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Dartmouth Football Turns Back Columbia for First Victory

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By Dartmouth


NEW YORK, N.Y. – Senior quarterback Mike Fritz (Houston, Texas) rushed for 120 yards and sophomore tailback Hudson Smythe (Menlo Park, Calif.) scored two touchdowns as Dartmouth downed Columbia, 20-7, at Wien Stadium Saturday.

The Big Green earned its first victory of the year in relatively easy fashion, scoring on its first two possessions of the game.

Dartmouth (1-5 overall, 1-2 Ivy) started the game by kicking off to the Lions, forcing Columbia into a fumble. Senior Dan Cook (Chicago, Ill.) recovered on the Columbia 25 and four plays later, Smythe scored from one yard out.

The Lions were forced to punt on their next series, and Dartmouth pushed the lead to 10-0 on a 31-yard field goal by junior Andrew Kempler (Westport, Conn.).

At the midway point of the second quarter, Dartmouth put together a sustained drive taking 80 yards and 15 plays. Smythe picked up his second TD of the game with a four-yard blast.

Columbia threatened at the end of the half, but junior strong safety Ian Wilson (Burbank, Calif.) had a key pass break up and then stacked up a Columbia wide receiver just short of the goal line to keep the score 17-0 after two periods.

"It was a big possession for us and they drove down all the way on us," said Wilson. "We knew we had to get it done, and the coaches looked to me to make a big play and I came through."

After a scoreless third period, the Lions (3-3 overall, 0-3 Ivy) broke through, taking advantage of an interception. Three plays later, quarterback M.A. Olawale went up the middle on a one-yard keeper, making it 17-7 with 5:56 to play.

Three series later, Dartmouth answered when Kempler booted his second field goal of the game, a 26-yarder with 2:15 left on the clock.

"We knew it would be a tough, physical game all day long," said Dartmouth Coach Buddy Teevens. "I thought we executed well defensively. We had a little stutter at the end of the first half, but our guys rallied and finished it off. Our special teams created some field position for us.

"Offensively, we moved the ball on the ground," added Teevens. "The result was a collective team effort and a nice win for us."

Dartmouth returns home to host Harvard next Saturday with kickoff scheduled for 12:30 pm at Memorial Field.