Last Saturday against visiting Cornell
produced one of the most remarkable performances in Tiger and Ivy League history as the junior lefty completed his
first 29 passes of a contest won 53-20 by Princeton
But by the end of the afternoon, the focus was squarely on Princeton University junior quarterback Quinn Epperly, who turned heads as he produced one of the most remarkable performances in Tiger and Ivy League history.
Ending the game completing 32-of-35 passes for 325 yards and three touchdowns, Epperly
triggered a 53-20 rout of the Big Red before a crowd of 7,206 as Princeton
improved to 6-1 overall and 4-0 Ivy
, taking sole possession of first place in the league standings.
Early in the afternoon, Epperly
had the sense that he
was in a groove.
"At halftime one of the other quarterbacks came up and asked if we had an incompletion and I said I couldn't really remember one," recalled Epperly
, whose playing style is reminiscent of Tim Tebow, sounded sentiments similar to the former Florida star and Heisman Trophy winner.
"It is an honor," said Epperly
who rushed for a team-high 69 yards and three touchdowns.
"You could tell he was on fire," said Surace of Epperly
, who was named the Ivy Offensive Player of the Week for a record third straight week and was featured prominently on ESPN's SportsCenter throughout Saturday night.
The Tigers marched 31 yards on six plays and took a 7-0 lead after a 7-yard touchdown pass from Epperly
to Roman Wilson.
After a Cornell field goal, Epperly
excelled with his
feet and arm, rushing for 27 yards and hitting three passes in a drive culminated by his
one-yard plunge as the Tigers went up 15-3.
With its lead narrowed to 15-13, Princeton
broke the game open as Epperly
second TD of the game to culminate an 80-yard scoring march and then ran for a third with 1:01 left in the half as Princeton
built a 29-13 lead heading into intermission.
On the next Tiger possession, Epperly
found Wilson in the end zone for a 17-yard scoring strike as the lead increased to 43-13.
With the Tigers headed to Philadelphia for a critical clash at Penn (4-3 overall, 3-1 Ivy), Epperly
is not going to let the accolades from his
record-breaking effort distract him from the task at hand.
"We focus in on what we can control, coming to practice every week, working hard, and trying to win the remaining games," said Epperly
, who has passed for 18 touchdowns and rushed for 14 more this fall to help the Tigers win six straight since an opening day loss to Lehigh.