11th In A Series of the most memorable games of each year of BGA. . .
Dartmouth 41, Penn 20
Oct. 3, 2015
Harvard 14, Dartmouth 13
Oct. 30, 2015
Maybe it’s wimping out but the game of the year last fall had to be two games, a commanding win over Penn in Philadelphia in the Ivy League opener and a heartbreaking loss at Harvard in a battle of unbeaten, top-20 teams.
Against Penn, Dalyn Williams earned national player of the week honors by completing an eye-popping 23-of-25 passes (with one a throw-away) for 336 yards and four touchdowns. Victor Williams caught 12 passes for 213 yards as Dartmouth ran out to a 41-6 lead through three quarters before subbing out against the eventual Ivy League tri-champions.
Dartmouth’s game at Harvard has to be in the conversation for toughest loss in school history.
Leading, 13-0, midway through the fourth quarter Dartmouth saw Harvard finally get on the board with 6:38 remaining on a fourth-and-12 touchdown prayer to the corner that went for 39 yards.
After making a stop on the Crimson’s next possession, Dartmouth took over at its 36 with 3:43 remaining. But on the second play from scrimmage Harvard forced a fumble and recovered near midfield. The Crimson then converted three third-down plays, the last being a five-yard touchdown pass that with the PAT gave the home team a 14-13 lead with 38 seconds left.
Dartmouth tried to answer with a valiant drive to the Harvard 29 before a 46-yard field goal attempt to win the game on the last play was blocked.
The final result overshadowed a Dartmouth goal-line stand for the ages that saw the Big Green make five consecutive stops at the one-yard line early in the fourth quarter. (One was nullified by an offsides call.)