PRINCETON, N.J. - Princeton scored four times in the second quarter to defeat Columbia 53-7 at Powers Field. Columbia fell to 0-3, 0-1 Ivy League, while Princeton improved to 2-1, 1-0 Ivy League.
Princeton scored with 4:20 remaining in the first quarter when Quinn Epperly hit Roman Wilson for a 13-yard touchdown pass, giving the Tigers a 7-0 lead. Princeton scored twice in the first five minutes of the second quarter, giving the Tigers a 22-0 lead after the two-point conversion.
Princeton sustained a six-minute drive and found the end zone with just over two minutes remaining in the half on a nine-yard pass from Epperly to Wilson, but Columbia answered with a three-play, 73-yard touchdown drive to make the score 29-7. Kelly Hilinski hit Scooter Hollis on a quick slant for a 70-yard touchdown pass to put the Lions on the board. It was Hilinski's first collegiate touchdown pass, and Hollis' first collegiate touchdown catch.
Princeton added another score to make it 36-7 at the break, and added three more touchdowns for the final 53-7 margin.
Paul Delaney averaged 41.5 yards per punt with a long of 54 yards, one inside the 20 yard line and four punts that were fair-caught.
Offensively for Princeton, Quinn Epperly threw for four touchdowns with 272 yards. Roman Wilson had 144 yards receiving.
Columbia returns to action on Saturday, October 12, when they host No. 10 Lehigh for a noon game, which will be televised on NBCSports.