O'Malley Throws for 325 Yards in 38-17 Loss to Princeton
EASTON, Pa. -- Princeton scored 28 straight points from the second quarter into the third to pull away to a 38-17 win over the Leopard football team on Saturday night at Fisher Stadium.
Freshman quarterback Sean O'Malley threw for a career-high 325 yards, completing 30-of-44 (also career highs) for two touchdowns. O'Malley found seven targets, including Joey Chenoweth who finished with four catches for 113 yards, including a 70-yard TD strike early in the fourth quarter.
In the first quarter, Princeton (2-0) scored first, using Tavish Rice's 25-yard field goal to finish off a 14-play, 76-yard drive. Lafayette followed with an 11-play, 75-yard drive with a mix of the run and pass. O'Malley's five-yard strike to Dylan Wadsworth gave the Leopards' their first lead of the game, 7-3.
The Princeton offense cranked out another scoring drive to re-take the lead. QB Chad Kanoff connected with Alex Parkinson for 14 yards and a 10-7 Princeton advantage.
The Leopard defense created Lafayette's next scoring chance, as Demetrius Breedlove's strip sack of Kanoff gave Lafayette the ball at the Princeton 28. After DeSean Brown picked up 15 yards on first down, the offense sputtered and the Leopards settled for a 22-yard field goal by Jeffrey Kordenbrock that knotted the game at 10-10.
The Tigers took the lead for good on their next possession when Charlie Volker ran it in from 19 yards out. A Leopard punt gave Princeton the ball back just before the half ended and Princeton added a one-yard TD plunge by Ryan Quigley as Princeton led 24-10 at halftime.
Princeton's offense continued to churn out points in the second half. Kanoff hit Jesper Horsted for touchdown passes of seven and nine yards, as the preseason Ivy League favorite extended its lead to 38-10 with 14:26 left in the game. Kanoff finished the night 31-of-42 for 256 yards, with two interceptions and three TD's.
The Leopards added their final score just a minute after Horsted's second TD, when Chenoweth broke away from a defender for a 70-yard score in the 38-17 final. It was the longest play from scrimmage for the Leopards (0-4) this season.
Defensively for the Leopards, Brandon Bryant made a game-high 13 tackles, including nine solo stops, and added an interception on Princeton's first drive of the third quarter. Jerry Powe contributed his own pick late in the game and finished with eight tackles, matching Trent Crossan's eight stops after getting his first career start at safety.
Lafayette opens Patriot League play on Saturday, traveling to Worcester, Mass. to face Holy Cross in a 1:05 p.m. kick.