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Defensive Effort leads Princeton Tigers past Brown, 17-3
Princeton, NJ - A determined front four from Princeton maintained heavy pressure all night on Brown QB Joe DiGiacomo as he was constantly hurried, hit, and sacked by the defensive front throughout this night's game to be held to just 71 yards passing as Princeton scored two TDs in the third quarter to win their fifth straight against no losses to remain tied for first with Harvard and Yale in the Ivy League at 2-0. DE Tom Methvin was credited with six tackles, four for losses, three sacks, and three pass deflections. CB J.J Artis and LB Luke Steckel each came up with interceptions. CFF got here late because of typical heavy Friday night traffic in Jersey for an unusual 7 pm start. A very casual crowd of 10,136 paid to get in on an evening as temperatures dropped into the 30s as the game progressed.
PU got on the board before we got there on Connor Louden's 28-yard FG in Q1. We were there in the second period when Brown tied it 3-3 on Steve Morgan's 25 Yard FG. A student, Jeff Chang, made a feeble attempt at the half to punt, pass and kick his way down teh field for halftime prizes. We once saw someone win it here years ago.
In the third period of play, Princeton got great field position at the Brown 43 when the Tiger defense forced the Bruins to punt from their 21. With 2:11 left in Q3 QB Jeff Terrell (17 of 28 for 185 yards) fired a ball over the middle for a 19-yard scoring play to FB Robb Teresco. Teresco was briefly stunned after a hard hit on the play but recovered as Louden's conversion put PU up, 10-3. Brown's Brandon Markey seemed to make a game of things as he returned the ensuing kickoff about 95-yards for a TD until we noted the yellow hanky on the ground which put the Bruins back at their own 28. Princeton's D forced them to punt again from eight yard deeper, and took over again in Bruin territory at the 45. It didn't take long for PU to capitalize as Terrell hit WR Branden Circle on a quick pop pass corner route where the JR WR put one spin move on the BU defender and sped 40 yards for Princeton's next TD with six seconds left in Q3. Louden converted again, and the score stood until the end of the game at 17-3 in favor of the home team. Princeton is 5-0 and will host Harvard who comes in with their 2-0 record to vie for the Ivy League lead next Saturday at noon. Since our plans in NC changed next week to add SMU, we will probably go see this key Ivy match-up. We will see SMU as part of our Texas Double-header on Nov. 18 when we see them host Tulsa. Aside from the Tiger's defensive front, we hope the rest of the team will be a little more enthusiastic to play next week, as both the team and the crowd seemed very lethargic this evening. Hopefully, it is because of the anticipation of having the Rival Crimson coming into town next week. Brown (1-4) goes back to Providence next week to host Cornell. However, WE now look forward to heading to State College this Saturday morning to see the Penn State Nittany Lions host #4 Michigan in a game that will mean a lot to the Lions' season this year. Watch for our Review on Monday morning!