Dartmouth falls in season opener

Once again the simplest scoring play in football cost Dartmouth (0-1), who fell to Colgate 17-15 in Hamilton, NY yesterday.

Dartmouth failed to convert on its PAT following the first touchdown of the season due to a botched snap. The lost point would prove costly, as it would force Dartmouth to go for two when it scored with no time left in regulation. The 2-point conversion likewise failed.

Dartmouth has had trouble converting PAT’s in each of the last three seasons. An automatic point for most teams, the problem has been the primary culprit in several losses over the last few seasons.

Kicker Tyler Lavin has missed more PAT’s (12) than field goals (11) in his career. Lavin missed yesterday’s game with an injury, and was replaced by junior kicker Erik Hinterbichler, who made a 21-yarder in the first quarter to put Dartmouth up 3-0 early.