Friday, November 15, 2019

One Day And Counting

This week's Teevens Teleteaser from the Dartmouth sports information office:

Linebacker Jack Traynor, Dartmouth's two-time captain and two-time unanimous All-Ivy League selection, has been chosen to the Academic All-District Football Team by the College sports Information Directors of America.

From a Dartmouth release about the honor for Traynor, an engineering major with a 3.68 GPA:
The native of Lake Forest, Illinois, leads the Green and ranks second in the Ivy League with 59 tackles. Traynor has recovered two fumbles and picked off a pair of passes — returning one of each for a touchdown — broken up two passes and had 4.5 tackles for a loss, including an assisted sack. Three times he has recorded 10 or more tackles in a game this season, including a season-high 13 in a crucial 9-6 win at Harvard, the first win in Cambridge for the Big Green in 16 years.
For his career, Traynor has 254 tackles (14th all-time at Dartmouth and the most in over a decade), 16 for a loss with 1.5 sacks, three interceptions, eight pass breakups, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles.
Find Dartmouth's game notes HERE.
From a STATS column under the headline, Where postseason bids stand in the FCS:
“The Ivy League is the only FCS conference not to participate in the postseason.”
And in the breakdown of conference races there are headers reading It's Complicated and Wait And See as well as . . .
Ivy: Front-running Dartmouth (8-0, 5-0) is in great position for a perfect season, ending the season against the last two teams in the standings (Cornell and Brown). Princeton (7-1, 4-1) and Yale (7-1, 4-1), which face off on Saturday, are still in the title mix. 
No promises how long it will be up before someone has it taken down because of rights issues, but as of this morning the full Dartmouth-Princeton game can be watched online HERE.
Today's trivia: If Dartmouth had not completed the Hail Mary pass that defeated Princeton Harvard and – even by admission of Columbia coach Al Bagnoli – contributed to the Crimson's loss to the Lions last week, we might have been entering Week Nine of the season with a four-way tie atop the Ivy League standings. Dartmouth, Princeton, Yale and Harvard (if it had beaten Columbia) would have all been 4-1. One play made an absolutely huge difference, although with Princeton-Yale this week and Harvard-Yale there would not have been a four-way tie.

In 1995 there almost was.

On Nov. 18 of that year Dartmouth carried a 10-7 lead over Princeton into the final minute on Memorial Field. If the Big Green had been able to hold on Dartmouth, Princeton, Penn and Cornell would have tied for the Ivy League championship with 5-2 records. Instead, the Tigers strung together a 15-play drive capped by an 18-yard field goal with one second left that gave them a 10-10 tie and the Ivy League title with a 5-1-1 record while denying the other three teams. Penn and Cornell tied for second with 5-2 records and the Big Green, which had been one second from a share of the title, finished fourth at 4-2-1.
Check out this grab by Princeton grad Stephen Carlson for the Cleveland Browns last night: