New Hampshire Football Report

Offense carries Dartmouth

HANOVER — It had been three years since the last time the Dartmouth Big Green had a 35-0 lead at the half. On Saturday night at Memorial Field, Dartmouth pulled off the feat again — against the same team — as the Big Green (5-0) maintained their place as one of the last four undefeated FCS teams with a 42-0 shutout victory over visiting Sacred Heart (3-3).

Junior Jared Gerbino threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more to lead Dartmouth to its eighth straight win dating back to least year. The Big Green racked up a season-high 522 yards of offense, featuring a balanced attack of 268 on the ground and 254 through the air, while limiting the Pioneers to 159.

A dozen Dartmouth players ran for positive yardage in the game, led by Gerbino (11 rushes, 43 yards), and wide receiver Drew Estrada (3-43) as Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens,  unloaded the bench. Gerbino, normally a Wildcat quarterback, completed all three of his passes — matching his career total — including his first two scoring strikes. Sophomore Derek Kyler connected on 9-of-12 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown as well.

The Big Green scored in each of the first three quarters, but failed to do so in the fourth, ending their streak at 19 quarters with at least one score this season. But the victory extended their win streak against teams outside the Ivy League to 13 games, Dartmouth’s longest since the Ivy League formed in 1956.

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