The Ivy League Matchup of the Season

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Dartmouth College and Princeton University faced off at Yankee Stadium with their unbeaten streaks on the line (photo credit: Derrick Smith).

On the 150th anniversary of the first college football game ever played, a game that featured Princeton University, and the 250th anniversary celebration of the founding of Dartmouth College, two unbeaten teams — Princeton (7-0 overall and 4-0 in Ivy League play) and Dartmouth College (7-0 overall and 4-0 in Ivy League play) — faced off with their undefeated streaks and likely the 2019 Ivy League title on the line. Princeton, last year’s Ivy League champion, came into the contest, held at historic Yankee Stadium, winners of 17 straight games. Dartmouth’s only defeat over the last two seasons came at the hands of Princeton, powering past Dartmouth 14-9 for the 2018 Ivy League title. And so which team would remain unbeaten after today’s historic contest?

Dartmouth Powers Past Princeton to Avenge Last Year’s Lone Defeat, Remain Unbeaten

It would be the winningest football program in Ivy League history, Dartmouth, under the leadership of esteemed Head Coach Buddy Teevens — a man who has not only restored a winning tradition but forever revolutionized how the game is played — that would crush any hope of a Princeton repeat. Dartmouth, powered by its remarkable defense which also happened to be its best offense, led from start to finish in a 27-10 thumping before tons of alumni in attendance, including the great Dartmouth and Miami Dolphins QB Jay Fiedler.

As Devan Fink reports for The Dartmouth in a piece entitled “Dartmouth football gets key win over Princeton at Yankee Stadium, 27-10,” “With its 27-10 victory over No. 9 Princeton University (7-1, 4-1 Ivy) on Saturday, the Big Green now finds itself in prime position to accomplish the goal set at the beginning of the season: Bring the Ivy League championship back to Hanover. If Dartmouth keeps up its hot streak with wins over Cornell University and Brown University in each of the next two weeks, that goal could be turned into reality before students go home for winter break. But the season-defining moment for the Big Green was never going to involve Cornell or Brown. It was always about Princeton.”

As our readers may remember, Ivy Coach’s crystal ball, a crystal ball even previously cited on the pages of The Dartmouth, forecasted at the conclusion of the 2018 season that Dartmouth would avenge its defeat to Princeton and claim the 2019 Ivy League title. That forecast is indeed proving true. Congratulations to the Big Green! What a thrill it was to be in attendance at Yankee Stadium to cheer you on to victory!


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