Football Team Looks To Bounce Back Saturday vs. Georgetown
Both Princeton and Georgetown football teams know what is coming.
For the Hoyas, it is the start of Patriot League play. Georgetown has struggled offensively over the last three weeks, but it also knows a fresh start begins at Lehigh next week.
Princeton has a brutal road stretch in Ivy play upcoming, and the Tigers will start with their backs against the wall Saturday’s loss to Columbia. The Tigers will be in New England for the next two weeks, and they’ll complete a three-in-four road stretch at reigning Ivy co-champion Penn.
So Saturday represents more than just a matchup of two of the nation’s most esteemed universities. It is a final opportunity to get things right, and to carry momentum into the most important stretch of the season.
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Georgetown (1-3, 0-0 Patriot) is playing its third straight Ivy League opponent today, and it is coming off losses to both Columbia and Harvard. Following a season-opening win over Campbell, the Hoyas have lost three straight games and haven’t scored more than 14 points in any of them. The Georgetown defense has been stout, and it came up with the biggest play of the season so far, a 32-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the final minutes of the 16-10 win over Campbell. Tailback Alex Valles averaged 6.7 yards per carry and scored a TD against Princeton last season.
Lights, Camera, Action
Saturday’s game against Georgetown will be televised live on NBC Sports Philadelphia (formerly CSN Philadelphia) and streamed on both WatchESPN and the Ivy League Network. Cody Chrusciel (play-by-play), Dave Giancola (analyst), and Jon Mozes (sideline) will broadcast the game. Fans can listen live on the Princeton IMG Sports Network (103.3 FM WPRB in Princeton) or through the TuneIn app (search “Princeton IMG Sports Network”). The RWJ Barnabas Health pregame show begins 30 minutes prior to kickoff.
We Meet Again
Princeton and Georgetown have only played eight times, but three of them have come in the last five seasons. Princeton leads the all-time series 7-1, and it has won the last two meetings, including a 31-17 win at Cooper Field last year.
Georgetown, however, has won the only meeting on Powers Field. The Hoyas kicked a 33-yard field goal with only 14 seconds remaining to claim a 21-20 victory in the Tigers’ 2012 home opener.
That result left Bob Surace with a 2-20 record at Princeton. Since then, Princeton has gone 33-15.
Princeton lost two games last season, and followed both with a winning streak of at least three games.
Bob Surace opened his Princeton coaching career with a 1-6 mark against Patriot League teams. He moved above .500 against Patriot teams earlier this season with a win at Lafayette, which moved his Princeton record to 10-9 against the league.
Senior quarterback Chad Kanoff can hit two milestones this afternoon. The 2016 All-Ivy League quarterback has thrown for 4,956 career yards, so he needs only 44 more to become the 28th quarterback in Ivy League history with 5,000 career yards.
He can move into second place on the all-time passing chart with 246 yards against the Hoyas. Kanoff would need to average 333.6 passing yards per game the rest of the season to break the all-time mark, set by Doug Butler in 1984.
PRINCETON PASSING LEADERS
1. Doug Butler, 1983-85 • 7,291 yards
2. Matt Verbit, 2001-04 • 5,202 yards
3. Chad Kanoff, 2013-present • 4,956 yards
4. Jason Garrett, 1987-88 • 4,274 yards
Head Of The Class
Chad Kanoff was recently 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.
There have been only three 1000-yard receiving seasons in Princeton football history, but two Tigers are in the conversation after three strong weeks. Stephen Carlson ranks second in the Ivy League with 292 receiving yards, while Jesper Horsted ranks fourth in the league with 262 yards. Both have caught four touchdown passes on the season.
Princeton ranks fifth in the FCS with a 53.2 third-down conversion percentage this season. The Tigers were 11 of 21 on third downs last weekend.
Princeton has scored in all 12 quarters of the season so far. Dating back to last season, the Tigers have scored in 29 of their last 30 quarters; the lone exception was the third quarter of a 31-3 win at Yale.
Princeton leads the Ivy League and ranks fifth in the FCS in rushing defense. The Tigers have allowed only 58.3 rushing yards per game this season.
Tackling The Issue
Mark Fossati and Thomas Johnson are both in their first season as starting inside linebackers, and both have paid immediate dividends. The duo is tied for second in the Ivy League with 28 total tackles apiece; Johnson had the best game of his young career last weekend with 14 tackles against Columbia.
Junior Mike Wagner, who was recruited as a quarterback, has posted back-to-back multiple-sack games for Princeton over the last two weeks.He currently shares the Ivy League lead in sacks (4) and ranks second in the league in tackles for loss (5.5).
Ready Orr Not
Sophomore John Orr will likely see more time following the injury to Mark Fossati last week, and he made four solo tackles against Columbia in that game. Orr’s biggest contribution in the game came in Fossati’s 2016 standout area, special teams; Orr blocked a punt early in the fourth quarter to set up a short field against Columbia.
Princeton has shown impressive discipline this season, especially considering the number of young players finding increased roles. The Tigers lead the FCS with only 3.0 penalties per game, and their average of 34 penalty yards per game ranks fifth best in the nation.
Just For Kicks
Sophomore Tavish Rice made only four of the first 11 field goal attempts of his Princeton career, but he has been a perfect 6 for 6 since, including all three of his attempts this year.
Junior LB Thomas Johnson, who ranks second in the Ivy League with 28 tackles this season, is the eldest of three Johnson family members on the team. His cousin Sam Johnson is a sophomore projected to be the backup tight end, while Thomas’ younger brother James is a freshman battling for a spot in the linebacker/special teams rotation.
Sophomore Will Johnson, who moved from wide receiver to cornerback in the offseason, is not related.
The Johnsons aren’t the only brothers on the Princeton football team. Junior tackle Stefan Ivanisevic, who started several games during the Ivy championship season last year, welcomed his younger brother Nikola, a Tiger freshman, to the offensive line group this season.
Princeton head coach Bob Surace ’90 is the reigning Ivy League Coach of the Year, and he is a three-time finalist for FCS National Head Coach of the Year honors. In Princeton’s last nonleague game, he earned a win over former teammate and close friend John Garrett ’88, who is in his first year as the head coach at Lafayette.
Princeton has had three players selected in the NFL Draft over the last five years (Mike Catapano ’13, Caraun Reid ’14, and Seth DeValve ’16). Both Reid and DeValve have scored multiple touchdowns in their young NFL careers, and DeValve has ranked among the NFL’s top tight ends through the first month of the season.
Princeton heads back on the road for the next two weeks, beginning Saturday, Oct. 14, with a 12:30 pm showdown against Brown in Providence. Winning at Brown has been a daunting challenge for the Tigers; they have lost five of their last six games there, including a final-minute 38-31 loss there two seasons ago. The game will be streamed live on the Ivy League Network.
The next weekend, Princeton heads to Boston for a Friday night game at Harvard, which will be televised live on the NBC Sports Network. That will be the first Ivy League road night game in Princeton history.
Home Sweet Home
Princeton returns home Oct. 28 for another night game on the NBC Sports Network, although this will be a Saturday night game against Cornell. It will be Family Costume Night at Princeton Stadium, so get your kids a fun practice night before Halloween. The first 1,000 fans receive an exclusive Princeton Football Seat Cushion and those in costume receive an $8 group rate discounted ticket.
|Week 4: Georgetown (1-3) at Princeton (2-1)|
|Date • Time • Location||Oct. 7, 2017 • 1 pm • Powers Field at Princeton Stadium|
|Watch Live||NBC Sports Philadelphia (formerly CSN Philadelphia) / WatchESPN / Ivy League Network|
|Tickets||Princeton Ticket Office|
|Radio||103.3 FM l Listen Live on the TuneIn App|
|Game Coverage||Live Stats l @PUTigers l @PUTigerFootball|
|All-Time Series||Princeton leads 7-1|
|Last Meeting • Current Streak||Princeton 31, GEORGETOWN 17 l Princeton 2 wins|
|Princeton Information||Game Notes l Roster l Schedule l Statistics|
|Georgetown Information||Game Notes l Roster l Schedule l Statistics|
|Ivy League||Standings l Statistics l Weekly Release|
|Last Week||COLUMBIA 28, Princeton 24 l Harvard 41, GEORGETOWN 2|
|Next Week||Oct. 14: Princeton at Brown (12:30 pm • Ivy League Network)|
Princeton Football • By The Numbers
1 • latest Princeton ranking among universities by U.S. News & World Report
6 • televised Princeton games this season; eight of the 10 games will also be shown on the ILN or ESPN3
9 • Princeton football players who have been awarded Rhodes Scholarships
11 • Ivy League Championships won by Princeton since the league officially formed in 1956
15 • Princeton players picked in the NFL Draft; three were taken in the last five years
22 • career interceptions by Dean Cain, former “Superman” star; total remains an Ivy League record
26 • Princeton players and coaches who are in the College Football Hall of Fame
28 • national titles won by Princeton; no college football program can claim more
42 • number worn by 1951 Heisman Trophy recipient Dick Kazmaier; no Princeton player has worn the number since
43.7 • points per game scored by the Ivy champion 2013 Princeton Tigers; total remains an Ivy League record
72 • Princeton’s total first-team All-America honorees; John Lovett (2016) is the most recent
153 • points Princeton scored during its last four must-win games of the 2016 title season; the opposing teams combined for only 31
193 • career receptions for Kevin Guthrie, the all-time Princeton leader
1869 • the year of the first college football game, played between Rutgers and Princeton
1878 • Princeton’s first “Big Three” title; the University celebrates with a bonfire on Cannon-Green when the Tigers sweep Harvard and Yale
4,208 • career rushing yards for Keith Elias, the Princeton record holder
27,800 • seating capacity at Princeton Stadium, which celebrates its 20th year in 2017, and where our tradition continues this season