New Hampshire Football Report

Dartmouth wins in OT

HANOVER— Dartmouth blocked a PAT attempt in the final seconds of regulation to force overtime, then thwarted a two-point conversion in overtime to clinch a thrilling, 27-26, home-opening victory over the visiting 25th-ranked Holy Cross Crusaders on Saturday night at Memorial Field.

Junior linebacker Jake Moen came up with the stop on the two-point attempt, giving the Big Green (2-0) its second victory over a ranked opponent in as many seasons.

Senior tight end Stephen Johnston shed a tackler to turn a short gain into a 10-yard touchdown pass on the Big Green’s possession to begin overtime, giving Dartmouth a seven-point lead combined with the PAT kick by senior David Smith. Although the Crusaders scored a touchdown of their own one play after converting on fourth down for the sixth time in as many attempts, the Big Green defense sniffed out the screen pass on the two-point conversion with Moen making the initial hit and senior Danny McManus securing the stop to preserve the win.

The Big Green (2-0) opens Ivy League play next Friday in Philadelphia against Penn in a game carried live on the NBC Sports Network.

Dartmouth 27, Holy Cross 26: Box Score

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