Best of 2010: Brackett Throws Five Touchdowns in Rout of Princeton
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

During the final weeks of 2010, will highlight some of the best moments of 2010, highlighting the outstanding accomplishments of our student-athletes, coaches and teams in random order.

October 2, 2010


In the 120+ years of Columbia Football, the Lions had never beaten Princeton in consecutive years - until October 2, 2010.  With memories of Columbia's 38-0 shutout at Princeton in 2009 long gone, the 2010 Lions took the field at Robert K. Kraft field with distinct purpose. And while the win was an outstanding team effort, there was one particular performance that stole the show. 

It took a quarter to get warmed up, but when trailing 7-0, Columbia sophomore quarterback Sean Brackett switched gears and took to the air. Trailing for only four minutes, Columbia scored five unanswered touchdowns before Princeton got on the board again.

Brackett, in one of the great individual performances of 2010, completed 18 of 24 pass attempts for 273 yards and five passing touchdowns in the game, tying a Columbia record set by Paul Governali in 1942 and tied by John Witkowski vs. Dartmouth in 1982.  Columbia's 42 points were the most scored against Princeton in school history.

Columbia finished with 528 yards of offense, just 20 yards shy of a school record.

Brackett, an eventual first team All-Ivy League honoree, was named Co-Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week and the ECAC selected Brackett as its Football Championships Subdivision Offensive Player of the Week.