New Hampshire football defeats Dartmouth, 29-26

HANOVER, N.H. -- Dartmouth quarterback Brian Mann threw for 303 yards in moving into third place on the school's all-time passing yards list, but it wasn't enough as New Hampshire defeated the Big Green, 29-26.

Following a touchdown by the Wildcats with 4:08 remaining to take the lead, Dartmouth drove down to the New Hampshire 13-yard line, but Mann was intercepted by New Hampshire linebacker George Yasso in the end zone with 16 seconds left to preserve the victory for the Wildcats -- their fifth straight win in the series.

The Big Green took the lead midway through the fourth quarter when Mann hooked up with fullback Scott Wedum for a 22-yard touchdown strike over the middle to give Dartmouth a 26-22 advantage with 7:42 left.

New Hampshire answered with a 12-play drive that culminated with an eight-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Mike Granieri to wide receiver Michael Taylor with 2:48 remaining.

Dartmouth kicker Tyler Lavin provided the bulk of the Big Green point total on the afternoon, tying a school record with four field goals, including a career-long kick of 45 yards in third quarter.

Big Green tight end Casey Cramer also had a banner day, finishing with a career-best 12 receptions for 120 yards.

New Hampshire tailback Stephan Lewis chewed up plenty of yardage on the ground, ending the contest with 187 yards on 23 carries, including a 63-yard touchdown gallup in the third quarter that gave the Wildcats a 22-19 advantage.

Mann hit on 30 of 48 passes on the day with one touchdown and an interception and now has 3,771 yards passing in his career -- 742 yards behind Mark Johnson's total of 4,413.

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