Dartmouth 31, Princeton 13
HANOVER, N.H. (AP) _ Al Rosier rushed for 190 yards and a touchdown as Dartmouth beat Princeton 31-13 Saturday to win its first outright Ivy League title in 13 years.
Dartmouth (7-2-1, 6-0-1 Ivy) used its bigger offensive line to control the ball and open gaping holes for Rosier, quarterback Jay Fiedler and fullback Neal Martin. Fielder, Martin and Russ Torres also scored touchdowns for Dartmouth.
The Big Green, playing its final game of the season at home for the first time since 1927, gained 304 yards on the ground compared to 69 for Princeton (8-2, 5-2).
While Dartmouth’s offense methodically dominated its undersized opponent, the play that changed momentum in the game was made by the Big Green defense.
Princeton opened the second half trailing 17-7, but quickly moved the ball to the Dartmouth 21. On first down, running back Keith Elias fumbled after a hit by Dartmouth linebacker Harry Wright and the Big Green’s Tom Morrow recovered.
After exchanging punts, Dartmouth went on a 12-play, 94-yard scoring drive, which included three third-down conversions. The last was a 26-yard run by Fiedler on third-and-7 that, after an unnecessary roughness penalty, gave the Big Green the ball on the Princeton 9.
Torres capped the drive with a 9-yard touchdown run that gave Dartmouth a 24-7 lead and dashed Princeton’s hopes for its first outright title in 27 years.
Dartmouth had taken a 3-0 lead on Dennis Durkin’s 42-yard field goal at 11:06 of the first quarter and went up 10-0 in the second quarter when Fiedler capped a 12-play, 69-yard drive with a 4-yard run.
Princeton cut the lead to 10-7 when quarterback Chad Roghair hit Mike Lerch with a 17-yard scoring strike with 5:50 left in the second quarter. Roghair completed 25 of 44 passes for 244 yards, two touchdowns and an interception on the final play of the game.
Dartmouth increased its lead to 17-7 at the half on Martin’s 1-yard touchdown dive. Princeton’s final score was a 20-yard touchdown pass from Roghair to Chris Beiswenger on a fourth-and-12 play with 5:46 left.
Rosier, Dartmouth’s all-time leading rusher, capped the scoring with a 2- yard burst. For the season, Rosier gained 1,432 yards and scored 15 touchdowns.
Dartmouth’s undefeated record in the Ivy was its first since 1970. Its only blemish this year was a 31-31 tie with Harvard.
The Dartmouth-Princeton rivalry, begun in 1897, stands at 34-34-3.