Thirty minutes into last week’s contest with Brown, the Princeton football team appeared to be back on track. The Tigers led the Bears 13-0 and looked to be in line for their first win since the second week of the season. Instead, Princeton saw its lead dissolve completely and lost 17-13. As has often been the case this season, the main culprit was injury. The Tigers lost junior quarterback Tommy Wornham, senior running back Jordan Culbreath, and senior fullback Matt Zimmerman to injuries during the game.
This week, in the homecoming game against Harvard, Princeton faces the preseason Ivy League favorite, which has had its share of hiccups this year. In its wins, Harvard has looked very good. But the Crimson was blasted by Brown in its Ivy opener, and dropped a 21-19 game to Lehigh last week after leading 17-0 at half time.
Harvard’s passing offense is somewhat weaker than it has been in the past, but the running game is dangerous. The Crimson has scored nine touchdowns on the ground in five games. Defensively, Harvard has been aggressive, intercepting five passes and sacking the quarterback 17 times this season.
Both teams will be desperate for a win this week. With one Ivy loss already, Harvard doesn’t want to see its league title pursuit end. Princeton is simply trying to avoid losing its fourth straight game.