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Conner Kempe

Bearing Down For a Road Victory

Courtesy: Dartmouth
Release: 11/09/2011
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The Game: Dartmouth (3-5, 2-3) at Brown (7-1, 4-1)
Location: Brown Stadium, Providence, R.I.
Kickoff:
Saturday, Nov. 12 at 12:30 p.m.
Series Record: Dartmouth  leads 54-30-4
Online Video: Brown Online Video ($)
Radio: WFRD 99.3 FM - Dick Lutsk (play-by-play) and Wayne Young '72 (analyst)
Online Audio: Dartmouth Sports Network
Complete Game Notes

Last Chance for Road Win
Dartmouth faces a tough challenge in its final road game of the 2011 campaign, traveling to Brown, which has won six straight games and remains in contention for at least a share of the Ivy title. And the Big Green have lost 14 straight games on natural grass dating back to the 2005 season.

Unlike last year, the road has been an inhospitable place for Dartmouth, which has lost all four of its games outside of Hanover this year. In 2010, the Big Green enjoyed great success on the road, winning four of five contests with the lone loss coming in overtime at Penn, the eventual Ivy champion.

While Dartmouth can’t expect senior Nick Schwieger to top his school-record 257 rushing yards from last week in a 33-24 win over Cornell, it will need another strong outing from the Big Green’s all-time leading rusher. Schwieger, the Ivy League Co-Offensive Player of the Week, leads the league with 1,016 yards on the ground, making him the only Dartmouth player to top 1,000 in two seasons.

He isn’t alone in the backfield, however, with junior Greg Patton running out of the wildcat and sophomore reserve Dominick Pierre. Patton rolled for 83 yards on just 12 carries versus the Big Red last Saturday, while Pierre bolted for a 21-yard touchdown that gave Dartmouth the lead for good.

The play of senior Conner Kempe might have had the biggest impact on the running game that piled up 379 yards last week. The signal-caller threw for a season-high 161 yards and a pair of touchdowns, one of which was a 47-yard bomb to senior Garrett Babb. Kempe also completed a 43-yarder to freshman Bo Patterson (who caught five passes for 79 yards, the most by a Big Green receiver this year) to help set up a touchdown just before the end of the first half.

The defense did its part in forcing five turnovers, two of which were interceptions by senior safety Joey Casey on the first two Big Red drives of the game. Casey also caused the third and final pick when he hit a receiver just as the ball arrived, sending it into the arms of linebacker Luke Hussey in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

The defensive line helped apply pressure to the quarterback, registering a season-high four sacks, including one by senior Connor Phillips that forced a fumble recovered by Royce Egeolu.

Yet Cornell remained in the game, even taking a 17-16 lead late in the third quarter. Schwieger had just 67 rushing yards at that point before busting loose for 190 over the final 16:25 of the game, including runs of 40, 53 and 65 yards, the last of which was his touchdown run.

Last year, Dartmouth rallied from a 17-7 halftime deficit against Brown with three touchdowns in the third quarter to take a 28-17 lead. Unfortunately for Big Green fans, the Bears were able to recover to score 18 unanswered points to steal back the victory, 35-28. The winning score came with 1:22 to play on a two-yard run by Mark Kachmer, who coincidentally shared the Ivy’s Offensive Player of the Week award with Schwieger this past week. Schwieger was responsible for three of Dartmouth’s four touchdowns, running for two and throwing a 62-yard scoring strike for another.

Offense Explodes Versus Cornell …
The Big Green piled up 540 yards of offense in a 33-24 win over visiting Cornell on Nov. 5, the first time Dartmouth had gone over 500 in nine years and the most offense since amassing 558 against New Hampshire 10 years ago. Oddly enough, Dartmouth lost that game to the Wildcats, 42-38, one of just two games in the last 36 years the Green have dropped despite gaining at least 500 yards.
The 379 rushing yards were the most for Dartmouth in 20 years as well. On Nov. 16, 1991, the Big Green piled up a whopping 445 yards on the ground at Memorial Field against Brown.

… While Defense Forces Turnovers
The Dartmouth defense was rather opportunistic in the win over the Big Red, causing five turnovers. Three times a Big Green defender intercepted a pass, two by senior strong safety Joey Casey on the first two Cornell possessions of the game and another by senior Luke Hussey after a Casey hit kept the receiver from securing the football. Two others seniors, J.B. Andreassi and Connor Phillips, provided hard hits to cause fumbles which were recovered by two more seniors, Matt Oh and Royce Egeolu. The five turnovers were the most for the Dartmouth defense since causing six in the win over Holy Cross last year.

Schwieger Schwag
•    Senior Nick Schwieger set a new school standard with 257 rushing yards in a 33-24 victory over the Cornell Big Red on Nov. 5.
•    Of those 257 yards, 190 came in the final 16:25 of the game on just nine carries, including three runs of at least 40 yards, the longest being a 65-yard spin and burst up the middle for a 30-17 lead.
•    The single-game record was his back in 2009 when he ran for 242 yards against Columbia, only to have teammate Greg Patton top that by a single yard against Cornell two weeks later.
•    His final run went for 40 yards, giving him the record and pushing his season total to 1,016 yards, making him the first Dartmouth player to top 1,000 yards in two seasons.
•    Schwieger is the career rushing leader for the Big Green with 2,856 yards, plus the all-time all-purpose yardage leader with 3,777 yards.
•    Not only was he chosen as the Ivy League’s Co-Offensive Player of the Week (for the fifth time in his career) and the College Football Performance Awards FCS Running Back of the Week, but he also was selected for the third time as the Gold Helmet Award winner, given weekly by the New England Football Writers to the top FCS player in the region.

Kempe in a Groove
Over the last three games, quarterback Conner Kempe has been on his game, completing 42-of-69 (60.9 pct.) of his passes for 402 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Compare those numbers to the first five contests: 51-of-107 (47.7 pct.) for 517 yards and four touchdowns. In the most recent game, Kempe completed 14-of-23 for a season-high 161 yards with two scoring strikes, his first game with more than one touchdown toss since throwing three at Penn in the third game of the 2010 season. Among his completions were ones of 43 and 47 yards, his longest tosses since the Yale game last year when he had throws of 44 and 48 yards against the Bulldogs.

Sack Attack
The Dartmouth defensive line accounted for all four of the sacks against Cornell on Nov. 5, the most for the team since setting a school record with 10 against the Big Red in Ithaca last year. Entering the game, the Big Green had just six sacks to their credit.

Patton a General to Cornell
It’s safe to say that junior Greg Patton enjoys getting the ball when Cornell is lined up on the other side. Two years ago, he set a then-school record for rushing yards with 243 against the Big Red, and this year picked up 83 more on 12 carries. Those 83 yards are half his total for this season, and his 326 yards in two games versus Cornell make up slightly more than two-thirds of his career total (483).

Green Living Up To His Name
What better fit for linebacker Bronson Green than to play football for the Dartmouth Big Green? The sophomore picked off a pair of passes in the win over Columbia on Oct. 22, the first two of his career. His first interception came in the second quarter with a 14-yard return to the Lion 28. Four plays later, Dartmouth was in the end zone. His second snare led to the final Big Green score of the day. The last Dartmouth player with two interceptions in a game was Ian Wilson ’08 against Holy Cross in 2008, but Joey Casey also had two on Nov. 5 against Cornell.

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