Monday Notes/Highlights: Saturday Stakes, Defensive Ranks, Ivy League Honors
Here are the Week 9 Monday Notes following the 31-3 victory over Yale:
• You can watch the Monday Rewind highlight package here.
• Princeton will play Saturday on Powers Field for a chance to win the program’s 11th Ivy League title. This is only the third time in the last 50 years when Princeton has earned this situation — one home game, where victory assures you an Ivy League title, during the final weekend of the season. Princeton won both of the other two — a 27-17 win over Dartmouth on Nov. 18, 2006, and a 35-7 win over Dartmouth on Nov. 22, 1969.
• Princeton leads the Ivy League in scoring defense (15.9), total defense (311.2), and rushing defense (82.2). Last year, Princeton ranked fourth (23.7), eighth (430.2), and seventh (158.6) in the Ivy League in those respective categories. Nationally, Princeton ranks fourth in the FCS in scoring defense, sixth in rush defense, and 17th in total defense.
• The Princeton defense has now allowed one touchdown (when it led 35-0) and one field goal (on a drive that started on Princeton’s 11 following a turnover) over its last 44 drives in regulation. Princeton is allowing only 8.8 points per game in Ivy League competition. Only two Ivy League teams this century (Yale, 2008; Penn, 2009) have allowed fewer than 10.0 points per game in Ivy play. The Tigers would need to hold Dartmouth to 16 points or fewer today to become the third.
• Seth DeValve ’16, whose fourth-round selection last year was the highest for a Princeton player in the modern era of the NFL Draft, scored his first career NFL touchdown on a 25-yard catch 10 days ago on Thursday Night Football. He is the second Princeton graduate to score a touchdown; Caraun Reid ’14 returned a fumble 61 yards earlier this season for San Diego. It marked the first time two Princeton players have scored an NFL touchdown in the same season since 1924 (Fred DeStefano and Dutch Hendrian, per Andrew Borders).
Reid, DeValve, and Mike Catapano ’13 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.