New Hampshire Football Report

Traynor collects Ivy award

HANOVER — Dartmouth linebacker Jack Traynor was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Big Green’s 16-13 victory at Penn on Friday night.

A 6-foot, 230-pound junior from Lake Forest, Ill., Traynor spearheaded the defensive effort against a Quaker team that entered the game averaging 587 yards and more than 50 points a game. Traynor led the Big Green with nine tackles, eight solo with one for a loss, along with a pass breakup as the defense held Penn to a 243 yards.

With Dartmouth leading 10-7 late in the third quarter and Penn threatening to score in the red zone, Traynor batted away a pass then stuffed a runner at the line of scrimmage on third down to force the Quakers to settle for a game-tying field goal. He also produced his tackle for a loss during Penn’s next drive, helping keep Penn out of the end zone once again to set up the game-winning touchdown drive in the final minutes.

Traynor leads the Big Green with 25 tackles, ranking seventh in the league on a per-game average.

Dartmouth (3-0, 1-0) returns to Hanover this weekend for its homecoming game against another undefeated team in Yale (3-0, 1-0), which leads the Ivy league in scoring at 48.7 points per game. Kickoff on Saturday is set for 1:35 p.m. and will be streamed live on both ESPN3 and the Ivy League Network with Bob Lipman and Ken Cail calling the action.

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