Saturday, November 22, 2008
PRINCETON, N.J. — Princeton’s Jordan Culbreath ran for a career-high 276 yards as the host Tigers sent the Dartmouth Big Green to a 28-10 defeat at Princeton Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers end their season with a 4-6 record and 3-4 mark in the Ivy League, while the Big Green suffered their 12th straight loss and first winless season in 125 years at 0-10 overall and 0-7 in the league.
The highlight of the day for Dartmouth was an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by junior Peter Pidermann (Hialeah, Fla.). This was the second straight week the Big Green returned a kickoff for a touchdown with freshman Shawn Abuhoff (Hialeah, Fla.) taking back a 94-yarder last week against Brown.
Culbreath’s 276 yards on the ground and nine receiving yards accounted for 67 percent of Princeton’s 423 total yards of offense. Quarterback Brian Anderson completed 10-of-18 passes for just 80 yards, including a one-yard scoring strike.
Dartmouth junior quarterback Alex Jenny (Wayland, Mass.) came off the bench to throw for 177 yards, completing 15-of-25, but was sacked three times. As a team the Big Green lost 11 yards rushing, their lowest output of the season. Senior Philip Galligan (Moraga, Calif.) had 86 receiving yards on four catches, while fellow senior Eric Paul (The Woodlands, Texas) led Dartmouth with six receptions for 45 yards in the game of their careers.
“I’d rather not be on this side of Dartmouth history,” said head coach Buddy Teevens. “But the way our guys carried themselves week in and week out, staying upbeat and not getting down on themselves, is a true testament of their character. I feel badly for the way the season went for these great young men, but I am very proud of who they are and how they went about their business.”
Dartmouth found itself in an early 7-0 hole when Culbreath broke a career-long 58-yard dash to the end zone on Princeton’s second play from scrimmage. Culbreath bounced off a tackler near the left sideline, then cut back to the right to get past the defense.
A Big Green fumble gave the Tigers the ball back in Dartmouth territory, but defensive end Malcolm Freberg (Marietta, Ga.) picked off a screen pass and returned it 52 yards to the Princeton 11. The Green could not take advantage of the field position, however, and after lining up for a 28-yard field goal into a brisk wind, they attempted a fake. The Tigers were wise to the trickery and stopped the pitch to kicker Foley Schmidt (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) cold at the 10.
The defense bent but did not break as Princeton ran 16 plays, taking more than nine minutes, down to the Big Green 14 before sophomore Buddy Benedaret (Palo Alto, Calif.) stopped a quarterback keeper on 4th-and-1 for a two-yard loss. Three plays later, an interception by Blake Clemons on the first play of the second quarter put the Tigers in excellent position to score at the Dartmouth 20. Princeton did not fail to put points on the board this time as Anderson cut back into the line on a two-yard keeper for the touchdown and a 14-0 lead.
On the strength of a 41-yard pass from Jenny to Galligan, the Big Green were able to get on the board before the half expired. Schmidt drilled a 22-yard field goal with 1:16 on the clock to make the score 14-3.
Princeton got the ball to start the second half, and the Tigers marched 67 yards in nine plays to take a 21-3 advantage. The Big Green had a pair of goal-line stops before Anderson faked the handoff and tossed a one-yard touchdown to Billy Mitchell.
The score didn’t remain 21-3 for long as Pidermann returned the ensuing kickoff for his touchdown, shooting directly down the left sideline through a hole for the six points. Schmidt booted the extra point to make it 21-10.
Without much of a breather, the Dartmouth defense could not contain the Tiger rushing attack, specifically Culbreath, who broke a 52-yarder down to the Big Green five. Two plays later, Culbreath got the rest of the distance for the touchdown and a 28-10 lead.
Neither team could score for the remainder of the game, although Dartmouth did drive down to the Tiger five in the fourth quarter before being stymied by the Princeton defense.
Sophomore Tim McManus (St. Paul, Minn.) became the 16th receiver in Dartmout history to amass 1,000 receiving yards in a career by catching five passes for 41 yards. He has two seasons ahead of him with 1,022 career yards. He also became just the fifth Big Green receiver with 60 receptions in a season, finishing with exactly 60.