HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth tailback Nick Schwieger rushed 31 times for 169 yards and a touchdown, to lead the Big Green to a 27-19 victory over the Holy Cross football team at Memorial Field. Holy Cross falls to 3-4 on the season with the loss, while the Big Green improves to 3-2 overall.
The Crusaders opened the scoring at the 9:50-mark of the first quarter, when senior quarterback Ryan Taggart (Bedford, Texas) threw an eight-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Freddie Santana (Staten Island, N.Y.). Dartmouth came right back with a four-yard scoring run by Schwieger on its first possession, to tie the score at 7-7. Later in the quarter, junior linebacker Ricky Otis (Cleves, Ohio) recovered a fumbled punt return, to give Holy Cross possession at the Big Green 41-yard line. Eight plays later, senior placekicker Rob Dornfried (Berlin, Conn.) booted a 30-yard field goal to make the score 10-7.
Early in the second quarter, senior linebacker James McLaughlin (Hammonton, N.J.) recovered a fumbled snap at the Dartmouth 36-yard line. That set up a eight-yard touchdown pass from Taggart to sophomore wide receiver Gerald Mistretta (Brooklyn, N.Y.), and the Crusaders led 16-7 after the extra point was blocked. The Big Green trimmed the margin to two points with a one-yard touchdown run by Conner Kempe, and Holy Cross held a 16-14 advantage at halftime.
Late in the third quarter, Dornfried kicked a 20-yard field goal to increase the Crusaders' lead to 19-14. Dartmouth responded with a 35-yard Foley Schmidt field goal early in the fourth quarter, and took back over at the Holy Cross 30-yard line following a fumble on the ensuing kickoff return. Schmidt then kicked a 32-yard field goal to give the Big Green its first lead of the day, 20-19 with 8:36 left to play. Dartmouth concluded the scoring on a 43-yard interception return for a touchdown by Pat Scorah in the final minute.
Taggart completed 25 of 39 passes on the day for 220 yards and two scores, while senior wide out Luke Chmielinski (Walpole, Mass.) had a team-best seven receptions for 57 yards. Sophomore tailback Sam Auffant (Hampton, N.H.) led the ground game with 71 yards on 22 carries, and Otis finished the contest with a team-best 10 tackles.
The Crusaders return to action next Saturday, Oct. 23, when they travel to Colgate for a 1:00 p.m. game.