HANOVER, N.H. — Sophomore quarterback Dalyn Williams threw for 156 yards and ran for 96 more, and Dartmouth outgained the visiting Cornell Big Red by nearly 300 yards as the Big Green cruised to a 34-6 victory in a game broadcast nationally by NBC Sports Network. Dartmouth evened its record on the season at 4-4 while improving to 3-2 in the Ivy League, while Cornell (1-7, 0-5 Ivy) lost its seventh straight contest.
Williams completed 16-of-24 passes to amass his 156 yards through the air, including a 25-yard touchdown toss to junior Bo Patterson as the first half expired. And if it weren’t for two sacks totaling 14 yards, he would have posted his second career 100-yard rushing game, instead settling for 96 yards on 17 carries.
Senior Dominick Pierre provided the first two scores of the night with a pair of three-yard touchdowns on the ground, giving him at least one rushing touchdown in each of the eight games thus far this season. But with Pierre nursing a nagging injury, he was lifted in the second quarter for precautionary reasons with sophomore Kyle Bramble replacing him. Bramble took advantage of the opportunity, recording his first 100-yard rushing game, taking the ball 24 times for 110 yards.
Bramble was also the Big Green’s leading receiver with six catches for 52 yards, while senior Robbie Anthony also had six receptions for 28 yards.
Meanwhile, the Dartmouth defense was completely shutting down the high-powered Cornell passing attack. Big Red quarterback Jeff Mathews finished the night 16-of-32 for 170 yards, but more than half of that came in the fourth quarter with the outcome all but decided. Through three quarters, Mathews had just 73 passing yards and the Big Red had 85 as a team.
The Big Green wasted little time in taking control of the game, first holding Cornell to just eight yards on the game’s opening drive, then marching 85 yards in 11 plays for a 7-0 lead on the first of Pierre’s touchdowns. Williams had a key 27-yard run and connected with junior Kirby Schoenthaler for 24 yards into the red zone on a 3rd-and-8 during the drive.
In the second quarter, Dartmouth strung together another 11-play drive, this time spanning 67 yards. The key play of the drive was a 24-yard pass from Williams to Bramble on 4th-and-15, and Pierre scored his second touchdown from three yards out on the very next play. Freshman Alex Gakenheimer converted the PAT for a 14-0 Big Green lead.
On the next Dartmouth possession, Williams guided the Green from their own eight-yard line inside the Cornell 10, only to have the drive stall out. Patterson took a reverse on fourth down and heaved the ball toward Williams in the end zone on fourth down, but his throw hit Big Red linebacker Tre’ Minor in the back to thwart the trick play.
With just 1:03 left in the half, Cornell failed to get a first down and was forced to punt. Dartmouth had just 34 seconds and 48 yards to travel, but Williams pulled it off by scrambling for more time on the final play before the break and finding Patterson, who made a terrific catch with a defender draped on him, for a 21-0 lead.
The Big Green added a 26-yard field goal off the foot of Gakenheimer, the first field goal of his career, with less than a minute remaining in the third quarter. Two plays later, junior safety Stephen Dazzo stepped up and picked off an errant Mathews pass, bringing it back 31 yards to the Cornell 17. That set up another Gakenheimer field goal early in the fourth quarter, this time a 21-yard chip shot.
The only Big Red points of the game came on the ensuing drive as Mathews completed 7-of-9 throws, with his last four all going to Grant Gellatly, including the eight-yard scoring strike. The PAT, however, was pulled left of the uprights, leaving the score at 27-6.
Dartmouth sent junior Alex Park behind center, and he came through with a touchdown throw of his own. Facing 4th-and-6 at the Cornell 30, Park unleashed a bomb that senior Dana Barbaro dove for in the back of the end zone and hauled in for his first career touchdown.
The final four minutes were spent with the Big Green running out the clock as several reserves got the opportunity to run the ball. Among them was Kevin Price, a 31-year-old Army Ranger veteran of six tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, who also served as an honorary captain with Veterans Day approaching. After the game, he was presented the game ball with his teammates chanting, “USA! USA!”
The Big Green finished the game with 510 yards of offense, their third game of at least 500 this season, while Cornell managed just 216, of which 46 came on the ground.
Senior nickelback Mike Banaciski led the Dartmouth defense with six tackles. Four different players had a sack, one of which went for a 17-yard loss by freshman Brandon Cooper.
The Big Red collected 11 tackles for a loss, three and a half by Minor, and Brian Gee and Brett Buehler each had 14 stops to lead Cornell.
Dartmouth will play its final road game of the season next Saturday at Brown (5-3, 2-3 Ivy) with kickoff slated for 12:30 p.m. Cornell returns home to host Columbia (0-8, 0-5 Ivy) in a game televised by Fox College Sports at 1 p.m.