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Connor Michelsen Earns Ivy League Offensive Player Of The Week Honor

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 10/22/2012
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Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer

On a day when his opponent set a single-game passing record for Harvard, Princeton sophomore Connor Michelsen was named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week for leading the first-place Tigers to one of the most improbable comeback wins in Ivy League history.

Michelsen guided Princeton on a fourth-quarter run of 29 unanswered points, throwing three touchdown passes (the first of his career) and adding a successful two-point conversions. While he was knocked out of the game prior to the game-winning throw by classmate Quinn Epperly, he had led Princeton all the way back from a 34-10 deficit against a Harvard team with the nation's longest win streak.

In the fourth quarter alone, he was 11-of-17 for 153 yards and converted on all three third-down attempts. Michelsen ended the day with 237 passing yards, connecting on 20 of his 33 passing attempts, and 42 rushing yards.

"I was really impressed with Connor's poise throughout that comeback," head coach Bob Surace said. "He made some terrific throws when we needed them, and he kept the offense moving with both his arm and legs. Both he and Quinn have handled this rotation with maturity, and we wouldn't have won the game without either one."

Princeton, which has now won four straight games and is the lone unbeaten team in Ivy play, returns to the road Saturday when it faces the offensively explosive Cornell Big Red at Schoellkopf Field. The game will start at 12:30 pm, and can be heard on both WPRB 103.3 FM and on GoPrincetonTigers.com.

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