Quarterback Derek Kyler looked as if he was about to be sacked on the final play of Saturday’s Ivy League match up between No. 14/15 Dartmouth and Harvard.
Defensive linemen were closing in on him in the Big Green backfield, but after rolling right, Kyler spun back left, freeing himself for one last shot.
The pass traveled 43 yards to the end zone as time expired, and instead of spiking the ball down, Harvard defenders tipped the ball in the air, allowing Masaki Aerts to come down with the game-winning score in Dartmouth’s 9-6 win at Harvard Stadium.
It was an incredible play that capped off a 96-yard drive that began with just one minute remaining in the fourth quarter. Six plays later, Kyler and the Dartmouth offense were at the Harvard 43-yard line with six seconds left.
Out of field goal range with no timeouts remaining, Dartmouth had no choice but to throw up a prayer and hope someone came down with it.
Kyler finished 11 of 18 passing for 133 yards, one TD and an interception.
The "Hail Mary" pass enabled the Big Green to stay unbeaten and set up a Ivy League showdown with fellow unbeaten Princeton on Saturday at Yankee Stadum. Both teams are 4-0 in the league and 7-0 overall.
Bentley 41, Saint Anselm 35: Despite outscoring Bentley 14-0 in the fourth quarter, the Hawks’ comeback effort came up just short on Saturday.
With 7:55 remaining in regulation, Ryan Raybuck returned a blocked field goal 64 yards for a touchdown that brought Saint Anselm within one score. The Hawks got the ball back at their own 38-yard line with 4:24 left in the game but managed just two yards on four plays before turning it over on downs.
Londonderry’s Eric Fairweather completed 16 of 32 passes for 202 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He also scored three times on the ground.
The Hawks (3-5, 3-2 NE10) play at American International Saturday at noon.
Bridgewater State 28, Plymouth State 10: The Panthers were outgained 403 yards to 165 in their road loss to Bridgewater State on Saturday.
David Hamilton led the way for Plymouth State, picking up 77 yards on 13 carries while scoring the Panthers’ lone touchdown.
Brett Lavanchy completed 7 of 18 passes for 91 yards, finding Nick Lancia a team-high two times for 27 yards. Zac Hunter had one catch for 40 yards.
Bears quarterback Stefano D’Emilia finished 19 of 29 for 231 yards and added 35 yards and a touchdown on six carries. Nick Santavicca ran 14 times for 51.
The Panthers (6-3, 4-3 MASCAC) trailed 14-3 at halftime.
Plymouth State is at Western Connecticut Saturday at noon.
New Haven 63, Franklin Pierce 0: Drew Campanale was the lone bright spot in the Ravens’ eighth loss of the season as the freshman completed 70% (26 of 37) of his passes for 219 yards in West Haven, Conn., on Saturday.
Anthony Anderson led FPU with 69 receiving yards on six receptions.
As a team, the Ravens ran 37 times for 35 yards. Campanale led with 38 rushing yards — netting just 15 — on eight carries, followed by Stephen Whaley’s 22 yards. Whaley netted minus-9 yards for -0.7 yards per carry.
New Haven quarterback Christian Lupoli, a transfer from the University of New Hampshire, completed 10 of 13 passes for 157 yards and three touchdowns. The Chargers also ran for four touchdowns with Shamar Logan pacing the backfield with 83 yards and a score on 13 attempts.
The Ravens (1-8, 0-7 NE10) host Bentley Saturday at noon.