Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Saturday Revisited

The hope was to post the video highlights here, but the way they would "embed" would make them play automatically every time you visit this page and I know that gets annoying pretty fast. So to access the highlights above, CLICK HERE and it will take you to the Ivy League page. After an annoying commercial you'll see some of the top plays from Saturday's clinching win.

With 18 championships in the fold, the 2016 Big Green has a new goal, as a banner raised by fans in front of the Dartmouth press box announced:

And finally, I've received emails from readers trying to make sense of Dartmouth quarterback Dalyn Williams being voted to the All-Ivy League second team. A reader who knows a lot more football than I will ever know posed this question:
Every coach in the league would have him as their starter if he played for them, so how is that possible?

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Dartmouth Earns 17 All-Ivy League Spots But . . .

There will always be complaints regarding the All-Ivy League selections, from this player made it to that player was left off, to how can you have so many players on the first team, to why aren't there more receivers and fewer backs given how the game is played today?

All that said, Dartmouth once again received terrific recognition with eight spots on the first team, seven on the second and three on the honorable mention team, but rest assured going to be some quibbling and a lively debate on the message board. When you read down the team you'll know why.

2015 All-Ivy League Football Team

Find the Dartmouth All-Ivy release HERE.

Jacob Flores, Dartmouth (Sr., OL - Arlington, Texas)
*Anthony Fabiano, Harvard (Sr., OL - Wakefield, Mass.)
*Cole Toner, Harvard (Sr., OL - Greenwood, Ind.)
Adam Redmond, Harvard (Sr., OL - Strongsville, Ohio)
Tanner Thexton, Penn (Sr., OL - Somerville, N.J.)
Luke Longinotti, Yale (Sr., C - Burlingame, Calif.)
Scott Hosch, Harvard (Sr., QB - Sugar Hill, Ga.)
Alek Torgersen, Penn (Jr., QB - Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Cameron Molina, Columbia (Sr., RB - Broadlands, Va.)
Luke Hagy, Cornell (Sr., RB - Pittsburgh)
*Paul Stanton, Jr., Harvard (Sr., RB - Kenner, La.)
John Lovett, Princeton (So., RB - Hyattsville, Md.)
Alexander Jette, Brown (Jr., WR/RS - North Attleboro, Mass.)
Ryan McManus, Dartmouth (Sr., WR/RS - Mendota Heights, Minn.)
*Justin Watson, Penn (So., WR - Bridgeville, Pa.)
*Ben Braunecker, Harvard (Sr., TE - Ferdinand, Ind.)

Toba Akinleye, Columbia (Sr., DL - Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Cody Fulleton, Dartmouth (Sr., DE - Seattle)
*A.J. Zuttah, Dartmouth (Sr., DT - Edison, N.J.)
Copache Tyler, Yale (Jr., DT - Springfield, Ill.)
*Will McNamara, Dartmouth (Sr., LB - Chicago)
Folarian Orimolade, Dartmouth (Jr., LB - Burtonsville, Md.)
*Tyler Drake, Penn (Sr., LB - Plantation, Fla.)
Eric Medes, Harvard (Sr., LB - Mount Laurel, N.J.)
David Caldwell, Dartmouth (Sr., DB - Charlotte, N.C.)
*Vernon Harris, Dartmouth (Sr., CB - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
*Sean Ahern, Harvard (Sr., DB - Cincinnati)
Spencer Rymiszewski, Yale (Jr., CB - West Chester, Pa.)

Special Teams
Nolan Bieck, Princeton (Sr., PK - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
*Chris Fraser, Cornell (Jr., P - Potomac, Md.)
Justice Shelton-Mosley, Harvard (Fr., WR/RS - Sacramento, Calif.)

Niko Mamula, Dartmouth (Sr., OL - Carnegie, Pa.)
Larry Allen, Jr., Harvard (So., OL - Danvile, Calif.)
Max Rich, Harvard (Jr., OL - Portland, Ore.)
Daniel Poulus, Penn (Jr., OL - Park Ridge, Ill.)
Britt Colcolough, Princeton (Sr., OL - Memphis, Tenn.)
Dalyn Williams, Dartmouth (Sr., QB - Corinth, Texas)
Anthony Firkser, Harvard (Jr., TE/H-Back - Manalapan, N.J.)
Joe Rhattigan, Princeton (Jr., RB - Naperville, Ill.)
Troy Doles, Brown (Sr., WR - Saratoga, Calif.)
Victor Williams, Dartmouth (Sr., WR - Muskogee, Okla.)
Andrew Fischer, Harvard (Sr., WR - Diamond Bar, Calif.)
Justice Shelton-Mosley, Harvard (Fr., WR/RS - Sacramento, Calif.)
Ryan O'Malley, Penn (Sr., TE - Summit, N.J.)

Niko Padilla, Columbia (Sr., DL - Dallas)
Chad Washington, Columbia (Sr., DL - Oakland, Calif.)
James Duberg, Harvard (Sr., DE - Chula Vista, Calif.)
Lukas Nossem, Penn (Sr., DL - Munster, Ind.)
William Twyman, Brown (Sr., ILB - Sudbury, Mass.)
JJ Fives, Cornell (Sr., OLB - Scott Township, Pa.)
Zach Slafsky, Dartmouth (Sr., LB - Boca Raton, Fla.)
Matt Koran, Harvard (Sr., LB - Joliet, Ill.)
Jacob Lindsey, Harvard (Sr., LB - Cleves, Ohio)
Matt Arends, Princeton (Sr., LB - Prior Lake, Minn.)
Troy Donahue, Dartmouth (Sr., DB - Greenwood Village, Colo.)
Chris Evans, Harvard (Sr., DB - Plainsboro, N.J.)
Ian Dobbins, Penn (Sr., DB - Belle Vernon, Pa.)
Dorian Williams, Princeton (Jr., S - Streetsboro, Ohio)

Special Teams
Bryan Holmes, Yale (Jr., PK - Holland, Mich.)
Ben Kepley, Dartmouth (Jr., P - Charlotte, N.C.)
Ryan McManus, Dartmouth (Sr., WR/RS - Mendota Heights, Minn.)

Dakota Girard, Brown (Jr., OL - Wellfleet, Mass.)
Matthew Girard, Brown (Jr., OL - Holyoke, Mass.)
Billy Lawrence, Columbia (Sr., OL - Burr Ridge, Ill.)
Nick Demes, Penn (Jr., OL - Western Springs, Ill.)
Mitchell Sweigart, Princeton (So., OL - Washington Boro, Pa.)
Scott Carpenter, Princeton (Jr., TE - Vienna, Va.)
Richard Jarvis, Brown (Jr., DE - Watertown, Mass.)
Sawyer Whalen, Dartmouth (Sr., DE - Woodinville, Wash.)
Dan Connaughton, Penn (Sr., DL - Lincoln, Mass.)
Birk Olson, Princeton (Jr., DL - Monticello, Minn.)
Henry Schlossberg, Princeton (Jr., DL - Los Angeles)
Marty Moesta, Yale (Jr., DE - Grosse Point, Mich.)
Eric Wickham, Dartmouth (Sr., LB - Richmond Hill, Ga.)
Donald Panciello, Penn (Jr., LB/LS - Succasunna, N.J.)
Matthew Oplinger, Yale (So., OLB - Summit, N.J.)
Matthew Cahal, Columbia (Sr., DB - Paradise Valley, Ariz.)
Jared Katz, Columbia (Jr., DB - Manorville, N.Y.)
Chai Reece, Dartmouth (Sr., CB - Playa del Ray, Calif.)
Asante Gibson, Harvard (Sr., DB - Chula Vista, Calif.)
Anthony Gaffney, Princeton (Sr., CB - Columbus, N.J.)
Cole Champion, Yale (Sr., S - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Cameron Nizialek, Columbia (Jr., P - Chantilly, Va.)
Tyler Roth, Princeton (Jr., P - Pittsburgh)
Alexander Jette, Brown (Jr., WR/RS - North Attleboro, Mass.)
Dré Nelson, Princeton (Sr., RB/RS - Stone Mountain, Ga.)

*Unanimous Selection

No. 22 According To The Coaches (Or Their SIDs ;-)

The FCS Coaches Poll

Rank, School, First Place Votes, Points, Record, Previous
1. Jacksonville State (20) 547 10-1, 1
2. McNeese State (1) 520 10-0, 2
3. North Dakota State (1) 487 9-2, 3
4. Illinois State 482 9-2, 6
5. Portland State 417 9-2, 11
6. James Madison 416 9-2, 10
7. Charleston Southern 383 9-2, 8
8. Chattanooga 362 8-3, 9
9. Coastal Carolina 359 9-2, 4
10. Sam Houston State 358 8-3, 12
11. Richmond 323 8-3, 16
12. South Dakota State 321 8-3, 5
13. William & Mary 306 8-3, 7
14. Northern Iowa 256 7-4, 15
15. Fordham 238 9-2, 14
16. Southern Utah 223 8-3, 18
17. Montana 202 7-4, 17
18. The Citadel 198 8-3, 24
19. Harvard 129 9-1, 21
20. North Carolina A&T 99 9-2, 13
21. Bethune-Cookman 88 9-2, 22
22. Dartmouth 77 9-1, 23
23. Northern Arizona 58 7-4, 20
24. Grambling State 55 8-2, NR
25. Eastern Illinois 46 7-4, NR
Dropped from rankings: Central Arkansas, Eastern Washington

Others receiving votes: Eastern Washington 40, North Dakota 35, New Hampshire 26, Western Illinois 26, Dayton 24, Towson 16, Western Carolina 10, Central Arkansas 10, Alcorn State 8, UT Martin 2, Colgate 2, Eastern Kentucky 1
The All-Ivy League team will be released today. It will be interesting to see how Dartmouth fares compared to a year ago when it had a school-record 10 players on the first team, six on the second team and one honorable mention. A repeat would be hard to match and, as always, there will be surprises.
From Dartmouth sports publicity after defensive lineman Cody Fulleton was honored for his play against Princeton:
Fun fact: Fulleton is the 1st @DartFootball DL to win the #IvyLeague Defensive Player of the Week award since Dan Mulligan in 1991!
That is almost impossible to believe for anyone who saw defensive end Anthony Gargiulo '06 play. He was an honorable-mention All-Ivy pick as a sophomore and first team as a junior, when he had 12 sacks, and again as a senior when he had eight. He then went on to play in the Canadian Football League before his career was ended by a cheap-shot leg injury. He's still the Dartmouth career leader with 25 sacks.

Rush specialist Flo Orimolade could make a run at Gargiulo's record next fall. He had eight sacks this year and has posted 14.5 in his career. That's seventh all-time, half a sack shy of Zack Walz '98, who went on to play for the Arizona Cardinals.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Dartmouth Cracks Top 20

STATS Top 20 with ranking, record, poll points, first-place votes and last week's ranking:

1 Jacksonville State (10-1) 3662 (135) 1
2 North Dakota State (9-2) 3468 (2) 2
3 McNeese State (10-0) 3401 (10) 3
4 Illinois State (9-2) 3227 6
5 Portland State (9-2) 2652 11
6 Sam Houston State (8-3) 2574 10
7 Chattanooga (8-3) 2445 8
8 James Madison (9-2) 2407 12
9 Charleston Southern (9-2) 2377 9
10 South Dakota State (8-3) 2314 5
10 Coastal Carolina (9-2) 2314 4
12 Richmond (8-3) 2260 14
13 William & Mary (8-3) 1988 7
14 Fordham (9-2) 1747 13
15 UNI (7-4) 1716 15
16 Montana (7-4) 1376 17
17 Southern Utah (8-3) 1372 20
18 Citadel (8-3) 1259 25
19 Harvard (9-1) 1170 19
20 Dartmouth (9-1) 751 21
21 Grambling State (8-2) 582 22
22 North Carolina A&T (9-2) 549 16
23 Eastern Washington (6-5) 430 18
24 Eastern Illinois (7-4) 340 NR
25 Bethune-Cookman (9-2) 301 NR
Others: Western Illinois (187) , Northern Arizona (175) , North Dakota (116) , Central Arkansas (114) , Eastern Kentucky (99) , North Carolina Central (56) , UT Martin (54) , New Hampshire (46) , Youngstown State (45) , Dayton (44) , Penn (36) , Towson (29) , Duquesne (22) , Western Carolina (20) , Colgate (17) , Alcorn State (14) , Liberty (10) , Prairie View A&M (4) , Indiana State (2) , Villanova (2) , Montana State (1)

Fulleton Is Ivy Defensive Player Of The Week

The Ivy League players of the week have been named and Dartmouth end Cody Fulleton is the defensive player, a well-deserved honor. From the release:
Dartmouth senior defensive end Cody Fulleton (Seattle) caused problems for Princeton all afternoon in the Big Green's 17-10 title-clinching win. On the first possession of the game, Fulleton separated a ball carrier from the ball and recovered it to end a Princeton drive in Big Green territory. He also batted down a third-down pass in the opening quarter to force the Tigers to punt. But it was his third-down sack with about 2:30 to play that led to Dartmouth getting the ball back in time to score the game-winning touchdown in the final minute. He finished the game with eight tackles, with 2.5 being for a loss, to go along with his sack, forced fumble, recovered fumble and pass breakup.
Fulleton's Statistics for the Week 
8 tkls. (4 solo), 1.0 Sack, 2.5 TFL, 1 FF, 1 FR, 1 BrUp
Honor Roll
Dalyn Williams, Dartmouth (Sr., QB - Corinth, Texas)
 31-45-1, 262 yds., 2 TDs


Thank You

It was at the start of spring practice in 2005 that I approached newly hired Dartmouth football coach Buddy Teevens with the idea of covering his program on a daily basis, not for the newspaper where I worked, but on the Internet.

I had come to know Teevens as the beat reporter for the local daily during his first stint in Hanover. We had always gotten along well and he trusted me, even if the first time around I had to ambush him at the Lebanon Airport when he was flying off to New Orleans to be introduced at Tulane. Understandably, he had ducked me trying to keep a lid on that news, but when I tracked him down in the tiny terminal he was as polite and cooperative as he always was – and always is.

When I talked with Teevens about what would become Big Green Alert he told me that the Stanford Bootleg covered his last program in a similar fashion. He promised that I could ask him absolutely anything I needed to ask. In 11 years of doing BGA he's never once backed off that promise.

Granted, I've never been the most aggressive reporter, but BGA is independent and on occasion I've had to ask him a few questions that made me uncomfortable – if not him. In 11 years of BGA he's not once shaken his head and walked past me, even during the 0-10 season. I haven't missed a regular practice in all those years and he has always answered my questions. Every. Single. Day.

With this championship season wrapped up, I want to take this opportunity to publicly thank Coach Teevens, his coaching staff, those in the football office and in athletic administration who have allowed me to be a regular presence – maybe even a bit of a nuisance – as they go about their daily jobs. They've been unfailingly helpful and friendly, without exception.

I'd also like to thank the players who see me every day with my clipboard and pens jotting things down, or talking after practice with Coach Teevens while they patiently wait for me to finish so they can speak with him.

Finally, I'd like to thank the generous parents, alumni and fans who subscribe to BGA. I have never even sniffed the number of readers that I thought I had to reach but there are just enough of you that Mrs. BGA – who deserves by far the biggest thank you – allows me to continue to try to make this thing work ;-)

So thanks to all,
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Here are the Sagarin Ratings for this week. The sequence of three numbers is preseason, consecutive weeks, and this week in bold.

Ivy League
Harvard 142, 140, 141, 128, 123, 107, 88, 94, 85, 86, 90, 109, 106
Dartmouth 172, 177, 174, 130, 124, 105, 108, 120, 109, 113, 113, 112
Penn 212, 213, 211, 221, 195, 202, 190, 181, 172, 161, 158, 147, 149
Princeton 198, 202, 203, 157, 147, 164, 153, 165, 168, 166, 168, 176, 173
Yale 182, 185, 187, 184, 181, 171, 178, 166, 174, 190, 177, 173, 175
Brown  196, 198, 201, 201, 204, 203, 189, 180, 175, 188, 196, 196, 198
Columbia 240, 242, 239, 233, 237, 228, 220, 232, 227, 217, 215, 219,220
Cornell 234, 233, 234, 231, 229, 225, 230, 234, 237, 238, 235, 232, 233
(253 ranked)

Nonconference Opponents
Sacred Heart 200, 203, 167, 200, 216, 214, 202, 196, 217, 215, 225, 216, 211
Georgetown  225, 234, 225, 225, 221, 222, 209, 215, 208, 205, 205, 209, 216
Central Connecticut 224, 224, 232, 224, 235, 235, 231, 228, 225, 218, 222, 227, 228

Last This Week
Davidson 253
1. Illinois State
2. North Dakota State
3. Jacksonville State
4. Dartmouth
5. South Dakota State
6. Harvard
7. Northern Iowa
8. Citadel
9. Charleston Southern
10.Southern Utah

17. Penn
31. Yale
41. Princeton
46. Brown
72. Columbia
95. Cornell

67. Georgetown 
81. Sacred Heart
97. Central Connecticut

125. Mississippi Valley State
The NCAA produces something called the Simple Rating System that, well, read how FCS Insider described it when it was introduced:

Beginning with the 2013 football season, the NCAA Division I Football Championship Committee will use the NCAA Simple Rating System (NCAA SRS) as a tool for evaluating teams for selection into the 24-team championship. 
The NCAA Simple Rating System (NCAA SRS) is a ranking system used to gauge team quality. Within the NCAA SRS, the rating of a team will be calculated largely by two components: a strength-of-schedule measure (SOS) and a win-loss differential (WL). 
A team’s SOS measure is simply the average NCAA SRS rating of that team’s opponents for the season. 
A team’s WL measure factors whether or not a game was won or lost; the location of the game (home/away/neutral site); and the NCAA (sub)division of the opponent. 
One team’s rating depends on its opponents’ ratings, which depend on their opponents’ ratings, etc., based on the “network” of college football games played each week during the football season.
So, how does Dartmouth measure up in the "tool for evaluating teams for selection into the 24-team championship?" Here's how this year's SRS projected teams for the playoffs (LINK):

1. Illinois State
2. Dartmouth
3. North Dakota State
4. Harvard
5. Jacksonville State
6. McNeese State
7. Portland State
8. James Madison
9. South Dakota State
10. William and Mry

15. Penn
32. Yale
35. Princeton
58. Brown 
83. Columbia
105. Cornell

Impressive, huh? And here's the bracket announced yesterday:

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Missing from the bracket? The No. 2 and No. 4 teams in the SRS, who aren't allowed to continue on because the Ivy League has decided that student-athletes in one sport, and only one sport, can't handle the challenge of combining academics and athletics, or perhaps that they can't keep football in proper perspective.
Jay Greenberg's fine Princeton Football blog looks at the Dartmouth-Princeton game HERE.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Saturday Wrap

A look at Saturday's games  . . .

Harvard 38, Yale 19
Ho hum. Scott Hosch throws for 320 yards and four touchdowns and leads both teams in rushing with 60 yards as Harvard (6-1 Ivy League, 9-1 overall) beats Yale. Again. As Harvard wins a share of the Ivy League championship. Again. Morgan Roberts passes for 410 yards and two touchdowns for Yale but it takes him 65 passes to do it. Harvard now has beaten the Bulldogs nine times in a row. A crowd of 52,126 looks on.

Penn 34, Cornell 21
It takes the Quakers (6-1, 7-3) just 4 minutes, 39 seconds to go ahead, 13-0. By the end of the first quarter they have a 20-0 lead. After Cornell (1-6, 1-9) gets on the board Penn racks up the next two touchdowns to take a 34-7 lead midway through the third quarter, to the delight of most in the crowd of 6,007. Cornell has an advantage in first downs, 21-18, and total yards, 445-367, but Alek Torgersen is an efficient 15-of-22 for 195 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 42 yards and another TD as Penn clinches a share of its 17th crown, tying Harvard but remaining one behind Dartmouth.

Holy Cross 45, Georgetown 7
The Crusaders (3-3 Patriot League, 6-5) jump out to a 31-0 halftime lead over the Hoyas (2-4 Patrio League, 4-7) and are never challenged with a crowd of 5,785 in Worcester.

Sacred Heart 45, Wagner 17
A crowd of 1,725 looks on as Sacred Heart (3-3 Northeast, 6-5 overall) breaks a 17-all tie with 21 third-quarter points against the Seahawks (1-5 NEC, 1-10).

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Echoes Of 1990 As Dartmouth Looks To Clinch First Title Of Teevens’ 2nd Tenure

When players from the 1990 Dartmouth football team were trying to decide on the best date to return to campus to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their Ivy League championship they might have considered Sept. 26, the opener under the lights. That figured to draw a pretty good crowd.

Or they could have picked the Oct. 10 Homecoming game against Yale.

And the weather figured to still be pretty good a couple of weeks later when Columbia came to town.

Ultimately they chose this weekend’s game against Princeton, based at least in part on a hunch that the celebration in Hanover might be about more than the the silver anniversary of the first Ivy League championship under coach Buddy Teevens.

Pretty good hunch, it turns out.

Upwards of 80 players from the 1990 team that earned a share of the Ivy League title with a 23-6 win
over Princeton will be at Memorial Field today hoping history repeats itself with another win over the Tigers that would clinch an Ivy championship a quarter century after they turned the trick.

“It is meaningful to me to see how much it means to them, to take the time to come back,” Teevens said with a faraway smile after Wednesday’s practice. “That was our first championship and now they have a chance to be here for the first one of the second time around.”

While this year’s Dartmouth team rolled to a 6-0 start, the ’90 team featuring Teevens’ first recruiting class at his Alma mater was 1-2-1 before reeling off six consecutive wins.

That championship season opened with a 16-6 loss to Penn on Memorial Field but the Big Green showed resiliency by bouncing right back as Shon Page ran for 148 yards and kicker Dennis Durkin was responsible for 15 points as the Big Green stunned nationally ranked Lehigh one week later, 33-14.

Dartmouth very nearly topped that in the third week of the season, building a 14-0 lead at No. 3 New Hampshire before having to settle for a 21-21 tie. Brad Preble picked off three passes and recovered a fumble but an 84-yard punt return for a touchdown by UNH’s Barry Bourassa and an interception at the end cost the Big Green a shot at a monumental upset.

After a 21-10 loss at a powerhouse Holy Cross team that would go 9-1-1 Dartmouth evened its Ivy League record at 1-1 with a 27-17 victory over Yale. That set up a showdown in Ithaca, N.Y., against a Cornell team with a 2-0 conference record and legitimate championship aspirations.

Dartmouth got a 24-yard Durkin field goal and a safety when a Cornell fumble went out of the end zone to take a 5-3 halftime lead. Cornell moved in front, 6-5, on Matt Hepfer’s 35-yard field goal in the third quarter.

Durkin booted field goals of 28 and 19 in the final period to give the Big Green five-point lead that with just seconds remaining and Cornell on its own side of the 50 seemed safe. It wasn’t.

On the final play of the game Cornell quarterback Chris Cochrane dropped back, evaded a rush and heaved a Hail Mary from his own 47 that Mike Grant caught at the Dartmouth 15. Grant seemed destined to score the winning touchdown until Big Green corner Sal Sciretto dove and brought him down from behind at the 3. To this day there are people who remember Sciretto as, “Salvation Sal.”

Having dodged the bullet on Schoellkopf Field, Dartmouth returned home the next week to post a 17-0 win over Harvard, with Page running for a school-record 222 yards and the stingy Big Green defense, led by Harry Wright’s 17 tackles, holding the Crimson to just 112 yards of offense.

Dartmouth got a late touchdown run from Page a week later to seal a 34-20 win over Columbia before heading to Providence and dealing Brown a 29-0 loss. The Bears managed just 84 total yards against the Big Green defense.

Dartmouth closed out the season and clinched the Big Green’s first title since 1982 with a 23-6 win over Princeton that featured 145 rushing yards from Al Rosier and three interceptions by “Salvation Sal.”

Like this year’s Dartmouth team. the ’90 squad featured a stifling defense that allowed just 32 points over the final five games. Unlike this year’s team, which came into the season with quarterback Dalyn Williams being heralded as one of the top players in the nation, the 1990 team did not have a proven quarterback. Instead it received an Ivy League Rookie of the Year performance from Matt Brzica after he shot up the quarterback depth chart when injuries struck players ahead of him early in the year.

What Teevens' first Ivy League championship team had most in common with the team that this afternoon will try to give him his third title as a coach was its approach to the game.

“The X’s and O’s aside the ’90 team was as closeknit a group as I have been around,” said Teevens. “They played for each other. They were unselfish. There was a lot of trust amongst each other on both sides of the football. The guys had fun on Saturdays. They just flat-out played.

“You look our team right now and it is very similar in that regard. We are probably more experienced now than we were back then, but there is that same mindset. That same joy of playing the game. Pulling for each other. Pulling for both sides of the ball. It’s not offense and defense. It is a team approach.”

While he hasn’t overplayed the championship card with this year’s team, Teevens has brought up his experiences as quarterback on the 1978 team along with those of the players who are returning this weekend.

“What I have said is, guys who have won a championship will tell you that you can’t appreciate how much it means to you now,” he said. “But when you reflect back it will be is one of your greatest accomplishments in life. It is done with a wide collection of people who didn’t know each other (before Dartmouth), who have come together at one time, in one place, and have worked for a common goal. If you get it, it’s something no one can never take it away.

“We got a second life and have a second chance to do that on Saturday. They know it’s out there. Now finish it.”

Just like another group of players did a quarter of a century ago.

(This is an edited version of a piece that was posted on BGA Premium earlier this week.)
In the first game of the weekend, broadcast last night on NBCSN . . .

Brown 28, Columbia 23
Columbia (1-6, 2-8) gave up Brown (3-4, 5-5) touchdowns on a fumble in the end zone, a 75-yard run, and a blocked punt all by the midway point of the second quarter.

Trailing, 21-7, Columbia fought back within five points on a touchdown with 5:12 left in the game. Because the two-point conversion pass failed the Lions couldn't force overtime with a field goal, and instead needed a touchdown to win.

Columbia got the all-important stop with 2:55 remaining, and then drove 13 plays from its own 35 to the Brown 5 where its faced fourth-and-goal. With no timeouts and just seconds left, heavy pressure forced quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg to toss up a desperation pass that was intercepted in the end zone.

Columbia lost despite posting 26 first downs to Brown's six, outgaining the Bears in total yards 395-231, and holding the ball for 40:47 to Brown's 19:13.