A 5-10, 210-pound running back, Smith gave the Big Green a boost in the ground game to help them overcome a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit on the road to beat Cornell this past Saturday, 17-13. Dartmouth had been held to less than 75 yards in its previous three Ivy League games, but Smith provided 119 yards on 25 carries, one of which was a one-yard plunge into the end zone during the late comeback.
Smith’s biggest run, however, came with the Big Green facing 3rd-and-10 at the Cornell 26 and trailing by three with just over seven minutes to play. The handoff caught the Big Red off guard as he picked up a game-long 19 yards for the first down. On the very next play, Dartmouth scored the game-winning touchdown.
Smith, who also caught a pair of passes for 16 yards, is the first Big Green player to run for 100 yards in a game since Nov. 15, 2014 when Ryder Stone and Dalyn Williams both reached the milestone against Brown. And the last Dartmouth player to rush at least 25 times in a game was Dominick Pierre (28) against Princeton on Nov. 23, 2013. The most by any player this season had been Smith’s 15 carries at Yale on Oct. 8.
This is the third Gold Helmet earned by a Big Green player this year, and 10th overall in the past eight seasons. Quarterback Jack Heneghan received the honor after his first career start in the season-opening 22-21 victory over then-No. 22 New Hampshire, and safety Charlie Miller got the nod following a 20-17 triumph over Towson on Oct. 15.
Running back Nick Schwieger ’12 took home the honor once in each of his final three years, quarterback Dalyn Williams ’16 garnered the award twice (2014, ’15), and linebacker Will McNamara ’16 (2013) and wide receiver Victor Williams ’16 (2015) earned it once each.
Dartmouth (4-4, 1-4 Ivy) plays host to Brown (3-5, 2-3 Ivy) on Saturday at noon in a game that will be televised by ONE World Sports and simulcast on the Ivy League Digital Network with Bill Spaulding and Ken Dunek announcing. Dartmouth fans can also listen to Adam Giardino and Wayne Young ’72 call the action on 94.5 ESPN Radio (94.5 FM, 1230 and 1400 AM) in the Upper Valley or online around the globe at www.945espn.com.