The Empty Set
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Dartmouth 37 Columbia 0
Why Dartmouth Won
The Big Green used multiple rushing weapons to amass 267 running yards. Nick Schwieger got most of the gains with 157 yards, but backup RB Dominick Pierre and wildcat QB Greg Patton had several carries each and both finished with well over four yards a carry.
On defense, Dartmouth had four takeaways and allowed fewer than 10 Columbia first downs.
Why Columbia Lost
The Lions looked lost on offense without starting QB Sean Brackett and turned the ball over time after time.
On defense, Columbia failed to stop the run.
Key Turning Points
-After recovering a Dartmouth fumble on the opening kickoff to start on the Green 32, the Lions then went four and out. Dartmouth then went 70 yards for a TD and the game was essentially over right there.
-What could have been a respectable loss turned into a terrible rout when Columbia turned the ball over on each of its first two possessions of the second half. Dartmouth scored TD's off both those turnovers and humiliation set in.
Very few, but I did like the play of senior LB Nick Mistretta who finished with 11 tackles and an athletic interception.
-It was good to see 5th year senior WR Mike Stephens back in action and grabbing some passes as well. Hopefully, he will get another win before he graduates.
-Junior QB Andrew Weiss looked comfortable at QB when he came in for a few series in the second half.
-Too many to list here, but overall the team seemed ill prepared to play... an eerie reminder of how it looked the last time it came into Hanover two years ago.