Nico had a big day (CREDIT: Columbia Athletics/Gene Boyers)
Dartmouth 37 Columbia 28
Why Dartmouth Won
They took advantage of their opportunities and didn't look Columbia's inability to stop the run in the mouth. Alex Jenny relieved starting QB Tom Bennewitz, and played error-free ball in a tough situation.
Why Columbia Lost
Turn the ball over twice in the last 1:40 and you won't win anything. Oh, and they had the same old problems against the run, even though Big Green starter Milan Williams did not play. I'm beginning to think anyone on two legs can expect a 100+ yard game against these Lions.
Key Turning Points
After getting an early turnover and turning that into a 7-0 lead, Columbia promptly allowed Dartmouth to march right back down the field to tie it as 7 and snatch the Lions' momentum away.
On 3rd and 1 at the start of the 2nd quarter, QB Craig Hormann and center Mike Partain screwed up the exchange and Dartmouth recovered the fumble. Six plays later it was 14-7 Big Green.
After taking the ball on their own 5 and getting a touchdown anyway on a dramatic 4th and 11 pass to Nico Gutierez, the Columbia defense looked like it would at least help preserve the 14-14 score into the half after it forced a 2nd and 23 at Dartmouth's own 11 yard line. But Nate Servis took it around the left end for 56 yards and 5 plays later it was 21-14 Dartmouth.
With the score tied at 28, the Lions had the ball on their own 20 with plenty of time to drive down the field for the win. Instead, Jamal Russell fumbled the ball away on the first play and Dartmouth scored the winning TD moments later.
Freshman Nico Gutierrez had a breakout game with 5 catches, almost all them spectacular, for 132 yards and a TD.
Ray Rangel had a solid second quarter, giving the Lions hope that they at least have another option in the running game.
Game MVP: Gutierrez