Princeton Defense Smothers Brown to Improve to 3-2 on Season with 19-0 Victory

Mark BatorAnalyst IIOctober 16, 2012

Nov 20, 2010; Princeton, NJ, USA;  Princeton Tigers running back Brian Mills (20) is stopped for no gain by Dartmouth Big Green defensive end Buddy Benaderet (92) and defensive tackle Eddie Smith (99) with help from defensive back Mike Banaciski (45) and linebacker Luke Hussey (49). Dartmouth Big Green defeats Princeton Tigers 31-0. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

Six points is all that stands between the Princeton Tigers and being 5-0 on the season. After losing their season-opener 17-14 to Lehigh, and then dropping a 21-20 decision to Georgetown, the Tigers have won three straight and are now in a position to battle for first place in the Ivy League.

The Princeton defense held Brown to 17 yards rushing, collected three turnovers and held the Bears to just 3-of-15 on third down conversions. Despite yielding 225 yards passing, the Tigers' defense shut out the Bears, 19-0, recording the first Princeton shutout since 2005.

Brown quarterback Patrick Donnelly (25-for-50) was intercepted twice and sacked six times by the Princeton pass rush. The Bears had no answer for senior defensive lineman Caraun Reid, who not only made one tackle for a safety, but also recorded 2.5 sacks on the day.

For the third straight week, Connor Michelsen (13-of-22 for 156 yards) and Quinn Epperly (3-of-5 for 30 yards) split time at quarterback, and for the third straight week, the Princeton offense out-gained the opposition in total yards in the game.

Between them, the Princeton quarterbacks spread the ball around to 10 different receivers, none of which had more than two receptions in the contest.

The Tigers' ground attack provided the scoring, with sophomores Will Powers (14 carries for 57 yards) and Spenser Huston finding the end zone during the game. The rushing attack also helped the Tigers control the clock, as Princeton held the ball nearly seven minutes more in the game than the Bears.

Princeton will next play host to 5-0 Harvard on Oct. 20, with first place in the Ivy League on the line.