Kanoff Breaks Ivy League Passing Record, Princeton Career Mark, But Tigers Drop Final Heartbreaker
Senior quarterback Chad Kanoff broke the Ivy League single-season passing yards record and capped a historic career with one more brilliant afternoon, but it was overshadowed by a final Dartmouth drive that, for the fourth straight week, left the Princeton football team heartbroken by a narrow result.
Kanoff completed 37 of 46 passes for 444 yards and three touchdowns, including two more to Princeton single-season touchdown catch leader Jesper Horsted, and gave Princeton a 44-41 lead with 3:02 to go. Dartmouth answered with a 70-yard touchdown drive that ended with a 2-yard touchdown run by wildcat quarterback Jared Gerbino with one second remaining. The Big Green added one more score on the ensuing kickoff when Ryan Roegge picked off a pitch attempt by Charlie Volker to cap a 34-point fourth quarter by the Big Green.
The fourth quarter alone will be remembered for years in this historic rivalry. There were eight different scores, six lead changes and a tie, and a 24-yard pass from Kanoff to Stephen Carlson with just over 5:00 to go in the fourth quarter that moved Kanoff past Jeff Mathews on the Ivy League single-season passing list. Kanoff ended the season with 3474 yards, 62 more than Mathews had for Cornell in the 2011 season, and his 29 touchdown passes ranks second all-time to Brown’s Eric Webber, who had 30 during the 2000 season.
Check back with GoPrincetonTigers.com for a full rundown of the records and historic accomplishments of Kanoff, Horsted, and Carlson, who helped carry the Princeton offense to an Ivy-best 382 points this season.
Horsted finished his day with 12 catches for 169 yards and two touchdowns, while Carlson added 10 catches for 138 yards and a score of his own. Junior Charlie Volker scored three rushing touchdowns, giving him 14 on the season, while Ryan Quigley added a career-best seven catches for 61 yards.
The Tiger defense was led by Ben Ellis (14 tackles) and Adam Hoffman (12), while junior linebacker Tom Johnson ended his season with a team-best 95 tackles. Tavish Rice added a career-long 42-yard field goal in the game.