Liveblog: Princeton vs. Harvard
By Stephen Wood • Sports Editor • October 26, 2013
Unbeaten in the Ivy League, the football team is in Cambridge to take on undefeated No. 22 Harvard. The Tigers (4-1 overall, 2-0 Ivy League) have not won here since 2005, but the Crimson (5-0, 2-0) is more likely to be thinking about last year, when Princeton scored 29 unanswered points in the final 12 minutes to defeat its rival. Tensions will be high as junior quarterback Quinn Epperly and senior receiver Roman Wilson, the men responsible for the final touchdown of that game, face the Crimson again, and the stakes will be high as well – the winner of this game will leave Harvard Stadium with at least a share of the top spot in the league.
FINAL SCORE: PRINCETON 51 HARVARD 48
Also, that last touchdown pass to win the game also broke the record for most TD passes in a game. It was the sixth such touchdown for Quinn Epperly.
Tigers are now tied with defending champs Penn at the top of the Ivy League. Still, Princeton has to be the favorites to win the league after this impressive victory over previously undefeated Harvard.
Again, your final score is Princeton 51, Harvard 48
That’s no deja-vu, it’s another crazy installment of the Harvard-Princeton rivalry.
As it was last year, Epperly touchdown pass to Roman Wilson for the win!
The sizable Princeton crowd goes nuts as the Tigers have just pulled off, if possible, an even more exciting win than they did last year.
EPPERLY FAKES A RUN, FINDS ROMAN WILSON IN THE CORNER OF THE ENDZONE
Epperly scrambles, gets just one yard.
Tigers need 7 yards
Remember, a TD would win it for Princeton. 1st and goal
Epperly hits Costello inside the 10
Here come the Tigers
Kick is good, and it’s 48-45 Harvard in the 3rd OT period
Again, we’re in triple overtime! It’s 45-45
Flescher will come out for a chip shot
Good penetration as Hempel goes down without getting the first.
Casten up the middle. 3rd and 4 on the 7
Casten gets the pitch on the option, picks up a few yards. 2nd and 7
Gaffney thought he had the sack, but Hempel broke the tackle and ran for the first down. Ball on the 13
3rd and 4
Stanton runs it to the 20. 2nd and 5 for Harvard
Princeton settled for a FG and the defense looked good, but Harvard’s backup kicker tied it up at 45. Again, that’s 45-45 going into the 3rd OT period
So sorry about the technical difficulties. Flescher’s 39- yard attempt was not pretty but it was good. We’re in TRIPLE OVERTIME
PAT good. 42-35 Harvard
A short pass to the big man, Tyler Ott, gives the Crimson the lead in overtime.
Bad snap and Hempel is wrapped up at the line of scrimmage. on 1st down.
Big run by Smith – pushed out at about the 5 as he scrambles down the left sideline.
Harvard will get the ball first, taking over at the 25 after Princeton won the toss.
Tigers kneel, and this one is going to overtime.
Flescher would have had a better shot at that if it weren’t for those penalties. With 7 seconds left in regulation, Princeton will take over on its own 33.
Princeto 35 Harvard 35, 12 seconds left
The wind is blowing Harvard’s way. Princeton calls a timeout.
Andrew Flescher will come out for a 50-yard attempt with 12 seconds left.
Harvard has their second false start of the drive and now face 2nd and 15.
17 seconds left in regulation. 3rd and 16 from the 33 after Hempel was chased all over the backfield and threw it away
Princeton 35 Harvard 35 with 30 seconds left
Lots of technical difficulties up here – thanks for stepping in, Damir.
Harvard ball at the Tigers 28 yard line with under a minute to go.
Rickie Zorn is wide open on 3rd and 14 and the Crimson now has the ball in Tigers territory.
The Tigers manage to get to Hempel on second down. Dorian Williams gets the sack for the Tigers and now Harvard faces a long third down. Harvard time out.
Hempel throws the ball out of bounds thanks to a lot of pressure from the Tigers.
Harvard gets the ball at their own 32 with 1:42 to go and two timeouts. Game tied up at 35.
Harvard comes up with a huge stop on 3rd and 2. Tigers setting up to punt.
The Tigers will now try to reach the 40-point mark for the fourth time this season. The last time they achieved that was in 1951 when they scored at least 53 points in four different games.
With just under three minutes to go, the Tigers now have an opportunity to drive down the field to get another score and give Harvard little time to counter.
Hempel hits Ott and the PAT is good – Princeton 35 Harvard 35, 2:57 remaining
Stanton runs to the left, dragged down just shy of the first. 3rd and 1 on the 10
2nd and 5 after a completion to Zorn
Princeton 35 Harvard 28, 3:45 to go
1st and 10 for Harvard at the 19
Princeton picks off Hempel, but Atwater FUMBLES
2nd and 10 from the 38,Princeton 35 Harvard 28, 5:42 left
First down completion brings Harvard to the 38.
Easton, currently playing center, isn’t even the second-stringer – that guy was already out with an injury when Leopard went down.
Harvard sets up shop on its own 28. Princeton 35 Harvard 28, 6:10 left
INCOMPLETE – Epperly’s pass nearly picked off again, and Princeton fails to convert yet again in the 4th. The Tigers will punt with 6:20 remaining
Atwater gets some room and carries it to the 37. 3rd and 2 for Princeton with 6:30 to go
Epperly throws into coverage and nearly gets picked – that’s happened a lot in the final quarter.
Harvard is really missing veteran center David Leopard right now.
That can’t have felt good for Stanton.
It appeared as if Stanton was looking upfield when Hempel’s pitch hit him right in the face mask.
Smith brought down well shy of the first and Harvard’s punt unit will come out again. Princeton 35 Harvard 28, just over 7 minutes left
Hempel’s pitch doesn’t find Stanton, and the Crimson recovers after losing 11. 3rd and 15 on the 22, 7:45 to go
Seitu Smith gains 6 on first. 2nd and 4 for the Crimson on its own 33
Reminder, the score box above may be wrong: the real score is Princeton 35 Harvard 28, 8:56 left
Epperly had a small limp as he walked off the field after third down. He took a decent hit while diving at the end of his last run.
The Crimson needs to get its snaps down and do some work up front if it wants to make something happen here.
After all that scoring, it’s now become a defensive showdown, as the teams trade punts and work for field position. 8:56 to go
Roth punts it to the Crimson 27
With nowhere to throw, Epperly almost broke through for the first but was hit low and couldn’t fall far enough for the first. Princeton 35 Harvard 28, 9:01 left
Epperly appears to be making sure to hold on to the ball after having fumbled on his last carry. He covered up the ball with both arms and lowered his head before a Harvard defender even got within 2 feet of him on his last run.
Handoff up the middle on 2nd goes for a few. 3rd and 8 for Princeton on the 32
Epperly does a nice job of selling the fake and keeps it to the 30 for a 12-yard first down run.
A nice punt puts Princeton on its own 18.
More facts on Epperly and Princeton records: Epperly has now thrown 14 TDs on the season. That is good for 5th-all time in a season for Princeton. He would need 12 more to break the record but is only three away from being tied for second with Jeffrey Terrell who had 17 in 2006. The record is 25 by Douglas Butler in 1983.
Harvard to punt. Princeton 35 Harvard 28, 10:48 left
The snap goes high! Hempel recovers and throws it away – they’ll rule it incomplete, not a fumble.
3rd and 6 with 11 to play
False start on the offense – Harvard’s 9th penalty and 69th penalty yard
Nice run by Hempel makes it 3rd and 1
Hempel carries, tries to cut back but loses a yard. Princeton 35 Harvard 28, 12 left
The Harvard Band plays “Sweet Caroline” during the timeout.
The score is PRINCETON 35 HARVARD 28 – apparently we’re having problems with the score box above.
Short punt takes a Princeton bounce. Harvard ball at the Crimson 22
Zack Hodges literally had that ball in his hands two times but the Tigers caught a break as he someone how was not able to hold on to the ball.
Epperly’s third straight incompletion as Loftus puts a big hit on Kelley – another three-and-out.
The next pass was SO close to being picked off by Hodges. The Tigers breathe a huge sigh of relief.
A sixth incompletion for Epperly
The pass was definitely overthrown, but Zorn still came extremely close to making the catch. Surace was still not happy to see him get so open on the play.
Tiger ball at the Crimson 39
Zorn nearly came away with a game-changing, diving catch, but Hempel’s throw was inches out of reach. Bicknell will punt after a quick possession.
QB draw goes nowhere, Reid on the tackle. 3rd and 13
In other news, Penn has defeated Yale 28-17. The winner of this game will share the Ivy lead with the Quakers.
Epperly now has as many touchdown passes as incompletions in the game. He has completed 33 of 38 passes.
Smith returns it to the 21, where Hempel will set up shop.
The other two QBs in Princeton history are Douglas Butler against Yale in 1983 and Chad Roghair against Brown in 1991.
When was that record set, Damir?
That drive took less than a minute. Harvard needs to answer here, and you can bet the offensive line will be feeling it.
And Epperly has tied the Princeton record for most passing touchdowns in a game with 5.
A lightning-fast drive after the fumble recovery was capped by a great jumping catch in the corner of the endzone by DeValve.
TOUCHDOWN PRINCETON – Epperly to DeValve
Big throw across the field to DeValve, who breaks a tackle and takes it to the Harvard 12.
But Wilson looks fine – he hauls in another pass on the next play. 2nd and 4 on the Harvard 37
After a penalty on Harvard, Epperly hits Wilson. Wilson is brought down by the neck and an shower of yellow flags ensues. Bigtime facemask there.
Hempel has done a great job in moving around in the backfield while Princeton is pressuring him but he did not see Landry at all last play and Landry did a great job swatting the ball out of his hand.
After another bad snap, Hempel was rolling to his right when the ball was knocked out of his arm. Matt Landry credited with the caused fumble. Princeton gets the ball at its own 31.
FUMBLE – Princeton recovers!
Another devastating penatly for the Tigers.
Incompletion – John Hill on the tight coverage. Two straight high snaps that Hempel barely reeled in. A late flag called on Hill… and it’s first down Harvard.
Harvard has been called for a surprising amount of penalties considering that they tend to be one of the more disciplined teams.
Correction: they moved senior LG Nick Easton over to play center. The first play of the quarter is a false start on Harvard. 3rd and 12 on the Princeton 40
Leopard gives the home crowd a thumbs up as he’s taken off the field with a cast of some sort around his left leg. His replacement will be sophomore Matt Perry. It will be interesting to see how this affects the offensive line, which has been inconsistent already today.
The Crimson has the momentum, for the moment, going into the final period. Its starting center, David Leopard, is still on the field with an injury as the teams switch sides. They’re bringing out the cart to take him off.
Hempel to Smith for 6 yards. On the next play, Stanton will be chased backwards and brought down for a loss. 3rd and 7 on the Princeton 35 as the 3rd quarter ends
It initially looked like Epperly was going to recover but a hit from a Harvard player makes pushes him away from the ball just as he is about to recover.
FUMBLE – Epperly loses the ball as he breaks away on a run, and the Crimson has the ball on the Tiger 38
The internet went out in the press box during an extremely exciting drive. It was capped by a Harvard score, and the game is now knotted up.
Garret Leicht was very close to getting the interception on first down, as the ball hit him on the hands. He is unable to make the play however, and the Crimson go on to get another first down.
Weren’t a lot of great options for the Tigers on the long 4th down it was still a bit surprising for Surace to call on Biek seeing that this would be the longest kick of his career and that the wind is blowing hard.
Kick sails left – Bieck had the distance but couldn’t get it through the uprights.
This has been a great game for Epperly so far but he missed an open Roman Wilson for what would have been a huge gain on second down.
Short pass to Costello nets yardage but not enough – it’s 4th and 13 and Bieck comes in for the kick
Epperly just barely overthrows Wilson way downfield. 3rd and 20
This has been a sloppy drive for both teams, but especially Princeton.
Nelson broke a big run down the side, but a chop block will stop the Tigers from taking a 2-possession lead. 1st and 25 on the 37
TOUCHDOWN – but there’s a flag on the play
Epperly hits Wilson, who spins away from one tackle and goes down at the 23.
Once again, Princeton calls Harvard offsides and the refs agree. So now it’s 1st and 9 on the Harvard 49.
After a nice gain by Atwater, a foul on Princeton moves the Tigers back to midfield. 1st and 14
Stanton has had his moments – particularly the 60-yard touchdown – but I think most people expected him to be more of a threat today.
That won’t move the chains. Big defensive stand there and Princeton will take over on its opponent’s 46. 6:31 remaining in the 3rd
Stanton on the handoff, was driven back far but may have crossed the line on forward progress
Smith gets the ball and powers ahead, but a nice tackle by Zeuli will leave the Crimson just short. 4th and inches and the Crimson is going for it.
Harvard’s offensive line is just barely containing Reid & Co. right now.
More pressure on Hempel, but he’s able to escape and run for 3. 3rd and 6 on the Harvard 41
Another screen pass, this time to Smith, but the blocking wasn’t there and it goes for 1 yard. Polofsky on the tackle.
Hempel finds Zorn wide open as the pocket collapses. 1st down Harvard
Hempel hits Stanton for 2 yards. Those short passes have been the Crimson’s bread and butter.
Short kick brought back to the 26. The wind is really getting to the ball down there, it appears. It’s getting to me up here, and I’m inside the press box.
Bieck will come out to kick after a solid defensive stand and a quick scoring drive.
That was not to say that Epperly didn’t have time on that play. The line held on long enough for something to develop, and Costello got open at the perfect moment.
As the O line began to break down, Epperly saw Costello right at the front of the endzone and hit him with a bullet. PAT good
Handoff to Wilson loses yardage, and it’s 3rd and goal on the 10.
Epperly runs for no gain.
Mills keeps the legs moving and picks up another Princeton first down. 1st and goal on the 7
Harvard coach Tim Murphy and his assistants seem to think Princeton did something wrong. Confusion on the field.
Turns out there was no foul. 2nd and 9 for the Tigers at the Harvard 18
Epperly dumps it off to DeValve, who breaks a tackle and brings it up for a few yards. Flag on Princeton, however.
Epperly hits Kelley, who he runs across the field, gets behind the blockers and takes it to the 19 for a first down.
Epperly’s pass sails out of bounds. That was only his 4th incompletion of the day. 3rd and 6.
Atwater takes the ball on the handoff. Nearly hit at the line, he puts his head down and picks up 6.
Screen pass to Costello, who sidesteps the first tackler and gains 7. Epperly then hits Wilson on the other side for a 1st and 10 on the Harvard 35.
Lescano finds room on the return, gets hit hard but keeps moving until he finally reaches the Princeton 49.
Hempel looks for Zorn in double coverage, but Gaffney and Bhaya were right there and Harvard will go three-and-out to open the half.
Hempel moving all over the place in the pocket, ends up losing a yard. 3rd and 6 on the Crimson 26. Reid making his presence felt there as he did all first half.
Seitu Smith takes it to the 22.
Princeton’s fast-paced attack has worked pretty well, but when Harvard’s offense gives its defense time to rest the Crimson has proven it can stop the Tigers. Bieck is getting ready to kick as Harvard will get the ball at the half.
Stats at the half: Epperly leads the Tigers with 43 yards on the ground. He’s 21-24 with 3 TD’s, two of which went to Connor Kelley. Meanwhile, Hempel is 8-15 with 136 yards, a TD, and an INT. He’s been sacked 3 times. Stanton has just 6 runs but 74 yards on the ground, 60 of which came on that long TD.
Harvard Band to Princeton: “You guys are pretty alright.” I’m not sure where that came from. Were they being sincere, or is this the driest wit ever?
The Harvard Band stole a Princeton hat, possibly after the wind blew it off, but the Orange and Back have recovered. Eventful halftime show
And the scramble band will become a literal scramble band as the wind takes off a whole lot of hats.
Around the Ivies: Penn has a commanding lead over Yale, 21-3 in the 3rd. Dartmouth is beating up on Columbia by even more. Brown has put up 35 against Cornell in Ithaca, and the Big Red trail by 21 going into the final period.
Princeton kneels, and it’s anybody’s ballgame at the half.
Gaffney takes the kickoff to the 30. 5 seconds left on the clock, and it looks like we’ll go into the half tied
Not that anyone thought otherwise.
My prediction that Harvard would score first was wrong, but I was right when I predicted there would be a lot of scoring. And that this would be really fun to watch.
PAT good, and we’re all knotted up with 11 seconds to go in the half
TOUCHDOWN HARVARD – Stanton to the right side on the pitch
Hylton brings down Stanton for no gain.
Hempel up the middle for a first, giving Harvard four tries from the Tiger 3.
Well, and on Hempel and Stanton.
All eyes on the Princeton defense now.
Hempel lofts it and Zorn hauls it in. Hempel keeps up the middle on the next play. 2nd and 4 on the 8 now, and Harvard will use its final TO with 57 seconds to go in the half.
Hempel hits Smith again on the screen. 2nd and 1 on the Princeton 33, 1:39 to go
Crazy play there as Stanton was about to go down for a loss, but he flipped it to Smith and Smith ran for a big gain into Princeton territory.
TO Harvard with 2:30 to go in the half – they have 1 more remaining
Hempel keeps on the option, gains 4.
Fischer brings the kick out of the endzone for a fantastic return – Bieck himself, the last man left, brings him down at the Harvard 44.
3:04 left in the half. The Tigers have 18 first downs in this game.
Some sports reporters (and almost every coach) say momentum is a myth. This game has been backing up that claim, as Princeton jumped out to a 13-point lead, went down 14-13 as Harvard’s defense got itself together, and is now back on top.
Short, low, bad pass by Epperly is snagged anyway by Des Smith! Princeton converts on the another fantastic play by Smith, and it’s 21-14 Princeton.
5 wide, going for 2
TOUCHDOWN PRINCETON – Epperly hits Kelley, who just breaks the plane and gives Princeton the lead.
Epperly tripped up at the 5. 2nd and goal at the 5
First and goal on the 8
Consecutive short passes take it to the 11. 3rd and inches
My heart goes out to Hempel – seeing all those guys running at you can’t be fun.
Nothing but pressure for Hempel there, and he decided unwisely to just give it a heave. Bhaya planted under it and held on. Wilson and Atwater run it to the 19, where Princeton has a first down.
INTERCEPTION by Phillip Bhaya!
Stanton sees a lot of daylight ahead of him but is brought down by Hylton for no gain. The freshman just stopped what could have been a huge run.
Hempel escapes one tackler but is sacked for a loss of 2.
Fischer gets the handoff and carries to his right side for the first. The best 3rd-down offense in the league beats the best 3rd-down defense there.
On 2nd and 2, Hempel keeps it but ends up losing a little ground. 3rd and 2 at the Harvard 30
Princeton 13, Harvard 14 with 8:08 left in the half
That’s two consecutive stops by the Harvard defense after a first half that was all Epperly.
Short punt takes a Princeton bounce to the Harvard 22.
Epperly runs on 3rd and 4 but can’t get past the line. Hodges brought him down by the legs there, and Princeton will punt.
Epperly runs for the first. The ball fell out, but they say the ground caused it. A holding call will still set Princeton back, however. 2nd and long on the Princeton 34.
Runners for each team are doing a great job of staying up after the first hit, as Mills did on that 9-yard carry.
Next time, he hits DeValve over the middle for a first.
Epperly fakes the handoff but is nearly picked off. 2nd and 10 from the Princeton 21
Gaffney brings the kickoff just past the 20. This game has finally become what we expected – a high-scoring, back-and-forth shootout.
There may be a problem with the score box above, but the score is 14-13 Harvard with 10:34 to go.
PAT good – Princeton 13, Harvard 14
TOUCHDOWN HARVARD – Stanton with a ramble there, finding the sideline then cutting back to the middle of the field with some great blocking.
Fischer bounces off of a tackle on the screen pass. Zeuli brings him down at the Harvard 40.
Hempel dodged Polofsky in the backfield, scrambled and was hit as he slid. Bob Surace does not see it that way, but it’ll be a first down for Harvard on the penalty.
Man in motion but the ball goes to Stanton for a yard, if that.
The Crimson comes out with a long way to go but an opportunity to take the lead.
Around the Ivies: Penn leads Yale 14-3, Dartmouth leads Columbia 7-0
Harvard will take over on its own 12. 12:04 left in the 2nd quarter
Flip to Nelson results in a good gain but no first. The punt unit will come out with the ball on the 46.
A now-familiar sight: Princeton’s offensive line gesturing toward the defense. This time, however, the refs say the Tigers jumped. 3rd and 14 now
Screen pass to Kelley takes the Tigers into Crimson territory. 3rd and 9
Pitch to Wilson looked like it would go for big yardage, but he was taken down by one man who got in the backfield.
Incomplete pass but a holding call on Harvard’s Zach Hodges, the big DE.
Crazy formation, Epperly flips to Atwater, who goes up the middle for the first. That was one of those crazy Surace/Perry creations where you don’t even know what position anyone is.
Epperly hands off to Bostic, the 3rd-string QB, for 8.
PAT good. Not much can be said about that TD other than “Wow.” Hill looked like he almost had the pick, but Zorn came away with it. That’s what happens when Hempel has time.
TOUCHDOWN HARVARD – that was a wild one. The ball bounced off of Hill, who was right on Zorn, but Zorn came down with it in the zone.
Harvard’s first-string kicker is out, and a field goal would still leave them down by 2 scores. Hempel under center…
After the teams switch sides, Harvard appears to be going for it on 4th and 8 from the Princeton 33.
Hempel carries to the 33. The first quarter will end with Princeton leading 13-0.
After barely getting the play off, Hempel is sacked by Sotereanos. Not surprisingly, Reid was in there creating pressure too. 3rd and 15
Princeton breaks up the play but Hempel scrambles for 4. 2nd and 6 on the Princeton 31
Zorn hit downfield for a huge gain – gets it at the 35. The defender hit the ground as the ball was in the air, but no call.
Hempel rolls to his left and Matt Arrends nearly comes away with the pick – Harvard got lucky.
Hempel will take over at the 25, needing to answer on this drive.
Bieck’s kick bounces through the back of the endzone – can’t tell if it was assisted by this crazy New England wind, but it was beautiful.
PAT good – Princeton leads 13-0 with 1:57 still to go in the 1st quarter. This is starting to look like the mirror image of last year’s game.
Amazing jumping catch by Des Smith – Epperly had to move around in the backfield and chucked it up over several defenders. Smith showed off his ups and full arm extension, bobbling it as he fell but holding on for the score. He was shaken up after the play, but he’ll walk off the field now.
3rd and 2
Atwater up the middle, but nothing doing. 3rd and 2
2nd and 6 at the 10 after Eppely keeps it
Harvard calls a timeout. I think they needed to do that – I was getting winded just typing up here. This might be the most effective Princeton’s hurry-up offense has been all season, which is surprising. Harvard comes in with the best running defense in the league, but a few well-timed runs have complimented precision passing well.
1st and 10 on the 14
Mills carries up the middle for the first. It’s so hard to keep up with this offense.
Epperly to Kelley – Princeton ball on the 18
After some misdirection in the backfield, Epperly hits Wilson down the sideline, who accelerates and takes it to the 27
Epperly is 9-11 for 81 yards. He takes the field now.
Around the Ivies: Brown leads Cornell 21-7 just before the half. Penn has a 4-point lead over Yale just over 2 minutes into the 2nd quarter.
Lescano takes the punt to the Harvard 43. 4:13 left in the 1st quarter
Throwing from his own endzone, Hempel misses Brate on 3rd. David Bicknell will punt from the Crimson endzone.
3rd and 6 now. Harvard is putting a lot of receivers out there and trusting that Hempel will find one before the D line breaks through.
Hempel carries to his own 5, giving the Crimson a little breathing room.
Hempel and the Crimson will take over at their own 1 yard line. Let’s see what Caraun Reid does here…
Another dive, but it looks like Epperly didn’t get it. The Crimson defense finally digs in and they’ll stop the Tigers for going up by two scores. Epperly was just chopping his feet behind his linemen, but they couldn’t get any forward momentum.
Epperly hit at the line of scrimmage. Princeton will go for it on 4th
Another dive and he can’t quite break the plane – 3rd and a long 1 yard to go for the score
Another QB keeper brings it to the 4.
1st and goal
Epperly hits a wide open Atwater. DiAndre takes a big hit but holds on and brings it to the 9.
Screen pass to Costello, a Massachusetts native, for a gain of 3
Will Powers finds some open field and carries it for a big gain. Princeton has another first at the Harvard 28.
The Tigers got lucky and the bad snap won’t affect them, but you know Surace is pretty mad about special teams mistakes like that still being a problem.
Designed run for Epperly and he crosses into Harvard territory, stepping out of bounds almost untouched.
Bad snap on the punt. Roth got it off, but it was short. Princeton catches a huge break, though, as Harvard is called for running into the kicker. Princeton first on the 44
Princeton may have suffered more from it’s hurry-up offense than Harvard did on that possession.
Epperly’s pass into double coverage goes too far, and Tyler Roth will come in to punt.
Consecutive runs by Atwater go for negative yardage. 3rd and 11
Epperly rolls left and crashes into a Harvard defender as he dives for the first. 1st and 10 on the 32
Atwater up the middle to the 26. 3rd and 5
Epperly’s pass comes in a little hot. 2nd and 10
The Crimson ran some great screen passes on that drive, but that was when Hempel had time. More often than not, he was feeling pressure. More often than not, it was from Reid.
Fair catch by Lescano at the Princeton 20. 9:23 left in the first quarter
SACK by Mike Zeuli, and that’ll do it for this drive. Reid was all over the Crimson, and Zeuli finished them off by bringing down Hempel.
Casten gets the ball on the handoff, but Reid muscled his way in there to break up the play. 3rd and 11
First down, Harvard. Screen pass to Stanton, who was nearly taken down behind the line but broke a tackle and just got past the marker.
Caraun Reid wastes no time creating havoc. He breaks through the line quickly on 2nd and 6, Hempel barely avoids the sack.
The handoff to tailback Paul Stanton, who kept moving his legs and got 4.
The Crimson picks up a first on a perfectly-executed screen pass to Fischer.
And indeed it is Hempel under center. He’ll throw it away on his first play.
Fischer takes the kick back to the Crimson 27.
Well, we won’t see the Tigers go down 20-0 like they did last time they faced Harvard. Bieck to kick.
Tigers go for a 2 pt. conversion but can’t convert. Surace and Perry caught the defense off guard all drive, but their luck ran out on the conversion attempt.
Play action works to perfection and Epperly hits Kelley. We just saw a dominating performance by Epperly and his receivers – no incompletions and a TD in less than 2 minutes.
Epperly carries, digs in behind his blockers and brings it to the 5
Epperly hits Costello at the 11 for a first. He’s perfect on this drive.
Quick pass to DeValve. Quick attack working perfectly for the Tigers so far. Princeton’s ball on the Harvard 22
Epperly hits Connor Kelley for a big gain and a first down. Two plays later, Roman WIlson carries for a first in Harvard territory.
Flag on the first play from scrimmage – offsides on the defense.
Gaffney bobbles the kick; touchback. Not what anyone was expecting him to do
Harvard wins the toss, will defer. Gaffney and Powers are back to return for the Tigers.
Before we get underway, a quick update on what the rest of the league is up to: Brown and Cornell are tied in the first quarter, each team looking for its first Ivy win. Yale will be taking on Penn in Philly starting at 1 pm. If the Bulldogs win, the winner of today’s game in Cambridge will be alone at the top of the league. If Penn takes care of Yale at home, the Quakers and the winner of this game will both be undefeated in the Ivy League.
Correction: It looks like Hempel IS starting. His name was left off of the pre-game “on the field” roster, though.
“Everyone at Princeton is just so goodlooking. We can’t wait to go back and see them.” -the Band’s announcer as it forms the Double Double Rotating P
15 minutes til gametime. The sun is finally poking through and the Princeton Uuuuuuniversity Band has taken the field.
It appears as if Harvard’s starting QB, Conner Hempel, will also sit this game out. He’s missed the last few games with a knee injury but most people thought he’d play today. Backup Michael Pruneau will lead the Crimson offense. The Crimson’s football beat writer recently told me he was holding off on predicting who would win until we knew whether or not Hempel was starting.
We’ve just received word that QB Connor Michelsen will not be playing today. He’s taken a lot of big hits this season, most notably the one that took him out of the Columbia game. The coaches seem to think that a week of not getting hit will do him some good. That means, of course, that Quinn Epperly will be taking the vast majority of the snaps today.
As the Orange and Black and the Crimson warm up on a blustery Boston morning, we welcome you to the liveblog.