NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Dartmouth offense managed only 127 yards and was limited by the loss of senior quarterback Alex Jenny to a dislocated elbow as host Yale defeated the Big Green on Saturday afternoon at the Yale Bowl by a final of 38-7. The Bulldogs improve to 2-2 on the season and 1-1 in the Ivy League by defeating Dartmouth for the seventh straight time, while the Big Green dropped their 16th straight game in falling to 0-4 overall and 0-2 in the conference.
Yale quarterback Brook Hart, making his first start of the year, completed 28-of-40 passes for a career-high 390 yards and three touchdowns while six Bulldogs combined to run for 130 yards for a total of 520 in the game. John Sheffield was the leading receiver for Yale, hauling in eight passes for 105 yards while Jordan Forney had two of the three touchdown receptions.
Jenny suffered his elbow injury early in the second quarter and was 3-of-6 for 31 yards to that point. He was replaced by sophomore Conner Kempe, who went 6-for-12 for 37 yards with one touchdown and an interception. Sophomore tight end John Gallagher was the lone Big Green receiver with more than one catch, nabbing four for 49 yards including the lone score. The Dartmouth running game was limited to 59 yards, 48 from sophomore Nick Schwieger on 18 carries.
|Freshman Garrett Wymore makes a stop for the defense at Yale.|
After a scoreless first quarter, Yale dented the scoreboard first on a one-yard run by Jordan Farrell, finishing off a 12-play, 86-yard drive. Tom Mante’s extra point gave the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead with 11:59 remaining in the first half.
On Dartmouth’s next possession, Jenny ran out to his right on a third-down play to get more time to pass. As soon as he got rid of the ball, blitzing cornerback Adam Money arrived and his hit drove Jenny to the ground, causing the injury.
The Big Green defense came up with a fourth-down stop near midfield during Yale’s next drive, but on Dartmouth’s ensuing second play, Kempe’s first pass of the day was picked off by Drew Baldwin on a one-handed grab at the Yale 13. Four plays later, Hart connected with tight end Caleb Smith on a 73-yard touchdown pass.
Looking to build on its 14-point lead, Yale pulled a surprise onside kick, and Peter Balsam recovered the ball for the Bulldogs. Yale made it count eight plays later when Hart threw a 24-yard scoring strike to Forney for a 21-0 lead just before the half.
The Dartmouth offense, held to just two first downs and 53 yards in the first half, started the third quarter by traversing 60 yards to reach the end zone. A pair of Yale penalties proved costly to the Bulldogs, especially when an 80-yard interception return was negated by defensive holding. Kempe finished off the drive by finding a wide open Gallagher on the left side of the field for a 17-yard score. Sophomore Foley Schmidt provided the extra point to get the Big Green within two touchdowns, 21-7.
Yale had an answer for the Dartmouth touchdown with one of its own, needing just seven plays to travel 80 yards. Hart and Forney hooked up again for the six-pointer, this time on a short four-yard pass.
Just before the end of the third quarter, the Bulldogs ran a little more trickery with a fake punt near midfield. Punter Tom Mante ran for 17 yards on the 4th-and-2 play, keeping the drive alive. The Green defenders did not hang their heads, however, stopping Yale at the 17 before the Bulldogs settled for a 34-yard, line-drive field goal by Mante early in the fourth quarter.
Yale got one last touchdown in the fourth quarter on a five-yard run by Alex Thomas.
Dartmouth senior free safety Pete Pidermann led the defensive unit with 11 tackles while junior Charles Bay had the Big Green’s lone sack of the afternoon.
Next up for Dartmouth is a trip to Worcester, Mass., next Saturday at 1 p.m. to take on Holy Cross (4-1), which lost to Brown today, 34-31. Yale hits the road to play at Lehigh at 12:30 p.m.