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HANOVER, N.H. - Dartmouth used a strong ground attack to defeat Columbia 56-0 in Hanover, N.H. Saturday afternoon. Vinny Pugliese led the Lions with 10 tackles and a sack, while Nick Melka added nine tackles, a sack and a tackle for a loss.

Jon Marc Carrier got Dartmouth on the board with a two-yard touchdown run at 9:27 in the first quarter.  Both teams put together drives that stalled late, and Dartmouth ended the first quarter with the ball from their own 43.  Dartmouth converted that drive with a 17-yard pass from Dalyn Williams to Carrier with 13:37 in the second to make it 14-0.

The Big Green went on to score twice more in the second quarter, once off an interception, to take a 28-0 lead into the half.

Columbia could not get going on offense with a three and out drive in thier first possession of the third quarter.  Dartmouth put two touchdowns on the board to make it 42-0, one on a 44-yard pass from Kyle Bramble to Alex Park.

Dartmouth scored twice in the fourth for the final 56-0 margin. 

Dominick Pierre led Dartmouth with 160 yard rushing. Williams finished 11-18-0 with 149 yards passing and one touchdown. 

Kelly Hilinski finished 9-23-2 for 53 yards.  Augie Braddock had 99 return yards on five attempts.  Brock Kenyon and Zach Olinger each had nine tackles in the loss.

Columbia returns to action on Saturday, when they travel to Yale for a noon game on the YES Network.