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
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
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
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.