Yale QB gives up chance for Rhodes Scholarship

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- Yale quarterback Patrick Witt has decided to give up the opportunity to compete for a Rhodes Scholarship in order to play against archrival Harvard.

The school announced Sunday that Witt has withdrawn his Rhode application, despite being a finalist for the prestigious scholarship. The scholarship interview had been scheduled for Saturday, the same day as what is simply called "The Game."

The school had been trying to get the interview moved to Friday. But Witt, a senior transfer from Nebraska, said he decided to withdraw the application because, "My focus this week is solely on preparing for The Game alongside my teammates and coaches."

Saturday's game will be the 128th between the two schools. Harvard has won the last four and nine of the last 10.