HANOVER, N.H. – Despite 11 penalties, despite just 93 yards passing for the game, Princeton still had a chance.
This year’s team usually did, unlike the 1-9 Tigers of 2010. But after Chuck Dibilio ’15 gained only two yards on first down at the Dartmouth 19 and quarterback Quinn Epperly ’15 next was buried for a five-yard loss on an option run, Princeton, down seven with just over three minutes to go, faced third-and-13.
Coach Bob Surace ’90 rolled the dice. He pulled Epperly, who had run for two touchdowns and 88 yards as a first-time starter, and put in Connor Michelsen ’15, who had not played all season. Michelsen spotted Isaac Serwanga ’12 open on a slant in the end zone, but did not see linebacker Bronson Green lurking nearby. Green picked off the pass, and Dartmouth ran out the clock, sealing the win and extinguishing what little chance remained for Dibilio to win the 2012 Ivy League rushing title.
A second consecutive 1-9 Tiger season (1-6 Ivy) ended with another whimper, a 24-17 loss to the Big Green (5-5, 4-3).
“We prepared [Michelsen] to run those plays,” said Surace. “It’s like going to the bullpen.
“We have quarterbacks who run the ball well and some who throw the ball well. We’ll see [what freshmen] we bring in, but this is the way it’s likely going to be [next season].”