Football ends on a high note, choking Brown’s offense to win 30-7

A “complete game” culminated in the Big Green’s biggest win of the season, large enough to allow game time for the uninjured seniors.

by Will Dehmel | 13 minutes ago

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An overtime win against Yale University during homecoming weekend, a narrow win away against Harvard University and a stunning home win over Princeton University helped Dartmouth football win a share of the Ivy League Championship.

“Winning is nice,” said head coach Buddy Teevens ’79 after Dartmouth Football defeated Brown University 30-7 in Saturday’s season finale. For a team that has shared the Ivy League championship for the last two seasons, victory this year was a surprisingly rare commodity for the Big Green — the team finished 3-7 overall and 2-5 in the Ivy game and narrowly escaped a conference in last place Done.

But on Saturday the big green looked recognizable, nearly doubling Brown’s possession time, keeping the Bears on less than 200 total offensive yards and rushing for nearly 300.

Dartmouth made his intentions clear early on. When Brown received the opening jab, Big Green’s defense left Brown little room for hope. On the fourth play of the game, Charles Looes’ 23 and Macklin Ayers’ 24 put pressure on Brown’s quarterback, forcing him to throw the ball off balance. Robert Crockett III ’22 jumped in front of the intended receiver and waited for the ball before snagging the early interception.

“Closed,” Teevens said to simply summarize the defensive effort. “The guys up front are putting pressure on the passer…the second level – our linebackers – that’s as clean a coverage system as we had…they were covering people and breaking passes.”

The Big Green would start its opening run at the Brown 38-yard line but failed to convert from there. Dartmouth converted two first downs and advanced to Brown’s 15-yard line before Howard, pressured by two Brown defenders, threw an interception in the end zone.

When the Big Green got the ball back, Jackson Proctor ’25 got his moment. On a quarterback option, Proctor charged to the right and then flew all the way back to the left in an acrobatic manner before being knocked down. That 64-yard rush — the second longest from the big green of the year — placed the big green on the Brown 16. From there, Q Jones ’25 rushed for 14 yards before Nick Howard ’23 found the end zone with a two-yard rush to go 7-0.

Howard, who missed both Yale and Princeton games through injury, spoke openly about the injuries that had plagued him all season.

“I had a broken rib, a high ankle sprain, I pulled my groin, and then just your typical bumps and bruises,” Howard said. “So it’s been a tough season, but I can’t thank Alyssa Brewster and Ben Schuler, our athletic coaches enough, along with Delaney [Schafer] and Peter [Dawry]just keeping me alive with duct tape.”

However, Teevens wished Big Green would play a cleaner game, noting that penalties cost the team several points.

A good example was the third drive of the Big Green. Starting at the Brown 50, Dartmouth advanced 41 yards before the first quarter came to an end. Then Noah Roper ’23 found the end zone with a nine-yard rush, but the game was called back due to a hold call. Unable to find the end zone again, Dartmouth settled for a 25-yard kick from Ryan Bloch ’23 that gave the big green a 10-0 lead.

Dartmouh then pinned Brown on his second straight three-and-outs and Big Green made the best of it. A rushing trio of Howard, Roper and Zack Bair ’22 took the first down, and then Howard found Jonny Barrett ’23 for a 24-yard finish. Dartmouth then converted three more first downs over eight carries to create a first-and-goal situation. The big green didn’t require four games, however, as Howard found the end zone on another two-yard carry two games later, this time to put Dartmouth up 17-0, staying 3:55 at the half.

“There have been ups and downs with our running throughout the year,” Howard said. “But these guys are all playing hard … what a crew, what a position group — I love these guys.”

On the kickoff that followed, Dartmouth pulled out a trick they had practiced for a long time. Bloch chipped the ball with backspin and it landed on the Brown 33 before rebounding on the 36. As they cleared the fumble pile, officials discovered that Tyler Green ’24, Dartmouth’s running back, possessed the ball.

“Team football is pretty much what we played today,” Teevens said. “Our special teams did a good job defensively and offensively looking for a full game.”

Proctor would lead Big Green’s offense this time, and it stayed with the rush-heavy attack. On the second pass of the drive, Proctor found Jarmone Sutherland ’24 in the end zone, but another penalty forced the big green to settle for a field goal.

Brown couldn’t do anything with the 12 seconds they had, so Dartmouth entered the dressing room 20-0.

Inside, Teevens kept the same message he’s had all year.

“The competitive spirit,” Teevens said. “We didn’t take our foot off the gas… If you’re up, we should be up more – hold yourself accountable, mustn’t make mistakes, let’s go play.”

Dartmouth started the second half with a three-and-out and Brown advanced to the Dartmouth 13 over the course of seven games. Needing a touchdown to affect Dartmouth’s score, the Bears failed to score a fourth and a second, returning the ball to the big green.

No points were scored in the third quarter, but an interception by defenseman Sean Williams ’26 put the big green in the scoring zone. Bloch converted his third field goal of the game, and then Dartmouth scored a touchdown five and a half minutes later that leveled the score at 30-0.

Brown would get the next drive, but that was the most productive thing they did all day, accumulating nearly half their offensive yards on that drive alone.

Referring to his quarterback, Teevens called Howard “one of the toughest football players I’ve ever coached.”

“He was beaten up – we let him run too many times early in the season,” Teevens said. “He would never turn it down, but he wouldn’t protect himself either … He’s the guy that people believe in and rally around, and if something’s going to happen, he’s the guy that’s going to trigger it.”

But Howard’s injuries gave the Big Green ample time to experiment with younger staff, Teevens noted.

“I felt that Proctor really showed his ability and skill,” Teevens said. “He’s an accurate passer, he’s got some athleticism, he’s a really calm presence out there … Proctor, in a critical deal – we’ve alternated series a bit – and he’s played very, very well for us.”

Howard agreed.

“We had a lot of new faces and there were definitely some growing pains,” Howard said. “But I think just the effort we’ve put in all year has shown the character of our team – and that means we’re going to fight and we’re going to come out and play.”



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