Friday, November 16, 2018

Snow Audible For The Tussle

Home stands to be closed for Saturday's game.



(LINK)

Notable

Dartmouth offensive lineman Phil Berton, linebacker David Emanuels and nickel Ky McKinney-Crudden have been named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District I Football Team for their work on the field and in the classroom. Find a Dartmouth release HERE.
Find Dartmouth's game notes for The Tussle against Brown HERE. ;-)
Find Brown's game notes (sans depth chart) HERE.
The Valley News notes column on the game begins with a reprise of the Ivy League playoff ban. (LINK)

From last night's BGA Premium:

As has been the case each year since 1970, the training staff finished the final practice by presenting the Hard-Nose Award, which "recognizes that player who, in working closely with the trainers, showed toughness and resolve dealing with injury while still contributing measurably to the success of the team." This year’s winner is fifth-year offensive lineman Andrew Yohe, who was greeted by explosive applause from his teammates when his name was called.

“What a wonderful choice,” coach Buddy Teevens said. "A guy that has done everything he could to play. Three surgeries. Year-long recoveries. It just went on and on and on. Frustrating? I’m sure it was but he just never let it get to him. He helped everybody else around him get better. You saw the explosion of love for the guy. He’s a classic.”

Yohe had surgery on both shoulders. “And they did one shoulder again,” said Teevens. "You lose count.”

Teevens welcomed the 6-foot-2, 315-pound Yohe’s decision last year to return for a final season although he admitted it wasn’t without risk given the player’s injury history.

 "I said it might not work,” he recalled. "You never know. He said, ‘Nope, I’m in.' Fortunately, he had a chance to play. He was a significant contributor during the course of the year. He never started, really, but he played a lot of football for us."

PREVIOUS HARD-NOSE WINNERS
2017 – Darius George
2016 – Flo Orimolade
2015 – Eric Wickham
2014 – AJ Dillione
2013 - Chase Womack, Elliot Kastner
2012 - Garrett Wymore
2011 - John Gallagher
2010 - Luke Hussey
2009 - Peter Pidermann
2008 - Joe Battaglia
2007 - Taylor Layman
2006 - Joe Gibalski
2005 - Charles Ganske
2004 - Derham Cato
2003 - Lyle Campbell
2002 - Bob Reeves
2001 - Matt Mercer
2000 - Dan Hutchinson
1999 - Tom Reusser
1998 - Kyle Rogers
1997 - Keith Lockwood
1996 - Jeff Schmitt
1995 - Taran Lent
1994 - Josh Bloom
1993 - Chris Umscheid
1992 - Neal Martin
1991 - Al Rosier
1990 - Tim Meier
1989 - Harris Siskind
1988 - David Gazzaniga
1987 - Lance High
1986 - John Randolph
1985 - Slade Schuster
1984 - Harry Bourque
1983 - Mark Pare
1982 - Gary Spiegelman
1981 - John Merriman
1980 - Tom Marek
1979 - John Clark
1978 - Nigel Key
1977 - Dave Casper
1976 - Jim Lucas
1975 - Dan Murphy
1974 - Brian Wroczynski
1973 - Rick Gerardi
1972 - Doug Jaeger
1971 - Brendan O’Neill, Stu Simms
1970 - Giff Foley
And in case you are wondering, the snow is still falling in the Upper Valley.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Green-Brown Color War

From the Dartmouth football office:

In a column last week Bill Reynolds, the acclaimed Providence Journal sportswriter and Brown graduate, offered a spirited defense of Brown football coach Phil Estes, whose team is 1-8 after going 2-8 a year ago. Reynolds noted that Estes . . .
. . . has won three Ivy League championships, finished second four times, and has finished in the top half of the Ivy League in 16 of his 20 seasons.
The column includes this:
There’s little secret about sports at Brown, where if there’s success in football, hockey, and men’s basketball it’s usually about admissions and financial aid, not impassioned speeches during halftime, and what offense somebody runs.
Which is why Reynolds uses one telling quote from Estes twice in the column:
I’m a good coach with good players.
Read the column HERE.

While the admissions piece is central to success in the Ivy League, facilities are important as well. Brown has taken the steps toward addressing shortcomings there as this video shows:

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Deal With It



OK, we all know that Saturday's Dartmouth-Brown football game isn't a season-ending rivalry along the lines of Penn-Princeton (in basketball and geography at least), or Columbia-Cornell (the Empire State Bowl), or Harvard-Yale (just because). No matter how the Ivy League tried to portray it (LINK), Dartmouth and Brown ended up being the red headed stepchildren of the schedule change. (Apologies to all you gingers out there.)

Truth be told, though, Dartmouth and Brown have a pretty fair series going. As a friend pointed out yesterday, the teams have split the last 30 games down the middle with 15 wins apiece. While the Big Green won last year's game handily, there have been some barn burners in the past few years:

2009 - Brown 14, Dartmouth 7 (overtime)
2010 - Brown 35, Dartmouth 28
2011 - Dartmouth 21, Brown 16
2012 - Brown 28, Dartmouth 24
2013 - Dartmouth 24, Brown 20
2014 - Dartmouth 44, Brown 21
2015 - Dartmouth 34, Brown 18
2016 - Brown  24, Dartmouth 21
2017 - Dartmouth 33, Brown 10

While most message board posters and emailers understandably lament the end of the Week 10 series with Princeton (particularly this year) it's not going to come back. From now on it's going to be Brown so deal with it.

I've brought up this idea before but it's worth repeating. At least I think so.

To drum up a little excitement let's give the game a nickname. You know, like the Red River Shootout (Texas-Oklahoma), The Backyard Brawl (Pitt-West Virginia), The Civil War (Oregon-Oregon State), The Rivalry (Lehigh-Lafayette)  and my favorite, The Brawl of the Wild (Montana-Montana State).

Here's a suggestion for the game that honors a man important to the programs of both schools as well as the sport of college football: The Tussle.

Why? Because College Football Hall of Famer Tuss McLaughry served as head coach at Brown from 1926-1940 and then moved on to Dartmouth from 1941-1954.

And because the man called they called Tuss was much more than just a coach.

In recognition of his service as the longtime secretary-treasurer of the American Football Coaches Association, the AFCA each year presents the Tuss McLaughry Award, which is "given to a distinguished American (or Americans) for the highest distinction in service to others."

Among the winners since the award was instituted in 1964 have been Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Bob Hope, Lyndon B. Johnson, Dwight D. Eisenhower, The Reverend Billy Graham, Pete Rozelle, Gen. Chuck Yeager, Rudy Giuliani and Tom Osborne. The 2019 award will go to Hall of Fame broadcaster Verne Lundquist. (LINK)

So goodby Princeton, hello Brown, and get ready for The Tussle.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

And The Favorites Are . . .


The Offshore Wise Guys have spoken and they have made the two teams leading the Ivy League standings almost ridiculously huge favorites

Dartmouth is favored by 34.5 at home over Brown
Princeton is favored by 27.5 at home over Penn
Harvard is favored by 4.5 at home over Yale
Columbia is favored by 5 at home over Cornell

Holy Cross is favored by 9.5 at Georgetown
Sacred Heart is favored by 7.5 at home over St. Francis
Massey sees:

Dartmouth beating Brown at home, 39-3, with 100 percent certainty
Princeton beating Penn at home, 35-7, with 98 percent certainty
Harvard beating Yale at home, 30-27, with 61 percent certainty
Columbia beating Cornell at home, 27-24, with 61 percent certainty

Holy Cross winning at Georgetown, 21-13, with 76 percent certainty
Sacred Heart beating St. Francis at home, 24-13, with 81 percent certainty
The Dartmouth writes about the New Hampshire Supreme Court clearing the way for the construction of the college's indoor practice facility HERE.

Monday, November 12, 2018

No. 20

STATS Rankings as of 11/12/2018
Rank
School
Votes
Prev
1
North Dakota State (10-0)
3875 (155)
1
2
Kennesaw State (9-1)
3677
2
3
Weber State (8-2)
3502
3
4
Eastern Washington (8-2)
3415
5
5
South Dakota State (7-2)
3262
6
6
Jacksonville State (8-2)
2822
8
7
James Madison (7-3)
2806
9
8
Colgate (9-0)
2691
10
9
UC Davis (8-2)
2635
4
10
Stony Brook (7-3)
2379
12
11
PRINCETON (9-0)
2099
13
12
North Carolina A&T (8-2)
1989
14
13
Wofford (7-3)
1838
15
14
Elon (6-3)
1794
7
15
Towson (7-3)
1784
20
16
Maine (7-3)
1728
16
17
Delaware (7-3)
1572
11
18
Nicholls (7-3)
1528
17
19
ETSU (8-2)
1315
19
20
DARTMOUTH (8-1) 
776
25
21
San Diego (8-2)
495
NR
22
McNeese (6-4)
447
18
23
Southeast Missouri State(7-3)
412
21
24
UIW (6-4)
378
NR
25
Montana State (6-4)
152
NR
Others: Indiana State (124) , Idaho State (112) , Lamar (99) ,Alcorn State (90) , Montana (89) , UNI (81) , Furman (74) ,North Dakota (72) , Monmouth (56) , Abilene Christian (47) ,Illinois State (37) , Duquesne (34) , Chattanooga (25) , Western Illinois (16) , Sam Houston State (13) , Rhode Island (12) ,Central Arkansas (10) , Murray State (6) , Southern University(4) , Florida A&M (3)

FCS COACHES
RANKING
SCHOOL
RECORD
POINTS
PREVIOUS RANK
1
North Dakota State (26)
10-0
650
1
2
Kennesaw State
9-1
622
2
3
Eastern Washington
8-2
594
3
4
Weber State
8-2
570
4
5
South Dakota State
7-2
547
6
6
Colgate
9-0
503
8
7
Jacksonville State
8-2
484
9
8
James Madison
7-3
467
10
9
PRINCETON
9-0
430
11
10
Stony Brook
7-3
382
15
11
UC Davis
8-2
372
7
12
Elon
6-3
339
5
13
North Carolina A&T
8-2
324
13
14
Wofford
7-3
319
14
15
Nicholls
7-3
285
16
16
Towson
7-3
266
20
17
East Tennessee State
8-2
256
17
18
Delaware
7-3
227
12
19
Maine
7-3
224
21
20
DARTMOUTH
8-1
169
23
21
McNeese
6-4
84
18
22
San Diego
8-2
83
NR
23
Southeast Missouri State
7-3
82
19
24
Indiana State
6-4
50
NR
25
North Dakota
6-4
23
NR
Dropped Out: Illinois St. (22), Northern Iowa (24), Idaho St. (25).
Others Receiving Votes: Incarnate Word, 22; Idaho State, 12; Montana State, 11; Illinois State, 10, Alcorn State, 9; Monmouth (N.J.), 9; Furman, 6; Montana, 6; Rhode Island, 4; Chattanooga, 3; Northern Iowa, 3; Western Illinois, 2; Duquesne, 1.

The Monday After

From the Cornell Sun game story after Dartmouth's 35-24 win over the Big Red:
"We thought they were going to run it and they started passing on us,” said senior cornerback D.J. Woullard, who had an interception in his final home game. “(Those were) things we didn’t gameplan for, but we made our adjustments … and we defensively stopped them. I felt like we gave them a game.”
The Valley News game story is HERE and the Cornell account HERE.

• 
This week's Sagarin ratings with last week in (parentheses):

88 Princeton (86)
117 Dartmouth (112)
155 Harvard (163)
160 Yale (160)
198 Penn (188)
199 Columbia (194)
211 Cornell (204)
234 Brown (231)

187 Holy Cross (187)
207 Sacred Heart (207)
225 Georgetown (229)

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Saturday Wrap

Around the Ivy League Saturday . . .

Princeton 59, Yale 43
Princeton's Collin Eaddy ran for 266 yards and three touchdowns and Yale quarterback Griffin O'Connor set a school record with 465 yards and three touchdowns but was intercepted four times as the Tigers earned a share of the Ivy League title in the highest-scoring Princeton-Yale game ever. Princeton, which ran for 489 yards, is now 9-0 and 6-0 in the Ivy League. Yale is 5-4 3-3. Attendance was 12, 882.

Harvard 29, Penn 7
The Crimson limited the Quakers to 229 yards of total offense and forced four turnovers while running out to a 29-0 lead after three quarters. Stepping in for injured starter Tom Stewart, backup Jake Smith threw two touchdowns to Brian Dunlap for the Crimson, which beat Penn for the first time in four years. Harvard is now 5-4 (3-3 Ivy) while Penn is 6-3 (3-3 Ivy). Attendance was 13,224.

Columbia 42, Brown  20
Trailing 20-14 at the half, the Lions used a 28-0 second half to improve to 5-4 overall (2-4 Ivy). Kyle Castner ran for two touchdowns and threw for one in the second half. Brown, which got a 90-yard touchdown run from Jakob Prall on his only carry, was held to six first downs as it fell to 1-8 and 0-6. Attendance was 2,118.

Elsewhere among Dartmouth opponents . . .

Holy Cross 17, Fordham 13
The Crusaders rallied to win after trailing, 10-0, at the half. With the victory they improved to 4-6 overall and 3-2 in the Patriot League. The Rams are 1-9 and 1-4. Attendance was 2,988.

Georgetown 14, Bucknell 3
The Hoyas used seven sacks to hold the Bison to 13 net yards rushing and improve to 5-5 overall and 4-1 in the Patriot. Bucknell is now 1-9 and 1-4. Attendance was 1,825.

Duquesne 28, Sacred Heart 24
Trailing 21-7 at the half the Pioneers reached the Dukes' seven with a chance to tie midway through the final quarter but had to settle for a field goal and never threatened again. Sacred Heart is now 6-4 and 4-1 in the NEC. Duquesne is 7-3 and 4-1 in the conference. Attendance was 1,304.