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Eight Great Wins Over Yale

Looking back at some of Princeton’s finest moments against the Elis

By Brett Tomlinson
Posted on November 7, 2013

Athletics at Princeton: A History

Princeton vs. Yale, a football rivalry that stretches back 140 years, has produced some extraordinary victories for both teams. PAW selected eight that stand out in Tiger gridiron lore. Use the links below to navigate the list, and add your favorite Princeton-Yale memories in the comments.

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9 Responses to Football: Eight Great Wins Over Yale

Tom Meeker '56 Says:

2013-11-08 14:12:32

Forgot the 1955 game in Palmer Stadium, eh? 13-0 upset over Yale with Royce Flippin, my four-year roommate, scoring. See the huge photo on the wall in Cap's stairwell as he's carried off the field by team below picture with story. Check it out in Mudd's archives.

Dave Jordan '56 Says:

2013-11-11 13:30:04

I agree with Tom Meeker that the '55 game was great (as was the '54 game up there), but I have to say that none of them match that great game in 1981 that established Bob Holly as an all-time Tiger!

Josh Libresco '76 Says:

2013-11-11 14:39:03

I was in upstate New York, watching Syracuse play football, during the 1981 game. Every once in a while, the Syracuse public-address announcer would report scores from other games -- Yale 7, Princeton 0, then Yale 14, Princeton 0, then Yale 21, Princeton 0. For some reason, that was the last score announced from the Princeton/Yale game, although my seatmates continued to speculate loudly on how far my Princeton team must have been behind. Later that night, as I was driving south, I heard the final score on the car radio and almost drove off the New York Thruway. I am not sure how many other drivers heard me singing Princeton football songs, but I did sing a lot of them.

John W. Minton Jr. '50 Says:

2013-11-11 14:40:46

Three Big-3 championships in a row. Here's to single-wing football, consigned, as I am, to the relics bin.

Pierre LaTour '65 Says:

2013-11-12 13:54:53

I'll never forget '54. An underdog Princeton scored with less than a minute to play (the injured Flippin coming in off the bench after an Emery-MacElwee Hail Mary) to win 21-14. It almost made up for the bitter '53 loss. I think I was the happiest 11-year-old on the East Coast.

Bob Eby '52 Says:

2013-11-12 14:00:46

The Tigers won 27-0 and the Yale band marched at halftime, spelling out "Bye Kaz." We had a bonfire for the fourth straight year.

Christopher Mallette '93 Says:

2013-11-12 17:54:59

Never forget Princeton over Yale at the Yale Bowl for the '92 Ivy League championship.

Tim O'Neil '76 Says:

2013-11-15 15:47:10

The cheerleaders threw miniature white footballs into the stands at halftime of the 1981 game. Mine now sits in a place of honor with the score written on it. I awarded myself a game ball as best fan at the game, although I am sure that I had some stiff competition.

Ileana Dominguez-Urban '83 Says:

2013-11-19 12:24:31

The 1925 Princeton-Yale game also led to some great sports writing. Although written by Hugh MacNair Kahler 1904, I can hear the following as if read by the curmudgeonly voice of Frank Deford '61 -- and also with the acerbic tone of George Will *68 & PX2. "Luckily for Princeton there are better ways of determining football championships than holding a plebiscite of those who, for some reason not wholly apparent, continue to be described as experts. When Captain McMillan led his team out on the field at New Haven last Saturday the prophets of the sporting page had persuaded themselves that the only question at issue was the margin by which Yale would win; they had convinced the general public, the Yale contingent of the 78,000 spectators, the Yale team and coaches and even a good many of the Princeton partisans in the East Stand. For some reason, however, they had omitted to convince the Princeton team. The oversight proved to be serious." -- PAW Vol. 26 No. 8 (p. 191 in Google Books) By the way, I'm still enjoying the 1981 win I was fortunate to have witnessed.
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