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Dartmouth 27 - Holy Cross 26

On an ideal night for football (my iPhone read 62°, but it felt much milder than that) Buddy Teevens ‘79’s football team beat Holy Cross 27-26 in as exciting a game as you will ever want to see. Holy Cross tied the game with a touchdown on the last play of regular time (fourth down with three seconds on the clock), but then their kicker booted the PAT into the defensive line. The ball squirted loose, and at first we thought that Dartmouth had run the ball back for a game-winning two-point conversion; but the conversion was nullified due to a holding penalty and an illegal forward pass. We scored a touchdown on our possession in OT, and David Smith (a Montreal boy, no less, who had also smoothly kicked a career-best 42-yard field goal) made the extra point. Then Holy Cross scored a TD on its possession, but missed the two-point conversion. Dartmouth wins.

Dartmouth Holy Cross 27-26.jpg

Ho hum.

Addendum: The Valley News Tris Wykes has a full account of the game. He noted that the announced crowd at Memorial Field was 7,049, and this was the College’s ninth consecutive nonconference win.

Erratum: The initial version of this post had Dartmouth picking up the loose ball after the failed PAT and almost running it back for a “touchdown.” Actually, had the Green been successful, the play would not have resulted in a TD, but rather in a “two-point conversion.” A reader set me straight:

Not to be picky but if Dartmouth had run the blocked PAT all the way back it would have been two points and not a TD. Still, it would have been enough for Dartmouth to win.

I looked through the “NCAA Football Rules and Interpretations” They don’t seem to have a formal term for this play.

Wikipedia is certainly not my preferred source, but…

From the entry for “College Football”: “The defensive team may score two points on a point-after-touchdown attempt by returning a blocked kick, fumble, or interception into the opposition’s end zone.”

The above entry doesn’t include a term to describe the play, but in other Wikipedia entries it is referred to as a “defensive two-point conversion” or “return of a conversion try”.

From the entry for “Two-point conversion”: “College football has allowed defensive two-point conversions since 1988”.

From the entry for “Conversion (gridiron football): “There is, however, one notable exception in college football because the defense can also score two points on a return of a conversion try”.


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