Princeton Powers Past Columbia 21-10 In Ivy Opener

  • October 6, 2019

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The words “Ronald Smith” and “touchdown reception with a little more than a minute left in the second half” almost haunted Princeton for a second straight time against Columbia on Powers Field.

This time, though, the Tigers put together a big-time second half to start the Ivy League season off with a win, something that Princeton traditionally has needed if it was going to win a championship.

Samuel Wright had 2.5 sacks and seven tackles to lead a charged up defense and Collin Eaddy and Ryan Quigley found the end zone three times between them as Princeton defeated Columbia 21-10 in front of 5,225 Saturday afternoon. The win stretched Princeton’s winning streak to 13 straight as the Tigers improved to 3-0 this year and now 1-0 in the Ivy League.

“That was a fight,” said Princeton head coach Bob Surace. “They’re a very good team. They pushed us hard, and it was important to see how we’d respond in a situation like that. This one feels good.”

It was Smith’s 63-yard touchdown reception with 1:12 to go in the game that shocked the Tigers two years ago at home against Columbia. This time, Smith caught a 25-yard touchdown pass with 1:16 left in the first half, and when the Lions kept the Tigers from scoring on their final drive, they took a 10-7 lead and some major momentum into the locker room, knowing they’d get the ball first two start the second half.