Football welcomes Lehigh to Princeton Stadium on Saturday

Football welcomes Lehigh to Princeton Stadium on Saturday

Daiveon Carrington and Will Perez

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By Craig Sachsson
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Home Sweet Home •

Princeton enters its first home game having won 14 of its last 15 at Princeton Stadium, including all four last season. The last time Princeton had a similar run at home was between 1951 and 1953.

Three pipes • Princeton is seeking its first three-game win streak over Lehigh since a trio of wins in 1987, 1992 and 1993; current head coach Bob Surece he was a sophomore on the 1987 team.

We are honored • Princeton had two Ivy League-recognized players after Week 1. Senior Kicker powers of will was named Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week, while freshman running back ryan butler he was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week. Butler averaged 48.7 yards per punt, including a long 64, while Butler rushed seven times for 67 yards and two touchdowns in his college debut.

The butler did it ryan butler he became the first Princeton freshman in the 2000s to score multiple touchdowns in his college debut. He scored on a one-yard run for Princeton’s first touchdown of the season, and added a 25-yard run to end the scoring in a 39-14 win.

Andrei the Giant • senior catcher Andrei Iosivas he also recorded a multi-touchdown game, with receptions of five and 10 yards in the second quarter. Iosivas now has three multi-touchdown games in his career, including a 117-yard, two-touchdown performance in a 2021 road win at Lehigh.

New face, same result • Princeton has started with a different starting quarterback in each of the past five season openers, each earning a win. Last weekend, junior Blake Stenstrom He threw for 256 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Stetson. He completed just under 70% of his passes and added 14 rushes for 37 yards.

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Conversion table • Stetson’s offense converted three of its first four third-down attempts last weekend, including one on a long touchdown pass and one on a penalty. Princeton’s defense held them without a conversion in their last nine chances of the game.

To Earth • Princeton allowed -10 rushing yards last weekend. Part of the strong defense against the run was due to pass rush, as Stetson quarterback Brady Meitz was sacked five times for a 34-yard loss.

Multiple choice • Eighteen Princeton defenders recorded multiple tackles in Stetson’s victory. linebacker jose bonczek led all Tigers with six tackles, while both matthew jester Y Ryan Ives added four stops each.

Exploring Lehigh

The Mountain Hawks enter the weekend with a 1-2 record, though both losses have come to ranked teams. Last weekend, they allowed 374 passing yards and three first-half touchdowns in a 30-6 loss to Richmond. In their two losses this season, Lehigh has been outscored 51-14.

The offense is well distributed both in the ground game and in the air. Lehigh has three running backs with at least 20 carries this season, including team leader Gaige Garcia, who is averaging 48 yards per game but has only had two rushing touchdowns this season. Three different receivers have caught at least 10 passes, but no one has received more than one touchdown pass in the first three games.

Quarterback Dante Perri is completing nearly 62% of his passes for 553 yards and four touchdowns, including a 77-yard pass to Zaythan Hill last week. Perry played half of the game against Princeton last season and completed 12 of 17 passes for 62 yards.

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Defensively, Lehigh is allowing more than 33 points per game and is struggling to get off the field on third downs (47.4%). The Mountain Hawks haven’t forced a rotation this season either. The team has put up several strong individual performances, including one from TyGee Lynch, who has 30 tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss in three games. Both Mike DeNucci and Nate Norris have 20 tackles each, while Norris and Sam Sheridan share the team lead with two sacks.

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