New Hampshire Football Report

Di Leo collects Ivy League award

HANOVER — Dartmouth senior Rocco Di Leo was selected as the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Big Green’s 28-12 road win at Columbia on Saturday. In addition, STATS listed Di Leo as an honorable mention for its FCS National Defensive Player of the Week as well.

Di Leo, a 6-3, 285-pound defensive end from Elmhurst, Ill., registered a career-high three sacks against the Lions as part of his team-high seven tackles, six of the solo variety. His first sack came on a Columbia third-down play during its first drive at the Big Green 4-yard line, forcing the Lions to settle for a 33-yard field goal. He collected his second on the next Columbia possession after Dartmouth had taken a 7-3 lead, while his third sack proved pivotal early in the third quarter with the Green holding a 14-6 lead. The Lions had pushed into Dartmouth territory but faced a 4th-and-3 only to be denied by Di Leo, who dropped the Columbia QB back 10 yards to allow the Big Green offense to take over.

Dartmouth added two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach, remaining as one of the four unbeaten teams in the FCS at 6-0 and tied atop the Ivy League standings with Princeton at 3-0.


Notes: Di Leo was also chosen as the College Sports Madness Ivy League Player of the Week. … Dartmouth is tied with Columbia for the most weekly awards this season (five). … The Big Green defense has surrendered 23 points over the first three quarters and has shut out the opposition completely in the third quarter. … Dartmouth leads the FCS in total defense (246.5 yards per game), first downs allowed (83), fourth-down conversion rate (10-for-10), completion percentage (74.0), passing efficiency (181.36) and turnover margin (+1.83). … The 9.7 points per game the defense has yielded ranks second nationally behind only Colgate (3.8).

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