A 15-play, 86-yard drive that chewed up more than eight minutes in the fourth quarter ended in a 9-yard touchdown run by quarterback Jared Gerbino, extending the Dartmouth lead to 21 points as the Big Green earned a 28-15 triumph over Penn at Franklin Field on Friday night in the Ivy League opener for both teams.
The Big Green (3-0, 1-0 Ivy) defeated the Quakers (1-2, 0-1 Ivy) for the fifth time in the last six meetings.
Running back Zack Bair provided two of the three Dartmouth touchdowns in the first half, the first on a 57-yard reception, the other on a 17-yard run. The defense also put points on the board when linebacker Jack Traynor scooped up a fumble and rumbled 17 yards to the end zone. But it was the extended drive in the fourth quarter that put the game away for good with 3:57 to play.
Or so it seemed. Penn did not go quietly, marching 75 yards in less than two minutes and recovering an onside kick. But the Quakers’ last gasp ended at the Dartmouth 21 after a 21-yard pass came up short of the marker on a 4th-and-23 play.
Gerbino threw for 119 yards on 9-of-12 passing with a touchdown, plus ran for 77 yards on 13 carries with his game-clinching score. Derek Kyler spelled Gerbino for several series, completing 7-of-10 tosses for 31 yards.
Robinson’s final line included 27-of-39 completions for 209 yards, while Brooks ran for 91 yards (half of his season average) on 19 carries with both Penn touchdowns. He also caught 10 passes, but only gained 31 yards as the Dartmouth defense quickly swarmed him.
Plymouth State 42, Fitchburg State 0: In Plymouth, Brett Lavanchy threw three touchdown passes, two to Terrell Lewis, and the Panthers scored two defensive touchdowns.
Lavanchy was 11 for 21 for 191 yards and three scores. Lewis caught TD passes of 70 and 24 yards, and Nick Lancia (12 carries, 42 yards) had a 1-yard TD run. Max Osgood caught a 1-yard TD pass for Plymouth (3-1, 1-1 MASCAC).
Fitchburg outgained Plymouth 294-293 but five Fitchburg turnovers, including four interceptions of quarterback Connor Fitzsimmons, did the Falcons (1-3, 0-2 MASCAC) in. Matt Shea returned one of those picks 40 yards for a score. David Carlson recovered a fumble and returned it 15 yards for a TD.
Tiffin 55, St. Anselm 6: In Tiffin, Ohio, Eric Fairweather’s 3-yard TD run in the fourth quarter was the Hawks’ only scoring. Tiffin rolled up 604 yards of offense, 375 on the ground. Dragons QB Nick Watson threw five touchdown passes and ran one in.
Fairweather, a senior from Londonderry, ran 15 times for 46 yards to lead the Hawks. He was 19-for-41 passing for 206 yards and an interception. The Hawks are 0-5, 0-2 Northeast-10.
Southern Connecticut State 55, Franklin Pierce 27: In New Haven, Conn., the Ravens fell behind 35-7 at half. Lo Jackson caught TD passes of 63 and 31 yards from Drew Campanale, and Nathan Selby reeled in a 15-yard strike from Campanale. K.O. Gaskin had a 15-yard scoring run for the Ravens.
Campanale was intercepted twice but the Ravens were even with New Haven passing with 307 yards each. Campanale also gained 72 yards on 14 carries to lead the Ravens’ passing attack. FPU is 1-4, 0-3 in the NE-10.