior talisman Justin Watson helped the Red and Blue drive up a 35-0 lead by halftime. After a slower second half in which Penn coach Ray Priore pulled most of his starters, the game ended a convincing blowout, 42-7. Still undefeated in Ivy play, Penn stands in pole position to reclaim the Ivy League title.