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Granite vs. granite: Dartmouth, UNH reunite on gridiron

  • Dartmouth College linebackers Tanner Cross, left, and Danny Cronin, right, practice on Memorial Field in Hanover, N.H., on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, ahead of their game with the University of New Hampshire on Saturday. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Valley News photographs — James M. Patterson

  • Dartmouth College quarterback Nick Howard practices on Memorial Field in Hanover, N.H., on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, ahead of the Big Green's game with the University of New Hampshire on Saturday. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. James M. Patterson

  • Dartmouth College running back Q Jones practices on Memorial Field in Hanover, N.H., on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, ahead of their game with the University of New Hampshire on Saturday. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Valley News — James M. Patterson

  • Dartmouth cornerback DeWayne Terry Jr. works with athletic trainer Alyssa Brewster, not pictured, on lower body endurance during practice on Memorial Field in Hanover, N.H., on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, ahead of their game with the University of New Hampshire on Saturday. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. James M. Patterson

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 10/15/2021 9:25:19 PM
Modified: 10/15/2021 9:25:29 PM

HANOVER — Dartmouth College and the University of New Hampshire are renewing their Granite State football rivalry Saturday in Durham.

The Big Green (4-0) will face the Wildcats (3-2) for the first time since 2016. It’s the first time since 2014 that the teams will play at Wildcat Stadium and the first time Dartmouth will play there since the former Cowell Stadium underwent renovation in 2015. Kickoff time is 1 p.m.

The overall series is close. UNH has a slight edge, with a 19-18-2 advantage. The Big Green won the most recent meeting, 22-21, at Memorial Field, but that win snapped a 13-game Wildcat winning streak at the time. Dartmouth went 20 dates with UNH without a victory (0-18-2) dating back to the mid-1970s as well.

New Hampshire was ranked No. 23 in the Stats Perform FCS top 25 this week.

Dartmouth has the advantage in momentum entering Saturday. Last week, the Big Green pulled out a dramatic 24-17 overtime victory over Yale on homecoming weekend.

The Wildcats last played two weeks ago and fell, 23-21, at home against James Madison, which is ranked eighth in the Stats poll and seventh in the FCS Coaches Poll. The week prior to that, UNH took a 77-7 beating at ACC host Pittsburgh.

Dartmouth head coach Buddy Teevens is focused on stopping UNH’s running backs, junior Carlos Washington Jr. and sophomore Dylan Laube. Washington has rushed for 341 yards and one touchdown on 71 carries. Laube has picked up 190 yards and two touchdowns on 39 attempts.

Sophomore quarterback Bret Edwards is also a key figure for the Wildcats. Edwards owns a 64.7 completion percentage on the season, with 916 yards and nine touchdowns.

Teevens said the battles on the offensive and defensive lines will be important in this contest.

“They’ve got good size, (a) very capable offensive line, and we’ve got some smaller, quicker guys,” Teevens said. “They’ve got a strong run game, a couple running backs they’ll send at you, and also the quarterback is athletic. (We) gotta contain, but he also can chuck it around. So (we have to get) pressure on the passer, which we didn’t get a whole lot of last week.

“On the offensive side, they got a powerful defensive front. (We have to) stop penetration, establish the run and then protect the passer when we have the opportunities.”

Dartmouth enters the game mostly healthy. Graduate student cornerback DeWayne Terry Jr. was limited at practice on Wednesday. But aside from normal wear and tear, all other primary contributors appeared good to go.

The Big Green will lean on their running game, as usual. They had more trouble on the ground against Yale than they had in their first three games, as the Bulldogs held senior running back Zack Bair and junior quarterback Nick Howard to less than 4 yards per carry each.

But that pair has been quite successful for Dartmouth overall. Howard has rushed for 353 yards and six touchdowns on 49 attempts, while Bair has picked up 335 yards and two touchdowns on 54 attempts.

But while the run game has been the staple of Dartmouth’s offense, Teevens hinted that some more balance might be necessary.

“(Running) consumes time. It grinds up the clock; it wears down your opponent. You can do that with some people, (and) some people you can’t,” Teevens said. “I think we’re gonna have to mix it up a little bit more to keep people off-balance and also pick yards up consistently. The big thing is (to) move the chains from an offensive standpoint.”

The contest is also a reunion of two of Dartmouth’s most successful football coaches.

UNH defensive coordinator John Lyons is the second-winningest head coach in Dartmouth history, behind Teevens. He coached the Big Green from 1992-2004, capturing two Ivy League titles. He then worked at Kimball Union Academy from 2005-10 as football coach and as KUA’s athletic director from 2008-10.

Seth Tow can be reached at stow@vnews.com.




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