New Hampshire Football Report

Kyler, Dartmouth defeat Princeton

HANOVER — The Dartmouth defense shut down No. 16 Princeton and quarterback Derek Kyler threw three touchdowns to lead the Big Green (7-1, 4-1 Ivy) to a 31-7 victory on Friday evening at Memorial Field. With the victory, Dartmouth moves into a first-place tie with the Tigers (7-1, 4-1 Ivy) and ends Princeton’s FCS-best 12-game road winning streak.


Kyler finished the game 16-of-19 throwing the ball for 193 yards along with the three touchdowns, and cornerback Isaiah Johnson put the stamp on the game near the end of the third quarter with a 73-yard pick-six to complete the scoring. Overall, the Big Green defense registered six sacks, 2.5 courtesy of end Shane Cokes.

Princeton entered the game leading the Ivy League with 36.9 points per game, but Dartmouth set the tone early by holding the Tigers to just 19 yards in the first quarter. With a little more than nine minutes left in the second quarter, the Big Green lead was 17-0 before Princeton clawed back with a touchdown. On the final play of the half, the Tigers had a chance to close the gap even further and lined up for a 27-yard field goal in the final seconds, but the kick glanced off the helmet of one of his lineman, causing the ball to clang off the right upright, maintaining the 17-7 Dartmouth lead at the break.

After Kyler tossed his third scoring strike in the third quarter, this time to Jonny Barrett from 23 yards out, Johnson stepped in front of a short pass toward the sideline and was off to the races.

Dartmouth has now defeated four consecutive ranked opponents, and three this season, all in the last four weeks.


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