New Hampshire Football Report

Dartmouth handed first loss

HANOVER — Richie Kenney threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Owen Peters with 5:32 to play, and David Jones intercepted a pass in the final two minutes as Cornell handed 11th-ranked Dartmouth a 20-17 defeat on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Field.

It was the first road victory over a ranked Ivy League opponent for the Big Red (3-6, 2-4 Ivy) since 1950. The Big Green dropped to 8-1 on the season and into a first-place tie with Yale at 5-1 in conference play.


Dartmouth extended its lead to 17-12 on a 34-yard field goal by Connor Davis with 8:06 to play, but Cornell came right back and marched down the field, facing a third-and-4 situation at the Big Green 29. An offside penalty gave the Big Red a first down, and Kenney wasted no time in finding Peters across the middle for the go-ahead score. With a one-point lead, Cornell lined up for a two-point conversion and converted when Kenney could not find a receiver and dove into the end zone just inside the pylon for the 20-17 lead.

The Big Green offense picked up one first down on its next possession, then had a fourth-down throw fall incomplete, turning the ball over on downs at its own 40. The defense held while using all three timeouts to preserve the clock, however, and the ensuing punt went out-of-bounds at the Dartmouth 7. Quarterback Derek Kyler ran for a 6-yard gain on the first play, but his second-down pass toward the sideline was sniffed out by Jones, who made the diving interception. Three kneel-downs later and Cornell had its upset victory.

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