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Harvard Hands Dartmouth a 41-10 Defeat in Snowstorm

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Sophomore Dominick Pierre     By Mark Washburn
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — In the middle of a rare October snowstorm at Harvard Stadium, the Dartmouth football team was subjected to a flurry of Crimson scores on Saturday evening as 23rd-ranked Harvard sent the Big Green to a 41-10 defeat. Harvard (6-1, 4-0 Ivy) won its sixth straight game as it set a school record with three 100-yard rushers in the game. Dartmouth (2-5, 1-3 Ivy), meanwhile, lost to the Crimson for the eighth straight meeting as the Ivy’s leading rusher, senior Nick Schwieger, was held to just 51 yards on 15 carries.

Treavor Scales led the Crimson ground attack that posted 395 yards with 139 of his own on 18 carries, the first of which being a 42-yard gain to get Harvard going on its first possession. Collier Winters posted the first 100-yard rushing game for a Crimson quarterback in seven years, picking up 126 yards on 15 keepers, and rookie Zach Boden chipped in 112 yards on 15 rushes as well. Each ran for two touchdowns, and Winters complemented his day by completing 10-of-13 passes for 116 yards.

Dartmouth senior quarterback Conner Kempe was on target most of the evening, particularly in the first half. After connecting on 10-of-14 in the first half, he finished the night 13-of-22 for 98 yards. It was freshman signal caller Alex Park, along with junior Greg Patton out of the wildcat formation, who guided the Big Green on their lone touchdown drive of the game over nearly nine minutes of the fourth quarter.

Harvard struck first on an eight-play, 84-yard drive, half of which was covered by Scales run. The big gain set up a 12-yard keeper for Winters into the end zone, but the point after banged off the right upright to leave the score at 6-0.

Kempe got the Big Green offense moving through the air, despite the snow and wind in his face. A 20-yard pass to senior Garrett Babb, followed by a 19-yard strike to senior tight end John Gallagher, advanced Dartmouth well into Crimson territory. Kempe navigated his crew down to the two, but a fumble on a shotgun snap forced Dartmouth to settle for a 27-yard field goal by senior Foley Schmidt.

Harvard’s answer was quick and calculated, beginning with a 43-yard kickoff return by freshman Seitu Smith. After a short completion, Boden barrelled his way the final 41 yards on just three rushes, finishing off the drive by carrying the pile eight yards for a touchdown and a 13-3 lead.

A dropped pass on third down halted the next Dartmouth drive, but sophomore Daniel Barstein sent a punt down to the Harvard one. The Crimson were able to get some breathing room, then just kept marching down to the Big Green four. It looked as if Dartmouth would catch a break when a fourth-down carry was fumbled into the end zone, but it was recovered by tight end Kyle Juszczyk, allowing Harvard to retain possession at the one. Scales was given the honor of finishing off the 99-yard drive for a 20-3 advantage, which is how it remained at the half.

The second half began right where the Crimson left off of the first, covering 77 yards in 10 plays. Winters rolled out to the right and decided to take it himself, diving for the goal line for a four-yard score to cap the drive.

When the Big Green failed to get the two yards it needed on fourth down near midfield, Harvard quickly traversed the 46 yards, culminating with a seven-yard run by Boden. Before the third quarter ended, the Crimson tacked on one more touchdown by traveling 95 yards in 15 plays. Scales took the ball into the end zone from a yard out for a 41-3 lead.

Dartmouth put together a 95-yard drive of its own in the fourth quarter with Park guiding the offense, and Patton and sophomore running back Dominick Pierre gobbling up yards on the ground. Park completed 4-of-6 passes for 32 yards, two completions going to senior Brad Dornak for 11 yards apiece. Still, the Big Green faced 4th-and-goal at the Crimson two, but Pierre was able to plow his way into the end zone for the touchdown. Schmidt finished the evening’s scoring with the PAT.

Harvard posted 522 yards of offense while holding Dartmouth to 234 in topping 40 points for the fourth straight game, something it had not accomplished since the 1890s. Surprisingly, neither side committed a turnover in the miserable weather.

Senior safety Joey Casey led the Big Green defense with 12 tackles, including having a hand in both plays that resulted in a Crimson loss, while sophomore linebacker Bronson Green contributed 10 tackles.

Dartmouth returns home to Memorial Field next Saturday to host Cornell (3-4, 1-3 Ivy) at 1:30 p.m. Harvard will try to keep sole possession of first place in the Ivy League when it travels to winless Columbia (0-7, 0-4 Ivy) on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.