New Hampshire Football Report

Dartmouth wins Ivy opener

PHILADELPHIA, — Trailing by three and facing fourth-and-inches with three seconds to play, Dartmouth decided to go for the win on the road at Penn. That decision was rewarded as quarterback Jared Gerbinomran straight up the middle into the end zone for the winning touchdown as time expired, giving the Big Green (3-0, 1-0 Ivy) a 16-13 victory over the host Quakers (2-1, 0-1 Ivy) in a nationally televised game on Friday night at Franklin Field.

Dartmouth had to drive 80 yards after Penn took its only lead of the night with a 27-yard field goal by Jack Soslow with 5:37 remaining. As it had done most of the evening, the Big Green methodically marched down the field, even overcoming its 11th penalty of the night after converting a fourth-and-3 play, putting them in a first-and-20 situation near midfield.

Gerbino, Dartmouth’s Wildcat quarterback, had the big play of the drive with a 27-yard burst on third-and-4 from the Quaker 42, giving the Green a first down at the 15-yard line with 30 seconds left. A 13-yard end around by senior Emory Thompson made it 1st-and-goal from the two, but after three plays, the Big Green were still outside the end zone with a decision to make.

“A looked at our team and asked them what they thought,” Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens said. “To a man, they said that we had this and wanted to win the game right there instead of going for a field goal to send it into overtime. So that’s what we did, and we got the push up front we needed to get Jared into the end zone.”

Dartmouth racked up 414 yards with a balanced offensive attack, gaining 215 on the ground and 199 through the air as senior quarterback Jack Heneghan completed 23-of-31 passes with one touchdown and no interceptions. Gerbino led the ground game with 71 yards on 11 carries, while sophomore wide receiver Drew Estrada had nine rushes for 52 yards and senior running back Ryder Stone had 11 attempts for 50 more.

The Penn offense, which entered the game in the top three among FCS schools in total offense (587 yards), scoring (53.5 points) and rushing (334 yards), was limited to just 243 total yards, 13 points and 85 yards on the ground. Quarterback Will Fischer Colbrie was accurate throwing the ball at 19-of-26 for 158 yards and a score, but running back Karekin Brooks managed just 47 yards on 14 carries to lead the ground attack.

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