New Hampshire Football Report

Teevens earns 100th win

HANOVER  — A showdown between two of the five unbeaten teams in the FCS turned into a blowout as host Dartmouth gave a homecoming crowd of 6,796 plenty to cheer about in a 42-3 drubbing of Yale on Saturday at Memorial Field. The victory was the 100th for Buddy Teevens as the Dartmouth head coach, and Drew Estrada caught two long touchdown passes while becoming just the fourth Big Green receiver with 200 yards to help keep Dartmouth (4-0, 2-0 Ivy) with an unblemished record. Yale fell to 3-1 on the season and 1-1 in the Ivy League.


Teevens wasn’t preoccupied much with the milestone victory. “It simply means I’ve been here for a long time,” he joked at the postgame press conference. “It certainly is nice to reach that number, but win No. 101 is more important right now.”

Big plays haunted the visiting Bulldogs all day as Estrada hauled in a 75-yard touchdown on the second play from scrimmage and a 61-yard score in the third quarter as part of his big day. Jared Gerbino threw both of those touchdowns and finished the day with a career-high 224 yards while completing five of his seven passes. Derek Kyler was a perfect 5-for-5 behind center, running the 2-minute offense to perfection before the half, racking up 91 yards and a 31-yard touchdown to Hunter Hagdorn.

Those big plays led to 433 yards of offense despite the Big Green running just 45 plays, a 9.6-yard average that is the most for the team in at least 50 years. Yale had the ball for 38-and-a-half minutes and ran 81 plays, but amassed just 384 yards and one touchdown that came in the game’s final minute.

The Dartmouth defense came up with big plays as well. Safeties Niko Mermigas and Quinten Arello — a rookie making his first career start — each picked off a pass in the first quarter that led to Big Green touchdowns. And three times the Bulldogs went for it on fourth down in the second half, each time being denied by Dartmouth, including a 4th-and-1 stop by Jackson Perry late in the third quarter.

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