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At first glance, Princeton football does not appear to be in a great position heading into the 2018 season. Not only are the Tigers coming off an underwhelming, second-to-last finish in the 2017 Ivy League standings, but they also graduated quarterback Chad Kanoff, now playing in the NFL for the Arizona Cardinals, who in 2017 indisputably posted the most impressive season by a quarterback in Princeton history. Further examination, however, reveals the Tigers have good reason for optimism. Princeton will return several key players who missed most or all of the 2017 season, including the 2016 Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year, senior quarterback John Lovett, and senior defensive standouts linebacker Mark Fossati and defensive lineman Kurt Holuba. The Tigers will also benefit from an influx of young talent looking to make an immediate impact — their 2018 recruiting class was ranked as the best in all of Football Championship Subdivision football and includes a quarterback, Brevin White, who chose Princeton over football powerhouse Alabama.
On a wall in the tunnel connecting the home locker room to the tunnel, there is a collection of portraits of former Princeton players with NFL experience. During this weekend’s NFL draft, we will find out whether any recent graduates will earn a precious spot on that wall. The likeliest candidate is quarterback Chad Kanoff, who broke all-time University records in career passing yards, single season passing yards, and completion percentage in the 2017 season and has drawn the attention of scouts from several NFL teams. In any case, in anticipation of the most exciting days of the long football offseason, we have compiled a list of Princeton players who have heard their names called in the draft over the past few years.
A last-minute swoop from seventeen-time national champions the University of Alabama wasn’t enough to ward off high school football sensation from the University.
Instead of facing one of the normal age-old rivals Harvard or Yale, the football team will play Brown in next year’s homecoming matchup and end the season playing regional rival Penn. The decision comes after modifications to the Ivy League football schedule announced in mid-December 2017. This conflicts with the traditional schedule for the Tigers. What many alumni have expressed concern about however, is that Princeton will play both the Bulldogs and the Crimson away.
With 67 combined points, over 1,000 yards of total offense, and no shortage of big plays, Saturday’s Princeton-Yale game was as exciting as could be expected for a matchup between the Ivy League’s two best offenses. For the fourth time this season, however, Princeton wound up on the losing side of a thrilling game, falling 35-31 at home to Yale. The Bulldogs overcame a 17-point deficit in the first half to deny Princeton what would have been its first bonfire since 2013.
The Tigers are leading Yale 24-14 at halftime. Princeton struck the first blow, recording a touchdown in the first quarter off a connection between senior quarterback Chad Kanoff and junior wide receiver Jesper Horsted. The Orange and Black would build on their advantage early in the second quarter as Kanoff completed an 18-yard pass to junior receiver Stephen Carlson, extending the lead to 14. However, the Bulldogs quickly responded, finding their way to the end-zone within the minute off a 47-yard rush from Zane Dudek. Both Princeton and Yale completed one more touchdown apiece, keeping the game tight. The Tigers are currently outgaining the Bulldogs 283 yards to 186 yards through the air and will look to build on their lead heading into the second half.
This weekend, Princeton football (5-3 overall, 2-3 Ivy) returns home after a tough stretch to take on Yale (7-1, 4-1) at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11. The game will prove incredibly important. Not only is the game Senior Day for Princeton because it’s the last home game of the season, it’s also the highlight of homecoming weekend. The Bulldogs are currently atop the Ivy League, and a win will clinch them a share of the Ivy League Title. On the other hand, the Tigers are playing for their Ivy League title hopes, needing a win to have a chance at the title at all.
To say this weekend’s game against Yale is critical is not doing it enough justice. When the Tigers take the field for their Saturday matinee showdown against the No. 1 Bulldogs, everything will be at stake. Currently, the No. 3 Tigers need to win a few games to claim a piece of the league title in one of the closest races in recent memory; a Yale win sinks the Tigers' hopes of the title. Adding to the stakes of this game is Princeton’s shot at the bonfire. Since Princeton’s dismantling of Harvard on national TV earlier this season, players and fans alike have had this game marked down as the biggest of the year. Can the Tigers overcome multiple heartbreaking defeats and win their final home game of the season? On this Saturday’s homecoming, the need to win, the opportunity to secure the first bonfire in four years, and Princeton and Yale’s bitter rivalry will collide on the gridiron in what will most definitely be the biggest game of the season. It all happens at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Powers Field. Be there, and get loud for your Tigers!
Over Fall Break, Princeton Football played a pair of thrilling games against Ivy League foes Cornell and Penn. Unfortunately for the Tigers, they were on the losing end of each game, falling 29-28 and 38-35 to Cornell and Penn, respectively.
This weekend, Princeton football (5-1, 2-1 Ivy) comes home after a great road trip to take on Cornell (2-4, 2-1). We can expect a good game under the lights at 7 p.m. on Oct. 28 . Last year, when these teams met in Ithaca, the Tigers walked away as big winners. In the 100th meeting between the teams this year, Princeton will be looking to continue its recent success against the Big Red to win its 5th straight over Cornell. Princeton leads the all-time series 61-36-2.
In a nationally televised Friday night game, Princeton football routed Harvard 52–17 on the road, showing the wide audience present why the team deserves to be taken seriously. Senior quarterback Chad Kanoff was highly efficient, not throwing an incompletion until the third quarter, and the defense kept Harvard off the scoreboard for much of the game.
This Friday night the Princeton football team will take on Harvard under the lights in Cambridge, Mass. Both Princeton and Harvard have a conference record featuring one loss, making this week’s game a must-win in the race for the Ivy League title.
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.
After a heartbreaking defeat to the Columbia Lion’s at the hands of a 63-yard score with a minute to play on Sept. 30, the Princeton football team will get another shot at an Ivy League opponent when they face Brown at 12:30 p.m. this Saturday at Brown Stadium in Providence, R.I. Princeton hopes to regain some ground in the Ivy League standings this week after losing to Columbia at home for the first time in seven years.
A week after enduring a disappointing defeat to Columbia, Princeton football returned to its winning ways Saturday with a convincing victory over Georgetown. Scoring 50 unanswered points, Princeton dominated on both sides of the ball and finished its nonconference schedule with a 50–30 win.
This weekend, Princeton football (2-1 overall) heads up to face its final non-conference opponent, Georgetown (1-3), on Powers Field at Princeton Stadium; kickoff is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday. Last year when these teams encountered one other, Princeton’s defense was dominant, forcing five turnovers and only allowing one third down conversion on 12 attempts. These teams have only played eight times, a series that the Tigers lead 7-1. However, the one time the teams met on Powers Field, the Hoyas got away with the victory.
In a league filled with talented, experienced teams, one would expect a plethora of thrilling, fiercely competitive matchups. Unfortunately for Princeton, the football team ended Saturday on the wrong end of such a game in its Ivy League opener against Columbia, losing 28-24 after Columbia completed a 63-yard touchdown pass with just 1:12 remaining to secure the win.
Princeton football (2–0 overall) will take on its first Ivy League opponent this year, facing Columbia (2–0) on Powers Field at Princeton Stadium this Saturday, Sept. 30, with kickoff at 12:30 p.m. When these teams faced each other last year, the Tigers won handily in a 48–13 rout of the opponent, making it six straight wins against the Lions. In last year’s victory, senior quarterback Chad Kanoff threw three touchdown passes and threw for 230 yards on 21 of 25 (84 percent) passing. Senior John Lovett was also instrumental in the contest, adding four more scores. In a period between the second and third quarters of that game, Princeton dominated by scoring touchdowns on seven straight possessions.
This Saturday, Princeton football posted another strong performance, defeating Lafayette on the road, 38-17. After falling behind 7-3 early in the game, Princeton’s offense began to produce at a dominant pace, and its defense bared down en route to a blowout victory. With the win, the team improved its record to 2-0 and appears poised for another strong run in Ivy League conference play.
This weekend, Princeton football (1–0) heads up to face non-conference opponent Lafayette (0–3) at Fisher Stadium with a kickoff set for 6 p.m. on Saturday. Last year, these teams played each other in the season opener, with the Tigers walking away victors after a crazy 35–31 comeback. In the 50th meeting between the two teams, Princeton will be hoping to repeat that success and continue its momentum after last week’s win over San Diego.