What Princeton Must Do To Defeat Georgetown – Jay Greenberg

  • October 6, 2016

WHAT PRINCETON MUST DO TO DEFEAT GEORGETOWN

By Jay Greenberg

1) Win the turnover battle.

After seven interceptions and four fumble recoveries, the Hoyas are plus eight for the season, the biggest reason they are 3-1. Tigers are even in turnovers for and against.

2) Protect the edges.

This is especially true if quarterback Tim Barnes, who was knocked out of the game by Harvard last week, is good to go. Backup Clay Norris is bigger and less mobile. Princeton’s pressure was better last week but that was against a quarterback who wasn’t much of a runner and who didn’t get the ball away quickly. Containment will be key.

3) Eyes right.

Georgetown has speed at receiver and out of the backfield. Tigers have only three pass breakups in three games. One of them was by Chance Melancon, who became a starter last week.

4) Be Special.

Thanks to punter Tyler Roth and booming kickoffs by freshman Tavish Rice, field position has been excellent. At Columbia, Rice kicked one eight yards out of the end zone. He sprayed his first PAT attempt but then boomed every other one right down the middle. This figures to be a close game. If turnovers don’t win in it, the best kicking game might.

5) Spread the ball.

Twelve different Tigers have caught a pass in three game and 11 have caught at least three. Georgetown has given up 12.1 yards per catch and 262 passing yards per game.