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Football Rises Into National Top 20; Epperly Earns Sixth Offensive Honor

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 11/18/2013
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Princeton moved to No. 19 in the FCS Coaches Poll.
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer

PRINCETON 59, YALE 23 HIGHLIGHTS

Two days after clinching at least a share of the 2013 Ivy League championship, the Princeton football team moved up in both the FCS Coaches poll, as well as The Sports Network media poll. Junior quarterback Quinn Epperly, a member of the Walter Payton Award Watch List as the FCS Player of the Year, earned his record-setting sixth Offensive Player of the Week honor.

Princeton moved from 24th to 19th in the FCS Coaches Poll; the five-spot improvement was the biggest move for any team inside the Top 20. The Tigers also went from 25th to 22nd in The Sports Network media poll.

Epperly, who helped guide Princeton to the most points ever for a Tiger team in the 136-game history against Yale, continued to rewrite the Ivy League record book when he was named Co-Offensive Player of the Week with Harvard's Connor Hempel. Epperly, who threw for three touchdowns and rushed for a fourth score, earned his sixth Player of the Week honor, which ties the league record set by Brown's Nick Hartigan in 2005.

Epperly has won the honor five straight weeks, which sets a record for most consecutive weeks with any honor. That record had been held by classmate Chuck Dibilio, who was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week four straight times during the 2011 season. With six Player of the Week honors in his career, Epperly ties all-time rushing leader Keith Elias '94 for the most in program history.

Epperly also won one Rookie of the Week honor, which he earned when rushing for two touchdowns in a 24-17 road loss at Dartmouth two years ago. That was the first start of Epperly's career; his second came one year later, when he started the season finale and suffered an injury in a 35-21 home loss to Dartmouth.

Senior Phillip Bhaya (nine tackles, one interception returned for a touchdown) and sophomore Dré Nelson (five rushes for 77 yards, 2 TDs) were both named to the Ivy League Honor Roll.

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