Ricky Santos threw for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead 10th-ranked New Hampshire to a 52-31 nonconference win over in-state rival Dartmouth yesterday in Durham, N.H., securing the Granite Bowl.
Mike Boyle opened the game with a 91-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. New Hampshire (2-1) of the Colonial Athletic Association capitalized on an interception a few minutes later with Boyle capping a four-play drive by running it in from 3 yards.
The Ivy League's Big Green (0-2) got on the board five minutes later, driving 25 yards after recovering a fumbled punt.
But New Hampshire dominated play, scoring on eight of 12 possessions.
With just under four minutes left in the first quarter, the Wildcats drove 67 yards to take a 21-7 lead.
The teams traded field goals and touchdowns in the second quarter to end the half with New Hampshire ahead, 31-17.
New Hampshire added two more scores 1:44 apart in the third on a 15-yard pass from Santos to Keith LeVan and a 5-yard keeper by Santos.
Tom Bennewitz's 4-yard pass to Mark Brogna pulled Dartmouth to 45-24 with 46 seconds left in the quarter.
But New Hampshire went back in front by 28 on a 12-yard pass from R.J. Toman to Kevon Mason at 11:49 of the fourth quarter. The Big Green closed the scoring at 2:32 on a 9-yard pass from Alex Jenny to Brett Lowe.
Yale 51, Cornell 12 - Mike McLeod ran for 151 yards and three touchdowns as the Bulldogs routed the Big Red in New Haven.
Quarterback Matt Polhemus added 61 rushing yards for Yale (2-0, 1-0), which had 293 yards on the ground.
McLeod carried the ball 31 times and scored all three of his touchdowns in the third quarter, when the Bulldogs broke the game open. His 1-yard plunge with four seconds to go in the third gave Yale a 37-12 lead.
The Bulldogs led just 16-0 at the half, and Cornell (1-1, 0-1) cut the deficit to 16-6 five minutes into the third quarter when Bryan Walters caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Randy Barbour.
But McLeod scored twice in the next five minutes and Yale took control from there.
Villanova 34, Penn 14 - Antwon Young threw four touchdown passes - three in the second half - and the Wildcat defense picked off seven passes in a win over the Quakers in Villanova, Pa.
Young hooked up with Phil Atkinson for three touchdowns - including a 47-yarder in the fourth quarter - for the Wildcats (3-1), who recovered from a 14-10 halftime deficit by picking off five passes and shutting down Penn (0-2) in the second half.
Princeton 20, Lafayette 14 - At Easton, Pa., R.C. Lagomarsino and Kenny Gunter each scored on short runs as the Tigers (1-1) toppled the No. 23 Leopards (3-1).
Anthony D'Urso rushed for 117 yards and scored on an 89-yard run for Lafayette. An 8-yard touchdown pass from Michael DiPaola to Adam Gill with 5:03 left in the third gave the Leopards a 14-13 lead.
Columbia 31, Marist 7 - Jordan Davis set career highs by rushing for 177 yards and three touchdowns for the Lions (1-1) in New York in the schools' first meeting.