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In Princeton’s win over Yale Nov. 14, the Tigers were solid in nearly every phase of the game. The running game made consistent gains, taking some pressure off quarterback Tommy Wornham ’12, and Wornham managed the offense well, steering clear of interceptions. The main flaws on offense — four fumbles lost — were counterbalanced by Princeton’s defense, which recovered one fumble and snagged three interceptions.
“In the games that we’ve won, winning the turnover battle has been paramount — that and not giving up big plays,” head coach Roger Hughes said. “I know they’re two cliché statistics, but they’re crucial.”
Protecting the ball will be important this week against Dartmouth, an improving team that has shown occasional dominance in the running game. Sophomore tailback Nick Schwieger ran for a school-record 242 yards in a 28-6 win over Columbia Oct. 24. Two weeks later, Big Green freshman quarterback Greg Patton broke that rushing record — by one yard — in a double-overtime win over Cornell.
Princeton and Dartmouth are even in the all-time series (42 wins for each and four ties), but the Tigers have beaten the Big Green five straight times, including a decisive 28-10 win last year. Dartmouth head coach Buddy Teevens recognized that trend in this week’s Ivy football teleconference, calling Princeton “a quality opponent that’s really owned us.” But, he added, “What we need to do is focus on how we play. We can’t get distracted too greatly with what the past history has been.”