HANOVER, N.H. — Senior tailback Jason Bash (Ramona, Calif.) blasted over from the one-yard line in overtime, propelling the Dartmouth football team to a 19-13 victory over Brown on Saturday.
Bash's touchdown capped off a dramatic comeback that started in the fourth quarter as Brown held a 10-0 lead after three periods.
"It was obviously an exciting contest," said head coach Buddy Teevens. "I thought our guys played solid football throughout the course of the afternoon. We talked about having a complete game. We started out and played well right off the bat.
"At the end of the ball game, we had to make plays," added Teevens. "It's nice to feel this way because we've felt the other way many times in the past."
The Big Green (2-7 overall, 2-4 Ivy) got on the board with 12:24 remaining in the fourth when sophomore Nate Servis (Milwaukee, Wis.) capped off a 12-play, 74-yard drive to close the gap to 10-7.
The score was deadlocked at 10-10, when junior kicker Andrew Kempler (Westport, Conn.) booted a 35-yarder with 6:59 on the clock.
With 1:48 to go, Brown's Steve Morgan kicked his second field goal of the game for a 13-10 Bear lead.
Dartmouth took the kickoff and started a drive from its own 20. Seven plays later, Kempler lined up a 39-yarder and tied the game at 13-13 as time expired, forcing the overtime.
Brown won the toss and elected to defer, putting Dartmouth to work first. Starting from the Bears 25, the Big Green found the end zone in six plays as Bash -- who didn't expect to play because of an injury -- punched in from the one.
One of the key plays was a 16 yard scamper by quarterback Mike Fritz (Houston, Texas), giving Dartmouth a first down. Kempler's PAT banged off the right upright, keeping it 19-13 in favor of the Big Green.
Brown (3-6 overall, 2-4 Ivy) had a final opportunity on fourth down when quarterback Joe DiGiacomo went to the endzone for receiver Lonnie Hill. A penalty flag for an apparent pass interference call was nullified as the pass attempt was deflected.
Fritz completed 24 of 36 attempts for 250 yards and was Dartmouth's leading rusher with 58 yards on 17 carries. He completed seven balls for 99 yards to senior Ryan Fuselier (Escondido, Calif.).
Defensively, junior Justin Cottrell (Somers Point, N.J.) had another strong day with 13 tackles, including six solo, to go along with one sack.
The Big Green closes the season on November 18, traveling to Princeton for a 1 p.m. kickoff. The Tigers stayed alive in the Ivy League race by knocking off undefeated Yale, 34-31. Both teams are now 5-1 in the Ancient Eight.