Princeton Tigers Fold In Tale of Two Halves, Drop Season Opener
Added by Jacob Schwartz on September 22, 2013.
(Photo: Beverly Schaefer)
Princeton, N.J. - Brandon Bialkowski threw for over 430 yards and two touchdowns as the Lehigh Mountain Hawks (3-0), ranked 22nd in the FBS, overcame a 22-3 deficit scoring 26 points in the final 21 minutes to stun the Princeton Tigers (0-1) 29-28 in front of a good fanbase at Powers Field that was happy for most of the game until the last 21 minutes.
As mentioned, down 22-3 at the half, that’s when Lehigh took over. The Mountain Hawks got a touchdown from five yards out from Keith Sherman. Then Bialkowski threw two consecutive touchdown passes one going to Zach Hayden for 15 yards and the other to Dylan Colgate for three. Princeton would answer with a 17-yard touchdown by sophomore DiAndre Atwater but missed the two-point conversion. It would be costly for the Tigers as the Mountain Hawks on the next series capped a 13-play, 75 yard drive and were able to hit get their big man, Sean Farrell, in from a yard out.
However, Lehigh would also miss the two-point conversion which give the Tigers one final push for the Win. After a few plays, Princeton QB Connor Michelsen thought he had the momentum going, only to be picked off at the 37 yardline by Isaiah Campbell and the Hawks would run out the clock three plays later and give the Tigers their seventh straight season-opening loss.
The Tigers were led on the ground by DiAndre Atwater who had 111 yards on 13 carries and scored touchdowns on runs of 18 and 17.
The Princeton defense was big in the first half led by Mike Zeuli (18 tackkles), Phillip Bhaya (10 tackles and an interception) and Jason Ray (nine tackles and one sack). But as mentioned, that was only the first half as many of the defense players were MIA in the second half and were nowhere to be found in the last 21 minutes of play giving up over 513 yards and although they were good on the run they weren’t so hot in the air as Lehigh receiver Lee Kurfis caught 13 passes for 152 yards and was the leading receiver for on the night.
The Tigers will try to rebound from this heartbreaking loss next week when they travel to the nations capital to play the Georgetown Hoyas at MultiSport Stadium in a 2pm Showdown. They return home October 5th to play Columbia in the Ivy League Opener.