Friday, October 24, 2014

Dartmouth Bound

Columbia Friday

CLICK HERE to watch week's Teevens Teleteaser.

Tailback Kyle Bramble was selected Dartmouth's male athlete of the week after running for a career high 113 yards in the win over Holy Cross. He's featured in the second half of the video available HERE.
The Dartmouth looks back at Holy Cross and ahead to the Big Green's game at Columbia HERE.
The Columbia Spectator previews the game HERE.
The Harvard Crimson looks around the league and predicts a 35-6 Dartmouth win at Columbia. (LINK) From the story:
If anyone is capable of a hangover loss after winning at least four of its first five games for the first time since I was four years-old, it’s Darty. But against the Lions, I don’t see it happening.
One of the most intriguing basketball recruiting battles Dartmouth has been involved in over the past few years is expected be resolved today when 6-foot-7, 220-pound power forward Evan Boudreaux will announce his college choice according to his Twitter feed. Boudreaux is the son of Gail Koziara Boudreaux '82, Dartmouth's all-time leading scorer and rebounder, and an All-American both on the basketball court and in track. She is a Dartmouth trustee. Evan's brother, Chris '15, spent a year as a tight end on the Dartmouth junior varsity.

Evan Boudreaux has had an impressive line of suitors and has winnowed his list down to two schools: Dartmouth and Yale after canceling a recruiting trip to Iowa. (LINK)

A talented athlete, Boudreaux saw time as his high school's varsity quarterback as a freshman according to a profile in the Chicago Tribune. (LINK)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Closing In On Columbia

The Columbia Spectator writes about Dartmouth quarter Dalyn Williams. (LINK)
From Columbia's game notes:
Today's game is presented by Turismo Chile, the official sponsor of Columbia's Homecoming.
Dartmouth's Homecoming was last week and even without Turismo Chile's help it was a good time in Hanover:

Harvard-Princeton is the game of the week as chosen by The Sports Network, which picks Princeton to come out on top, 31-28. (LINK)

TSN picks Datmouth to defeat Columbia as well as:
Brown over Cornell
Yale over Penn 
UNH over Stony Brook
Lafayette over Holy Cross
Wagner over Central Connecticut State
Previewing the Penn-Yale game one week after the Quakers earned their first victory by defeating Columbia, the Daily Pennsylvanian blog asks, Did Saturday's win turn around Penn football's outlook? (LINK) From the story:
If Big Green quarterback Dalyn Williams had made one fewer heroic play in leading Dartmouth back in the fourth quarter, then we’d be talking about a Yale team undefeated in the league and holding a win over Army.
The Harvard Crimson has a story (LINK) under the headline, Beyond the Silver Screen;
As the Ivy League Digital Network eyes expansion in its second year, a question has arisen: how does the network balance its revenue-bearing identity with its self-prescribed objective of increasing student viewership? 

A tip from BGA, free of charge ;-) With few exceptions students don't go to games, even when they can get in for free, so you don't need a Harvard MBA to see it's silly to charge students for a subscription if you want them to start watching online.

Former Dartmouth interim president Carol Folt landed in a hornet's nest as chancellor at the University of North Carolina. The Charlotte Observer has a lengthy look at the problems in Chapel Hill HERE. There's a Q&A regarding the sports impact of the findings HERE.

From the Daily Tar Heel (LINK):
It was all a lie.
After years of questions and insufficient responses, Wednesday’s press conference gave the final answer.
It was an athletic scandal — a scheme devised, ultimately, by an administrative assistant and the former chairman of the Department of African and Afro-American Studies. The two were asked by the athletic teams’ academic counselors to keep athletes eligible to play. They were desperate to help students who struggled to adapt to UNC’s rigorous academics.

From that to this. Your feel-good moment of the day.

A friend of BGA sent along a LINK to a video about blind long-snapper Jake Olson at Orange Lutheran High School in California (which send defensive back Jordan Greenwood to Dartmouth). ESPN has a longer, touching report about the young man that flashes back to the first piece it did with him, one that I remember brought a tear to my eye:

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Homecoming Revisited

This look back at the Homecoming win over Holy Cross is well done. Warning: You may want to adjust the volume on your computer down as your age goes up ;-)
Several nuggets of interest from the Columbia game notes. (LINK):

• While Dartmouth crushed the Lions last year, 56-0, the two most recent games in New York City have been close. In 2010 Dartmouth squeaked by with a 24-21 win. In 2012 it was Dartmouth winning 21-6.

• Although the numbers are close, Dartmouth has been outscored in three of four quarters on the year. Score by quarters:

First:  Opponents 50, Dartmouth 44
Second: Opponents 40, Dartmouth 38
Third: Dartmouth 45, Opponents 24
Fourth: Opponents 28, Dartmouth 20
Total: Dartmouth 147, Opponents 142

• Starting at right guard for Columbia is Charlie Flores, a 6-foot-4, 283-pound freshman. Starting at left tackle for Dartmouth is Jacob Flores, a 6-4, 290 junior. Charlie and Jacob are brothers.

The UNH Insider has an entry noting that New Hampshire will open the season next year at San Jose State. Of more interest in these parts is this from the Q&A portion:
Q. There’s one more contest, in 2016, scheduled in a 10-game contract with Dartmouth. What happens then?
A. I had some conversations with my Dartmouth colleagues when they were here a few weeks ago for the game, trying to find some future dates. Trying to find two future dates, specifically, one at Dartmouth, one at UNH, but it might not be for a couple of years. I don’t think Dartmouth has an opening until 2019. We’re very interested in continuing to play them. We think it’s a good game. It’s an important game for the two Division I programs in the state to play.
The latest Gridiron Power Index ranking has been posted. (LINK) The GPI, again, averages out 10 FCS ratings to come up with one that is said to do a good job of predicting at-large bids to the playoffs. (Not that that has any relevance to the Ivy League, of course.)

The GPI lifts Dartmouth past Princeton, but, interestingly, lifts Yale past Dartmouth:

T37. Yale
40. Dartmouth
69. Princeton
90. Brown
93. Penn
108. Cornell
117. Columbia

3. New Hampshire
88. Holy Cross
96. Central Connecticut
Dartmouth collected one vote in The FCS Coaches Poll, which puts the Big Green in a tie for 42nd place. The FCS Coaches Poll:

3. Coastal Carolina (Former Dartmouth defensive coach Joe Moglia)
5. UNH
12. Fordham (Patriot)
21. Harvard
22. Sacred Heart
T42. Dartmouth

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pulling In The Vote

With Saturday's win over Holy Cross, the Dartmouth football team has moved into the Lambert Meadowlands Football poll (LINK), once billed as being emblematic of "supremacy in the East." The Big Green debuts at No. 10 in the FCS version of a that stretches from Maine in the north, to Elon (North Carolina) in the south and as far west as Duquesne (Pittsburgh).

This week's ECAC FCS poll:

1. Villanova (6-1)
2. New Hampshire (5-1)
3. Fordham (6-1)
4. Harvard (5-0)
5.Richmond (5-2)
6. William & Mary (4-3)
7. Bryant (5-1)
8. Sacred Heart (6-1)
9. Bucknell (5-1)
10. Dartmouth (4-1)

The Massey Ratings give Dartmouth a 99 percent "chance" of winning at Columbia this week. The projected score is 38-7. (Massey projected a 28-20 win over Holy Cross last week.)

Massey has Harvard with a 69 percent chance of winning at Princeton Saturday in a game that will give one or the other its first Ivy League loss. Massey sees the Crimson winning, 33-26.

Here's what Massey has for Dartmouth's chances of winning the rest of the season, along with the projected score:

at Columbia, 99 percent, W 38-7
Harvard, 35 percent, L 27-21
at Cornell, 89 percent, W 31-13
Brown, 81 percent, W 27-14
at Princeton, 49 percent, L 31-30

Massey's projected Ivy League standings after last week's games:

Harvard 7-0
Princeton 5-2
Dartmouth 5-2
Yale 5-2
Penn 3-4
Brown 2-5
Cornell 1-6
Columbia 0-7

Onetime Dartmouth basketball player Lisa Friel '79 is a former longtime prosecutor in the Manhattan district attorney's office specializing in sexual-assault cases and now vice president of the Sexual Misconduct Consulting and Investigations division of T&M Protection Resources in New York. Friel,  now consulting with the NFL about domestic violence, was invited by former Dartmouth classmate Buddy Teevens to speak to the Big Green football team Sunday.

The local daily (LINK) has a story that includes this:
Friel explained that domestic abuse crosses all lines, knows no barriers. It affects all races, all religious and ethnic persuasions and crosses all socio-economic lines.
“We wanted (the Dartmouth players) to understand that it can happen anywhere,” she said, “at a nice school like this with nice girls and nice boys.”
More from the story:
“If these situations are not checked, they just will escalate,” she said.
“If you see or hear something, step in and make a difference. Even if you do something a day later — talking to your friend or discussing with your coach — start the dialogue. It can make the difference. 
Use of a drone gives a look at the Dartmouth bonfire that has to be seen to be believed. CLICK HERE to watch the video.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Hernandez Honored Again, Dartmouth Rises In Poll

Dartmouth's Frankie Hernandez has been selected the Ivy League defensive player of the week after making eight tackles and picking off a pass in Saturday's 24-21 win over Holy Cross. It is the second time this fall that the Ivy League has honored Hernandez.

Big Green tailback Kyle Bramble was named to the Ivy League honor roll after rushing for a career-high113 yards and catching a touchdown pass.

Find the Dartmouth release HERE.
Dartmouth is 34th in the latest national poll from The Sports Network. (LINK) The Big Green was 37th last week.

Teams of local interest in the poll:

3. New Hampshire
4. Coastal Carolina (former Dartmouth assistant Joe Moglia is head coach)
12. Fordham (Patriot League)
21. Harvard
24. Sacred Heart (on 2015 schedule)
40. Bucknell (Patriot League)
49. Yale

A Look Back At Holy Cross

For highlights from Dartmouth's win over Holy Cross Saturday, CLICK HERE.
The Dartmouth reports on the Homecoming victory over the Crusaders HERE.

Here are the Sagarin Ratings for this week. The sequence of three numbers is preseason, last week, and this week in bold.

Ivy League
Harvard 149,  101, 111
Dartmouth 174, 133, 149
Yale 194, 147, 152
Princeton 137, 149, 154
Penn 184, 201, 202
Brown  195, 199, 205
Cornell 219, 221, 229
Columbia 241, 237, 243

Nonconference Opponents
New Hampshire 84, 71, 72
Holy Cross 213, 216, 213
Central Connecticut 225, 222, 224

A note From NextTitle18, a football alum and friend of BGA who is sponsoring contests before each home Dartmouth football game this fall:
The winning pick in this past Saturday's NextTitle18 contest for "How Many Total Yards Will Dartmouth Gain" versus Holy Cross is that of old #72, Lane Shipley '11, whose guess of 361 total yards was only off by 9 from the official yardage of 352 as reported on the College's athletic website. No wonder the kid's an analyst for ESPN. Lane will receive a $100 gift card at Molly's Restaurant in Hanover. Congratulations, Ship! 
Finishing just out of the money in 2nd place was Dom Izzo (365), followed with tie for 3rd place by Jon Grove and Bob Peterson (367). In 5th place this week was Tom Goff (333). 
NextTitle18's next contest will be a back-to-the-future deal for the next home game on November 1st vs. Harvard. We will return to our original premise of "Guess The Attendance" at the game. 
The closest guess will win a $100 gift card to Murphy's Tavern in Hanover. 
Should be interesting to see how many folks turn out for what could be a contest against an undefeated Harvard Crimson in what would be a battle for sole possession of the lead in the Ivy title race heading into the far turn of the season. 
Stay tuned to these precincts for more info! 
Editor's Note: The contest for the Harvard game will kick off next Monday.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Saturday Opponent Recap

How Dartmouth opponents fared Saturday . . .

Princeton 27, Brown 16
Recap and links
Quarterbacks were the story as the Tigers (3-2, 2-0 Ivy) jumped out to a 24-0 lead by the first minute of the second quarter and then held off the Bears (2-3, 0-2 Ivy). With reigning Ivy League offensive player of the year Quinn Epperly injured, Connor Michelsen stepped in for Princeton and completed 33-of-45 throws for 367 yards and two touchdowns. For Brown, Marcus Fuller tossed up an Ivy League-record 71 passes, completing just 29 but for 454 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Matt Costello had eight grabs for 121 yards and two touchdowns for Princeton while teammate Seth DeValve had 10 grabs for 120 yards. For Brown, Troy Doles piled up 200 yards on six catches while Brian Strachan had 10 catches for 146 yards.

Penn 31, Columbia 7
Recap and links
Penn (1-4, 1-1 Ivy) set an Ivy League record for the longest winning streak against one team as it posted its 18th consecutive victory over the Lions (0-5, 0-2 Ivy). Penn halted an eight-game losing streak of its own by dealing Columbia its 16th consecutive loss. Alek Torgersen completed 16-of-22 passes for 214 yards and added 70 on the ground for the Quakers, who got 77 yards rushing from Brian Schoenauer. In his first start replacing departed Stanford transfer Brett Nottingham, Trevor McDonagh completed 26-of-50 throws for 266 yards and one touchdown for the Lions. Penn outgained Columbia on the ground, 276-20. The Lions were flagged a whopping 16 times for 118 yards in a contest that saw Penn commit nine penalties for 75 yards.

Harvard 24, Lafayette 14
The Crimson (5-0 overall, 2-0 Ivy) built a 24-0 lead before the Leopards (3-4) made the final respectable. Lafayette outgained the host team, 413-367, and had 22 first downs to Harvard's 16, but missed two field goal attempts and scored just one touchdown on offense with the other coming on an interception return. With senior quarterback Conner Hempel – the Harvard record-holder for highest career completion percentage – still unavailable, Scott Hosch started again and completed just 11-of-24 throws for 203 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Paul Stanton, Jr., had 17 carries for 102 yards including a 43-yard touchdown for the Crimson. Harvard receiver Andrew Fischer had six grabs for 107 yards, including a 78-yard TD.

Yale 45, Colgate 31
Yale (4-1, 1-1 Ivy) rode Tyler Varga and a 21-point fourth quarter to a win over Colgate (4-3). Varga scored five touchdowns for the second time this fall, with four coming on the ground and one through the air. The senior tailback finished with 184 yards on 25 carries. His five-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter broke a 24-all tie and his 69-yard burst with 4:42 left closed out the scoring. Morgan Roberts was an efficient 23-for-33 for 379 yards and two touchdowns for Yale as the Bulldogs bounced back from their first loss last week against Dartmouth. They finished with 633 yards of total offense, including 254 on the ground.

Lehigh 31, Cornell 14
On a day when the Ivy League flexed its muscles with three wins against the Patriot League, Cornell (0-5) fell to previously winless Lehigh (1-5). The Mountain Hawks, on the way to ending their longest losing streak since 1967, jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter only to have the Big Red close to 17-14 with touchdown passes late in the third quarter and with 8:31 remaining in the game. With its lead down to three points, Lehigh answered the second Cornell touchdown by driving 78 yards for a touchdown. Down 10 points with just under three minutes remaining, Cornell suffered a sack on a fourth-and-10 play from its own 23 and it took Lehigh just two plays to tack on a final score. The Big Red managed just 13 first downs and 273 yards of offense while turning the ball over three times.

Robert Morris 27, Central Connecticut State 24
Robert Morris (1-6) got its first win in dramatic fashion despite Rob Holloman running for 164 yards and two touchdowns for Central Connecticut State (2-5). The Blue Devils built a 24-6 lead early in the third quarter before the Colonials roared back with 21 consecutive points. Robert Morris pulled within 24-19 with 5:15 remaining and then recovered a fumble at the Central Connecticut State 13. After a two-yard run, Robert Morris got an 11-yard TD pass and two-point conversion. The Blue Devils blocked a punt to take possession at the Robert Morris 21 with 1:52 left but five false start penalties pushed them back and the clock ran out on them with the ball at the home 37.