Sunday, October 23, 2016

Saturday Recap

A look at Saturday's results featuring Dartmouth opponents past and future . . .

Harvard 23, Princeton 20 (ot)
The Tigers picked off Joe Viviano three times and held the dual-threat QB to 19 yards on 23 carries . . . and still lost. Trailing by a touchdown with time running down in regulation, Princeton forced a Harvard punt and took over at the Crimson 24 after a 19-yard return of a 43-yard kick. Five plays and a Harvard personal foul later John Lovett ran in from the 4 and the PAT tied the score with 49 seconds left. Princeton had to settle for a 25-yard field goal in the top of the overtime inning only to see Viviano rush for 15 yards on a third-and-three in the bottom of the frame and then burst in from the 1 on second down for the win. Harvard is 5-1, 3-0. Princeton is 4-2, 2-1.

Brown 28, Cornell 21 (2 ot)
In the muck and mud of Providence, Brown's Alex Jette scored three touchdowns including a two-yard reception on fourth down in the bottom half of the first overtime to extend the game. Jette had opened the scoring with a 79-yard punt return and given the Bears a 14-0 lead on an 18-yard reception early in the third quarter. Cornell rallied to force overtime when a pair of touchdown passes from Dalton Banks knotted the score at 14 late in the third period and it stayed that way through regulation. Johnny Pena's one-yard run in the second overtime gave Brown the win. Brown  is 2-4, 1-2. Cornell is 3-3, 1-2.

Penn 42, Yale 7 (Friday night)

New Hampshire 21, Towson 7
The difference was two defensive touchdowns as UNH got a 16-yard interception return for a score and a 39-yard return of a fumble for a TD. QB Trevor Knight opened the scoring for UNH with a 29-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Shane Simpson fielded a kickoff two yards deep in the end zone and returned it 100 yards for Towson's only touchdown. New Hampshire  is 5-3 and 4-1 in the CAA. Towson  is 1-6, 1-4.

Lehigh 46, Holy Cross 14
The Engineers got 182 yards and two touchdowns on the ground from Dominick Bragalone and 287 yards and three touchdowns through the air from Brad Mayes to win going away in Worcester. Holy Cross played once again without standout quarterback Pete Pujals, injured in the loss to Dartmouth. Lehigh is 6-2, 3-0 Patriot League. Holy Cross is 3-5, 1-2.
I'd be remiss if I didn't say that a 17-hour down and back was made easier listening to the broadcast of gem by Dartmouth alum Kyle Hendricks that brought the National League pennant to the Chicago Cubs. Thankfully Buffalo's WKBW came through clear as a bell as we drove up I-91. Find a great LA Times Hendricks story HERE.

And finally, getting home just in time to watch the final minutes of Penn State's whiteout win over Ohio State was the perfect ending to a sometimes miserable day.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Going South

Heading to the Big Apple at Oh-Dark-30 for the Dartmouth-Columbia game. Weather permitting we may do a down-and-back with Mrs. BGA driving and me in the second row with my MacBook Air, headphones and a headlamp. It makes for a long day but saves a few shekels ;-)
Watched Penn's 42-7 dismantling of Yale last night on NBC Sports Network and it wasn't nearly as close as the final score. It was 35-0 at the half and 42-0 midway through the third. The Quakers finished with a 508-229 yard advantage in total offense with the starters sitting out the fourth quarter.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Thinking Columbia

From the Dartmouth football office:

Find Dartmouth's game notes HERE.
The Columbia Spectator has a story under the headline, How Dartmouth changed Columbia football, that details tackling changes in the Ivies in general and Columbia in particular. (LINK)
From the For What It's Worth Department, Dartmouth was an early 34.5-point favorite over Columbia last year. The final score: Dartmouth 13, Columbia 9.

The Wise Guys have Dartmouth a 12-point favorite this year . . .

A look at how the Wise Guys' early lines this fall compare to the actual results:

• The WG had Dartmouth by 9.5 over UNH and the Big Green won by 1
• The WG had Dartmouth by 8.0 over Holy Cross and the Big Green won by 25
• The WG had Dartmouth by 14.5 over Penn and Penn won by 13
• The WG had Dartmouth by 19.5 over Yale and Yale won by 8
• The WG had Dartmouth by 4.5 over Towson and the Big Green won by 3
Last 5 Dartmouth-Columbia scores:
2015 Dartmouth 13, Columbia 9
2014 Dartmouth 27, Columbia 7
2013 Dartmouth 56, Columbia 0
2012 Dartmouth 21, Columbia 16
2011 Dartmouth 37, Columbia 0
For anyone thinking about going to Dartmouth-Columbia tomorrow, do take a look at the exhaustive Fan's Guide to Going to a Columbia Football Game 2016 on the Roar Lions blog. It is an invaluable resource with lots of good travel, parking and eating information.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Talking Columbia

The Columbia Spectator preview for Saturday's Dartmouth-Columbia game has been posted.

Lions coach Al Bagnoli is quoted on the performance of Dartmouth quarterback Jack Heneghan stepping in this for Dalyn Williams:
“It’s a little bit surprising because they graduated a four-year starter, and the other guys really didn’t have a lot of snaps. (Heneghan) really has done a nice job in a short period of time. … It’s a little bit better than I would have thought if you would have asked me this five weeks ago.”
On Dartmouth's young defense:
“(They) don’t have 500 or a thousand snaps under their belt like the other kids did. They’re not quite as seasoned, but they’re athletic kids."

On the Big Green as a whole:
“They were a whole different team last year. It’s a little bit of apples to oranges … but the common denominator is (that) they have good players.”
Find the full Specator story HERE.
The Spec also has an oral-history type story about Columbia's last Homecoming win. It's kind of mind boggling that it was way back in 2000 when the Lions blew by Dartmouth, 49-21. Find that story HERE.
The Roar Lions Columbia football fan blog analyzes this year's Dartmouth team HERE.
Dartmouth strong safety Charlie Miller has been awarded the Gold Helmet by the New England Football Writers for the top individual performance in the region last week. (LINK)

Miller blocked Towson's late chip-shot field goal attempt to try to force overtime, intercepted a pass, knocked a pass down and contributed seven tackles in the Big Green's 20-17 win.
The Dartmouth football website has posted Saturday's program story I freelanced on Dartmouth assistant coach Sammy McCorkle. Find the story HERE.
The Towerlight out of Towson writes about the Tigers' loss at Dartmouth HERE.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Real Heroes

Dartmouth football players turned out to cheer on participants in Sunday's CHaD HERO, "the premier fundraising and athletic event benefiting CHaD, Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock."

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

Columbia's scores to date:
Saint Francis 13, at Columbia 9
at Georgetown 17, Columbia 14
Princeton 48, at Columbia 13
Columbia 15, at Wagner 13
at Penn 35, Columbia 10
The Roar Lions blog writes about Dartmouth managing to keep winning AD – After Dalyn.

AL BAGNOLI - HEAD COACH from ONE World Sports on Vimeo.
Massey Ratings has Dartmouth winning Saturday, 20-7. Here's how Massey sees Dartmouth's chances of winning the rest of the way:

at Columbia 87 percent
Harvard 52 percent
at Cornell 70 percent
Brown  93 percent
at Princeton 49 percent

And in case you are curious, here's how Massey sees the chances of the current Ivy League unbeatens winning the rest of their games:

at Princeton 50 percent
at Dartmouth 48 percent
Columbia 90 percent
at Penn 49 percent
Yale 75 percent

Harvard 50 percent
at Cornell 68 percent
Penn 51 percent
at Yale 68 percent
Dartmouth 51 percent

at Yale 69 percent
Brown 92 percent
at Princeton 49 percent
Harvard 51 percent
at Cornell 69 percent

Boiling it down, Massey sees the Ivy race shaping up this way:
Princeton 6-0-1
Penn 6-1
Harvard 4-2-1
Dartmouth 4-3

Someone has to win the Princeton-Harvard game, of course, and we'll find out who on Saturday ;-)
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald writes about Elliot Kastner and the MVP.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

National Honor For Swann

From STATS, the go-to website for FCS:

Isiah Swann, Dartmouth, CB, Fr., 6-0, 180, Queen Creek, Arizona
Swann was all over the field as Dartmouth held off Towson 20-17 for the Ivy League team's second win over a CAA Football opponent this season. He had only three tackles in his first three games, but the rookie broke out against Towson with a game-high 13 tackles, including 10, solos, an interception and three pass breakups. Swann's pick occurred early in the second quarter in Dartmouth and set up a Big Green touchdown that gave them the lead for good.

Swann, Miller Honored

From a Dartmouth Sports Publicity release:
The Ivy League office announced its weekly football award winners today, and two Dartmouth players received three of the four honors. Freshman Isiah Swann was chosen as both the Defensive Player of the Week as well as the Rookie of the Week, while senior Charlie Miller earned the Special Teams Player of the Week for their contributions to the Big Green’s 20-17 victory over visiting Towson on Saturday.
Find the full release HERE.
Yahoo writes about Ryan McManus being the "designated receiver" for Tom Brady HERE.
The Dartmouth has a story with Phil Olson '79, comedy writer, playwright and former Big Green football player. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound tight end from Edina, Minn., caught 20 passes for 249 yards as a senior. From The D:
Olson has written 13 original screenplays and 15 published plays with over 350 productions worldwide, nine of which have been published by Samuel French. His next play, “A Nice Family Christmas,” will open in seven cities this year.
Teams of interest in the STATS weekly poll:
26. Harvard
29. New Hampshire
46. Penn
48. Princeton

And in the Coaches Poll:
23. Harvard
30. New Hampshire
And finally, time for the Wise Guys. Here's how this week's games look early in the week:

• Dartmouth by 12 over Columbia
• Penn by 9.5 over Yale
• Harvard by 7 over Princeton
• Cornell by 6.5 over Brown

• New Hampshire by 3 over Towson
• Lehigh by 9 over Holy Cross

Monday, October 17, 2016

Looking Back

The highlights from the Ivy League Digital Network can be found HERE.
The game brought a generic wrap-up in the Baltimore Sun. (LINK) The wrap-up from the Dartmouth Sports Publicity Office is HERE and the Towson wrap-up is HERE.

Sagarin DI Ratings (Last week)
151 Harvard (131)
154 New Hampshire (160)
157 Penn (167)
165 Princeton (173)
167 Dartmouth (177)
170 Towson (174)
196 Holy Cross (203)
203 Cornell (200)
206 Yale (210)
225 Columbia (224)
226 Brown (222)

Massey FCS Ratings (Last week)
36 New Hampshire (31)
44 Princeton (47)
47 Penn (49)
49 Dartmouth (52)
50 Harvard (23)
62 Towson (59)
68 Cornell (57)
71 Holy Cross (81)
78 Yale (75)
97 Columbia (92)
104 Brown (101)
Screen grab from CBS broadcast
Dartmouth grad Ryan McManus got a little screen time during Sunday's Patriots game as the CBS broadcast posted this picture and a mention of the former Big Green receiver serving as Tom Brady's designated pass catcher during the quarterback's hiatus from the league. The Boston Globe had a story HERE.
Kyle Hendricks allowed just three hits and one run in 5 1/3 innings but Clayton Kershaw was even better as the Dodgers defeated the Cubs and the Dartmouth alum, 1-0. (LINK)