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					Tiger’s Lair
November 17, 2008

Eli defense stymies Tiger at Yale Bowl
NEW HAVEN — A Yale team that was rated first in the nation in scoring defense kept the Princeton Football team from completing a pass for more than eight yards and took advantage of four turnovers to remain in the Ivy League championship race with a 14-0 victory over the Tiger on a dreary day in front of 5,711 at The Yale Bowl. With the loss Princeton fell to 3-6, 2-4 in the league and will look to end its season with some positive momentum next weekend when it hosts Dartmouth Saturday at 1 p.m. on Powers Field at Princeton Stadium. Yale limited the Princeton offense to only 153 total offensive yards, including 57 through the air. Quarterback Brian Anderson ’09 completed nine of 21 passes for 52 yards and was intercepted three times, while backup Tommy Wornham ’12 completed one pass for five yards while leading one drive late in the second quarter. The defense, which did not allow a touchdown drive of more than 24 yards, was led

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The Yale defense gangs up on Jordan Culbreath ’10 at the Yale Bowl Saturday. by Wilson Cates ’10 (nine tackles) and Steve managed four sacks against Yale quarterback Cody ’11 (seven solo tackles). Princeton also See STYMIES, Page 2

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From the President

The torrential downpour just prior to opening kickoff and the sloppy field were foreshadowing of things to come Saturday afternoon. Conditions were deplorable; why Northeast schools with money, like Yale, insist on trying to maintain grass fields for teams that play well into November is beyond me. If you caught this game on national cable TV, the Comcast VS channel Ivy Game of the Week, you would have thought Yale was the Tiger’s favorite charity rather than our oldest Ivy rival. Two first-half turnovers, a fumble on the second play of the game and an interception a bit later provided Yale with the short field it needed to overcome a bend-but-don’t-break performance by an inspired Tiger defense, the only real Tiger bright spot for this day.

There’s a silver lining in that many younger players have been gaining valuable experience and performing well. LB Steve Cody ’11 and LB Scott Britton ’10 were all over the place. Both played a very physical game. DB Wilson Cates ’10 also played very well. WR Matt Ransom ’11 had a good punt return, while DL Kevin DeMaio ’12 and Matt Boyer ’11 continue to improve on the defensive line. It’s just been one of those seasons where Murphy’s Law has ruled. To think Harvard is 7-1 and 5-1 and playing for a share of the Ivy title next week illustrates the slim differential that exists in the Ivy. But for two missed passes we would have ruined Harvard’s chances of an Ivy title. But that’s just about the story See PRESIDENT, Page 2


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HOW THEY SCORED: 1st Quarter: 11:25, YU— Forney, 5-yard pass from Hart, Mante kick. 2nd Quarter: 7:00, YU — Forney, 12yard pass from Hart, Mante kick. 3rd Quarter: None. 4th Quarter: None. PU
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Continued from Page 1 Brook Hart, including the fourth of the season for Brad Stetler ’10. Princeton kept Yale off the scoreboard on eight of its 10 drives, but it could not force a turnover to flip the battle of field position. Princeton’s Jordan Culbreath ’10, the Ivy League leader in rushing, gained 69 yards in 16 carries. This day, however, belonged to two-time league rushing champion Mike McLeod, who paced the Yale offense with 31 carries for 138 yards. Trouble started early for Princeton, which suffered its first turnover of the day on its second play from scrimmage. Running an option play that has worked so well for Princeton all season, Anderson’s pitch never connected with Culbreath. Whether it was a slick field, a slick ball or just missed communication, the ball was recovered on the Princeton 24. An 11-yard sack by Princeton’s Matt Boyer ’11 threatened to halt the Yale momentum, but McLeod and company had another answer. On second and goal from the 17, McLeod ran for 12 yards; one play later, Hart hit Jordan Forney on a wellThe Princeton Football Association will host players, coaches, university staff and administration along with families, friends and fans when they honor the 2008 team and celebrate 140 years of Princeton Football at the annual Donold B. Lourie ’22 Football Banquet. An All American player, Lourie was known as a triple threat — running, passing, kicking — in his three seasons of varsity play.


TIGER’S LAIR blocked wideout screen for a touchdown 3: 35 into the game. Three of Princeton’s next four drives would fail to produce a first down, and the fourth put the defense in another bad spot. On third and four from the Princeton 37, Anderson did a terrific job breaking free from a rush and looked for his top receiver, Will Thanheiser ’09. Unfortunately, the chemistry that has been there all season was missing on the play, and when Thanheiser started going down the field, Anderson threw it short. The pass was intercepted by All-Ivy linebacker Bobby Abare, and three plays later, Hart and Forney connected on a 12-yard score. Wornham took the last drive of the quarter for Princeton and moved the Tiger 35 yards on 13 plays, but his fourth-down pass at the Yale 34 would fall incomplete. The second half would be more of the same, as Princeton had only five possessions and got past midfield once. Princeton will conclude its 2008 season against Dartmouth, a team it has beaten four straight times. The dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, at the Hyatt Regency Princeton just off Route 1. Princeton alumni players will return to present the traditional Tiger football awards, including the Poe-Kazmaier Trophy, the top football honor given at Princeton. To make a reservation to join in the annual celebration, contact the Princeton Football office as soon as possible at (609) 258-3514 or by e-mail at

PRINCETON PERFORMANCE OFFENSE: RUSHING: Culbreath, 16-69; Anderson, 9-13; McCray, 2-7; Zimmerman, 2-4; Wornham, 1-3. PASSING: Anderson, 9-21-3-52; Wornham, 1-6-0-5. RECEIVING: Thanheiser, 4-25; Culbreath, 3-16; Zimmerman, 1-7; Peacock, 1-6; Berry, 1-3. DEFENSE: SACKS (No./Yds): Stetler, 1-11; Boyer, 1-11; Buchignani 1-5; Jackson, 0.5-5; Karacozoff, 0.5-4. INTERCEPTIONS (No./Yds): None. FUMBLE RECOVERY(No./Yds): None. TACKLES (U/A): Cates, 8-1; Cody, 7-0; Britton, 6-1; Jackson, 3-1; Karacozoff, 3-1; Stetler, 31; Kopolovich, 3-1; Kelly, 3-0; McGrath, 3-0; Newell, 3-0; Koch, 2-0; Ploszek, 2-0; Pritchard, 2-0; Wilkins, 1-0; Olofsson, 1-0; Kranz, 10; Anderson, 1-0; Boyer, 1-0; DeMaio, 1-0; Buchignani, 1-0.

PFA to honor 2008 team at annual banquet

Continued from Page 1 every year in our league. I am confident once our many missing starters are healed in the off season and the student-athletes that have filled in admirably this year get together for next season, the ball will start bouncing the Tiger’s way again. But first, we need to get out and beat Dartmouth to end this long season on a high note and make the great food at next week’s Donold B. Lourie ’22 Football Banquet taste a heck of a lot better (see above for details on the banquet). Thanks to those who bid on the outings in our online golf auction. Without this support it is difficult to make our numbers for the year. Much appreciated. Go Tigers! Frank Vuono ’78 President —2—



What is your greatest challenge as a Princeton Football player? One of the hardest thing about being a Princeton football player is balancing academics and athletics. This balancing act is manageable by using my time wisely. Why did you choose Princeton for your athletic and academic career? My decision to come to Princeton was two-fold. First, I decided to come to the Ivy League because of its academic excellence. Next, I chose Princeton over other Ivy schools because of its beautiful campus and geographic location. I really like Princeton’s location an hour from New York and an hour from Philadelphia. The location allowed me to visit the city without dealing with its business in my everyday life. When you are on the field, who or what inspires you? On the field I am first and foremost inspired by God. I am incredibly thankful for the abilities He has blessed me with and excited that playing football is a way for me to glorify God. Please tell us about your career plans. Although I am not completely sure about my plans after college, right now I anticipate that I will work for a few years in the financial or educational sector before going back to graduate school.

Brian Anderson
6-2, 205 pounds Jacksonville, Ill. Quarterback
At Jacksonville High School, lettered fours years in both football and basketball ... threw for more than 3,000 yards and rushed for more than 1,000 yards in his career ... started at point guard on the basketball team ... averaged 10 points, five rebounds and four assists per game ... earned math and Spanish awards ... a politics major.


Rumsfeld among Ivy Football Assoc. dinner honorees
The Ivy Football Association will host its fifth biannual dinner on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009 in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. Once again, alumni, fans and friends will gather to pay tribute to the grand and unique traditions of Ivy League football and to honor distinguished alumni from the eight institutions. The dinner will honor and celebrate Ivy League football and one distinguished alumnus from each of the eight institutions. Among the honorees this year is Donald H. Rumsfeld ’54 who captained the Tiger lightweight football team in his senior season. He is a former U.S. secretary of state, congressman, former ambassador to NATO, and former CEO, president and chairman of G.D. Searle & Co. Dinner registrations may be made and more information obtained at For more information contact Dana Bertotti at 212-810-4506.

What is your greatest challenge as a Princeton Football player? This probably sounds cliche, but managing your time is easily the toughest part about playing football here. You have to make sure to stay on top of your work, or it can get pretty overwhelming when it finally catches up with you. Why did you choose Princeton for your athletic and academic career? Princeton is an excellent school with an excellent football tradition. It was an easy choice to make. When you are on the field, who or what inspires you? My parents and my teammates. Without the love and support of my parents, I wouldn’t be where I am today. My teammates, on the other hand, have been a builtin support group for me from day one, and everything we do in this program, we do for each other. Please tell us about your career plans. I’m planning on looking for employment in the energy sector.

Zach Kranz


6-3, 225 pounds Tulsa, Okla. Tight end
At Holland Hall was a four-year letterwinner and all-conference selection at tight end ... named captain as a senior ... letterwinner as a shot putter on the track team ... National Merit Scholarship finalist as a senior ... all-state academic award winner ... a politics major
Is there anything about yourself you’d like to share with your fans? I’m in the middle of trying to write a novel, actually, but I think that’ll have to be put on hold until my thesis is done … .


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2008 Results
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Princeton vs. Dartmouth
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