Dartmouth has achieved what passes for separation in the Ivy League standings, at least for a few hours.
The Big Green took a 33-10 win over Brown at Fenway Park on Friday night, moving into second place while awaiting the results of Saturday’s games. The Big Green (7-2, 4-2) rode the passing of Jack Heneghan to a 23-3 halftime lead, then coasted to the finish before a crowd of 12,297.
Brown (2-7, 0-6) is the only team out of contention in the league race, which has a chance of finishing in a seven-way tie for first place.
Dartmouth concludes its season against Princeton next Saturday.
“We allowed two big pass plays, resulted in 3 points early on,” Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens said. “We’ve just got to stay away from those big plays. Princeton’s extremely talented offense, they score against everybody. So, it’s a challenge for our defense and we need to play team football next week.”
Heneghan (21 for 31, 263 yards) connected with Hunter Hagdorn for two first-half touchdowns and Dartmouth scored 10 points in the final 56 seconds of the half.
The Big Green opened the scoring on a 27-yard scoring pass from Heneghan to Hagdorn with 4:56 remaining in the opening quarter. Heneghan sparked the drive with a 27-yard completion to Drew Estrada, one play after a holding penalty.
Ryder Stone’s 10-yard run upped the Big Green advantage to 13-0 early in the second quarter. Brown cut the deficit on Ben Rosenblatt’s 27-yard field goal, capping an eight-play, 74-yard drive that included a 39-yard completion from T.J. Linta to Jakob Prall. The Bears had a chance to cut the deficit after a Jorquel Condomina interception at the Dartmouth 38-yard line. Linta’s 15-yard pass to Darius Daies moved the Bears to the 23, but the drive stalled as L.J. Harriott was sacked for a 6-yard loss.
Dartmouth then extended the advantage with a seven-play, 77-yard drive. Heneghan and Hagdorn combined on a 30-yard completion, then a 16-yard scoring pass on the next play for a 20-3 edge with 56 seconds on the clock. Davis Smith, whose extra point miss after the opening touchdown was his first in 44 attempts, then converted a 28-yard field goal, upping the advantage to 23-3 as the half ended. Heneghan finished the first half 15 for 20 for 223 yards.
The Big Green defeated Brown in two previous Fenway matchups — by scores of 7-0 in 1922 and 16-14 in 1923 — and sustained a 64-0 loss to Notre Dame in its last Fenway appearance, on Oct. 14, 1944.
Brown’s first second-half possession started at its 6 and concluded as Jarius Brown’s 27-yard interception return increased Dartmouth’s advantage to 30-3. The Bears squandered advantageous field position after a Michael Hoecht fumble recovery on the Dartmouth 22. A Rosenblatt 40-yard field goal attempt went wide with 7:54 left in the third quarter.
“We haven’t had a rhythm, offensively, all year,” Brown coach Phil Estes said. “We seem to find a way to shoot ourselves in the foot. It’s too bad because we’re better than what we show. We’ve got one more game [at Columbia] to get it done.”
After Smith’s 26-yard field goal gave Dartmouth a 33-3 edge early in the final quarter, Brown rallied on a Linta-Jaelon Blandburg 29-yard scoring pass, cutting the deficit with 6:58 remaining.
“Obviously, things have to work out a certain way,” Dartmouth linebacker Jake Moen said. “But we’re just going to go into it with the mind-set, like, we’re going to win this game, we’re going to share the Ivy League title, hopefully.”
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