Ancient Rivals Princeton & Yale Set For 139th Showdown Saturday Afternoon
One of the oldest rivalries in all of college football will resume Saturday afternoon at the Yale Bowl, and Princeton will have plenty on the line that day.
What that plenty is — playing for first place or playing to stay alive in the Ivy race — will be determined one night earlier, but the Tigers can’t worry about that. After all, it’s been two years since Princeton has claimed a win over its oldest rival, and that is more than enough motivation to sustain a Tiger squad coming off one of its most impressive performances in a decade.
|Week 9: Princeton (6-2, 4-1 Ivy) at Yale (2-6, 2-3 Ivy)|
|Date • Time • Location||Nov. 12 • 12:30 pm • Yale Bowl|
|Watch Live||Ivy League Digital Network|
|Tickets||Yale Ticket Office|
|Radio||103.3 FM l Listen Live on the TuneIn App|
|Game Coverage||Live Stats l @PUTigers l @PUTigerFootball|
|All-Time Series||Yale leads 76-52-10|
|Last Meeting • Current Streak||Yale 35, PRINCETON 28 (2015) l Yale 2 wins|
|Princeton Information||Game Notes l Roster l Schedule l Statistics|
|Yale Information||Game Notes l Roster l Schedule l Statistics|
|Ivy League||Standings l Statistics l Weekly Release|
|Last Week||PRINCETON 28, Penn 0 l BROWN 27, Yale 22|
|Next Week||Dartmouth at Princeton, Nov. 19, 12:30 pm (ILDN/One World Sports)|
Lights, Camera, Action
Saturday’s Ivy League showdown at the Yale Bowl (12:30 pm) will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network. You can also listen live to Cody Chrusciel and Dave Giancola on WPRB 103.3 FM and the TuneIn app.
Saturday’s showdown at the Yale Bowl will be the 139th meeting between the two historic Ivy League powers. The Princeton-Yale series ranks second in games played among all active college football rivalries; only Lehigh-Lafayette (151) has been played more times. Yale leads the all-time rivalry 76-52-10, including a 28-21 advantage at the Yale Bowl. Yale has also had the better of the recent rivalry; the Bulldogs have won 10 of the last 14 meetings, including each of the last two.
The Amazing Race
Princeton stayed alive in the Ivy League race last weekend with an impressive 28-0 win over Penn on Powers Field at Princeton Stadium. The victory was Princeton’s first November win over a previously Ivy-unbeaten team since the Tigers’ 34-31 at the Yale Bowl ten years ago, which helped the Tigers’ earn their ninth Ivy League title.
Princeton will have a much cleared understanding of where it stands in the Ivy League race when it takes the field Saturday afternoon. Harvard is currently alone atop the Ivy standings with a 5-0 mark, while both Princeton and Penn are 4-1. Harvard travels to Penn for a Friday night game Nov. 11; if Penn and Princeton both win this week, all three teams will head into the final weekend tied atop the league and with a chance to win one game for at least a share of the Ivy title.
That Winning Feeling
The win over Penn clinches Princeton’s second winning season this decade, and its fourth since 1998; the Tigers, however, haven’t had a losing season since 2011 — besides the 8-2 Ivy championship season in 2013, the Tigers went 5-5 in 2012, 2014, and 2015. With two more wins, the Class of 2017 can become the winningest class at Princeton in more than two decades. The Tigers would have 26 victories, the most since the Class of 1997. The Class of 1996 won 31 games.
Princeton posted its first shutout since Week 5 of the 2012 season last weekend when it held Penn — the Ivy League’s second-ranked scoring offense at the time — off the scoreboard last Saturday in a 28-0 win.
Rank and File
Princeton currently ranks first in the Ivy League in scoring defense (17.5), second in total defense (325.1), and first in rushing defense (88.0). Last year, Princeton ranked fourth (23.7), eighth (430.2), and seventh (158.6) in the Ivy League in those respective categories.
Princeton’s rushing defense, which allows only 88 yards per game, ranks seventh in the FCS. The Tigers are allowing only 2.64 yards per carry and have given up only six rushing touchdowns, half of which came over the first two games of the season.
Princeton has not allowed a single second-half touchdown in a game within 30 points at any point during the Ivy League season, and it has allowed only one field goal during that stretch.
Princeton has forced 20 turnovers this season, most in the Ivy League, and it leads the Ivy League with a +11 turnover margin. It is averaging a +1.38 turnover margin this season, which ranks fifth in the FCS.
After not recording an interception in the first 35 games of his collegiate career, senior cornerback James Gales has picked off a pass in each of Princeton’s last three games, the longest such stretch in moreº than a decade. Gales, who also ranks fourth on the team with 33 tackles, recorded all three interceptions in Princeton territory, including a third-quarter pick in the red zone last weekend to keep Penn off the scoreboard.
Tackling The Issue
Due to its team defense mentality and its ability to get off the field on third downs, Princeton doesn’t have a single player in the Ivy League Top 9 in tackles. However, two of its top three had big efforts in the 2015 game against Yale. Luke Catarius (currently 10th in the Ivy League with 60 stops) and four-year starter Dorian Williams (250 career tackles) both had career-best 15 stops in the 35-28 home loss to Yale last year.
On The Record
John Lovett is making a run at Keith Elias’ program record of 19 rushing touchdowns. The junior quarterback, who has rushed for at least one touchdown in ever game this season, needs four over the last two games to tie the mark. Ironically, the last Tiger player to make a run at that record was also a Princeton quarterback; Quinn Epperly rushed for 18 touchdowns during the 2013 Ivy championship season.
Lovett, who didn’t play in the final three games last season due to injury, is averaging 2.1 rushing touchdowns per game over his last 11 games.
Princeton got a record-setting performance from John Lovett two weeks ago at Cornell. Lovett accounted for seven touchdowns in the 56-7 win; he threw for four touchdowns, rushed for two and caught his first touchdown pass of the season. He now leads the NCAA FCS with 15 rushing touchdowns, and he has accounted for 25 (15 rush, 9 pass, 1 receiving) on the season.
Senior Chad Kanoff moved into eighth place on Princeton’s all-time passing list last weekend when he threw for 160 yards in the Tigers. He currently has 3,703, and he has an outside chance of moving into the Top 5 this weekend.
|5th||Tommy Wornham, 2008-11||4,012||Kanoff needs 309 to tie|
|6th||Connor Michelsen, 2011-14||3,926||Kanoff needs 223 to tie|
|7th||Quinn Epperly, 2011-14||3,857||Kanoff needs 154 to tie|
Spreading The Love
Sixteen different Princeton players have caught at least one pass this season, and eight have caught at least 10. The Tigers’ top receiver this season has been Isaiah Barnes, who ranks fourth in the Ivy League in receiving yards (62.0) and eighth in receptions per game (3.8).
Barnes, who caught a 95-yard touchdown pass two weeks ago at Cornell, had one of his best days last season against Yale. He caught six passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns, including a leaping 53-yard touchdown catch down the right sideline.
Scott Carpenter was named a semifinalist for the prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy, one of the top scholar-athlete honors in college football. Candidates for the award must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first-team player or significant contributor and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. The class is selected each year by the NFF Awards Committee, which is comprised of a nationally recognized group of media, College Football Hall of Famers and athletics administrators.
Andrew Griffin, a wide receiver from Avon, Ind., and John Orr, a linebacker from Nashville, Tenn., are two of the five recipients — from a pool of more than 1.1 million high school football players — of the prestigious 2016 NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Awards. Each of the five recipients is selected as the best of the best from his region of the country at the high school level. The five honorees, who are now playing college football after graduating high school in 2016, are being recognized solely for their accomplishments in high school.
Princeton is the only school to have multiple honorees of a 2016 National Scholar-Athlete Award, and it is the only Ivy League school to have an honoree. Among the other schools honored are Stanford and Michigan.
Head coach Bob Surace is one of two men to win an Ivy League championship as both a player (1989) and a head coach (2013). He was named a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Jr. Head Coach of the Year Award following the 2013 season.
Mike Catapano ’13, Caraun Reid ’14, and Seth DeValve ’16 are each on NFL rosters this season, marking the first time three drafted Princeton players have all been on NFL rosters for the same weekend since the 1980s. Reid, who was recently put on the injured reserve by the San Diego Chargers, returned a fumble for a touchdown this season, while DeValve made his first career catch two weeks ago.
Home Sweet Home
Princeton will play its home finale Saturday, Nov. 19, at 1:30 against the Dartmouth Big Green in a game televised on One World Sports and streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network. Prior to the game, Princeton will honor the Class of 2016, which will graduate with four seasons of .500 or above football, including the 2013 Ivy League championship season.
You can purchase tickets for the game on GoPrincetonTigers.com or by calling 609-258-4TIX.