Sophomore place-kicker Nickolas Null drilled a 43-yard field goal with 48 seconds remaining to lift Cornell into first place in the Ivy League standings thanks to a 29-28 comeback win at Princeton on Saturday evening.
Facing the defending Ivy League champion and preseason favorite Tigers in the 100th meeting between the programs under the lights on national television, the Big Red added another chapter to one of the most exciting series in college football. The game was the 14th time in the last 28 years the Cornell-Princeton game was decided by a field goal or less or in overtime.
The Nickolas Null FG is good. Cornell takes a 29-28 lead with 0:48 left. pic.twitter.com/W5ep35inbD
— Cornell Big Red (@CornellSports) October 29, 2017
Null’s field goal, his second of the fourth quarter and third of the game, erased a 12-point fourth quarter deficit and pushed the Big Red to 3-1 in Ancient Eight play for the first time since 2000 – matching Columbia and Yale at the top of the standings. With three games remaining, the Big Red controls its own destiny in search of its fourth Ivy League title in school history.
BOX SCORE: Cornell 29, Princeton 28
PHOTO GALLERY: A Gallery of the Upset
RECAP: Cornell moves into first place with last-minute field goal