Jesper Horsted Breaks TD Receiving Record As Tigers Dominate Monmouth 51-9
It's not easy to overshadow a quarterback who throws five touchdown passes and rushes for another, or a fellow receiver who catches 11 passes for 179 yards. But Jesper Horsted did just that during a record-setting performance in Princeton's dominant home-opening rout of Monmouth Saturday in front of 11,000+ fans on Community and Staff Day. Horsted broke Princeton's all-time touchdown receptions record during the Tigers' 51-9 victory over a Hawks team that reached the NCAA tournament last year. Horsted entered the game two touchdowns shy of Derek Graham's record of 19, which he set during the 1984 season, but he cut that deficit in half with a 3-yard score in the first quarter. That was a historic play in its own way, as it was the first to ever be reviewed at Princeton Stadium. The Ivy League adopted the replay rule this past season, and officials determined that Horsted did have possession of the ball in the end zone, a play that opened an early 14-3 lead. The record-tying score came late in the 2nd quarter, a double move that left his defender in the dust for a 29-yard touchdown. By the time John Lovett — you know, the quarterback who has already accounted for 10 touchdowns this season — rushed for a 7-yard score early in the third quarter, the outcome seemed well in hand. The only thing left to decide was whether Horsted would actually break the record in front of his home crowd. He made it a memorable one.