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Vol. 110, No. 4


Football challenges Colgate

By Brett Tomlinson
Published in the November4, 2009, issue

Princeton quarterback Tommy Wornham ’12 connected with receiver Trey Peacock ’11 for a 31-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to push No. 23 Colgate to overtime Oct. 8. But the Raiders recovered, running effectively in overtime, and won 21–14.

Head coach Roger Hughes saw Princeton’s performance as a positive sign for a team that had struggled on offense in its first three games. “With that kind of effort every time,” he said, “we’re going to have a chance to win every game.”

Playing under the Princeton Stadium lights in a rare Thursday-night game, Peacock was explosive, averaging nearly 14 yards per catch on six receptions. Wornham also played well, completing 19 of 34 passes for 215 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.

The Raiders entered the game with the most productive rushing attack in the Football Championship Subdivision, averaging 277 yards per game, but the Tigers held firm, allowing 168 yards in the four quarters of regulation.

Princeton’s defensive secondary made a key stand in the fourth quarter, knocking down a series of passes when Colgate was threatening to move into position for a late field-goal attempt.

In overtime, Colgate (6–0) abandoned the passing game and rediscovered its rushing dominance, running the ball on 14 straight plays and scoring two touchdowns.

Princeton (1–3) scored in its first overtime possession on a 23-yard pass from Wornham to Andrew Kerr ’11. On the second drive, the Tigers struggled and quickly found themselves facing a long fourth-down play. Wornham rolled right, eluded two defenders, and threw to Peacock, but the pass was out of reach.
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