HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth junior Bronson Green was named the Ivy League Football Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Big Green’s 21-16 victory at Columbia on Saturday. This is the third weekly award he has earned during his career, and it is the sixth for a Dartmouth football player this season.

Green, a 6-0, 215-pound linebacker out of Loyola High in Los Angeles, Calif., was one of three Dartmouth defenders to post 10 tackles in the road win. None of those tackles was bigger than his stop on a 3rd-and-1 play at the Big Green 21 in the fourth quarter with his squad clinging to a 14-10 lead. With the quarterback failing to sneak through the line on the play, the Lions were forced to attempt a 42-yard field goal (following a false start penalty) that went well left of the uprights.

As a unit, the Dartmouth defense limited Columbia to 220 total yards on the afternoon and now ranks among the top 10 in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) in yards allowed for the season (299.5, ninth). The Big Green also have held the opposition to an average of 17 points per game, which also ranks ninth nationally.

Previously, Green earned the Rookie of the Week during his freshman campaign in the final game of the 2010 season when Dartmouth shut out Princeton on the road. Last year he was selected as the conference’s top defender after the season opener when he recorded 11 tackles and recovered a fumble in a 37-20 triumph over Colgate.

Other Big Green players to earn a weekly honor this season are junior running back Dominick Pierre for offense and senior Miles Gay for special teams on Sept. 19, junior linebacker Michael Runger on defense and sophomore kicker Riley Lyons on special teams on Sept. 26, and freshman running back Brian Grove as the league’s top rookie on Oct. 8.

This Saturday, Dartmouth (4-2, 2-1 Ivy) faces its toughest test of the season thus far when the defending champion Harvard Crimson (5-1, 2-1 Ivy) come to town for the Big Green’s homecoming game at 5 p.m. Harvard had its 14-game winning streak snapped last week after surrendering 29 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to fall at Princeton, 39-34.

The game will be televised regionally by Comcast SportsNet New England (CSNNE). For those outside the area, Dick Lutsk and Wayne Young ’72 will call all of the action on the HD video stream for subscribers of Big Green Insider on the official website of Big Green athletics, DartmouthSports.com. The duo can also be heard over the airwaves on WFRD 99.3 FM.