Princeton Defeats Kwansei Gakuin University in 2015 Legacy Bowl

Princeton Tigers sophomore Chad Kanoff was named the 2015 Legacy Bowl MVP after he completed 15 of 20 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns during Princeton’s 36-7 victory over the Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters to complete both Princeton’s international trip to Japan and its 2015 spring practice season.

A full replay of the match can be found at the bottom of this article.

Kanoff, one of the main competitors for the starting quarterback position following the impending graduations of 2013 Bushnell Cup recipient Quinn Epperly and Connor Michelsen, was not the only offensive standout in an impressive Tiger performance during its annual Spring Game — even if this was the furthest thing from its actual Spring Game.

Sophomore AJ Glass rushed 12 times for 57 yards and two touchdowns, while junior Dré Nelson rushed 11 times for 77 yards. Sophomore Joe Rhattigan added 11 rushes for 40 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore James Frusciante, who came on at the end of last season, including his first career touchdown catch at Yale, caught six passes for 66 yards and a touchdown. Junior Isaiah Barnes had three catches for 44 yards and a touchdown, while tight end Scott Carpenter had three catches for 53 yards.

Freshman Jon Lovett had the kind of game Princeton fans have gotten used to from its quarterback rotation over the last two years. He caught five passes for 65 yards, rushed for 40 yards and a touchdown, and threw for 10 yards.

On the defensive side of the ball, both Markus Phox and Sam Huffman had interceptions, while Matt Arends and Quincy Wolff recorded sacks. Overall, the rushing defense limited Kwansei Gakuin, which scored its lone touchdown late in the game, to only 35 yards on 25 carries. Sophomore Dorian Williams added a blocked field goal attempt.

“I was pleased by the execution and balance we showed on offense and how physical we played on defense,” head coach Bob Surace said. “We rarely get live special teams work in the spring, and both Luke Catarius and Mark Fossati led an impressive day. We have a lot to work to do in the next six months prior to Lafayette and I’m looking forward to our finishing off the spring getting stronger and faster.”

2015 Legacy Bowl: Princeton Tigers v. Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters

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John McKeon is a former professional and collegiate American Football player and coach now living and working in New York. His goal is to spread news, information, and opinion on the global growth of the sport he loves.