Davidson-To-Griffin (And To Others) Sparks Princeton Past Bucknell As Both Set School And Ivy Records

  • September 30, 2019

During the week, Andrew Griffin found out he was a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Award, which goes to the top scholar-athlete in college football. A computer science major with certificates in technology and society and in political theory, he certainly has the “scholar” part down.

On Saturday afternoon at Bucknell, he shifted to the “athlete” part, and the sizzling start to his senior year continued. Griffin caught nine passes for 200 yards and four touchdowns – tying Michael Lerch’s 28-year-old school record for touchdown receptions in a game while tying the Ivy record as well – as Princeton rolled past Bucknell 56-23.

As for the quarterback who threw those four TD’s to Griffin, Kevin Davidson had his own record-setting afternoon, breaking the Princeton single-game record – and the Ivy League record – with seven touchdowns in the game. Davidson finished the day going 29 for 37 for 381 yards and those seven TDs.

“It’s great to see a kid like Andrew Griffin have that kind of success,” said Princeton head coach Bob Surace. “He’s such a great kid, the kind you love to coach. I thought we started out a little slowly, but we got it going and looked pretty good. We want to be great though, and we’re not there yet. We need to keep working towards that.”

The Davidson-to-Griffin combination has produced 11 receptions for 251 yards and five touchdowns in two weeks. This comes after Davidson had made one career start and Griffin had made no career starts and had three catches for 31 yards for his career prior to this season, as both players sat behind all-time greats in Princeton history.

“It’s really special,” Griffin said. “It was tough not playing for three years, but I had great players ahead of me, and they were great teammates and teachers. I learned a ton from them. To come out here now and be in the right place at the right time, it feels good.”

Against Bucknell he was incredible, with a nose for the ball and for the end zone. Griffin had touchdown receptions of 57, 27, 59 and 14 yards. He became the sixth player in program history to reach 200 receiving yards in a game and fifth player in Ivy League history to reach four touchdown receptions in a game.

Through two games, Davdison is now 47 for 58 for 722 yards and nine touchdowns. Oh, and to that you can add no interceptions. Davidson now has three career starts, and he has put together this line: 91 for 118 for 1,362 yards and 13 touchdowns.

“It feels amazing,” Davidson said. “Just having this opportunity is great. Chad [Kanoff] and John [Lovett] were such great mentors for me. They helped me, and they told me when it was my time, it’s go time. Get on the same page with your receivers, which is why we worked so hard this summer. It’s an incredible feeling.”

Princeton trailed 7-0 early, and the Bison hung tough with a 14-14 score midway through the second. Then Princeton exploded.

Andrei Iosivas had two more touchdown receptions, giving him four for the season. Davidson also threw one to Jacob Birmelin, who caught eight passes of his own.

T.J. Floyd and James Johnson led Princeton with nine tackles each. Freshman defensive lineman James Stagg was tremendous, with a sack and an interception return to set the Tigers up at the one for another touchdown, and junior Sultaan Shabazz had his first career interception as well.

Princeton put up 543 yards of offense. The duel running back threat of Collin Eaddy and Ryan Quigley combined for 19 carries and 147 yards.

Princeton opens its Ivy League season next Saturday, October 5, at home against Columbia. Kickoff is at 1.