PRINCETON, N.J.—After scoring the game-winning touchdown on a 63-yard reception and setting a school-record with 236 yards receiving in a 28-24 win at Princeton, Columbia sophomore wide receiver Ronald Smith II was named the Ivy League’s Offensive Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday afternoon. Smith becomes the first Columbia player to earn the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week award since Sean Brackett on October 4, 2010.
In addition to his Ivy League award, Smith was also named an honorable mention CFPA FCS National Performer of the Week and Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week by CollegeSportsMadness.com.
With Columbia trailing 24-21 and 1:12 left in the game, Smith caught a pass from senior quarterback Anders Hill, surged past a Princeton defender and raced 45 yards into the end zone to give Columbia a 28-24 road victory over defending Ivy League champion Princeton. With the win, Columbia Football is off to a perfect 3-0 start for the first time since 1996.
On the day, Smith set the Columbia school and Princeton Stadium records with a career-high 236 receiving yards on 10 receptions. His 236-yard receiving game ranks 11th among single-game totals in Ivy League history and marks the fourth highest total in FCS football this year. He also tied a career-high with two touchdown receptions and caught two TD passes for the second consecutive game. He surpassed Columbia’s single-game receiving yards record of 214 yards set by Bill Wazevich vs. Princeton on October 7, 1967. His game-winning 63-yard touchdown reception marked the longest catch of his career. The performance marked Smith’s third 100-yard receiving game of his career. His previous career-high for receiving yards was 195 yards and his career-high for receptions still stands at 11 vs. Yale on Oct. 28, 2016.
In the national FCS statistical rankings, Smith ranked seventh in receiving yards per game (125.3), 12th in receptions per game (7.0) and 16th in touchdowns receiving (4). He leads the Ivy League in receiving yards per game (125.3), ranks third in receptions per game (7.0) and all-purpose yards per game (125.3) and fifth in scoring (24.0 points). In three games, he has 21 receptions for 376 yards (17.9 yards per catch) and has scored four touchdowns. Over his eight-game and five-start career, Smith has totaled 42 receptions for 718 yards (17.1 yards per catch) and eight touchdowns.