Saturday, November 15, 2008
HANOVER, N.H. — The final home game for the Dartmouth senior class was spoiled by the visiting Brown Bears on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Memorial Field as the Big Green allowed 510 yards in a 45-16 defeat. Brown (6-3, 5-1 Ivy) remained tied for the Ivy League lead with Harvard, which nipped Penn this afternoon, while Dartmouth (0-9, 0-6 Ivy) lost its 11th straight contest, the longest skid in school history.
Bear quarterback Michael Dougherty completed 16-of-22 passes for 238 yards with a pair of touchdowns, plus led the team with 73 rushing yards, 69 of which came on a third-quarter touchdown run. Bobby Sewall had just 22 rushing yards on seven carries, but two touchdowns, plus a team-high five catches for 90 yards and another score.
Dartmouth freshman Conner Kempe (Tequesta, Fla.) topped Dougherty with 275 yards through the air, connecting on 27-of-42 with one touchdown. But he also had two interceptions, one of which was returned for a score. Freshman Shawn Abuhoff (Hialeah, Fla.) set a Dartmouth record with 190 kickoff return yards, including a 94-yard touchdown.
Brown marched 75 yards in eight plays on the opening possession to take a quick 7-0 lead. Dougherty completed all five of his passes during the drive, the last going to Sewall in the end zone from 21 yards out for the scoring strike.
Dartmouth did not keep the ball for long, for on the first play Kempe had his pass tipped, and Nkosi Still was able to snag the ball before tumbling out of bounds at the Big Green 43. Seven plays later — one of which was a batted pass that Dougherty caught for a three-yard reception — Sewall scampered in for a touchdown from a yard out.
The next Bear drive did not reach the end zone, but Robert Ranney converted a 35-yard field goal to bring the Brown total to 17 with more than two minutes to play in the first quarter.
Abuhoff brought the crowd of 2,215 to its feet on the ensuing kickoff, catching the ball at the six near the far sideline, then scooted to his left across the field and up the other sideline for a touchdown. Junior Tony Pastoors (Andover, Minn) provided a crushing block that allowed Abuhoff to turn the corner up the field. It was the first kickoff returned for a touchdown by the Big Green since Steve Jensen brought one back 94 yards against Columbia in 2001. Freshman Foley Schmidt (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) tacked on the point after to cut the deficit to 10.
But Brown could not be contained, needing just seven plays to reach the end zone again. Dougherty connected with Trevan Samp, who had slipped past the defense, for a 25-yard touchdown pass.
The Bear defense scored the next touchdown when Kempe was hit while attempting to pass. The redirected ball went right to linebacker Joe Yanchunis who had a clear path from the Big Green 31 to the end zone.
Schmidt got the Big Green in double figures on the scoreboard on a 35-yard field goal with 10:21 to play in the half. The two teams combined for just 42 yards of offense the remainder of the second quarter, leaving the score at 31-10 at the intermission.
After holding Dartmouth to a three-and-out to start the second half, Dougherty ran the option keeper to perfection on Brown’s first play, rumbling 69 yards for a touchdown.
Brown’s defense came up with another big play when Kempe was sacked, jarring the ball loose. Dartmouth caught a break when the ball popped up right into the arms of left tackle Alex Rapp (St. Louis, Mo.), who rumbled up the field for five yards. But linebacker Steve Ziogas popped the ball free and Joseph McPhee recovered it for the Bears at the Big Green 40. Four plays later, Sewall had another one-yard touchdown run and the point after put Brown up 45-10.
Both teams put up goal-line stands in the fourth quarter, with the Dartmouth defense keeping Brown out of the end zone after a 96-yard drive. Kempe then led the Big Green 99 yards the other way, completing 9-of-11 passes. The final play of the game was a six-yard touchdown pass to senior Philip Galligan (Moraga, Calif.). The extra point was not attempted due to it not having an effect on the outcome with no time on the clock.
Sophomore Tim McManus (St. Paul, Minn.) had his second straight 100-yard receiving game, catching 10 passes as he did last week, this time for 118 yards. Senior Eric Paul (The Woodlands, Texas) had six receptions for 65 yards, while Galligan caught five balls for 57 yards and his touchdown.
The Big Green managed just seven yards on the ground on 17 carries. Senior Andrew Dete (Marietta, Ga.) led the team in tackles for the second straight week with nine, while sophomore cornerback Robbie Krattiger (Norman, Okla.) broke up a pair of passes in the secondary.
Dartmouth gets its final shot to win a game in 2008 at 1 p.m. next Saturday at Princeton (3-6, 2-4 Ivy), which was shut out by Yale today, 14-0. Brown can clinch at least a share of the Ivy title with a victory at home at 12:30 p.m. against Columbia (2-7, 2-4 Ivy), a 17-7 winner today over Cornell.