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After a disappointing 31-30 loss last weekend to Colgate University, the Tigers (2-2 overall, 1-0 Ivy) are looking to open a six-week stretch of Ivy League games strong against Brown. Princeton comes into Saturday undefeated in conference play, but still one win behind Harvard and Dartmouth for first in the Ivy League. Brown is tied for fifth with an 0-1 League record after losing to Harvard.
It’s been almost a full month since our last ranking of Ivy League football. Not unexpectedly, parity abounds at the top of the table. Yale, the most impressive during the first few weeks of play, fell at home in a shootout against Dartmouth. Let’s see how the teams stack up leading up to the season’s midpoint.
The sprint football team (0-3 overall) lost its home openeron Fridaynight to Cornell (2-2). Featuring a roster plagued by injuries and playing without two of its three captains, the undermanned Princeton squad was overmatched from the outset, unable to stop Cornell on offense and playing in its own half for virtually all of the game.
Despite an impressive 16-0 first quarter, the Tigers could not hold on and fell to Colgate 31-30 in their final non-league game of the season. They will continue Ivy League play with a 2-2 overall, 1-0 Ivy record.
While Colgate University has won eight of the last 10 meetings between the Raiders and the Tigers (2-1 overall, 1-0 Ivy League), the two times the Tigers did pull out the victory they went on to win Ivy League titles. Princeton’s last win over Colgate came in 2006 in a game that was eventually decided 27-26 in overtime.
The sprint football team will return to Princeton Stadium for the first time this season in their home opener on Friday night. The Tigers (0-2) play host to Cornell (1-2) at 7 p.m. The squad will hope that home turf will buoy them to an ever-elusive first victory.
NEW YORK — Facing consistently inclement conditions, the Lions and Tigers fought for sovereignty of the concrete jungle in the very northwest corner of Manhattan. Princeton (2-1 overall, 2-0 Ivy League) emerged from Robert Kraft Field with a 38-6 win over Columbia (0-3, 0-1). Yet, the visitors didn’t establish the dominance reflected by that score line early. Two quarters of uncharacteristically lackluster offense saw the Tigers leading 10-6, a lead they only established with the very final play of the half. Early in the third frame, an explosive 51-yard touchdown run by junior running back DiAndre Atwater ignited Princeton’s offensive surge. Three unanswered third quarter Princeton touchdowns put the game out of reach for the Lions, whose passing game completed only 45 percent of their attempts while the ground attack only managed one yard per rush.
“I’m still as pissed off as I was after the game, and we’re going to carry that over to next week. There’s not going to be any let-up.”
After a disappointing start to its 2014 campaign, the football team (1-1) entered Saturday evening’s home opener determined to right the ship. A 39-29 loss at San Diego University the weekend before saw the vaunted Tiger offense sputter while the defense surrendered too many big plays. However, it was a different Princeton team that rushed onto Powers Field in front of a large crowd of 15,205, one that head coach Bob Surace '90 called “a big boost” for his team.
During a championship effort in 2013, senior quarterback Quinn Epperly became the third Princeton quarterback to win the Bushnell Cup as Ivy League Player of the Year. Recently, the 'Prince' had the opportunity to sit down with the man himself to discuss sweet tea, superstitions and the all-important concept of "swag."
There appears to be good reason for excitement and optimism for the Princeton sprint football team. A long-standing varsity men’s sport at Princeton, the sprint football team is looking to win its first game since 1999 as it begins a new season this week. With a completely revamped coaching staff— including a former Super Bowl champion as head coach— and a deeper roster of players than it has fielded in the recent past, the team is energized and taking a fresh approach as it encounters a brand new season.
The football team’s 2014 campaign kicked off with a trip to San Diego, the longest journey the Tigers have made since head coach Bob Surace ’90 took over. That’s not the only unfamiliar territory they’ll be dealing with —Princeton is the reigning Ivy League champion for the first time since 2006.
Despite glimmers of rhythm reminiscent of last season, the Tigers showed rust from a summer apart in their season opener on Saturday when they headed to California to take on the University of San Diego. The Tigers dropped their eighth consecutive season opener 39-29.
Full of hopes of emulating last year’s success, Princeton football will start its season with a trip across the country to face the University of San Diego. Coming off the first football Ivy League title the Tigers have seen in seven years, they will now embark on their first trip to California since 2004, looking to start their season with a win.
New Jersey’s fall breezes grow crisp and the newly-variegated leaves blow along with them. One-time Cottage member F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote that at this point in the year’s cycle, “Life starts all over again.” Why is that? Simply because it’s time for men, 11-per-side, to retake the gridiron and participate in America’s greatest entertainment: football. The Ivy League may have faded in terms of its relative competitiveness since giving birth to the game so many years ago. Still, the Ancient Eight will nonetheless provide an excellent slate of action, marked by parity and seasoned rivalries. Just don’t ask for a postseason. Here’s how the sides stack up leading into the season’s first week.
By David Alter '73
Maybe you think of the renowned collegiate Gothic architecture when you think of Princeton, or maybe you think of Einstein or Jack Donaghy. Maybe you think of elitism or meningitis. I don’t know what you think of, but I bet it’s not football.
Five Orange and Black sides topped the Ivy League last year. Julia Ratcliffe, a hammer thrower entering her junior year, topped all national competition en route to an NCAA Championship. In this upcoming year, student-athletes across 36 varsity sports will vie to build on the success of years past; to rend Ivy League dominance from Harvard, an “institution” that outpaced us in championships in what was a remarkable reversal of history; and to follow in the pursuit of athletic excellence.
After earning Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year honors and breaking the NCAA record for most consecutive completions, junior quarterback Quinn Epperly can add another title to his ever-growing list: the Daily Princetonian’s Male Athlete of the Year.