New Hampshire Football Report

Dartmouth remains unbeaten

BRONX, N.Y. — In the battle between the two Ivy League unbeatens, Dartmouth got a stellar defensive effort coupled with a strong ground game to avenge last year’s loss to Princeton in a 27-10 triumph on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.


Quarterback Jared Gerbino ran for two touchdowns and defensive end Niko Lalos returned an interception 22 yards for another TD as the Big Green (8-0, 5-0 Ivy) took the lead in the Ivy League standings while winning their 10th straight and 20th of their last 21.

Princeton (7-1, 4-1 Ivy), which had its 17-game win streak come to an end, entered the game ranked among the top 10 in the FCS in both scoring and total yards, but was limited to just 10 points and barely half of its average yardage output with 246 yards.

Dartmouth took advantage of its two interceptions in the first half to put touchdowns on the board after each, starting with Lalos little more than six minutes into the game. Senior Isiah Swann, a 2018 All-American cornerback, picked off his 15th career pass (extending his Dartmouth record) in the second quarter, leading to a Gerbino 1-yard waltz into the end zone for a 14-0 lead.

After Connor Davis booted a 33-yard field goal with 4:09 left in the half to make it a 17-0 Big Green advantage, the two teams traded turnovers, allowing Princeton to find its way to the end zone with nine seconds showing on the clock, cutting its deficit to 10 at the break.

Dartmouth did not let that score affect the momentum of the game thanks to another Davis field goal to start the second half, this time from 42 yards that just snuck over the crossbar and inside the right upright.

The Tigers answered with a 28-yard Tavish Rice field goal, but on the first play of the fourth quarter, Gerbino broke free along the Dartmouth sideline and sprinted 21 yards to the end zone for the game’s final score.

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