Oct. 1, 2005

HANOVER, N.H. - Dartmouth's football team fell to Penn, 26-9, at Memorial Field this afternoon in the Ivy League opener for both schools. Special teams played a key role in the game, with the Quakers making four field goals and blocking two punts while the Big Green missed two field goals and one extra point.

Statistically it was an even game everywhere but the scoreboard. The Quakers outgained the Big Green by just 28 yards in total offense (268-240), and won the possession battle by just 20 seconds (30:10-29:50). But Penn scored on all six trips to the red zone, while Dartmouth ended up converting just twice out of five times inside the 20-yard line.

"Defensively we were very strong and played very tough and physical," head coach Buddy Teevens said. "They're a very multiple offense, but we stopped the run early. We gave up the two big third-down plays, which if we get off the field it's a different situation."

Already leading 9-3, the Quakers' Pat McDermott threw a pair of touchdown passes in the third quarter, a seven-yard strike to tight end Chris Mizell and a four-yard toss to wide out Billy May, to extend the Penn lead to 23-3.

Dartmouth (1-2, 0-1 Ivy) made the score 23-9 midway through the fourth quarter when freshman Josh Cohen (Berwyn, Pa.), who came on in relief of senior Charlie Rittgers (Lebanon, Ohio) late in the third quarter, found sophomore tight end Mark Brogna (Pleasanton, Calif.) open in the end zone.

"We had a lot of three-and-outs, and it was time to make a change," Teevens said. "I thought Josh responded well. He showed poise and accuracy, and some grit after getting knocked down a couple times."

Unfortunately for the 6710 in attendance, the Big Green would get no closer. Penn (2-1, 1-0 Ivy) wrapped up the scoring with 42 seconds left when sophomore Derek Zoch kicked his fourth field goal of the game following Penn's second blocked punt of the afternoon.

After a scoreless first period, Penn got on the scoreboard 3:14 into the second on a 35-yard field goal by Zoch. The Quakers doubled their lead to 6-0 when Zoch tacked on a 37-yard field goal after a Dartmouth snap sailed over the head of freshman punter Brian Scullin (Alexandria, Va.). Zoch made his third kick of the quarter after a nine-play, 61-yard drive, this time from 24 yards out with 3:13 remaining in the half, giving Penn a 9-0 lead.

The Big Green travels to New Haven, Conn. next Saturday to take on Yale. Game time is set for 1 p.m.