Monday, October 20, 2014

Hernandez Honored Again, Dartmouth Rises In Poll

Dartmouth's Frankie Hernandez has been selected the Ivy League defensive player of the week after making eight tackles and picking off a pass in Saturday's 24-21 win over Holy Cross. It is the second time this fall that the Ivy League has honored Hernandez.

Big Green tailback Kyle Bramble was named to the Ivy League honor roll after rushing for a career-high113 yards and catching a touchdown pass.

Find the Dartmouth release HERE.
Dartmouth is 34th in the latest national poll from The Sports Network. (LINK) The Big Green was 37th last week.

Teams of local interest in the poll:

3. New Hampshire
4. Coastal Carolina (former Dartmouth assistant Joe Moglia is head coach)
12. Fordham (Patriot League)
21. Harvard
24. Sacred Heart (on 2015 schedule)
40. Bucknell (Patriot League)
49. Yale

A Look Back At Holy Cross

For highlights from Dartmouth's win over Holy Cross Saturday, CLICK HERE.
The Dartmouth reports on the Homecoming victory over the Crusaders HERE.

Here are the Sagarin Ratings for this week. The sequence of three numbers is preseason, last week, and this week in bold.

Ivy League
Harvard 149,  101, 111
Dartmouth 174, 133, 149
Yale 194, 147, 152
Princeton 137, 149, 154
Penn 184, 201, 202
Brown  195, 199, 205
Cornell 219, 221, 229
Columbia 241, 237, 243

Nonconference Opponents
New Hampshire 84, 71, 72
Holy Cross 213, 216, 213
Central Connecticut 225, 222, 224

A note From NextTitle18, a football alum and friend of BGA who is sponsoring contests before each home Dartmouth football game this fall:
The winning pick in this past Saturday's NextTitle18 contest for "How Many Total Yards Will Dartmouth Gain" versus Holy Cross is that of old #72, Lane Shipley '11, whose guess of 361 total yards was only off by 9 from the official yardage of 352 as reported on the College's athletic website. No wonder the kid's an analyst for ESPN. Lane will receive a $100 gift card at Molly's Restaurant in Hanover. Congratulations, Ship! 
Finishing just out of the money in 2nd place was Dom Izzo (365), followed with tie for 3rd place by Jon Grove and Bob Peterson (367). In 5th place this week was Tom Goff (333). 
NextTitle18's next contest will be a back-to-the-future deal for the next home game on November 1st vs. Harvard. We will return to our original premise of "Guess The Attendance" at the game. 
The closest guess will win a $100 gift card to Murphy's Tavern in Hanover. 
Should be interesting to see how many folks turn out for what could be a contest against an undefeated Harvard Crimson in what would be a battle for sole possession of the lead in the Ivy title race heading into the far turn of the season. 
Stay tuned to these precincts for more info! 
Editor's Note: The contest for the Harvard game will kick off next Monday.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Saturday Opponent Recap

How Dartmouth opponents fared Saturday . . .

Princeton 27, Brown 16
Recap and links
Quarterbacks were the story as the Tigers (3-2, 2-0 Ivy) jumped out to a 24-0 lead by the first minute of the second quarter and then held off the Bears (2-3, 0-2 Ivy). With reigning Ivy League offensive player of the year Quinn Epperly injured, Connor Michelsen stepped in for Princeton and completed 33-of-45 throws for 367 yards and two touchdowns. For Brown, Marcus Fuller tossed up an Ivy League-record 71 passes, completing just 29 but for 454 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Matt Costello had eight grabs for 121 yards and two touchdowns for Princeton while teammate Seth DeValve had 10 grabs for 120 yards. For Brown, Troy Doles piled up 200 yards on six catches while Brian Strachan had 10 catches for 146 yards.

Penn 31, Columbia 7
Recap and links
Penn (1-4, 1-1 Ivy) set an Ivy League record for the longest winning streak against one team as it posted its 18th consecutive victory over the Lions (0-5, 0-2 Ivy). Penn halted an eight-game losing streak of its own by dealing Columbia its 16th consecutive loss. Alek Torgersen completed 16-of-22 passes for 214 yards and added 70 on the ground for the Quakers, who got 77 yards rushing from Brian Schoenauer. In his first start replacing departed Stanford transfer Brett Nottingham, Trevor McDonagh completed 26-of-50 throws for 266 yards and one touchdown for the Lions. Penn outgained Columbia on the ground, 276-20. The Lions were flagged a whopping 16 times for 118 yards in a contest that saw Penn commit nine penalties for 75 yards.

Harvard 24, Lafayette 14
The Crimson (5-0 overall, 2-0 Ivy) built a 24-0 lead before the Leopards (3-4) made the final respectable. Lafayette outgained the host team, 413-367, and had 22 first downs to Harvard's 16, but missed two field goal attempts and scored just one touchdown on offense with the other coming on an interception return. With senior quarterback Conner Hempel – the Harvard record-holder for highest career completion percentage – still unavailable, Scott Hosch started again and completed just 11-of-24 throws for 203 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Paul Stanton, Jr., had 17 carries for 102 yards including a 43-yard touchdown for the Crimson. Harvard receiver Andrew Fischer had six grabs for 107 yards, including a 78-yard TD.

Yale 45, Colgate 31
Yale (4-1, 1-1 Ivy) rode Tyler Varga and a 21-point fourth quarter to a win over Colgate (4-3). Varga scored five touchdowns for the second time this fall, with four coming on the ground and one through the air. The senior tailback finished with 184 yards on 25 carries. His five-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter broke a 24-all tie and his 69-yard burst with 4:42 left closed out the scoring. Morgan Roberts was an efficient 23-for-33 for 379 yards and two touchdowns for Yale as the Bulldogs bounced back from their first loss last week against Dartmouth. They finished with 633 yards of total offense, including 254 on the ground.

Lehigh 31, Cornell 14
On a day when the Ivy League flexed its muscles with three wins against the Patriot League, Cornell (0-5) fell to previously winless Lehigh (1-5). The Mountain Hawks, on the way to ending their longest losing streak since 1967, jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter only to have the Big Red close to 17-14 with touchdown passes late in the third quarter and with 8:31 remaining in the game. With its lead down to three points, Lehigh answered the second Cornell touchdown by driving 78 yards for a touchdown. Down 10 points with just under three minutes remaining, Cornell suffered a sack on a fourth-and-10 play from its own 23 and it took Lehigh just two plays to tack on a final score. The Big Red managed just 13 first downs and 273 yards of offense while turning the ball over three times.

Robert Morris 27, Central Connecticut State 24
Robert Morris (1-6) got its first win in dramatic fashion despite Rob Holloman running for 164 yards and two touchdowns for Central Connecticut State (2-5). The Blue Devils built a 24-6 lead early in the third quarter before the Colonials roared back with 21 consecutive points. Robert Morris pulled within 24-19 with 5:15 remaining and then recovered a fumble at the Central Connecticut State 13. After a two-yard run, Robert Morris got an 11-yard TD pass and two-point conversion. The Blue Devils blocked a punt to take possession at the Robert Morris 21 with 1:52 left but five false start penalties pushed them back and the clock ran out on them with the ball at the home 37.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Big Green In The News

Craig Larson of the The Boston Globe has a very nice story about Ryan McManus HERE. (The Globe now lets you read 10 stories per month free, so click through and read a good one.)

Coach Buddy Teevens from the story:
“You never know where, or when, but he will do something special. He’s surehanded, he’s fearless. He will always try to make something happen.”

Don Mahler, sports editor of the local daily, has a column about Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens surpassing legendary Bob Blackman for the most games coached at the school. From the STORY (which I don't know if you'll be able to access):
Now, comes a son of Dartmouth, a former Ivy winning quarterback, a two-time Ivy title winning head coach, a man who has shrugged off great losses as he has ignored high praise. Who would have thought that when his Big Green take the field today in its Homecoming clash with Holy Cross, that Buddy Teevens would find himself atop the list for the man who has coached the most Dartmouth football games (145) in school history?
But then, how could you believe anything else?  
Carter Scott '11, flanked by Florida Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott
Carter Scott '11, whose career as a linebacker was ended by an injury incurred after earning a start against New Hampshire in his freshman year, was selected as a Florida Gubernatorial Fellow while studying law at Florida State University. Scott worked in the Office of Fiscal Accountability and Regulatory Reform.

Scott and Peter Pidermann '10, who spent a year playing professional football and helping German's Mönchengladbach Mavericks to a championship, both earned law degrees from Florida State, the top-rated law school in Florida. Pidermann interned under the Florida State director of football operations one year while in law school.
The forecast here in Hanover is 46 percent chance of rain at kickoff rising to 70 percent chance for the rest of the game. Keep in mind, there was a 100 percent chance of rain during a practice earlier this week and it didn't rain, which reminds us that 100 percent and chance don't go together ;-) The temperature should be around 60 degrees throughout with slight winds from the southwest.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Lots To Watch

Another look back at the win over Yale:

To watch this week's Teevens Teleteaser, CLICK HERE.
Dartmouth's game notes for Holy Cross are found HERE.
The Dartmouth preview for Holy Cross is HERE.
Find the Holy Cross football show HERE.
The local daily has a very nice story about Dartmouth defensive lineman Cody Fulleton HERE. It was interesting after practice the other day listening to Buddy Teevens talk about Fulleton's recruitment. Turns out that while he liked Fulleton, he wasn't intending to "offer" him during his visit, but changed his mind on the spot. The story goes into that a little bit.
The Sports Network picks:
 • Dartmouth over Holy Cross
 •  Princeton over Brown
 •  Penn over Columbia
 • Yale over Colgate
 • Harvard over Lafayette
 • Lehigh over Cornell
 • Central Connecticut over Robert Morris
On BGA Premium later today, the Fearful Forecast a preview featuring an in-depth look at Holy Cross.
And finally, if you haven't gotten your guess in for the NextTitle18 contest, don't forget. A $100 gift certificate to Molly's awaits the winner. Find the details HERE.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

RMac, Streaks And Schedules

Ryan McManus is Dartmouth's male athlete of the week. CLICK HERE to see an interview with him and volleyball player Paige Caridi, the female athlete of the week.

McManus' highlights can be viewed HERE after a 30-second commercial.
10 longest current losing streaks in the FCS:

1. Austin Peay - 18
T2. Columbia - 15
T2. Savannah State - 15
4. Nicholls State - 13
5.  Rhode Island - 10
T6. Penn - 8
T6. Robert Morris - 8
T8. Davidson - 6
T8. Lehigh - 6
T8. Weber State - 6

Toughest schedule in the nation to date:*
3. Penn
5. Cornell
20. Columbia
44. Dartmouth
98. Princeton
101. Harvard
105. Brown
117. Yale

27. Holy Cross
37. New Hampshire
93. Central Connecticut

Toughest schedule in the nation remaining (from hardest to easiest):*
55. Yale
58. Columbia
58. Princeton
80. Penn
95. Harvard
108. Dartmouth
116. Brown
119. Cornell

Toughest cumulative schedule in the nation (hardest to easiest):*
15. Penn
23. Columbia
75. Cornell
86. Dartmouth
92. Princeton
103. Yale
112. Harvard
123. Brown

* 123 ranked. Based records. Source: NCAA
Massey Ratings, which did not distinguish itself in Dartmouth's win over Yale last week, gives the Big Green a 74 percent chance of beating Holy Cross Saturday and projects a 28-20 win.

Here is the percentage chance of Dartmouth winning its remaining games according to Massey, followed by the projected score:

• at Columbia, 98 percent, W 37-7
• Harvard, 37 percent, L 28-24
• at Cornell, 86 percent, W 30-14
• Brown, 80 percent, W 26-14
• at Princeton, 51 percent, W 31-30

Massey's current predictions for Ivy League teams:

1. Harvard 7-0, 10-0
2. Dartmouth 6-1, 8-2
3. Yale 5-2, 8-2
4. Princeton 4-3, 5-5
5. Penn 3-4, 3-7,
6. Brown 2-5, 4-6
7. Cornell 1-6, 1-9
8. Columbia 0-8, 0-10
The Columbia Spectator has a story regarding the Columbia quarterback situation under the headline, Pressure not Nottingham's undoing. (LINK)

The story of the apparent departure of the Stanford transfer even make the New York Daily News. (LINK)
FCS players who want to test themselves against a higher level of competition have another option with Monmouth, which last Saturday overwhelmed Columbia, adding FBS games against Central Michigan next year and at Kent State in 2016. Monmouth didn't field a football team until 1993.

To enter this week's NextTitle18 contest for a $100 gift certificate to Molly's, scroll down or click HERE.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Dalyn Williams Wins New England Gold Helmet

Dartmouth quarterback Dalyn Willams has been selected as the Division I winner of the New England Gold Helmet for his play in last week's win over Yale. Find a story HERE.


The Dartmouth has a profile of junior quarterback Dalyn Williams (LINK) that includes this:
"Williams attributes his strong performance this season to a sense of urgency toward reaching his ultimate goal: playing in the NFL."
The Dartmouth quarterback's goals with the Big Green are lofty. He tells the paper:
“I want to leave Dartmouth as the best football player to ever play here. I want to leave here with all the passing records, all the individual records, and most importantly, the last couple of years, I want to help Coach Teevens and the coaching staff and all of my teammates win a couple Ivy League championships.” 
The story includes an anecdote related by tailback Kyle Bramble that shows a playful side of the Big Green QB:
“I think it was the Penn game, we were out on the field, we were winning so it was just good times, and all the offensive linemen were in on it too, but the other team was calling out, ‘Taco! Taco!’ for one of their plays. All of us just started laughing and saying things like, ‘Watch the enchilada’ and all this stuff. Dalyn was the main guy in that and made the defense mad, and all the offense was cracking up.”
Holy Cross gets its game notes out about as fast as anyone in the nation. They were up yesterday and you can peruse them HERE.
The Princetonian looks at how Ivy League football stacks up after four weeks. (LINK)
Columbia has lost 15 consecutive games. Now it may be losing its prized transfer quarterback according to the Columbia Spectator (LINK). From a story in the Spec:
“I met with Brett Nottingham on Sunday morning to tell him of my decision to start (junior quarterback) Trevor (McDonagh) versus Penn,” head coach Pete Mangurian said in a statement. “Brett then said he needed time to reevaluate his position with the team. I gave him that time. Having received no response to numerous attempts to reach Brett, we are moving forward with our preparation as though he will not be part of our football program.”
Editor's Note: The story has a familiar ring. Dartmouth once had a transfer quarterback from a Big Ten school who left the team after losing the starting job.
From this week's Gridiron Power Index, the amalgam of 10 rating services that calls itself the leading indicator for at-large FCS playoff selections:

26. Harvard
T-34. Dartmouth
37. Yale
T-74. Princeton
84. Brown
95. Penn
105. Cornell
118. Columbia

5. New Hampshire
88. Holy Cross
90. Central Connecticut

124. Davidson
There was a chance that Dartmouth would make an appearance in the first ECAC poll to determine the "Beast of the East" at the FCS level, but not this week. Here's how the ECAC polling went:

1. Villanova (5-1)
2. New Hampshire (5-1)
3. Fordham (6-1)
4. Richmond (4-2)
5. Harvard (4-0)
6. William and Mary (4-2)
7. Bryant (4-1)
8. Sacred Heart (5-1)
9. Bucknell (5-1)
10. Delaware (4-2)
Yale's Tyler Varga has been added to The Sports Network's Payton Award list, which will be awarded to the nation's most outstanding player at the FCS level. (LINK)
Speaking of Yale, the Portal 31 blog features this quote from Bulldog coach Tony Reno about the Dartmouth game:
"This one probably hurts the most since we’ve been here, because this is the one we should have won.” 
Dartmouth alum Mike Slive will be retiring as commissioner of the SEC. The New York Times has a story. (LINK)
Following up on that story yesterday about the Dayton kicker returning his own kickoff for a touchdown, a loyal BGA reader sent along a link from the Sports Illustrated vault that adds more detail on when Dartmouth's Dave Regula did the same thing in 1997. Scroll down and there's some good stuff, including a quote from Regula. (LINK)
Illinois football will wear Gray Ghost uniforms, and Eastern Washington will wear Military Appreciation Day unis. (LINK)

Editor's Note: I remember thinking when Oregon started with all of the alternate uniforms and helmets that it was just Nike having some fun. Silly me. I didn't realize that it was a "loss leader." Oregon started doing it and a few other schools took a look and figuratively said they had to keep up with the Ducks. Then more schools jumped on board. Now it is the Eastern Washingtons of the world. Hey, Nike didn't get where it is without smart marketing.