Dartmouth 31, Harvard 7
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) _ Jay Fiedler set the Dartmouth record for TD passes in a season as the Big Green routed Harvard 31-7 on Saturday.
Fiedler, the grandnephew of the late Boston Pops conductor Arthur Fiedler, completed 13 of 20 passes for 239 yards and two touchdowns. He broke Dan Gibianelli’s 1987 record of 17 TD passes when he hit Matt Brzica on a 29-yard strike late in the third quarter.
Dartmouth, which had its 15-game Ivy League unbeaten streak snapped last week at Cornell, improved to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the league. The defeat marked the first time since 1979 that Harvard (1-6, 1-3) dropped six straight games in a single season.
Fielder orchestrated five scoring drives and led Dartmouth to 463 yards of total offense. Brzica, Dartmouth’s former quarterback, was Fiedler’s favorite target again, hauling in five passes for 116 yards and a touchdown.
The Big Green took a lead it would never relinquish in the first quarter. Fiedler rushed for 17 yards on a keeper before hitting Brzica on a 32-yarder that brought the ball to the 1 yard line. Fullback Russ Torres barrelled in with 9:51 remaining for a 7-0 lead.
Fiedler tied Gibianelli’s record with six minutes left in the first by connecting with Greg Hoffmeister from nine yards out.
Dartmouth, which led 17-0 at the half, put the game out of reach early in the third quarter. Linebacker Mike Phillips intercepted a pass by Harvard quarterback Mike Giardi on Harvard’s first play from scrimmage and Hoffmeister (88 yards on 11 rushes) burst into the end zone six plays later from five yards out, building the lead to 24-0.
Harvard finally got on the scoreboard in the opening minute of the fourth quarter when split end Chris Taylor hauled in a 19-yard scoring pass from Giardi.
The Crimson still lead the overall series with Dartmouth, which began in 1882, 50-41-5.