THE UNBEATEN SHOWDOWN IS SET: #20 DARTMOUTH, #14 PRINCETON BATTLE SATURDAY ON POWERS FIELD
Saturday will be the biggest game in Princeton Stadium history.
Saturday will be one of the biggest games in Ivy League history.
It has been 17 years since two undefeated Ivy League teams met in a November showdown, and a quarter century since Princeton was part of that kind of game. This pair also brings national Top 20 rankings into today’s game, which will determine the clear frontrunner in the championship race.
Games like this don’t come often in Ivy League play, so this will be your chance to be part of history.You can purchase tickets by clicking here, or by calling the ticket office at 609-258-4TIX (4849). Admission will be free for kids 12 and under, and the first 1,000 fans at Princeton Stadium will receive a free seat cushion.
|Week 8: #20 Dartmouth (7-0, 4-0 Ivy) at #14 Princeton (7-0, 4-0 Ivy)|
|Date • Time • Location||Nov. 3, 2018 • 1 pm • Powers Field at Princeton Stadium|
|Tickets||Princeton Ticket Office|
|Radio||103.3 FM l Listen Live on the TuneIn App|
|Game Coverage||Live Stats l @PUTigerFootball l @PUTigers|
|All-Time Series||Dartmouth leads 49-44-4|
|Last Meeting • Current Streak||DARTMOUTH 54, Princeton 44 (2017) l Dartmouth 1|
|Princeton Information||Note Packet (PDF) l Roster l Schedule l Statistics|
|Dartmouth Information||Roster l Schedule l Statistics|
|Ivy League||Standings l Statistics l Weekly Release|
|Last Week||PRINCETON 66, Cornell 0 l DARTMOUTH 24, Harvard 17|
|Next Week||Princeton at Yale • Nov. 10, 2018 • 12:30 pm • ESPN+|
Lights, Camera, Action
17th-ranked Princeton returns home to Powers Field this Saturday to take on #20 Dartmouth in a 1 pm showdown for first place in the Ivy League. Cody Chrusciel (play by play), Coffee Jones (analyst) and Lisa Roman (sideline) will call the game live on ESPN+, as well as NBC Sports Philadelphia and NBC Sports Boston, while Patrick McCarthy (play by play) and Tom Criqui (analyst) will handle the broadcast on both TuneIn and WPRB 103.3 FM.
Mark Fossati was this week’s guest on the Original Eleven podcast. He talked about how his injury last year allowed him the opportunity to be part of a potentially historic season, as well as the meaningfulness of the team’s first shutout and how to stay level leading up to Saturday. Craig Sachson and Cody Chrusciel opened the show with a couple reflections on the 66-0 win over Cornell, and then gave some early thoughts on Saturday’s Dartmouth showdown. You can listen to the full episode below.
Movin’ On Up
Princeton (7-0, 4-0 Ivy) is currently ranked 14th in the AFCA FCS Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the highest Princeton has been ranked in more than 25 years, and it moved to 18th in the STATS FCS Top 25 media poll. Dartmouth (7-0, 4-0 Ivy) moved to #20 in the AFCA Coaches Poll this week, and it also broke into the FCS Stats Media Poll for the first time this fall (#24). The last time Princeton played a Top-25 game was Oct. 22, 2006, when 21st-ranked Princeton rallied past #15 Harvard 31-28 on its way to the program’s first Ivy title in 11 years.
This is the first time Princeton has been 7-0 since 1995, and it is only the third time (1993, 1995) since 1965 that the Tigers have been undefeated entering Week 8 of the season.
Princeton has had only one eight-game winning streak in the last 23 years, a run between the opener and the finale of the 2013 Ivy League championship season. That stretch ended at the hands of Dartmouth in a 28-24 thriller on a snowy Memorial Field.
It’s Been A While
This is the first time two undefeated Ivy League teams have met in November since 2001, when Harvard beat Penn 28-21. Princeton’s last such game came in 1993, a 30-14 loss at Penn.
Princeton and Dartmouth are two of the eight Division I teams that are currently undefeated, and two of the four unbeaten programs at the FCS level (#1 North Dakota State and #11 Colgate are the other two). The four FBS unbeatens are #1 Alabama, #2 Clemson, #3 Notre Dame and #9 Central Florida.
This is the third time in more than 100 years that Princeton and Dartmouth have both been
undefeated/untied during a November game, and both are memorable moments in program history:
Nov. 23, 1935: 56,000 packed Palmer Stadium on a snowy Saturday to see Princeton move to 8-0 on the season with a 26-6 win over Dartmouth, which fell to 8-1. The game will be remembered for a fan coming out of the stands on a Princeton 3rd-and-goal at the 3 and joining the Big Green defensive line before officials could stop the play. Princeton still got two yards on the play and scored on the ensuing play to secure the win. The game ended shortly after that play, and the fan was never identified.
Nov. 20, 1965: The longest Princeton winning streak of the last 60+ was a 17-game stretch between the perfect 1964 season and the first eight games of 1965. The season finale saw Dartmouth record its longest passing play (at the time) in program history, a 79-yard strike that helped the visitors to a 28-14 win at Palmer Stadium.
They Know How To Win
The two head coaches in this game, Princeton’s Bob Surace and Dartmouth’s Buddy Teevens, are the only two men to have ever won an Ivy League title as both a player and a head coach. Surace was an All-Ivy League center on the 1989 championship team, and he was the head coach of the 2013 and 2016 Ivy champions.
At halftime of Saturday’s game, past winners of the Dr. Harry Roemer McPhee Award will be honored. The McPhee Award goes annually to a member of the football squad who has demonstrated the qualities of durability and fortitude. Among the recipients are Surace (1989), Ross Tucker (2000) and the 2016 All-Ivy duo of Luke Catarius and Rohan Hylton.
Peaks And Valleys
Between 2001 and 2009, Princeton won eight of nine meetings against Dartmouth. Between 2010 and 2017, Dartmouth won seven of eight; the lone exception was 2016, when Princeton clinched the Ivy title with a 38-21 home win.
Back To The Sixties
From 1935 through September of 2018, Princeton had scored at least 66 points in a game one time, a 66-0 win over Williams in 1950. The Tigers have done it twice this month, including last weekend’s 66-0 win over Cornell.
Princeton has scored 355 points this season, which is 11th most in Ivy League history despite the fact that the Tigers have only played seven games. The Ivy record is 437 points, set by the 2013 Princeton Tigers during their Ivy League championship season. That team averaged 43.7 points per game; the current Tigers are averaging an FCS-best 50.7 points per game.
Lovett Or Leave It
John Lovett, the 2016 Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year, has played in 23 games since the start of the 2015 season; Princeton is 19-4 in those games, including 15-2 in the last 17. Lovett has only played in one Dartmouth game, the 2016 home victory.
We’re Going Streaking
John Lovett has scored a rushing touchdown in 17 straight games, which is both a Princeton record and only two shy of the Ivy League record, held by Yale’s Mike McLeod (2006-2008). Lovett is third in Princeton history with 37 rushing touchdowns; he needs one more to catch Quinn Epperly for second. Keith Elias holds the record with 49 scores.
Princeton ranks #1 in the FCS in:
• scoring offense (50.7 points/game)
• total offense (549.3 yards/game)
• fewest penalties (3.6/game)
• turnovers lost (3)
The Tigers also rank in the Top 10 in third down conversion percentage (fourth, 50.5%), rushing offense (sixth, 288.7 yards/game), completion percentage (seventh, 65.3%), and red zone offense (9th/92.7%).
What A Catch
Senior receiver Jesper Horsted already owns the Princeton record for touchdown catches (24), but he is within striking distance of both the program career receptions and receiving yardage records. Horsted currently has 174 catches, three behind Derek Graham for second and 19 behind Kevin Guthrie’s program record of 193. Those two leaders flip places in receiving yards. Horsted currently has 2,385 yards, 261 behind Guthrie and 413 behind the record total of 2,798, held by Graham.
Born To Run
Charlie Volker has scored touchdowns in eight straight games, a stretch that began with a three-touchdown day at Dartmouth in the 2017 season finale. Volker has scored multiple rushing TDs in the last four games, including a three-touchdown effort against Cornell last weekend. Volker needs 102 yards to become the seventh Princeton player to rush for at least 2,000 career yards, and he needs 343 in the final three games to move into the Princeton Top 5 in all-time rushing yards. He will face his biggest test of the season this week, as Dartmouth has the fifth-ranked rushing defense in the nation; the Big Green has allowed only one opposing running back to rush for more than 50 yards in any game this season.
The Defense Doesn’t Rest
Princeton comes into Saturday’s game with the No. 2 scoring defense in the nation; the Tigers have allowed only one team (Harvard) to score more than 10 points this season, and they posted a shutout of Cornell last week.
Either Princeton or Dartmouth lead the Ivy League in almost every major defensive category. Princeton leads the league in scoring/total/passing defense (Dartmouth ranks 2nd/2nd/3rd), while Dartmouth leads the league in rushing defense and interceptions (Princeton ranks 2nd/2nd).
Between 2000 and 2015, Princeton recorded two shutouts, a 30-0 win over Dartmouth in the 2005 season finale and a 19-0 win over Brown in Week 5 of the 2012 season. Since the start of the 2016 season, Princeton has recorded three shutouts, including the 66-0 win over Cornell last weekend.
Princeton has allowed 64 points this season. The Tigers allowed 54 in the 2017 season finale, a 54-44 loss at Dartmouth.
I’ll Take That
Junior TJ Floyd ranks second in the NCAA with .9 interceptions per game this season (six in seven games), and he trails only Dartmouth’s Isiah Swann (seven in seven games). Floyd has five of his interceptions in Princeton’s four Ivy games, including two last weekend in the win over Cornell.
Floyd’s six interceptions this fall are the most for any Princeton player since Jay McCareins had nine during his 2015 All-America season. He is currently tied for sixth-most in single-season history; the Princeton record holder is former Superman/Ripley’s star Dean Cain, who has 12 during the 1987 season.
Princeton ranks seventh nationally with 3.14 sacks per game this season, though no
Tiger player ranks individually in the FCS Top 50. Sophomore Samuel Wright leads the team with four sacks in 2018, while six different players — including at least one from each class — have multiple sacks on the season.
Sophomore placekicker Nicolas Ramos was named the Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week following the 66-0 win over Cornell, when he went 9-for-9 on extra points and added a 37-yard field goal right before halftime.
Seth DeValve ’16 became Princeton’s highest-drafted player in the modern era when the Cleveland Browns selected him in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, and he scored his first touchdown of the season last weekend against Pittsburgh. Chad Kanoff ’18, the reigning Ivy Offensive Player of the Year, signed a contract with the Arizona Cardinals in the offseason and made the team’s practice squad. Earlier this season, Caraun Reid ’14 signed a contract with the Dallas Cowboys.
The Crystal Ball, Part 1
Princeton will head back on the road next Saturday when it heads to New Haven to take on the reigning Ivy League champion Yale Bulldogs in a 12:30 showdown at the Yale Bowl. The teams have split the last six meetings, with both teams going 2-1 at the opposing venue. The game will be streamed live on ESPN+, and you can listen to the Princeton broadcast on both TuneIn radio and WPRB 103.3 FM.
The Crystal Ball, Part 2
Next year’s Princeton-Dartmouth game will be a centerpiece of the 150th anniversary of college football, and it will be played Nov. 9, 2019 at Yankee Stadium. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale around the date of the national championship game this January. For those who don’t know about Old Nassau’s place in the origins of college football, Princeton traveled to New Brunswick, N.J., on Nov. 6, 1869 to play against Rutgers in the first college football game ever played. Check out @PUTigersFootball on Twitter on Wednesday, Nov. 6, as we commemorate some of the top historical moments in the history of the program.Print Friendly Version