Tiger Defense Forces Five Turnovers, Sends Princeton Into Ivy Play With 31-17 Victory At Georgetown

  • October 10, 2016

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The Princeton defense forced Georgetown into five turnovers and limited the Hoyas to one conversion on 12 third-down attempts to lead the Tigers to a 31-17 road win on an overcast, rainy afternoon in DC. The victory, Princeton’s second in a row, sends the Tigers into the heart of Ivy League play with a 3-1 record.

It wasn’t a particular pretty game — both sides had their share of miscues — but the Tiger defense was the unit that stood tallest overall. They allowed only one touchdown (Georgetown’s first came on a blocked field goal returned for a score), and they kept the Hoyas from drawing within one score at any point in the second half. Senior James Gales was one of four Princeton players to recover a fumble, and Luke Catarius added an interception in Georgetown territory to lead an overwhelming effort from the white-clad defenders.

Georgetown was limited to 188 total yards in the game, while the Princeton offense managed 414 yards, including 233 on the ground. Sophomore Charlie Volker posted a career-best 88 rushing yards, while John Lovett continued Princeton’s run of three-touchdown scorers; the junior rushed for three scores and added a touchdown pass to tight end Graham Adomitis to give Princeton its winning margin. Adomitis’ score, a three-yard catch in the second quarter, came on the first catch of his collegiate career.

Princeton dominated the first 10 minutes of play, but a 51-yard blocked kick return by Georgetown’s Jelani Williamson left the Hoyas up 7-0 at that point. Similar to last weekend’s win at Columbia, the Tigers began to roll late in the first quarter. Lovett scored from one and five yards to open a 14-7 lead, and then he faked another run and hit an open Adomitis on the short right corner to open a 21-7 lead.

The Hoyas kept the game from ever getting out of hand, but Lovett’s third touchdown run of the game gave Princeton a 28-14 lead — a 14-point advantage that the Tigers would never relinquish. It grew to 17 when freshman Tavish Rice hit the first field goal of his collegiate career, a positive ending after a tough day that included four long missed field goals, including the blocked kick.

An incredible 14 Tigers caught at least one pass, including sophomore Jesper Horsted, who hadd 55 receiving yards on three catches, including a 28-yard catch that led to a touchdown. Chad Kanoff completed 18 passes for 168 yards, while Lovett rushed for 44 yards, posted 17 receiving yards and threw for 13 yards.

Both Rohan Hylton and Mike Wagner recorded sacks for the Tigers, while Birk Olson, Henry Schlossberg, and Connor Grogan had fumble recoveries. Senior Luke Catrius had four stops. while freshman TJ Floyd had three stops and a key pass breakup on a third down pass.

Princeton returns to Ivy League play next weekend when it hosts Brown Oct. 15 at 3 pm on Powers Field.