HANNOVER, NH (NWN) — Derek Kyler threw for 193 yards and three touchdowns, Isaiah Johnson returned an interception from 73 yards for another score, and Dartmouth held the 100th meeting between Ivy League foes Friday night. defeated Princeton 31-7.
Dartmouth (7-1, 4-1) forced three Princeton punts to open the game and scored 17 points from a change of possession. Kyler hits a wide open Paxton Scott with a 37-yard touchdown The Bomb as Dartmouth marched downfield in eight plays to score on their first series.
Kyler, passing 16-of-19, guided Big Green for a second quick score, flipping a 4-yard pass to Dale Chesson in the back of the end zone. The TD catch was Chesson’s first catch. Conor Davis added a 33-yard field goal as Big Green took an early 17-0 lead.
Princeton put together a 14-play drive with John Volker’s take from the 1-yard line, leaving the Tigers 17-7 on the scoreboard, with 3:48 left in the half. After forcing Dartmouth to a three-and-out, Princeton got the ball back on his 43 and in the final possession, Dartmouth went on to 10, but a 27-yard field goal effort hit the back of the Princeton lineman’s helmet. Saw off, deflected and jumped to the right at the end of the first half.
Smith completed 21 of 32 passes for 171 yards, but apart from pick-6, was dismissed six times, hurried twice and broke four passes.
In the second half, taking over after Princeton failed to convert the fourth and -6 to 45, Kyle darts Johnny Barreto for 23 yards, pushed the score to 24-7. Then Isaiah Johnson steps in front of Smith’s pass, returns interception for 73 yards, Leaving behind an attempted shoe-string tackle by Smith. Back-to-back touchdowns gave Dartmouth a 31-7 lead in the final 15 minutes.
The Tigers (7-1, 4-1), ranked 16th in the FCS Coach Poll, also lost a streak of 12 straight road victories leading the FCS. In fact, Princeton’s last road loss was at Dartmouth (54–44) on November 18, 2017.
The victory was Dartmouth’s second consecutive victory over a ranked rival in the FCS polls, who had taken the lead in then-numbers. 21 Harvard at 20-17 October 30.
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