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Schwieger Named Ivy and National Offensive Player of the Week

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Sophomore Nick Schwieger     By Mark Washburn
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PRINCETON, N.J. — Dartmouth sophomore running back Nick Schwieger (Norton, Mass.) was selected not only as the Ivy League Football Offensive Player of the Week, but also The Sports Network FCS National Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Big Green’s 28-6 victory over Columbia this past Saturday. Schwieger set a new school record with 242 rushing yards on 29 carries, the last one a 66-yard touchdown with just over six minutes to play to seal the victory, ending Dartmouth’s 17-game losing streak.

This was just the sixth 200-yard game in Big Green history. The previous record was set 18 years ago by Al Rosier ’91 who ran for 229 yards against Brown in 1991.

Schwieger racked up 69 yards in the first quarter as a key player in setting up each of Dartmouth’s first two touchdowns. By the half, he had 128 yards on 18 carries.

With the Green holding a 21-6 lead in the middle of the fourth quarter, Dartmouth looked to run time off the clock. But on 3rd-and-10, Schwieger broke loose through the left side and sprinted down the sideline for the triumphant stamp on the game, a 66-yard touchdown run. It was the third time in the game he had set a personal record for longest run, having gone for 25 and 35 yards earlier in the contest. The 66-yard run was also the longest for a Dartmouth player since Shon Page scampered 79 yards against Harvard in 1990, and the longest touchdown run since David Clark had his second 97-yard sprint of the 1988 season against Princeton in the final game of the year.

Schwieger’s 242 yards are the 27th most in the league’s history, and the 15th most in an Ivy League game. He is also the Big Green’s first Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week since quarterback Tom Bennewitz ’08 threw for 339 yards and four touchdowns plus ran for another in Dartmouth’s last victory, 59-31 over Cornell on Nov. 3, 2007.

Two other Big Green players were named to the Ivy Honor Roll — senior free safety and co-captain Peter Pidermann (Hialeah, Fla.) for his 10 tackles to tie for team-high honors and his interception at the one-yard line, and freshman linebacker Garrett Wymore (Palos Verdes Peninsula, Calif.) who collected a season-best seven tackles and broke up a third-down pass.

Dartmouth (1-5, 1-2 Ivy) will tackle one of the Ivy co-leaders, Harvard (4-2, 3-0 Ivy), this Saturday in Cambridge, Mass. Game time is slated for noon.