McNamara, a 6-0, 225-pound sophomore out of Chicago, Ill., led a defensive effort that held the visiting Lions to a mere 95 yards of offense on just 49 plays. While he tied for the team lead with four tackles (with one going for a loss), his biggest contributions came in the form of two interceptions. Not only did he record the first two picks of his career, he became the first Big Green player ever to return two interceptions for touchdowns in the same game. His first one was a 24-yard return in the second quarter to make the score 28-0, and the second occurred in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring outburst as he weaved his way 51 yards into the end zone.
McNamara was also selected as the National FCS Defensive Player of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards and the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness.
Carrier, a 5-8, 160-pound freshman from Lutz, Fla., provided the first two touchdowns of the game — and his career to get the onslaught started. On Dartmouth’s first possession of the afternoon, he took the handoff on a reverse and easily ran the ball in from two yards out. Early in the second quarter, he snared a 17-yard scoring strike from quarterback Dalyn Williams, helping the Big Green to a 14-0 advantage. For the game, the son of former Miami Dolphin receiver Mark Carrier caught three passes for 39 yards to go along with his two-yard run.
Senior running back Dominick Pierre earned a spot on the league’s honor roll for gaining 160 rushing yards on 26 carries with a touchdown, plus snaring a team-high four passes for 49 yards, giving him 209 all-purpose yards in the game.
Dartmouth (3-3, 2-1 Ivy) will play its biggest game of the season to date when it plays at Harvard (5-1, 2-1 Ivy) on Saturday at 5 p.m. Whichever team wins will remain in the thick of the race for the Ivy League title, while the other will need help from other teams to have a chance to earn a share of the championship.