2000 Princeton Tigers football
ConferenceIvy League
2000 record3–7 (3–4 Ivy)
Head coachRoger Hughes (1st season)
CaptainMichael F. Higgins
Home stadiumPrinceton Stadium
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Template:2000 Ivy League football standings The 2000 Princeton Tigers football team represented Princeton University in the 2000 NCAA Division I-AA football season. In their first year under head coach Roger Hughes, the team compiled a 3–7 record (3–4 against Ivy League opponents) and finished in fifth place in the Ivy League. The team played its home games at Princeton Stadium in Princeton, New Jersey.

The John P. Poe - Richard W. Kazmaier, Jr. Football Trophy, given annually to "a member of the Princeton football team of good moral character, who, during the season in addition to proving himself a player of ability, has best exemplified [specified] traits and characteristics," was awarded to seniors Michael F. Higgins and Dennis M. Norman.[1] Higgins was also the 2000 team captain.[2]


September 161:30 PMat Lafayette*L 17–24
September 237:00 PMLehigh*L 18–20
September 301:30 PMat ColumbiaW 27–24 OT
October 71:00 PMat Colgate*L 6–34
October 141:00 PMBrown
  • Princeton University Stadium
  • Princeton, NJ
W 55–28
October 211:00 PMHarvard
  • Princeton University Stadium
  • Princeton, NJ
L 21–35
October 281:00 PMat CornellL 24–25
November 41:00 PMPenn
  • Princeton University Stadium
  • Princeton, NJ
L 24–40
November 1112:30 PMat YaleW 19–14
November 181:00 PMDartmouth
  • Princeton University Stadium
  • Princeton, NJ
L 37–43


Game summariesEdit


Princeton at Lafayette
by Quarter1234 Total
Princeton 0 0 0 17 17
Lafayette 0 0 0 24 24
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On September 16, 2000, Princeton opened its season in its first game under head coach Roger Hughes. The Tigers lost to Lafayette, 24-17. The game was tied at 17 with nine seconds left, and Lafayette faced second down at the Princeton one-yard line. Lafayette went for the touchdown and scored for the win.[4]


On September 23, 2000, Princeton lost to #19 Lehigh, 20-18, at Princeton Stadium. Lehigh scored 20 points in the first half and was held scoreless in the second half as the Tigers mounted a comeback effort. The effort fell short, as Princeton was unable to score a touchdown and settled for six Taylor Northrop field goals, including a 50-yarder. After the game, head coach Roger Hughes said, "I don't believe in moral victories, although, I'm very proud of how our kids played. Our kids played every snap of every quarter. I told them afterwards in the locker room that they have nothing to hang their heads about. [I told them] 'You became men today.'"[5]


On September 30, 2000, Princeton defeated Columbia, 27-24, with a field goal in overtime. The game was the Ivy League opener for both teams.[6]


On October 7, 2000, Princeton lost to Colgate, 34-6. Princeton's Kyle Brandt rushed for 80 yards on 11 carries.[7]


On October 14, 2000, Princeton defeated Brown, 55-28, in front of a crowd of 18,113 spectators. David Splithoff became the first freshman to start at quarterback in Princeton football history. In his first start, Splithoff completed 13 of 17 passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns and led the Tigers to 514 yards of offense and 55 points.[8][9]


On October 21, 2000, Princeton lost to Harvard, 35-21, at Princeton Stadium. Harvard outgained Princeton 492 total yards to 294. Princeton was also charged with 12 penalties.[10][11] The loss to Harvard was the fifth in a row, representing Princeton's longest losing streak in the long history of the Harvard–Princeton football rivalry.[12]


On October 28, 2000, Princeton lost a close game to Cornell, 25-24. Princeton scored a potential tying touchdown late with 11 seconds remaining, but kicker Taylor Northrop slipped on wet turf and missed the kick for point after touchdown.[13]


On November 4, 2000, Princeton took an early lead, but Penn then scored 34 unanswered points and defeated the Tigers, 40-24.[13]


On November 11, 2000, Priceton defeated Yale, 19-14. Yale took a 14-3 lead at halftime, but Princeton scored 16 unanswered points in the second half. With 16 second remaining, Princeton scored the winning touchdown on a 32-yard pass from quarterback Jon Blevins to wide receiver Chisom Opara.[14]


On November 18, 2000, Princeton ended its season with a 42-37 loss against Dartmouth. Dartmouth quarterback Greg Smith completed 20 of 27 passes for 308 yards and four touchdowns. After the game, head coach Roger Hughes said the following about his team's seniors: "While I'm very saddened by losing them, I'm also excited about the future in that these seniors have given us a great foundation to build on."[15]


The following players won varsity letters for their participation in the 2000 Princeton football team:[16]

  • Cameron T. Atkinson ’03
  • Gary N. Baumwoll ’02
  • Jonathan W. Blevins ’01
  • Kyle R. Brandt ’01
  • Andrew V. Bryant ’03
  • David B Camarillo ’01
  • Martin K. Cheatham ’01
  • Djordje D. Citovic ’01
  • Robert G. Currey ’03
  • Ismael H. El-Amin ’03
  • Robert E. Farrell ’02
  • Andrew D. Frank ’01
  • Nicholas A. Freitag ’01
  • Jonathan F. Ganter ’02
  • Michael F. Higgins ’01
  • Phillip E. Jackman ’02
  • Zakary A. Keasey ’04
  • Timothy A. Kirby ’04
  • Kevin A. Kongslie ’03
  • Steven G. Koopman ’01
  • Michael W. Long ’02
  • Timothy J. Ligue ’01
  • Jonathan E. Luick ’01
  • Blair W. Morrison ’04
  • Brandon P. Mueller ’04
  • Dennis M. Norman ’01
  • Taylor B. Northrop ’02
  • Chisomaga N. Opara ’03
  • John D. Owens ’01
  • J. Matthew Peluse ’02
  • C. Blake Perry ’04
  • Stephen P. Pierce ’01
  • Nathan P. Podsakoff ’01
  • John V. Raveche ’01
  • James A. Rogers ’03
  • Christopher S. Roser-Jones ’02
  • Jason M. Rotman ’01
  • Patrick C. Schottel ’03
  • Donald Scott ’03
  • Paul B. Simbi ’03
  • John M. Solic ’01
  • Aron E. Tremble ’01
  • Ross F. Tucker ’01
  • C. Clark Webb ’03
  • Joseph W. Weiss ’04
  • Brian P. Wilson ’01


  1. "Princeton Football Record Book". Princeton University. 2014.
  2. Princeton Football Record Book, p. 32.
  3. Fox Sports. "Princeton Tigers Football Schedule - 2000 Team Schedule".
  4. Andy Funk (September 18, 2000). "Lafayette receivers outsize football's secondary". The Daily Princetonian.
  5. David Mordkoff (September 25, 2000). "Football's comeback effort falls short in final moments against No. 19 Lehigh". The Daily Princetonian.
  6. Brandon Lilly (October 1, 2000). "Princeton Rallies Past Columbia". The New York Times.
  7. Andy Funk (October 9, 2000). "Patriot Shames: Loss to Colgate drops football to 0-3 against Patriot League". The Daily Princetonian.
  8. Alex Iliff (October 16, 2000). "Football remains unbeaten in Ivies with Brown victory".
  9. "Athlete of the Week: David Splithoff". The Daily Princetonian. October 17, 2000.
  10. Alex Iliff (October 23, 2000). "Extinguished: Bonfire hopes fizzle as football falls to Harvard". The Daily Princetonian.
  11. Mackie Dougherty (October 23, 2000). "Football beats Princeton, moves into 5 way tie for Ivy lead". The Harvard Crimson.
  12. "Ivy League". The Palm Beach Post: p. 6BB. October 22, 2000.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Andy Funk (November 6, 2000). "Two plays steal momentum, leave football looking up at rest of league". The Daily Princetonian.
  14. Jack Cavanaugh (November 12, 2000). "Princeton Comeback Ends Yale Hopes for Ivy Repeat". The New York Times.
  15. David Mordkoff (November 20, 2000). "The grass is greener on the other side as football loses see-saw battle with Dartmouth". The Daily Princetonian.
  16. "Princeton Football Record Book". Princeton University. 2014. p. 14.
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