From the fumble recovery on the opening kickoff onwards, Princeton football was dominant against Brown, cruising to a 53-0 victory, earning its first Ivy League win of the season, and improving its record to 4-1.
Princeton scored early and often in Saturday’s game, while Brown struggled to move the ball against a stout Princeton defense. The team was led offensively by junior running back Charlie Volker, who rushed 16 times for 163 yards and four touchdowns. Volker’s most notable carry came late in the second quarter, when he received a handoff from senior quarterback Chad Kanoff near his own goal line, exploded into the running lane and outraced the defensive secondary on his way to a 96-yard touchdown run. Volker’s run, which extended the score to 29-0, broke the record for the longest rushing touchdown in school history. Freshman running back Colin Eaddy was also effective in the backup running back role, rushing for 77 yards and one touchdown on 10 carries.
Kanoff was once again efficient and consistent in his passing, completing 21 of 27 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns. His favorite two targets were junior wide receivers junior Jesper Horsted and Stephen Carlson, who led the way, receiving once again with 92 and 66 yards, respectively. Sophomore receiver Tiger Bech hauled in his first touchdown reception of the season on a 16-yard pass from Kanoff at the end of the second quarter.
While the offense put up points with ease Saturday, the Princeton defense was equally stellar, posting a shutout and limiting the Brown offense to a mere 170 yards. Princeton’s defense front shut down the Brown rushing attack throughout, limiting them to just 1.9 yards per carry, and 55 yards total. Senior defensive lineman Kurt Holuba led the way for the Tigers, with two sacks and six total tackles. The Princeton secondary also was effective, limiting Brown to 115 yards passing.
After a disappointing loss against Columbia to open its Ivy League season, Princeton knew it would have to be nearly perfect for the rest of the season if it wanted any chance of a reprisal as Ivy League Champions. While the team has much work left in front of it, Saturday’s blowout win was certainly a step of the right direction. Princeton will remain on the road next Saturday and travel to Harvard for a rare Ivy League night game. Given the history between the two programs and the quality of their teams, it will be an intriguing and important matchup for the Tigers.