Sunday, November 03, 2019


Yes, it was a great pass and a very alert catch, but none of it happens without Derek Kyler's now-they-have-him, now-they-don't scramble to set up the touchdown throw. Watch it, then watch it again to fully appreciate his sleight-of-foot.

The highlights from Harvard below finish with a look at the joyous Dartmouth crowd:

Click on the picture below that Mrs. BGA shot of the TV screen last night while I was wrapping up the BGA Premium story on Dartmouth-Harvard and you can read the bottom line:

WOW! Dartmouth stays perfect thanks to final play
Derek Kyler is nearly sacked before launching winning pass

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The Valley News story on the game is HERE.

The Boston Herald story is HERE.

A site called The Comeback (fittingly) writes about Dartmouth's miracle finish HERE.

A website called 12up has a story under the headline, Awful Camera Work Nearly Misses Incredible Dartmouth Hail Mary to Stay Unbeaten vs Harvard takes the ESPN+ broadcast to task for botching the final touchdown play of the game. (LINK)

Yahoo Sports has a piece under the headline, Dartmouth's game-winning Hail Mary marred by bad camera work that includes video HERE.

Here are ESPN+ highlights including the final play from a different angle:

Add to the list off Dartmouth recruits for next fall Josh Balara, a 6-foot-3, 290-pound lineman from Pennsylvania's Dallas High School who Tweeted his intentions HERE. Find his highlight videos HERE.

Here's the list of recruits BGA has uncovered (with reader help) to date:
• Dario Arazi, 6-6, 225, DE/OT, Brooklyn Tech/Brooklyn, N.Y.
• Josh Balara, 6-3, 290, OL/DL, Dallas /Dallas, Pa.
• Jack Dyett, 6-5, 210, DE/TE, Brentwood School/Los Angeles, Calif.
• Thomas Hartnett, 6-3, 290 OL, Pittsburgh Central Catholic
• Devon Lingle, 6-2, 202 QB, Fletcher, HS/Neptune Beach, Fla.
• Gannon McCorkle, 6-3, 235 DE/TE, Phillips Exeter Academy/Gambrills, Md.
• Paxton Scott, 6-1, 183 WR St. Mark’s/Dallas
• Ethan Sipe, 6-5, 260, OL, Ensworth School/Nashville, Tenn.

A ninth recruit listed earlier has reopened his recruitment.

Penn 38, Brown 36
Quarterback EJ Perry gave Brown a 36-35 lead on a 16-yard run midway through the fourth quarter only to see Penn drive 74 yards for a 22-yard Daniel Karrash field goal with two seconds remaining to give the Quakers the win in what could only be the second-most exciting game in the Ivy League Saturday. The boot was on Karrash’s first-ever collegiate kick. Brown outrushed the Quakers 251-66 and outgained them overall, 486-313. The Bears had a 15-minute advantage in possession time and had 25 first downs to Penn’s 17. Perry ran for 120 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 235 and another but was intercepted twice. Penn played without rushing leader Karekin Brooks but got 11 receptions for 144 yards and a touchdown from Ryan Cragun. Penn is 3-4 and 1-3 in the Ivy League while Brown is 1-6 and 0-4. The Family Day crowd at Franklin Field was 8,459.

Yale 45, Columbia 10
The Bulldogs used 21 fourth-quarter points to turn a solid win into a rout as they improved to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in the Ivy League. Columbia fell to 2-5 and 1-3 in front of 5,667 at Yale Bowl. The Bulldogs, who recovered a fumble on Columbia’s opening drive and got a touchdown pass two plays later to trigger the onslaught, finished with 580 yards of total offense while holding the Lions to just 193 including 28 on the ground. Kurt Rawlings passed for 390 yards and two touchdowns for Yale, completing 20-of-33 throws with one interception. JP Shofhi was on the receiving end of nine throws for 189 yards and one score.

Colgate 24, Georgetown 14
All-America corner Abu Daramy-Swaray had a 76 yards on three punt returns, including a 41-yarder, one breakup, was in on a tackle for loss and, oh by the way, scored the Raiders’ final touchdown on an 11-yard run as Colgate won for the second time in its last three games. The Raiders improved to 2-8 overall and 1-3 in the Patriot League while Georgetown slipped to 5-4 and 1-3 in the Patriot. Attendance in Washington, D.C., was 1,914. Colgate quarterback Grant Breneman was 12-of-19 passes for just 93 yards and 70 yards rushing (108 before sacks).

Stetson 27, Jacksonville 24
The Dolphins surrendered a 24-20 lead when Stetson drove 69 yards for a touchdown with 7:06 remaining and had a chance to force a possible overtime only to see a 53-yard field goal attempt on fourth-and-10 at the Hatters’ 36 inside of two minutes come up just short. Calvin Turner Jr. ran for 160 yards and passed for 88 as Jacksonville lost its fifth straight game to fall to 2-7 overall and 0-5 in the Pioneer. Stetson is 6-2 and 3-2 in the Pioneer. Attendance was 1,754.

Marist 37, Butler 27
The Red Foxes won their second in a row since falling to Dartmouth to improve to 3-5 overall and 3-2 in the Pioneer. Butler is 2-7 and 1-4 in conference. Hunter Cobb ran for 146 yards and three touchdowns for Marist, which managed just 300 yards of total offense but allowed only 306. The teams combined for six turnovers with a 37-yard interception return providing Marist’s first points of the day. Attendance was 1,202.