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Despite treacherous footing, Rosier was splendid in Dartmouth's 31-13 victory, accounting for 190 of his team's 304 rushing yards while Princeton was running for a paltry 69 yards. Rosier finished with 1,432 yards for the season, making him the alltime leading rusher in 110 seasons of Dartmouth football.
The victory gave Dartmouth its first outright Ivy title since 1978. The Green's quarterback that year was Teevens, who now has lost only one Ivy game in the last two seasons at his alma mater.
Capping a Comeback
When Tulsa quarterback T.J. Rubley riddled the Ohio University defense for 167 yards and four touchdowns in the Golden Hurricane's 45-13 romp last Saturday in Tulsa, the most stirring play of the day was a modest three-yard scoring pass in the fourth quarter. That catch capped a remarkable comeback by Tulsa senior wide receiver Dan Bitson, who was injured so severely in an auto accident on Dec. 4, 1989, that it seemed doubtful he would ever play football again.
Before the accident Bitson was one of the finest receivers in Tulsa's pass-happy history. A second-team All-America as a junior in 1989 and seemingly a cinch to be drafted by the pros, Bitson was only 173 yards away from breaking Howard Twilley's school record of 3,343 yards in receptions. But then came the accident, which occurred in Tulsa after an unlicensed driver suffered a seizure and swerved into Bitson's lane.
Bitson, who was pinned in his car for 45 minutes, underwent 12 hours of surgery that day. His injuries included fractures of both thigh bones, a broken right kneecap, a fractured right wrist, extensive cartilage and ligament damage in both knees, and muscle and nerve damage in his right leg.
Bitson's arduous rehabilitation began in January 1990 and continued until last February, when he was deemed fit enough to begin working out with the team. He participated in spring practice but didn't get contact work until this fall, when he proved to coach Dave Rader that he could take a hit. Although Bitson came to feel that he was back to about 90% of his former self, that wasn't enough to win back his starting job.
As the season wore on, Bitson began to feel more frustrated and anxious for playing time on a team that was headed for an 8-2 record and a berth in the Freedom Bowl. Going into the Ohio game, he still was getting in for only a few plays a game and had made only seven catches—none for a touchdown—for 89 yards, leaving him 84 shy of breaking Twilley's record.
"Just sitting there, watching, it takes a lot of the interest out of it for me," Bitson said earlier in the season. "I feel like I can get open, but I have a little problem doing something once I get the ball. I wait for somebody to hit me instead of making a move or putting on a show. I'd like to go in and do great things and excite the crowd like I used to do."
It didn't happen quite the way he wanted. When Bitson finally got a touchdown, his first since 1989, it was a simple catch on a short pattern, not the sort of acrobatic catch on a deep route he had envisioned. Even so, it was the most touching moment of the game for everybody who knew what Bitson had been through.