Senior linebacker Jon Olofsson would likely have traded any sort of individual achievement for one final victory on Saturday, but the Princeton football team fell 31-0 to Dartmouth in the 2010 season finale.
Olofsson ended the game with a team-best 13 tackles, giving him 103 stops for the season. He becomes the fourth Princeton defensive player in the last decade to record at least 100 tackles in a season, joining an impressive list of Justin Stull, Zak Keasey and Steven Cody. Ironically, while Olofsson had to replace Cody after a Week 1 injury this season, it will be Cody looking to replace Olofsson's leadership and performance on the field for the 2011 season.
Olofsson wasn't the only defensive player who had an impressive day. Sophomore linebacker Andrew Starks, who will be one of the focal points of the defense next season, recorded 12 tackles, including one for loss, while safety Ross Cadman recorded a season-best 11 tackles. Senior Weston Palmer capped the best season of his career with seven tackles and his third interception, while classmate Matt Boyer recorded seven tackles in his final game.
The offense moved the ball, but it failed to score in three trips inside the red zone. The running game was led by sophomore Akil Sharp, who averaged nearly six yards per carry and ended the game with 58 yards. Freshman Brian Mills rushed for 33 yards, while classmate and quarterback Connor Kelley, who made his first career start, rushed the ball 10 times for 30 yards and completed 12 of 21 passes for 117 yards. Drew Ellis completed six of 1 passes for 37 yards.
Senior tight end Harry Flaherty caught five passes for 57 yards, while fullback and co-captain Matt Zimmerman caught five passes for 32 yards. Dartmouth surrounded Trey Peacock, who was looking to post Princeton's fourth 1000-yard receiving season ever; Peacock was held to 23 yards receiving, but ended his season with 955 receiving yards, fifth most in program history.
Dartmouth assumed control on its opening drive, marching 82 yards on 14 plays and scoring on a six-yard run by Schwieger. Princeton had taken the opening drive to the Dartmouth 35, but a Kelley incompletion left the ball just outside of Patrick Jacob’s range. The Big Green took over after a short punt and rushed the ball 12 times, including 10 times on its final 11 plays, to open a 7-0 lead with 4:27 remaining in the quarter.
Back-to-back Dartmouth sacks forced a Princeton punt out of its own end zone on the first play of the second quarter. Dartmouth’s Shawn Abuhoff returned it to the Princeton 34, and the Big Green kept the ball on the ground for a seven-play drive. Schwieger and Dominic Pierre each rushed the ball three times to set up a second-and-goal at the 3, and Schwieger powered in for his second touchdown.
Princeton would get its best drive of the half on the ensuing drive, moving 71 yards on 13 plays with a nice mix of runs and passes. A fourth-down attempt by Kelley failed, and Dartmouth took over. Princeton got a stop and drove deep into Big Green territory, but a failed snap on a field goal attempt left the Tigers going into halftime without any points.
Neither team did much in the third quarter, but Dartmouth added to its lead with a 21-yard field goal by Foley Schmidt. The Big Green put the game away in the fourth, scoring on a five-yard run by Schwieger and a 69-yard pass from Dan Rooney to Tim McManus.