New Hampshire Football Report

Dartmouth routs Colgate

HANOVER — Jared Gerbino completed 12 of 16 passes for 193 yards and three touchdowns — all career highs — and the Dartmouth defense made four stops on fourth down as the Big Green (2-0) was in control from the start and defeated visiting Colgate (0-5) in Dartmouth’s home opener. The victory was the 15th straight for the Green against a non-conference opponent, their longest such streak since the Ivy League began play in 1956.

The Big Green racked up 440 yards of offense with a balanced mix of rushing (175) and passing (265) with sophomore tight end Robbie Mangas needing just three catches to record the first 100-yard game of his career with 105 yards, the last a 34-yard touchdown grab.

Gerbino, mostly a wildcat quarterback during his Dartmouth career with over 1,000 rushing yards to his credit, already has posted personal highs passing the ball in a season after just two games. He completed his first 10 passes of the night, leading the Green on touchdown drives on each of their first three possessions.

But it was the defense that set the tone early when nose guard David Chalmers broke through the line on a 4th-and-one play on the game’s first possession to stop the Colgate runner for a loss and turn the ball over on downs. Gerbino then took the offense 58 yards in seven plays, the last a 30-yard toss to Hunter Hagdorn for a touchdown not even six minutes into the contest.

Gerbino went right back to work on the next drive with the big play a 36-yard toss over the defense to Mangas into the red zone. Caylin Parker took it from there with a pair of 4-yard runs, the second of which he waltzed into the end zone for a 14-0 lead late in the first quarter.

Another defensive stop on fourth down — this time courtesy of a Jackson Perry sack at the Big Green 31 — led to the third Dartmouth touchdown drive in three tries. Two Gerbino tosses to Zack Bair gobbled up 20 yards, Parker picked up nine with a run and Drew Estrada hauled in a 40-yard bomb in the end zone for the six points. Connor Davis added the extra point, and the Big Green enjoyed a 21-0 lead with 9:27 left in the half.

Although the Big Green could not go 4-for-4 on touchdown drives as punter Davis Brief made his first appearance of the season, Dartmouth got one last chance to score before the intermission. Perry and Niko Lalos sacked the Colgate quarterback on fourth down and jarred the ball loose with Naeem Morgan gobbling it up at the Dartmouth 41 with 44 seconds on the clock. Derek Kyler came on to run the two-minute offense and completed 4-of-6 throws to the Raider 22. On the final play of the half, Davis booted a 39-yard field goal through the uprights for a 24-0 lead at the break.

Colgate finally dented the scoreboard in the third quarter, but netted just three points after a drive that took just over half of the quarter. A 27-yard Chris Puzzi field goal to thwarted the shutout.

Dartmouth answered right back, however, quickly moving 75 yards in just six plays, culminating witih another long scoring strike from Gerbino. Mangas was on the receiving end from 34 yards out with 2:57 left in the third quarter.

The defense had one more stand in it, denying Colgate after it reached the 1-yard line. Four plays later, the Big Green took over on downs, then proceeded to march 97 yards in 11 plays with Kyler at the helm. Keegan McHugh took the honor of making the 1-yard dive into the end zone for his first career touchdown, capping the scoring with 4:19 to play.

Perry led the stout Dartmouth defense with nine tackles and 1.5 sacks, while Jack Traynor and Isaiah Johnson each collected eight stops. Saftey Ryan Roegge broke up three passes and would have had an acrobatic interception in the first half, but it was negated due to a roughing-the-passer penalty.

Despite the fact that Colgate held the ball for over 35 minutes, it managed just 281 yards of offense. Noah Rothman connected on only 13-of-30 throws for 130 yards while being sacked four times. Alex Mathews led the rushing attack with 74 yards on 19 carries.

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