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Schwieger Earns Player of the Week Honors

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Nick Schwieger spins away from a defender.     By Mark Washburn
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HANOVER, N.H. — Senior running back Nick Schwieger (Norton, Mass.), Dartmouth’s all-time leading rusher, today was named the Ivy League Co-Offensive Player of the Week, as well as the College Football Performance Awards FCS National Running Back Performer of the Week, for his record-setting performance against Cornell on Saturday. The Bishop Feehan product reclaimed his Big Green record by rushing for 257 yards against the Big Red in a 33-24 victory, surpassing 1,000 yards for the second straight season.

Schwieger needed just 26 carries to rack up his 257 yards, averaging 9.9 yards while posting runs of 40, 53 and 65 yards, the last one going for the touchdown that turned out to be the winning score. In addition, he caught three passes for seven yards to give him 264 all-purpose yards, the fourth most in Dartmouth history. Schwieger now owns three of the top six all-purpose games in the Big Green ledgers.

By the end of the first half, however, Schwieger had just 48 yards on 12 carries. And when Cornell took its only lead of the game at 17-16 with 1:25 remaining in the third quarter, his total was still only 67 yards on 17 runs, an average of just under four yards. But on the first play after the Big Red’s go-ahead field goal, he broke out for 53 yards, setting up a touchdown two plays later. On the next Dartmouth possession, Schwieger made a quick spin move to his left on a 3rd-and-3 run, then sprinted to the end zone for a 65-yard touchdown, one yard shy of the longest run of his career.

After Dartmouth took a 33-24 lead and regained possession on an interception, Schwieger took a handoff one final time and broke free for a 40-yard run to eclipse the single-game record of 243 held by teammate Greg Patton. Patton had broken the mark in 2009 against Cornell as well, just two weeks after Schwieger had claimed the record with 242 yards against Columbia.

Schwieger has 1,016 yards on the ground this year, and with his 1,133 yards a year ago, is now the only Dartmouth player to ever rush for 1,000 yards in a season twice. He ranks fifth in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) with 127.0 rushing yards per game this year, and his 2,856 career yards are over 600 more than anyone else in Big Green history.

This is Schwieger’s fifth career selection as the Offensive Player of the Week, and the fifth weekly honor for a Big Green player this year, though just the first offensive award. He shared the Ivy League honor with Brown running back Mark Kachmer, who ran for 192 yards and three touchdowns, one of which was a 95-yard spring for the longest play from scrimmage in the program’s history.

Earning honor roll status this week for the Big Green within the league were senior strong safety Joey Casey (Noblesville, Ind.), who intercepted passes on each of Cornell’s first two possessions, then broke up another pass that turned into an interception by a teammate to seal the victory in the fourth quarter, and freshman wide receiver Bo Patterson (Charleston, S.C.) who caught five passes for 79 yards, the most by a Big Green receiver all year.

Dartmouth (3-5, 2-3 Ivy) makes it final trip of the year when it travels to Brown (7-1, 4-1 Ivy) this Saturday for a game at 12:30 p.m. Dick Lutsk and Wayne Young ’72 will bring all the action of the game to life on the airwaves locally on 99Rock, WFRD 99.3 FM and across the globe via the Dartmouth Sports Network on