Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Showtime In The Big Apple

Oct. 20, 2012, New York, NY – Dartmouth 21, Columbia 16

Columbia’s Wien Stadium is at 218th and Broadway, and the Lions and visiting Big Green put on a show for a Homecoming crowd of 11,127.

The reviews might have been mixed about the performance, but there was drama galore.

Things got interesting in the fourth quarter as the Lions drove 45 yards in five plays to turn a 14-10 deficit into a 16-14 lead on a 14-yard touchdown run by Marcorus Garrett with 2:46 to play. The extra point failed.

Dartmouth took over at its own nine with 2:40 remaining after a short kickoff return and an illegal block penalty. The Big Green would need a field goal to take the lead but a touchdown to feel a little more comfortable.

Heading up the two-minute drill, sophomore quarterback Alex Park missed his first throw but then hit three consecutive passes to Ryan McManus, ran 13 yards for a first down and then hit McManus for 15 more to the Columbia 15.

A seven-yard completion to Victor Williams brought the ball to the Columbia eight and a roughing-the-passer penalty on the same play advanced it to the four.

After a penalty, Park found Dean Bakes for a nine-yard touchdown that with Riley Lyons’ PAT gave Dartmouth a five-point lead with 1:09 showing. The Big Green had needed just 1:31 to go 91 yards and take the lead.

But Dartmouth has scored almost too fast.

A celebration penalty against the Big Green and a penalty for the kickoff going out of bounds saw Columbia take possession at the 50 with fully 1:09 remaining.

After the Lions got one first down, John Golio put them in a hole with a 10-yard sack and then Stephen Dazzo ended things with an interception of a fourth-and-30 pass at the Dartmouth 23 that he returned to the 26. One snap later the game was over.

Park was an efficient 20-of-28 passing for 197 yards with McManus hauling in seven passes for 96 yards. Dalyn Williams stepped in and completed 3-of-4 throws including a critical 67-yarder TD to Bo Patterson down the right sideline. Garrett Waggoner, Bronson Green and Michael Runger had 10 tackles apiece for Dartmouth.