DURHAM, N.H. - New Hampshire junior quarterback Ryan Day (Manchester, N.H.) threw for a career-high 365 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Wildcats to a 42-21 victory against Dartmouth College on Saturday afternoon.
The result overshadowed the accomplishment of Dartmouth wide receiver Damien Roomets, who set a school record with 17 receptions, 12 of which came in the first half. He finished with 201 receiving yards.
New Hampshire, which improved to 4-0 overall for the first time since 1981, scored a touchdown on each of its first five possessions to build a 35-0 advantage with 4:50 remaining in the first half. Day's 39-yard pass to Kamau Peterson (Windsor, Ontario) opened the scoring at 11:13 and was followed by a 75-yard touchdown strike to Randal Williams (Bronx, N.Y.) at 8:09. Stephan Lewis (Coatesville, Pa.; 21 carries, 100 yards) scored on runs of two, 60 and three yards to extend the lead to 35 points.
Dartmouth (0-2, 0-0 Ivy) closed within 35-14 on a pair of Greg Smith touchdown passes. Roomets scored on an eight-yard pass play at 4:50 and Matt DeLillis caught a 10-yard touchdown pass with 11 seconds remaining in the half.
Day connected with Peterson on a 15-yard touchdown pass to build New Hampshire's lead to 42-14 with 4:06 to play in the third quarter. Day completed 19 of 24 attempts to complement his 56 rushing yards on 10 carries. His four TD passes ties his own school record that is shared with numerous other quarterbacks.
Dartmouth closed the scoring with a Roomets-to-Smith four-yard pass play with 5:30 left in the game. New Hampshire (2-0 Atlantic 10) amassed a season-high 567 total yards.
Smith finished with 278 passing yards and three touchdowns on 29-for-47 passing. Aaron Pumerantz led the Big Green ground game with 43 yards on 12 rushes.
The last time New Hampshire started a season at 5-0 was 1977, when the Wildcats reeled off seven consecutive victories.