Princeton may not have a reputation as a passing hotbed in college football circles, but quarterback Quinn Epperly's performance Saturday may begin to change that preconceived notion.
Epperly threw for 325 yards and accounted for six total touchdowns in Princeton's 53-20 defeat of Cornell, setting an FCS record for completing his first 29 passes.
The junior started the game hitting a series of passes underneath against loose coverages. He hit his first seven passes in the first quarter on two consecutive touchdown drives and then added 11 more to finish the first half 18-of-18. The onslaught continued in the second half, with Epperly stretching the Princeton lead all the way to 43-13 with 9:18 remaining in the third.
Epperly's record-setting pass came on an 8-yard jaunt to Seth DeValve on his team's next drive. His next pass went in DeValve's direction as well, but fell incomplete. He set a Princeton record with 32 straight completions dating back to last week's triple-overtime win over Harvard.
The previous FCS record was 28, which Richie Williams of Appalachian State set nearly a decade ago against Furman. The FBS record for consecutive completions is 26. It was set by Dominique Davis of East Carolina in a game against Navy in 2011.
Although Epperly would see two more of his passes hit the ground, he left Princeton Stadium with a career-best performance. He completed 32 of his 35 passes for 325 yards and three touchdowns through the air. A talented runner, Epperly also added 69 yards and three more scores on the ground.
Initially the backup behind Connor Michelsen, Epperly has ignited the offense since joining the starting lineup. Princeton has scored no fewer than 39 points with him acting as the primary quarterback and has jumped out to six straight wins since a season-opening loss to Lehigh.
Even still splitting reps with Michelsen, Epperly has managed to put up 1,361 yards and a conference-leading 18 touchdowns against only one interception this season. He's also completed 74.7 percent of his passes while adding 422 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground.
Undefeated in conference play, Princeton could be on its way to an Ivy League championship after amassing only six wins the past two years. The Tigers have games against Dartmouth, Penn and Yale remaining on their schedule.
Though all three schools have had success against Princeton in recent years, Epperly has his team bucking all recent trends. Saturday's win over Cornell snapped a three-game losing streak the Tigers had against the Big Red.
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