Football Team Takes On Reigning Champ With Hopes For Strong November
The Princeton football team once hoped its Nov. 5 showdown at nearby Franklin Field would have major title implications for both teams. Instead, while Penn is still in the hunt for a third straight Ivy title, Princeton is seeking a strong finish to its season and some early momentum for 2012.
Note To Fans Who Had Tickets To The Cornell Game
Unused tickets to the Cornell football game on Oct. 29 can be used at the upcoming Yale football game on Nov. 12. Fans with those tickets must go to the Special Promotions window at Ticket Booth 1 to trade their ticket in for a new one. This offer is only good on game day and you must turn your ticket in. Fans that were planning to pick up tickets to the Cornell game at will call should also go to the Special Promotions window at Ticket Booth 1.
|Date/Time||Nov. 5/1 p.m.|
|Location|| Philadelphia, Pa.
|Radio||GoPrincetonTigers.com/WPRB 103.3 FM|
|All-Time Series|| Princeton 63-38-1
|Last Year|| Penn 52, PRINCETON 10
|Last At Site|| PENN 42, Princeton 7 (2009)
|Last Five Years|| Penn 4-1
|Current Streak|| Penn 4
Game Notes • Week 8
A Few Fast Facts To Get You Ready…
Princeton freshman Chuck Dibilio picked up his fourth Ivy League Rookie of the Week honor after rushing for 158 yards and scoring the team’s lone touchdown in a 24-7 loss to Cornell. Dibilio matched Columbia linebacker Alex Gross (2007) for the most Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors in one season.
The only player with more Ivy Rookie of the Week honors was Harvard’s Elon Hu, but he did so as a sophomore during the 1994 season.
Run To Glory
Chuck Dibilio continues to post elite numbers during his first year of collegiate action. He currently ranks third in the Ivy League in rushing yards per game (99.1), though his 694 total rushing yards ranks second in the league behind only Dartmouth’s Nick Schwieger (759).
In league games only, which is how the Ivy League rushing champion is determined, Dibilio has the most rushing yards (441), and the second-best rushing average behind Yale’s Alex Thomas.
No freshman has ever won the Ivy League rushing title; freshmen were first eligible for varsity competition during the 1993 season.
With 694 rushing yards this season, Chuck Dibilio now has the third-best single-season rushing total among all Ivy League freshmen. He moved past Yale’s Mike McLeod (689, 2005) last weekend, and he trails only Harvard’s Clifton Dawson (1,187, 2003) and Brown’s
Marquis Jessie (823, 1993). Jessie’s freshman year was the first that freshmen were varsity-eligible in the Ivy League.
His 694 yards is already the third-best single-season total in the last 15 years at Prince-ton, behind only Jordan Culbreath (1,206 • 2008) and Cameron Atkinson (1,028 • 2002).
Chuck Dibilio was recently named to the Jerry Rice Award Watch List; this is the inaugural year for the award, which honors the outstanding freshman in the Football Championship Subdivision. The award is presented by The Sports Network and sponsored by Fathead.com.
Head Of The Class
Freshman Matt Costello was announced as one of five winners of the 2011 NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Award, given by The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF). Costello is the second Princeton football player to win this award in as many years. Offensive lineman Max Coale earned the honor in 2010.
It’s Been A While
Princeton has dropped four straight and 11 of the last 13 to Penn, including last year’s 52-10 home loss to the Quakers. Over the last four years, Princeton has not held a single lead over Penn, and it has lost the last two against Penn by an average score of 47-9.
Beginning To End (Zone)
Princeton defeated Penn 30-13 at Franklin Field during the 2005 season, for its lone victory at Penn since 1995. Outside of that game, Princeton has not scored more than 13 points at Franklin Field since the 1997 season.
Princeton has had several special teams highlights through the first half of the season, including:
• Patrick Jacob leads the Ivy League with 1.4 field goals per game. He is the reigning first-team All-Ivy placekicker and made 14 field goals last season. For his career, he is 24 for 31 in field goals (77.4%), and he has never missed two kicks in one game, or two kicks in a row.
• Joe Cloud leads the Ivy League with a punting average of 42.2 yards per punt; he was a
second-team All-Ivy pick last season after leading the Ivy League in punting average.
• Ivan Charbonneau recorded Princeton’s first kickoff return for a touchdown since 2005 with a 92-yard score against Lehigh. The last kickoff return for a touchdown was by Jay McCareins, and it provided the winning margin in a 27-24 victory at Harvard Stadium.
• Caraun Reid blocked a field goal attempt in the season opener against Lehigh, while Mike Catapano blocked one three weeks ago against Hampton.
• Freshman Will Powers recorded Princeton’s first blocked punt since the 2005 season when he set up Princeton’s lone scoring drive against Cornell.
Yes We Cam
Senior offensive lineman Cameron Browne, a native of Lakewood, Colo., earned a Community
Service Award from Princeton Human Relations Commission director Cynthia Mendez this past week in recognition of his work as coordinator of the Summer Youth Employment Program. Browne has overcome injuries to move into the offensive line rotation.
Princeton radio voice Dan Loney is part of the new “Inside Ivy League Football,” an in-depth look at both the on-field action and all the news and notes surrounding Ivy football. The 10-episode show airs Wednesdays at 7 p.m. on BlogTalkRadio.com, and features interviews with players and coaches, as well as analysis on each of the Ivy teams.
This week’s episode features an interview with Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett ’89, a former Bushnell Cup winner for Princeton.
The Crystal Ball
Princeton will return home to take on Yale Saturday, Nov. 12, at noon in a game televised nationally on the YES Network. It will be Senior Day for Princeton, which has won two of its last three home games against Yale, including a 24-17 win in 2009.
Offensive Notes & Anecdotes
Princeton freshman Quinn Epperly saw his most playing time of the season last weekend, rushing 16 times for 96 yards. He also complete four of 10 passes for 50 yards.
Late in the game, Epperly had more than 100 yards rushing, which would have given Princeton two 100-yard rushers in one game for the first time since the 1989 season (Judd Garrett and Chris Hallihan). A sack knocked him under the 100-yard mark before the end of the game.
Princeton has the top-ranked rushing offense in the Ivy League, averaging 192.3 yards per game. The Tigers average 4.5 yards per attempt, and they have recorded four 200-yard games during the season, including each of the last two.
Princeton scored 22 points in the third quarter against Harvard. Prior to that game, its highest point total for any game this season had been 24.
Princeton also recorded 556 yards of total offense against Harvard. Only two Ivy League teams recorded as many as 400 against the Crimson in the last 47 Ivy League games.
Junior Shane Wilkinson had the best game of his career against Harvard, catching eight passes for 108 yards and a touchdown at Harvard. He was Princeton’s first 100-yard receiver since the 2010 Cornell game, when Trey Peacock caught seven passes for 136 yards and two scores.
Fountain Of Youth
Like Chuck Dibilio, freshman Matt Costello is having a record-setting season for Princeton. Costello leads Princeton with 27 receptions and 318 receiving yards. Both totals are freshman single-season records, eclipsing totals set by Blair Morrison during the 2000 season.
Senior quarterback Tommy Wornham moved to fifth on the all-time Princeton passing list last weekend with his 277-yard effort against Harvard. With three games left in his career, Wornham has thrown for 3,887 yards, 225 yards more than Ron Beible.
Wornham needs 280 yards to move past 2006 Bushnell Cup winner Jeff Terrell for fourth on the all-time Princeton passing list, and he needs 361 to move past current Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett for third on the list.
Princeton’s 39 points against Harvard was its highest offensive output since scoring 42 in a Week 3 win over Columbia in 2007. On the flip side, Princeton has scored fewer than 10 points in three of the last six games, including a 24-7 loss to Cornell last weekend.
Huston, We Have A Starter
Junior tackle Kevin Mill missed last Saturday’s game with an injury, which moved freshman Spenser Huston into the starting lineup. He was the first freshman to start on the offensive line this season; sophomore center Joe Goss started eight games on the offensive line as a freshman last season.
Sophomore Max Coale, another recipient of the NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Award, made his first start on the offensive line last weekend. Coale had moved from the defensive line, where he played as a freshman.
Defensive Notes & Anecdotes
Reid It And Weep
Junior Caraun Reid has been one of the most disruptive forces in the Ivy League this season. He ranks third in the league with five sacks this season, and he is second in the league with 10 tackles for loss.
Reid had one of his best games at Harvard two weeks ago, recording five tackles, including 3.5 for losses, and sacking Crimson quarterback Collier Winters twice.
He has recorded at least 2.5 tackles for loss in three of the last four games, and he has recorded at least one sack in four of the last six.
Quick As A Cat
Senior Mike Catapano is also having a terrific season on the defensive line. He is second on the team with six tackles for loss, which ranks eighth in the Ivy League. Catapano had six tackles and a sack against Harvard two weeks ago.
Sparks By Starks
Junior linebacker Andrew Starks led Princeton with 11 tackles last weekend against Cornell. He currently ranks second in the Ivy League with 9.5 tackles per game; Cornell’s Brandon Lainhart leads the league with 9.9 tackles per game.
Starks leads Princeton with 57 total tackles this season (29 solo), despite the fact that he missed the Brown game with an injury.
Cross My Heart
Senior safety Chance Cross recorded a career-best 10 tackles two weeks ago at Harvard, and he had two forced turnovers three weeks ago at Hampton.
Cross didn’t play a single snap on defense prior to this season, but he moved into the starting lineup by the second game and has never lost that position.
Both Princeton and Penn rank in the Ivy League Top 3 in rushing defense. Penn is currently second, allowing 117.1 rushing yards per game, while Princeton is third, allowing 120.4 rushing yards per game.
The biggest difference between the two programs has been rushing touchdowns allowed. Penn has allowed an Ivy-best three rushing touchdowns, while Princeton has allowed 11 rushing touchdowns.