While the Class of 2012 will be honored on Senior Day and a member of the Class of 2015 looks to continue breaking Ivy League records, the Princeton football team will take on Yale Saturday at noon (The YES Network) for the 134th time in this historic rivalry.
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. 12/12 p.m.|
|Field||Powers Field at Princeton Stadium|
|Location|| Princeton, N.J.
|Radio||GoPrincetonTigers.com/WPRB 103.3 FM|
|All-Time Series|| Yale 73-50-10
|Last Year|| YALE 14, Princeton 13
|Last At Site|| PRINCETON 24, Yale 17 (2009)
|Last Five Years|| Yale 3-2
|Current Streak|| Yale 1
Game Notes • Week 9
A Few Fast Facts To Get You Ready…
We Meet Again
Saturday is the 134th playing of the Princeton-Yale game, the second-longest active series in all of college football (behind only Lehigh-Lafayette). The first game was played Nov. 18, 1873, with Princeton winning in New Haven.
Yale leads the all-time series 73-50-10 and has won seven of the last nine, although Princeton won the last game played at home, a 24-17 win two seasons ago.
Lights, Camera, Action
Today’s game is being shown live on the YES Network, making this Princeton’s first nationally televised game of the 2011 season. Each of Princeton’s previous home games were televised on Verizon FIOS One, and each were available on GoPrincetonTigers.TV.
Give Me Five
Freshman Chuck Dibilio, who has rushed for more yards this season than any true freshman in Ivy League history, set another freshman Ivy League record this past week. He passed Columbia linebacker Alex Gross by winning his fifth Ivy League Rookie of the Week honor. Dibilio has now won more than half of the Ivy Rookie of the Week honors this season, and he is one away from matching the all-time league record. The only player with more Rookie of the Week honors was Harvard’s Elon Hu, but he did so as a sophomore in the 1994 season.
One For Three
Chuck Dibilio also matched an Ivy League record by winning one award three straight weeks. Only Craig Morton (Rookie), Chris Zingo (Defensive) and Chad Levitt (Offensive) have won one award three straight weeks, and nobody had done it since 1996. If Dibilio earns the award one more time, he will match Hu and Brown’s Nick Hartigan (Offensive) as the only players to win six weekly honors in one season.
Run To Glory
Chuck Dibilio continues to post elite numbers during his first year of collegiate action. He is currently second in the Ivy League rushing race, which only accounts for rushing yards in Ivy games. Dartmouth’s Nick Schwieger, who won the rushing title last year, leads the field with 629 yards, while Dibilio ranks second with 571 yards. No other Ivy League player has more than 500 yards rushing.
No freshman has ever won the Ivy rushing title; freshmen were first eligible for varsity competition during the 1993 season. For the season, Dibilio has 824 yards, easily a freshman single-season record at Princeton. He is 176 yards away from both being the first true freshman in Ivy history to rush for 1,000 yards and recording Princeton’s ninth 1,000-yard season.
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, who has started each of Princeton’s last two games at right guard, earned the honor in 2010.
Fountain Of Youth
Like Chuck Dibilio, Matt Costello is having a record-setting season for Princeton. Despite missing the Penn game, Costello has caught 27 passes for 318 yards this season; both totals are freshman single-season records, eclipsing totals set by Blair Morrison during the 2000 season.
Without Costello last weekend, Princeton relied on its freshman class in the ground game. Led by Chuck Dibilio, Princeton’s four top rushers at Penn were freshmen: Dibilio (130), Quinn Epperly (33), Jon Esposito (19) and Will Powers (four).
Junior Shane Wilkinson has had a pair of eight-catch games in the last three weeks. He caught eight passes for 108 yards and a score against Harvard, and he caught eight passes for 88 yards last weekend at Penn. He leads Princeton with 33 catches for 335 yards this season.
Senior quarterback Tommy Wornham moved to fifth on the all-time Princeton passing list with his 277-yard effort against Harvard. With two games left in his career, Wornham has thrown for 3,963 yards. He now needs 203 yards to tie 2006 Bushnell Cup winner Jeff Terrell for fourth on the all-time Princeton passing list, and he needs 311 to match current Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett for third on the list.
After not blocking one punt over a span of 58 games, Princeton has blocked three in the last two weeks. Freshman Will Powers has blocked one in each of the last two games, while classmate Seth DeValve had the other block last week.
Reid It And Weep
Junior Caraun Reid has been one of the most disruptive forces in the Ivy League this season. He ranks fourth in the league with five sacks this season, and he is in second in the league with 10 tackles for loss. He led Princeton with eight tackles last weekend against Penn.
Quick As A Cat
Senior Mike Catapano is also having a terrific season on the defensive line. He is second on the team with eight tackles for loss, which ranks ninth 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 in the Tigers’ last home game against Cornell. He currently ranks second in the Ivy League with 8.7 tackles per game; Cornell’s Brandon Lainhart leads the league with 9.9 tackles per game.
Starks leads Princeton with 61 total tackles this season (31 solo), despite the fact that he missed the Brown game with an injury.
Princeton has been strong on both sides of the run game this season. The Tigers lead the Ivy League in rushing offense with 187.5 yards per game; their 1,500 rushing yards this season are one more than Dartmouth has rushed for this season.
Princeton is second in rushing defense this season. It is allowing 114.9 yards per game, second only to Harvard (99.6).
Princeton has had several special teams highlights through the first half of the season, including:
• Patrick Jacob leads the Ivy League with 13 field goals this season. He is the reigning first-team All-Ivy placekicker and made 14 field goals last season. For his career, he is 27 for 34 in field goals (79.4%), 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 41.5 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.
• Princeton has blocked three punts in the last two weeks, each by freshmen. Will Powers has blocked one in each of the last two games, while Seth DeValve blocked another last weekend.
• Princeton has blocked three kicks this season. Caraun Reid and Mike Catapano have each blocked a field goal, while Blake Clemons blocked a point-after attempt last weekend.
The Final Countdown
Princeton will conclude its season next Saturday at Dartmouth. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30, and both the Governor’s Cup and the Sawhorse Dollar will be on the line. In all likelihood, the Ivy League rushing title will also be determined next week. Princeton’s last road win came two years ago at Dartmouth (23-11), but the Big Green recorded a 31-0 shutout of the Tigers on Powers Field last season.
On The Fives
There are several anniversaries of either historic seasons or memorable Princeton-Yale games that are being marked Saturday.
60 Years • The Heisman Trophy
One year after leading Princeton to its 28th national championship, senior Dick Kazmaier became the third and final Ivy Leaguer to win the most prestigious invididual honor in college sports, the Heisman Trophy.
Kazmaier received 506 first-place votes that season; Tennessee’s Hank Lauricella, who placed second in the voting, received 45 first-place votes. Kazmaier led the nation in both total offense and passing accuracy, and he guided Princeton to its second straight perfect season.
45 Years • Colman’s Fourth
No Princeton coach won more Ivy League titles than Dick Colman; his fourth and final one came 45 years ago. Led by captain Walter Kozumbo, the Tigers overcame an early road loss to Dartmouth by winning the final five Ivy games. Three close wins, including a 13-7 victory at Yale, earned Princeton a share of the crown.
30 Years • The Game
Bob Holly ’82, who would later win a Super Bowl ring with the Redskins, threw for an Ivy League record 501 yards against Yale, completing 36 of 57 passes. He also threw four touchdown passes and ran for the winning score on the final play as Princeton defeated Yale 35-31. It was the Tigers’ first win over Yale in 14 years and is considered the Game of the Century for Princeton.
5 Years • The Cardiac Kids
Princeton’s most recent Ivy title included dramatic win after dramatic win, though no game matched the drama of a 34-31 win at Yale. Princeton trailed by 14 points on three different occasions, but Jeff Terrell threw for 445 yards to lead the comeback.