Dartmouth 27, Brown 24
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Dave Regula’s 20-yard field goal with 1:30 left in the game lifted Dartmouth to a 27-24 victory Saturday over Brown, clinching the Big Green’s 17th Ivy League championship.
Dartmouth (9-0, 6-0 Ivy) has won 16 straight games.
Brown (5-4, 4-2) reached the Dartmouth 30 in the game’s final minute. Bears’ quarterback Jason McCullough completed a pass to tight end Paul Choquette on the Dartmouth 10 as time expired. Two plays earlier, a McCullough pass eluded Sean Morey’s diving grasp in the end zone with nine seconds left.
``Our kicker is hot and cold, and he had missed two field goals earlier,″ Brown coach Mark Whipple said. ``If the kick had been within 40, we would have tried it.″
Brown kicker Tom Routt had hit the cross bar from 21 yards in the second quarter and missed a 40-yard attempt in the fourth quarter.
The Big Green held a 17-10 half-time advantage on two touchdown runs by tailback Greg Smith and a 43-yard field goal by Regula. A 37-yard field goal by Routt and Mike Wall’s 21-yard touchdown reception accounted for Brown’s first half points.
``We really hadn’t played in the big game before, and I was afraid it might get away from us early,″ Whipple said. ``When it didn’t, we tried to give our kids some confidence in the half time locker room.″
The Bears climbed within 17-16 when running back Marquis Jesse completed a 19-yard touchdown pass to McCullough with 12:07 left in the third quarter. Besides his touchdown toss, Jesse rushed for 129 yards on 22 carries.
``It was the greatest college football game I have ever been a part of,″ Dartmouth coach John Lyons said. ``The game resembled a heavy-weight fight the way we battled back and forth.″
The Big Green capped an 11-play, 64-yard drive with quarterback Jon Aljancic 1-yard touchdown plunge to go ahead 24-16 with 6:35 left in the third.
The Bears tied the game with 2:37 left in the third quarter on Choquette’s 11-yard touchdown reception from McCullough. Choquette hauled in the two-point conversion pass to knot the game at 24.
Dartmouth began the winning drive with 6:25 to play, taking possession at its 23-yard line after a Brown missed field goal. Aljancic engineered the march with a 26-yard pass to Zach Ellis and two rushed for 27 yards.
``Brown kept coming back, which could have knocked the win out of our sails,″ Aljancic said. ``But we showed the mark of champions by making the plays we had to make down the stretch.″
The Bears stopped Smith twice at the goal line before Regula’s game winning kick. Smith finished the day with 141 yards rushing and two touchdowns.