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Big test? No contest: Dartmouth’s Teevens gets 100th win in rout of Yale

  • Dartmouth College receiver Hunter Hagdorn runs into Memorial Field's north end zone Saturday during the Big Green's 42-10 defeat of Ivy League rival Yale. The victory improved Dartmouth's record to 4-0 and earned coach Buddy Teevens his 100th triumph at his alma mater. (Tris Wykes - Valley News) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Purchase a reprint » Purchase a reprint »

  • Dartmouth College football coach Buddy Teevens urges his players to not let up during the second half of Saturday's 42-10 rout of Ivy League rival Yale at Memorial Field. The victory was the 100th of Teevens' 20-year career at his alma mater, spread over two stints in the head office. (Tris Wykes - Valley News) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Purchase a reprint » Purchase a reprint »

  • Dartmouth College guard Zach Sammartino whoops with delight during the late going of Saturday's 42-10 defeat of Ivy League rival Yale on Memorial Field. Injured tackle Griff Lehman, left, and center Evan Hecimovich look on. (Tris Wykes - Valley News) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Purchase a reprint » Purchase a reprint »

  • Dartmouth College running back Dakari Falconer fights through the Yale defense Saturday during the Big Green's 42-10 victory on Memorial Field. Dartmouth is 4-0 overall and 2-0 in Ivy League play. (Tris Wykes - Valley News) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Purchase a reprint » Purchase a reprint »

  • Dartmouth College linebacker Naeem Morgan forces Yale quarterback Kurt Rawlings to scramble Saturday during the Big Green's 42-10 Ivy League victory on Memorial Field. (Tris Wykes - Valley News) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Purchase a reprint » Purchase a reprint »

  • Dartmouth College quarterback Jared Gerbino lies on the Memorial Field turf Saturday after being tackled and having his helmet knocked off by Yale's John Dean. The Big Green's 42-10 Ivy League victory improved its overall record to 4-0 and its league mark to 2-0. (Tris Wykes - Valley News) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Purchase a reprint » Purchase a reprint »

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 10/12/2019 10:03:07 PM
Modified: 10/12/2019 10:02:52 PM

HANOVER — The Yale University football team brought a portable sound system to Memorial Field for Saturday’s clash of unbeaten teams against Dartmouth College. As the Bulldogs massed behind a corner of the north end zone moments before running onto the turf, a dancing operator cranked up Guns N’ Roses 1987 song Welcome to the Jungle.

To which Dartmouth replied, via a 42-10 stomping of its Ivy League rival: Welcome to the Woods.

“They were better than us in every facet of the game and capitalized on mistakes and made plays on both sides of the ball,” said Yale coach Tony Reno, whose record against the Big Green fell to 1-7. “Dartmouth’s had a heck of a run here. From 2014 on, they’ve been the premier team in the league.”

The victory was the 100th of Teevens’ time at his alma mater, spread over two stints on the job. He is 100-92-2 overall and 71-63-1 in Ivy play but hasn’t forgotten that he won three games or fewer during each of the first five seasons after his 2005 return, including a winless 2008.

“It just means I’ve been here a long time,” the coach said, moving along to other postgame topics.

Happily for Teevens and a homecoming crowd of 6,796, there was plenty to discuss.

Offense? Drew Estrada became just the fourth Big Green receiver to catch more than 200 yards in passes during a game, his 203 yards on five catches only 16 yards behind Jack Daly’s 1982 record effort against Colgate.

Defense? The hosts knocked two Bulldogs quarterbacks out of the game, intercepted two of their passes and allowed only a field goal during the starters’ time in the game. The unit remains the nation’s stingiest among NCAA Football Championship Subdivision teams, giving up just 8.5 points per contest.

Special teams? Sophomore placekicker Connor Davis appears to have ridden himself of his freshman-year yips, and punter Davis Brief, while not often needed, is showing outstanding leg strength, hang time and touch.

Bonus benefit? Roughly 30 prospects and some of their family members and high school coaches were on hand to watch the demolition of a rival against which Dartmouth recruits as fiercely on the recruiting trail as it battles on the gridiron. Throw in a gorgeous fall afternoon with sunlight illuminating the foliage on campus and the nearby hills, and it was a Dartmouth day to remember.

“It seemed like everyone was getting involved and that’s when it’s fun, when everyone’s getting touches and making big plays,” said Estrada, a senior Texan whose team is 4-0 overall and 2-0 in Ivy play. “Everything we put on was working and they didn’t have an answer for it.”

Dartmouth took a 7-0 lead after just 43 seconds when quarterback Jared Gerbino threw a 75-yard touchdown to Estrada and Davis added the first of his six extra points. Gerbino ran 6 yards for a touchdown and a 14-0 lead with 4:30 remaining in the first quarter, the four-play drive set up by a Niko Mermigas interception.

Yale starting quarterback Kurt Rawlings suffered another pickoff during the Bulldogs’ next drive, this one by Quinten Arello, a freshman safety from Kansas City who chose Dartmouth over Yale. That snag led to a 21-0 lead, relief quarterback Derek Kyler scrambling left and inside the pylon for a 12-yard touchdown with a minute remaining in the first quarter.

Yale’s Sam Tuckerman hit a 42-yard field goal four minutes into the second stanza, but Dartmouth answered when a wide-open Hunter Hagdorn caught a 31-yard touchdown pass from Kyler just 25 seconds before intermission.

Estrada added a 61-yard touchdown catch from Gerbino and Dakari Falconer ran 10 yards for a score to create a 42-3 lead at the end of three quarters. Myriad Dartmouth substitutes were already in the game by that point. The Big Green used 54 players and surrendered a Yale touchdown pass during the final minute.

Gerbino rushed 11 times for 59 yards and a touchdown and completed five of seven passes for 224 yards and two scores. Kyler completed all five of his passes for 91 yards and a touchdown, and Falconer carried six times for 32 yards and a touchdown. John Pupel had a team-high nine tackles.

Yale’s Rawlings, who returned from injury after his backup was hauled off on a cart, completed 15 of 26 passes for 143 yards and had two tosses intercepted. Alan Lamar rushed 11 times for 48 yards, and Zane Dudek carried six times for 17 yards. Melvin Rouse, usually a defensive back, played on both sides of the ball and caught six passes for 65 yards.

Yale (3-1, 1-1) possessed the ball for 38:30 and had 27 first downs to Dartmouth’s 16. The Bulldogs rushed for 150 yards and passed for 234 while allowing the Big Green 103 yards on the ground and 330 via the air. The visitors were 9-of-17 on third down.

“We were opportunistic,” Teevens said, noting that Yale entered having been very aggressive on defense. “They kind of live by the sword and die by the sword, and we made a few great plays that took the steam out of them.’’

Notes: Dartmouth visits Marist (N.Y.) College next week in what appears to be a substantial mismatch. The Foxes are 1-4 overall and 1-2 in the Pioneer League. … Fifth-year defensive tackle David Chalmers exited during the second quarter and spent the rest of the game on the sidelines with an ice back on one knee. Also leaving play with an apparent injury was junior cornerback D.J. Terry, who was carted off to the training room during the second half. … All-American cornerback Isiah Swann returned to action after being out with a hamstring injury but saw limited action. There was no sign of running back Zach Bair, a sophomore who had a big game last weekend at Pennsylvania before apparently injuring a knee. … Honored on the field between the first and second quarters were members of Dartmouth’s 1969 Ivy League championship football team, which was 8-1 overall and 6-1 in league play.

Tris Wykes can be reached at twykes@vnews.com.




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