Saturday, September 17, 2016

Game Day . . . Finally

OK folks, buckle your chinstraps and here we go!

Dartmouth-UNH kicks off tonight at 7. If you can't make it in person the game will be on Fox College Sports. Check your local listings to see what channel number that is on your provider (fingers crossed that you get it). You can also listen to a live radio stream of the game by clicking here:
As always there will be a full game story on the Dartmouth-UNH game tonight on BGA Premium. Given that it is a night game (and a TV game at that, meaning it will finish even later) the usual game-day sidebar will go on the site tomorrow. There will also be a follow story tomorrow as well as coverage of the JV game against Middlebury.
Watched Harvard utterly destroy lowly Rhode Island last night, 51-21, and wonder what YOU think. Granted, Rhody was a sad sack opponent, but still, is it a good thing that a Harvard team Dartmouth played to pretty much of a draw in the preseason looked very, very good? Or would Dartmouth fans rather that Harvard appear to be in for a struggle this fall? Either way, that very, very good part is accurate.

Harvard quarterback Joe Viviano completed 24-of-32 passes for 290 yards with three touchdowns and ran for 51 yards and a touchdown as the Crimson crushed the 0-3 Rams. Harvard piled up 29 first downs to URI's 12, converted 70 percent of its third-down opportunities, ran for 244 yards to the visitors' 98, and had 564 yards off offense to 292 for Rhody.

Viviano, who was expected to start last fall over eventual Ivy League offensive MVP Scott Hosch until being sidelined by a broken foot, showed a good arm, the ability to throw on the run and excellent speed and elusiveness for a 6-foot-5 quarterback in his first collegiate start.

A quote from the Boston Globe game story:
“The unnerving thing coming into our third game and their opener is not knowing how different they might be, but there is some comfort in the fact that they’re going to be the same,” Rhode Island coach Jim Fleming said. “I think that’s the mark of a good football program. They’ve reloaded nicely.”
Justice Shelton-Mosley caught nine passes for 108 yards and H-back Anthony Firkser seven for 11 and two touchdowns. (Does Harvard ever not have a terrific H-back?)

For good measure, Semar Smith ran for 107 yards and a score.

For a little context, URI lost its opener at Kansas, 55-6, and fell last week to Albany, 35-7. Rhode Island is 5-44 since the start of the 2012 season.
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