Yale and Dartmouth were predicted to be the Ivy League’s top two football teams in the preseason and so far both have proven worthy of that expectation.
Yale and the Big Green earned the Nos. 1 and 2 spots, respectively, in the league’s preseason poll and both boast 3-0 records entering their meeting Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Memorial Field in Hanover.
Dartmouth, which has won six of its last seven meetings with the Bulldogs, will be looking to earn 20th-year coach Buddy Teevens his 100th career victory at Dartmouth. The late Bob Blackman, who led the Big Green from 1955-70, is the only Dartmouth coach to reach that career milestone, finishing with 104 victories.
The Big Green are coming off a 28-15 victory at Penn in their Ivy League opener last Saturday. Yale defeated Holy Cross, 23-10, to open the season, beat Cornell, 27-16, to earn its first Ivy win and earned a 48-24 triumph over Fordham last Saturday. The Bulldogs’ trip to Hanover Saturday will mark their first road game of the season.
Senior Jared Gerbino and junior Derek Kyler have split time at quarterback over Dartmouth’s first three games, combining for eight touchdowns and 565 passing yards. Neither has been intercepted over a combined 74 attempts. Gerbino has also recorded a team-high 138 rushing yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. Kyler has logged 44 rushing yards on eight attempts.
Defensively, Dartmouth is allowing the fewest points per game (eight) and ranks No. 10 in total defense (298.7 yards per game) in the FCS. The Big Green finished second in the nation in that category last season, allowing 12 points per game. Dartmouth fifth-year senior linebacker Jack Traynor is the reigning Ivy League defensive player of the week after recording a season-high 10 tackles and his first career scoop-and-score touchdown against Penn last Friday night.
Yale had its best offensive performance of the season against Fordham last Saturday, registering 495 yards and averaging 7.3 yards per play. Bulldogs senior quarterback Kurt Rawlings was named this week’s Ivy League offensive player of the week after running in two touchdowns, tossing two more and recording 301 passing yards in the victory over the Rams.
Yale leads the Ivy League in interceptions (five) and has recorded a pick-six in each of its past two games.