Howard with 2 TDs, Dartmouth rolls past Penn 31-7

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nick Howard rushed for 101 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Dartmouth turned an interception and a blocked punt into points, defeating Penn 31-7 in an Ivy League opener for both teams Friday night.

Dartmouth (3-0, 1-0), the 2019 Ivy League champs, struck early when Robert Crockett III scooped up a blocked punt deep in Penn territory for a 7-0 Big Green lead at 6:10 of the first quarter.

That began a stretch of Dartmouth scoring three touchdowns and a field goal on its last four drives of the first half, taking a 24-7 lead into halftime.

Howard, who gained more than 100 yards for the second straight game, scored on runs of 7 and 1 yards. Zack Bair, who rushed for 91 yards, caught an eight-yard TD pass from Derek Kyler. Kyler completed 15 of 22 passes for 160 yards.

Dartmouth has outscored opponents 100-28 in its three wins this season. The win was also a 65th birthday gift for coach Buddy Teevens and evens his record at 2-2 on games played on his birthday.

Penn (1-2. 0-1) playing in front of a home crowd for the first time since the 2019 season, looked sharp early, answering Dartmouth’s opening score with a 73-yard pass from John Quinnelly to a wide open Ryan Cragun, followed by a seven-yard Isaiah Malcome scoring run to knot the score at 7-7 in two plays.

Quinnelly was 6 of 15 passing for 106 yards and two interceptions.

The Quakers were out-gained 413 yards to 141 in total offense, held to35 yards rushing.

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