Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Penn Notes

Penn's game notes for Saturday's game have been posted HERE.

A couple of notes of interest . . .

• Penn's six-game losing streak is the longest in Al Bagnoli's 23 years in Philadelphia.

• Bagnoli is 146-74 all-time at Penn. Unless you are a Quaker fan you probably would come up with the wrong answer if someone asked you which Ivy League opponent has given him the most trouble. Here's his record against Ivy League teams, from best to worst:
Columbia 19-3
Dartmouth 18-4
Princeton 16-6
Yale 16-6
Cornell 15-7
Harvard 14-8
Brown 12-10
The Daily Pennsylvanian's blog The Buzz looks back at Bagnoli's first game with Penn, a 36-17 loss in Hanover to Dartmouth and future NFL starting quarterback Jay Fiedler. (LINK)
Injured tailback Lyle Marsh will not be playing for Penn but All-Ivy League first-team linebacker Dan Davis hasn't been ruled out pending an evaluation by the school medical staff Wednesday. Davis suffered a concussion in Saturday's loss against Villanova. The Daily Pennsylvanian has the story. (LINK)

Massey Ratings has Dartmouth beating Penn Yale,  with a 67 percent certainty. The projected score is 28-21. (LINK)

Given two Ivy League weeks in the books, the Massey projections are beginning to normalize. Here's how they see Dartmouth's chances of winning in future games:
Yale 35 percent
Holy Cross 64 percent
Columbia 95 percent
Harvard 31 percent
Cornell 70 percent
Brown 72 percent
Princeton 35 percent
The Football Writers Association of America has selected Yale as the Big Game national team of the week for its win over Army. Previous winners this season were Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, Boston College and Mississippi State. (LINK)

Here's what the release about Yale's win selection said:
Yale (2-0) is just the third FCS school to earn the FWAA's weekly honor, joining North Dakota State and Appalachian State. FCS teams are eligible when playing FBS schools. It was the Ivy League's first win over an FBS opponent since 1986 (Penn over Navy, 30-26).
Missed this the first time around but Yale set a school record with 36 first downs against Army. The previous record of 32 was set in 1976.
Do you realize that the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team opened play Saturday afternoon at Maine? That means for a while Saturday the UNH women's ice hockey team and Dartmouth football team had played the same number of games.

In case you are wondering, the women's NCAA Frozen Four is March 20-22 meaning should UNH or Maine go all the way their season would stretch on for a few days short of six months.
That Certain Dartmouth '14 has volunteered to help coach cross country this fall at the local high school where she is student teaching. She writes about teaching and coaching in her blog HERE. Yesterday's training session proved a little more exciting than most. Turns out they spotted a bear about 100 yards away. That Certain Dartmouth '14 has run a lot of miles on the teams at Hanover High and Dartmouth but that was a first. After wrapping up her student teaching at Thanksgiving, she will attend the December Tuck Bridge program and begin her new job in Wisconsin in January.

By finishing second in the Nittany Lion Open, That Certain Nittany Lion earned a berth in the Penn State Golf Club's 36-hole match against Pitt, West Virginia and several other schools. Rather than spend the weekend on the road, he (and several others) elected to pass on the match in favor of staying in State College for Homecoming and watching the football game against Northwestern. Given how the game against the Wildcats (and Dartmouth quarterback Alex Park's offensive lineman brother Ian) turned out, he probably wishes he'd play golf. Fortunately, he'll have another tournament in a couple of weeks when the football team has a bye.
And finally, the BGA Premium website had a technological blip last night but all is working fine right now. Check in tonight for coverage of this afternoon's practice.
Oh, and be sure to enter the NextTitle18 contest a little farther down this page ;-)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Guess The Time

The second contest sponsored by a football alum and friend of BGA will reward the winner with a $100 gift certificate to that iconic Hanover eating/drinking establishment, Canoe Club.

The question:
What time will show on the scoreboard clock when Dartmouth scores its first touchdown of the game against Penn? 
To enter the contest, send an email to with the time you guess will be showing on the game clock when Dartmouth scores its first touchdown. One entry per email address.

It is not necessary to name the quarter in which the touchdown is scored. If Dartmouth fails to score a TD in the first quarter, guesses roll over to the second quarter, giving everyone a mulligan.

The contest will continue until the Big Green scores its first touchdown. Should Dartmouth not score a touchdown, the winner will be the entry closest to the time of the first Big Green points (field goal or safety). And if Dartmouth does not score at all, the winner will be the entry closest to the time of the first points of the game scored by Penn and the winner will be required to use the entire certificate at the bar. (I made that last part up.)

The winner of the $100 gift certificate to Pine Restaurant at Hanover Inn in the first NextTitle18 contest was Leo Appel, who had the closest guess to the attendance for the home opener against Central Connecticut State.

NextTitle18 will be back in two weeks with another contest in the run-up to the Homecoming game against Holy Cross.
For a quick student analysis of Penn's game against Villanova, check out this video from the Daily Pennsylvanian:

The DP also has a story under the headline, Penn football can't dwell on Villanova loss. (LINK)
When Dartmouth plays at Yale in Game 4 the Big Green will find itself preparing to play against a national offensive player of the week for the third time in four weeks. The latest honoree is Yale's Tyler Varga, chosen by The Sports Network for his play against Army. From the TSN report (LINK):
Varga didn't just dominate in Yale's upset win over Army - the first victory for an Ivy League team over an FBS squad since 1986 - he decimated the Knights. The senior from Ontario carried the ball 28 times for 185 yards and a school-record five touchdowns, including the game-winning 3-yard score in overtime. 
Central Connecticut State's Rob Hollomon and New Hampshire's Sean Goldrich were honored by The Sports Network previously. Goldrich ended up missing the Dartmouth game.
From the Harvard Crimson (LINK):
A little more than four years after the NCAA announced new rules “requiring each member institution to have a concussion management plan,” the Boston City Council approved further head trauma-oriented safety ordinances last week for individuals competing in NCAA events within city limits. The law is thought to be the first of its kind.
NCAA Division I schools in the vicinity impacted by the new legislation include Harvard, Boston College, Boston University, and Northeastern, as well as each school’s opponents at home games. 
More from the story:
While the newest set of rules may affect other area schools to a greater degree, they figure to make little-to-no difference for Harvard because of the strict policies the Ivy League already in place before the ordinance.
Dartmouth senior Madison Hughes has been named the captain of the USA Rugby Sevens for the upcoming Gold Coast Sevens in Australia. Find a story on the USA Sevens site (LINK) and another in The Dartmouth. (LINK)
It's back to practice this week as the Big Green puts the UNH game behind it and starts preparation for the Ivy League opener against Penn. Visit BGA Premium tonight for a story out of practice and if you haven't already, check out what The Optimist and The Pessimist had to say last night.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Schoenthaler Honored

Dartmouth senior Kirby Schoenthaler is the Ivy League special teams player of the week after returning a kickoff 92 yards against No. 4 New Hampshire. (LINK)

The Ivy League also heralds Schoenthaler's school-record 198 return yards.

Green Alert Take: The big return alone might have been enough to win the award, particularly if you saw how the last 15 yards or so came about. (Check out the highlights below.) But the total yards on returns is a statistic you have to be careful about because in a lot of cases it's a result of the other team scoring too many times.

Dartmouth-UNH Redux

These highlights are from UNH, but to the school's credit they include Dartmouth highlights as well, including Kirby Schoenthaler's long kickoff return.

The Dartmouth has a follow from Saturday's loss at UNH. (LINK)
Allen Lessels has some interesting notes about Saturday's game in his UNH Insider blog. (LINK)
The Daily Pennsylvanian writes about Penn's 41-7 loss to Villanova (LINK) and, with this week's game against Dartmouth on the horizon, notes:
The news got worse for the Red and Blue as senior captain and star linebacker Dan Davis suffered a concussion. Junior defensive back Trent Dennington left the game with a concussion, as well.
A columnist in the DP pushing for Villanova to come off the Penn schedule (LINK) called the game "a mismatch of 'Rocky IV' proportions, writing:
Willing or not, the Red and Blue basically played the role of Apollo Creed to the Wildcats’ Ivan Drago — a shorter, slower throwback to simpler times ... hopelessly out of their element nowadays.
Here are the Sagarin Ratings for this week. The sequence of three numbers is preseason, last week, this week in bold.

Ivy League
Harvard 149, 116, 131
Princeton 137, 124, 141
Dartmouth 174, 155, 170
Penn 184, 175, 177
Yale 194, 183, 178
Brown  195, 198, 205
Cornell 219, 213, 211
Columbia 241, 232, 235

Nonconference Opponents
New Hampshire 84, 93, 98
Holy Cross 213, 204, 215
Central Connecticut 225, 226, 225

Green Alert Take: It all comes out in the wash but on a week-to-week basis Sagarin is maddening. Princeton rolls over a bad team and drops 17 places. New Hampshire overpowers Dartmouth and falls five spots. Harvard wins against a conference rival and slips 15 spots. Cornell loses to Bucknell but moves up. Sure, it's a strength-of-schedule thing, but it still makes you gnash your teeth sometimes.
Dartmouth, Penn and Columbia all get a mention as victims of Top-25 teams in a column from The Sports Network. (LINK)
Yale's win over Army gets a quick look and Dartmouth-Penn is in a list of "pivotal conference matchups," in a Sports Network column. (LINK)
Tonight on BGA Premium, The Optimist and The Pessimist.
Tomorrow in this space: Announcement of the second NextTitle18 contest for a $100 gift certificate to a fine Hanover Eatery. Instead of guessing the attendance there will be a new question for the Penn game. To learn more about the contest being conducted here before each Dartmouth home game, CLICK HERE.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Saturday Wrap

Games involving Dartmouth opponents:

Harvard 22, Brown 14
Recap and links
Proving once again that two-deeps aren't worth anything, junior quarterback Scott Hosch didn't show up on the Harvard's depth chart but was there Saturday night as he completed 24-of-34 passes with one touchdown and ran for another to help Harvard (2-0) to a closer-than-expected win in his first career start. Brown (0-2) led, 14-6, late in the third and the Crimson's lead was just 16-14 until Hosch's TD run with 2:07 remaining. Paul Stanton Jr., ran for 120 yards and a touchdown for Harvard while Andrew Fischer was catching 12 passes for 115 yards and another score. Brown, which was held to a field goal in losing its opener at Georgetown, got its first two touchdowns of the season on an 18-yard TD pass from Marcus Fuller to Reiley Higgins and a one-yard run by Andrew Coke. Hosch started for the injured Conner Hempel, who was listed as Harvard's starter while Joseph Viviano III was the backup in the Crimson game notes. Played under portable lights at Brown Stadium, the game drew 13,511.

Yale 49, Army 43
Recap and links
Army (1-3) got more than it bargained for when it agreed to visit Yale Bowl in celebration of the venerable facility's 100th anniversary. Tyler Varga ran for 185 yards and five touchdowns, the last in overtime as Yale (2-0) won its first game against an FBS opponent since joining the FCS in 1982. Quarterback Morgan Roberts completed 23-of-40 passes for 290 yards with one touchdown and one interception and added 67 yards and a touchdown rushing. The Bulldogs twice erased 14-point deficits in the third quarter. Varga's 10-yard run with 1:42 remaining tied the score and Army missed a 42-yard field goal to win at the end of regulation. The Cadets moved the ball to the Yale 2 in the top half of the overtime and after a bad snap sabotaged their third-down play missed a field goal. The Bulldogs ran the ball five straight times to the 3 before Varga crashed in for the winning points in the bottom of the frame. Yale finished with 625 yards of offense to top the 600 mark for the second week in a row. The game drew a crowd of 34,142.

Villanova 41, Penn 7
Recap and links
Villanova (3-1) exploded for 41 points in the first half and then called off the dogs, er, Wildcats, in a totally lopsided win over Penn (0-2). Nova piled up 417 yards of offense in the first two quarters but just 150 after the break as it took the air out of the ball. The Wildcats finished with a 30-12 advantage in first downs and more than doubled Penn with 567 yards of total offense to the Quakers' 273. Kyle Wilcox ran nine times for 93 yards including a 67-yard burst for Penn's only touchdown of the night. Penn quarterback Alek Torgersen was 18-for-30 for 180 yards and two interceptions and was sacked by Villanova four times.

Princeton 56, Davidson 17
Recap and links
Quinn Epperly completed 15-of-18 passes for 176 yards but the Princeton (1-1) quarterback did the most damage with his legs as he carried 16 times for 118 yards and four touchdowns as the Tigers won easily against overmatched opponent Davidson (1-4). Princeton needed just 20 minutes, 22 seconds of possession time to pile up the points and punted just once. Dre Nelson got things started for Princeton by returning the opening kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown. Princeton scored on 9-of-11 possessions not counting taking a knee at the half.

Bucknell 20, Cornell 7
Recap and links
The Big Red (0-2) was within one score of the undefeated Bison (4-0) until the home team drove 94 yards for the insurance touchdown with 6:50 remaining. Playing without starting quarterback James Few, Cornell managed just 233 yards of total offense and turned the ball over three times. CJ Williams carried 20 times for 188 yards for Bucknell.

Albany 42, Columbia 7
Recap and links
The good news for Columbia (0-2) was that Cameron Molina carried 23 times for 95 yards and added 42 receiving yards. The bad news was the Albany's Omar Osbourne ran for 193 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries as Albany (4-0) remained undefeated with help from a 28-point second quarter. Brett Nottingham completed 16-of-32 passes for 185 yards with two interceptions for the Lions, who have now lost 13 consecutive games and are 4-28 dating back to 2011.

Fordham 45, Holy Cross 16
Recap and links
Peter Pujals passed for 282 yards and two touchdowns and ran eight times for 50 yards but he didn't get enough help as Patriot League power Fordham (4-1) was too much for the Crusaders (2-3). Fordham held the ball for a whopping 42 minutes, 10 seconds to 17:50 for Holy Cross.

Central Connecticut 38, Rhode Island 14
Recap and links
Rob Hollomon ran for 236 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Central (2-3) used a 28-point fourth quarter to take down woeful Rhode Island (0-4). URI managed just 266 yard of offense while Centrla was piling up 484 yards. Rhode Island has been outscored this year, 175-48.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Recruiting News

News on Dartmouth commits has been slow in coming out this fall but the Big Green has received a two-fer in offensive line twins John and Patrick Kilcommons, who both announced their decision on Twitter.

The Kilcommons play at Nazareth Academy and come from La Grange Park, Ill. Patrick is listed at 6-foot-3, 280 (LINK) and John at 6-4, 270 (LINK). Or maybe 6-4, 295. (LINK)

The Chicago Tribune wrote about the brothers HERE.
Also Tweeting a commitment to Dartmouth is Rivers Cahee of the Taft School. Cahee is a 6-foot-, 190-pound athlete from Lafayette, La. (LINK) He is listed as a running back/safety at Taft.

At Dartmouth's game against New Hampshire today coaches will be wearing patches supporting the fight against Duchenne muscular dystrophy, "the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed during childhood."

The patches are part of the Coach to Cure MD movement. Fans can show their support for the cause by contributing online at or by texting the word “CURE” to 90999 to make a one time $5 donation to the cause.
It's Dartmouth at New Hampshire tonight, kicking off at 6. I'll be in the back seat writing on a laptop while Mrs. BGA drives the two hours back to Hanover, so the hope is to get a game story posted before it is too late tonight. There will be a follow and a sidebar tomorrow.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Dartmouth-UNH On Tap

The local daily has an interview with UNH offensive coordinator John Lyons, the former Dartmouth head coach. (LINK)

Lyons has been impressed by Dartmouth quarterback Dalyn Williams. From the story:
“I’ve told our guys that Dalyn may be the most athletic quarterback we have faced.”
More from the story:
“I always liked playing UNH (and Holy Cross) when I was there,” said Lyons, who won two Ivy titles at the school and is the second-winningest coach in Dartmouth history. “They were good games to play; the travel was minimal and there was plenty of interest. 
“I felt that the two Division I programs in the state should play each other. I always enjoyed them. I thought it was good for college football.”
Like Buddy Teevens, Lyons never beat UNH when he was the Dartmouth head coach, but he came close on several occasions. His 1993 team lost to the Wildcats, 14-7. In 2001 his squad lost, 42-38, and a year later the Big Green was edged, 29-26.
From the UNH Insider blog, part of the New Hampshire athletics website:
Director of athletics Marty Scarano laughed when he told this story of departing town after last week’s dramatic come-from-behind win at No. 17 CAA rival Richmond last Saturday night.
“So we’re on the bus, after Richmond and that was an awesome win, obviously, and everyone takes a breath. So Sean’s getting on the bus, I always sit across from him. I go, ‘Sean, that was a signature win.’”
The coach, Scarano said, reacted with a bit of a snarl: “It won’t be such a signature win if we lose to Dartmouth.”
Dartmouth's game notes for the UNH game are HERE.
Foster's Daily Democrat has a preview of the game HERE. Like other outlets, it is reporting not just that starting quarterback Sean Goldrich will miss the game for UNH, but that starting tailback Nico Steriti is questionable with an ankle sprain.

The Dartmouth previews the New Hampshire game HERE. From the story:
“It’s definitely a challenge that we’re looking forward to,” wide receiver Ryan McManus ’15 said. “We want to see how we stack up against one of the best teams in the nation.” 

A thought. Just as Dartmouth has taken to calling Memorial Field "The Woods," UNH has taken to calling Cowell Stadium, "The Dungeon." It is an appropriate name right now for a stadium that by most accounts is one of the least appealing in the CAA. The question is, will they keep the nickname when they open their sparkling new stadium in a couple of years?

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Hailin' Dalyn

About 50 seconds into this video a four-minute interview begins with Dartmouth quarterback Dalyn Williams, Dartmouth's Northeast Credit Union Male Athlete of the Week. The junior from Texas talks about the run/pass decision, about finally having a healthy receiving corps, and about the challenge the Big Green faces this week at No. 4 New Hampshire.

Speaking of a healthy receiving corps, The Dartmouth writes about the successful return to action of Dartmouth wideout Ryan McManus, who opened the season with a big game in the win over Central Connecticut State. (LINK)
In his new UNH Insider column, Allen Lessels writes about the UNH-Dartmouth series. From the story (LINK):
"The series is what New England football should be," said UNH assistant coach Brian Barbato, who played against Dartmouth three times from 2000-02. "I think it's good for New England football and good for New Hampshire football and a rivalry that should be played."
The Sports Network takes a look at Top-25 games and not surprisingly picks UNH over Dartmouth and Villanova over Penn. (LINK) Other Ivy picks:
Harvard over Brown
Albany over Columbia
Bucknell over Cornell
Princeton over Davidson
Army over Yale
From the column, which notes Harvard and Princeton were the preseason favorites in the Ivy League:
Who will join the race could be sorted out early with Dartmouth hosting Penn on Oct. 4 and then traveling to Yale the next week.
The New Haven Register offers up background on why Army could play at the Yale Bowl, where a crowd of 40,000 is anticipated, by why Yale's games at Army were nixed. (LINK):
Originally, a three-game series was scheduled. Yale was supposed to play at Army in 2010 and 2012, and then at Yale this year to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Bowl. But because Army is a scholarship program and Yale is not, the Black Knights needed a waiver to remain Bowl eligible in the FBS. The NCAA did not award the waiver for the 2010 and 2012 games, so Army had to back out. This year’s game remained scheduled and Army was granted the waiver.
BGA Premium last night featured a look back at the 1990 Dartmouth-UNH game when the Big Green traveled to Durham to face the No. 3 Wildcats and came away with a 21-21 tie. Dartmouth had a 14-0 lead at halftime before seeing UNH claw back largely on the strength of a couple of big plays in special teams. Be sure to check in tonight for another look at Dartmouth-UNH as well as a practice report.