Dartmouth Rolls Past Yale

Dartmouth's 2-0 in the Ivy League.

Dartmouth’s 2-0 in the Ivy League.

It was the 100th anniversary of the Yale Bowl, but Dartmouth Big Green were the ones that was celebrating in New Haven after the game was over. The Big Green won an instant classic over host Yale on a wet and overcast Saturday afternoon, with a final score of 38-31 in a game that went right down to the wire. Dartmouth improved to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in Ivy League play following the game, adding an impressive win to a resume that already includes victories again UPenn and Central Connecticut. Despite losing on the road to UNH, Dartmouth has barely looked back, winning two straight games against conference opponents.

Quarterback Dalyn Williams once again sparked the offense, but this time it was through the air, as Dartmouth relied more heavily on the passing game than on its traditional ground and pound offense. Williams threw for 388 yards, completing a career high 32 pass attempts and tossing 3 touchdowns. Williams found senior wide receiver Ryan McManus 12 times for 188 yards and touchdown. McManus also returned a punt in the second quarter, cutting a 2 touchdown deficit to 1 and beginning an impressive Dartmouth comeback. Dartmouth racked up 434 yards of total offense, despite a stymied running game. This bodes well for the Big Green: if the offense is firing on all cylinders, they will be nearly unstoppable, through the air and on the ground, giving nothing away to the defense prior to the snap. Speaking of defense, the Dartmouth defense held up strong against a potent Yale offense, the highest scoring in the FCS, aided by interceptions by Vernon Harris and Troy Donahue. The spectacular Dartmouth comeback was capped off by a decision to go for it on 4th and 1 from the 4 yard line, which Williams converted, and followed with a 2 yard touchdown burst up the middle. Although Yale had one last opportunity with 2 minutes left, they failed to convert, and Williams touchdown run proved to be the decisive game winner. Dartmouth faces Holy Cross in the homecoming game next week and looks to continue its impressive play.