When your quarterback accounts for six touchdowns it is not easy to steal the spotlight from him. However setting a school record for touchdown receptions that has stood for nearly a quarter century qualifies as special.
Princeton senior wide receiver Jesper Horsted became the all-time touchdown receptions leader for the Tigers with a trio of TD grabs in Princeton’s home opening blowout of Monmouth.
Horsted, who had a monster 2017 season and is picking up where he left off, now has 20 touchdowns catches for his career and counting and becoming the all-time leader earns the Minnesota native the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week.
The 6-4, 225-pound 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.
He tied Graham’s mark with a 29-yard reception just before the half to put the Tigers in front 30-9, and took over the No. 1 spot in style with an 81-yard catch-and-run midway through the third quarter.
Horsted finished with eight catches for 150 yards on a day when Princeton rolled up more than 600 yards of offense led by quarterback John Lovett’s 332 yards and five touchdowns. The Tigers are 2-0 and have scored 50-plus points in back-to-back games to open a season for the first time since 1886.
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