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Symanski Leads Tigers Past Yale 34-14

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 11/09/2001
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B.J. Symanski, a freshman who came into the game with two receptions for the season, caught four passes for 120 yards and touchdowns of 53 and 39 yards to lead Princeton to a 34-14 win over Yale in front of 20,129 at Princeton Stadium who saw the 124th meeting between the schools.

The teams combined for 841 yards of offense, including 457 passing yards on just 22 total completions. Princeton had six scoring drives, none of which took longer than 3:52.

Princeton's win snapped a five-game losing streak as the Tigers improved to 2-6 on the year, 2-4 in the Ivy League. Princeton finishes its season next Saturday at Dartmouth.

Yale led 14-0 after two short touchdown runs by fullback Jay Schulze before the Tigers ripped off 34 straight points.

Yale had the ball in Princeton territory with the 14-0 lead before Brandon Mueller intercepted a T.J. Hyland pass to end the threat. Princeton then 68 yards on six plays, with a four-yard Cameron Atkinson TD run set up by a 24-yard David Splithoff pass to Symanski. Princeton then held Yale after the kickoff and took over at the Tiger 47 after a punt with two minutes remaining in the half. Symanski took one play to tie the game, catching a deep post from Splithoff at the 10 and taking it for the touchdown.

The Tigers took the second half kickoff and went 80 yards on five plays, the touchdown a 39-yard pass from Splithoff to Symanski, a 6' 5" plebe from Wichita Falls, Texas.

Yale took the kickoff and drove to the Princeton 22, but Kevin Kongslie intercepted Hyland's pass and returned it 65 yards to set up Taylor Northrop's 19-yard field goal. Northrop would add another field goal in the fourth quarter, giving him 38 for his career and breaking Alex Sierk's school record. Northrop, with one game remaining, is tied for second in Ivy history, three off the lead of Jason Feinberg of Penn.

Princeton had trouble in the fourth quarter in its four Ivy losses, but Atkinson ran 40 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the final quarter to break the game wide open.

Splithoff, who was 1 for 5 for 13 yards to start the game, completed his final six for 143 yards to finish 7 for 11 for 156 yards and two touchdowns. Atkinson had 138 yards on 17 carries.

Hyland finished with 412 yards of total offense, rushing for 111 yards and throwing for 301.

Zak Keasey led Princeton with 10 tackles, while Chris Roser-Jones and Jay McCariens also had interceptions for Princeton.

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