HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth defensive lineman Jeremiah Douchee was named the Special Teams Player of the Week not just for the Ivy League, but also for the entire Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) as announced by STATS this afternoon.
The senior from Chicago, Illinois, came up with two huge blocks of kicks in the fourth quarter to help send the game between the Big Green and visiting No. 25 Holy Cross into overtime. Dartmouth went on to win the contest, 27-26, as the defense thwarted a two-point conversion to end the game.
Douchee’s first opportunity to play the hero came with 6:09 to play when the Crusaders lined up for a 32-yard field goal attempt in hopes of cutting the Big Green lead of 20-14 in half. But Douchee got a strong push on the interior of the line and got a hand on the ball just enough to make it fall harmlessly to the turf well short of its target.
But Holy Cross wasn’t done as it scored a game-tying touchdown with three seconds remaining in regulation. The potential game-winning PAT, however, was low as Douchee rejected the kick with his body to preserve the 20-20 tie and force overtime.
The Dartmouth victory was its second against a ranked opponent in as many seasons, having beaten New Hampshire when it was ranked 22nd last year in the Big Green season opener. Dartmouth has also won nine consecutive games against non-conference opponents, tying a program record since the Ivy League began formal play in 1956.
Douchee is the first national player of the week for the Big Green since cornerback Isiah Swann was crowned the top rookie last year following a 20-17 win over Towson, which coincidentally was also secured on a Douchee block of a 56-yard field goal attempt as time expired. The last Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week for Dartmouth came that same week, but was garnered by Charlie Miller for blocking a 22-yard field goal in the final minutes of play.
Dartmouth (2-0) begins conference play this week at co-defending champion Penn (2-0) on Friday at 7 p.m. in a game that will be televised by NBC Sports Network with Randy Moss and Ross Tucker on the call. Big Green fans can listen to Adam Giardino and Wayne Young ’72 over the airwaves on 94.5 ESPN Radio and around the world online at 945espn.com. The two teams have both won 18 Ivy League titles, tied for the most in conference history.