Sunday, November 18, 2018

Saturday Wrap

Elsewhere . . .

Princeton 42, Penn 14
John Lovett completed 20-of-28 passes for 255 yards and three touchdowns and ran 20 times for 125 yards and a score while Jesper Horsted caught all three TD passes and ran for another score as Princeton completed its first undefeated season since 1964 with a commanding victory. The Tigers racked up 579 yards of offense while limiting the Quakers to 282. Princeton finishes 10-0 overall and 7-0 in the Ivy League while Penn closes out the year at 6-4 and 3-4. Attendance was 7,756.

Harvard 45, Yale 27
Tom Stewart passed for 312 yards and two touchdowns as the teams set a record for most combined points ever scored in The Game. Harvard piled up 578 yards of offense while winning its final three games and finishing 6-4 overall and 4-3 in the Ivy League. Preseason favorite Yale lost three of its final four games to close out the year 5-5 and 3-4. Attendance was 34,675.

Columbia 24, Cornell 21
Columbia’s Mike Roussos made a strong bid for national special teams player of the week with a 91-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter and an 87-yard return of a squib kick for a touchdown with 45 seconds left to lead the Lions to victory. Columbia, which has posted back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in 56 years, finishes 6-4 overall and 3-4 in conference. Cornell closes out 3-7 and 2-5. Attendance was 4,651.

Holy Cross 32, Georgetown  31
Trailing, 31-5, late in the third quarter, the Crusaders rallied for an improbable victory capped by Miles Alexanders’ two-yard run with 42 seconds remaining. The largest comeback in school history gave Holy Cross its fourth win in a row, its longest streak since 2009. Both teams finished 5-6 and 4-2 in the Patriot League. Attendance was 1,803.

Sacred Heart 13, St. Francis 7
Trailling at the half, 7-6, the Pioneers recovered a fumble at the St. Francis 14 early in the fourth quarter and four plays later Jordan Meachum ran in from three yards out for the winning points. The Pioneers (7-4, 5-1) share the Northeast Conference championship with Duquesne, which will represent the NEC in the FCS playoffs. St. Francis is 4-7, 2-4. Attendance was 1,852.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

The Finale

It could have been a lot worse at gametime ;-)


Best quote from the latest story on Callie Brownson, the Dartmouth quality control assistant:
“I wanted to make sure I covered all the ground, but I didn’t know what that ground was,” Brownson said. “Being the first looks good on paper and those headlines are sweet, but in reality it’s more stressful.
“The minute I lose focus or look tired, people will say ‘I told you women weren’t capable of this’. That’s a big burden to carry, but the people I work with lighten it every day.”
Find the full story in the Valley News.
GoLocalProv has a capsule look at Dartmouth-Brown HERE.
If you haven't been keeping up on BGA Premium, by all means go back over the past three days and read the comments from Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens on each of the seniors. There's a genuine and recurring theme of players making sacrifices for the team and for each other.

If you think it's easy being an Ivy League football player be sure to read a tremendously well-written and thoughtful column in the Yale Daily News by special teams player Alex Galland. (LINK)
Elsewhere today, the Princeton-Penn game kicks off at 1 p.m. There will surely be a lot of phones in the stands watching for updates. As if you needed the reminder, Dartmouth needs a win over Brown  and a stumble by undefeated Princeton to grab a share of the Ivy League title with the Tigers.
In New York City Columbia is plays Cornell with a chance to clinch its first back-to-back winning seasons since 1961-62 with a win in the Empire State Bowl.
And there's another Ivy League game in Boston ;-)
With Army on the Dartmouth schedule in 2022 it will be instructive to see how the Colgate-Army game turns out today. Colgate is 9-0 and ranked 6th in the FCS Coaches Poll (Princeton is 9th and Dartmouth 20th) while Army is 8-2. From a STATS capsule:
 While Army's triple option offense ranks second in the FBS in rushing yards per game (307.2), Colgate has allowed only one rushing touchdown this season, outscoring opponents 287-29, including five shutouts.
Colgate gave up its first touchdown since Sept. 1 last week.

That game is available at noon on the CBSSports Network.
And finally, That Certain Dartmouth '14-turned National Park Ranger arrived home last evening and will be at the game. She hasn't been at a game in several years because she's been on duty out at Yellowstone in the fall but it's a safe bet there isn't another woman graduate of the college who has been to as many Big Green games given that she started making road trips to games in a backpack, ran around the stands as a toddler, handed out stats in the press box as a middle-schooler and worked in sports information as a Dartmouth student.

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.