1:00 PM ET, October 1, 2005
Princeton Stadium, PRINCETON, NJ
PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) -- Cleo Kirkland rushed for a career-high 130 yards and two touchdowns and Derek Javarone tied his own Ivy League record with five field goals as Princeton crushed Columbia, 43-3, on Saturday.
The victory was a big win for Princeton by any classification. It was the Tigers' largest margin of victory since a 41-0 win over Lafayette in 1995; their biggest Ivy League win since a 50-7 triumph over Brown in 1968 and their biggest win over Columbia since a 49-0 decision in 1960.
It was also a significant departure from Princeton's previous two matchups with Columbia, which both went down to the last play.
Starting quarterback Jeff Terrell added 265 yards of total offense for Princeton (3-0, 1-0 Ivy), which scored on nine of its first 10 possessions in denying Columbia (2-1, 0-1) its first 3-0 start in nine years. The lone possession that Princeton did not score on during that stretch was when it ran out the clock with one running play at the end of the first half.
Javarone set an Ivy record for a kicker with 19 points, breaking the mark of 17 set last week by Brown's Steve Morgan.
Princeton dominated the game in all facets as it defeated its third straight undefeated team. The Tigers outgained the Lions 536-152, ran 40 more plays and owned a time-of-possession advantage of 40:12 to 19:48. Columbia, which entered the game leading the Ivy League with a third-down conversion percentage of 41.2, was 0-for-11 in that category.
Terrell, who has rotated with Bill Foran this season, was 14-for-25 for 186 yards, and rushed 11 times for 79 yards and two touchdowns. Terrell quarterbacked the first eight series before Foran guided the Tigers to their final two scores.
Princeton converted on its first five possessions, getting three field goals from Javarone and one-yard touchdown runs from Kirkland and Terrell. Javarone's 43-yarder to make it 13-0 was a career long.
The Lions went into halftime on a positive note on Jon Rocholl's 47-yard field goal with 42 seconds left. It was Rocholl's seventh straight field goal, which set a school record, and cut the score to 23-3.
It marked the third straight game Columbia did not score a first-half touchdown and the third straight in which Princeton did not allow a first-half touchdown.
Princeton's lead still did not look secure, considering it had been outscored 35-10 in the second half this season while Columbia had outscored opponents 43-14 after intermission.
But the Tigers defense shut down Columbia without a first down on the Lions first possession, and Princeton scored on its next four series to blow it open. Columbia gained just 29 yards in the second half.
Rob Torresco rushed for 51 yards for Princeton. Dan Daylamani and Jordan Davis led Columbia with 19 yards each.
Princeton has not trailed in a game yet this season.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||0-11||6-13|
|4th Down Conversions||1-2||1-1|
|FG||10:33||DEREK JAVARONE 31 YD FG|
Drive info: 12 plays, 57 yards.
|TD||3:43||CLEOSIE KIRKLAND 1 YD RUN (DEREK JAVARONE KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 69 yards.
|FG||14:54||DEREK JAVARONE 43 YD FG|
Drive info: 7 plays, 37 yards.
|FG||7:00||DEREK JAVARONE 31 YD FG|
Drive info: 11 plays, 54 yards.
|TD||2:15||JEFF TERRELL 1 YD RUN (DEREK JAVARONE KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 51 yards.
|FG||0:42||JON ROCHOLL 47 YD FG|
Drive info: 5 plays, 43 yards.
|TD||8:39||JEFF TERRELL 16 YD RUN (DEREK JAVARONE KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 71 yards.
|FG||3:56||DEREK JAVARONE 31 YD FG|
Drive info: 9 plays, 50 yards.
|TD||13:40||CLEOSIE KIRKLAND 14 YD RUN (DEREK JAVARONE KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 47 yards.
|FG||8:27||DEREK JAVARONE 34 YD FG|
Drive info: 9 plays, 34 yards.