PRINCETON — When the lights came on, Dylan Classi turned in the best performance in his career.
The senior wide receiver had a career-high in catches and yards to help Princeton beat Brown, 35-19, in an Ivy League game on Friday night at Powers Field at Princeton Stadium.
“I just do my job,” Classi said after he hauled in nine passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns. “If the ball finds me, hopefully I can make the play.”
In reality, that’s Classi being modest about what he does for the undefeated Tigers (5-0).
This marked the third time he eclipsed the 100-yard mark in five games, while also marking the first time he’s got in the end zone. Both touchdowns were in the third quarter as Princeton pushed its lead out to 18 points.
Suffice to say Classi and quarterback Blake Stenstrom were on the same page.
“We spent a lot of time with each other and he’s been able to develop chemistry with all the wide receivers and not just myself,” Classi said. “I think it’s a testament to the player he is and his work ethic.”
What makes Princeton so difficult to defend is that Classi and Andrei Iosivas are the best 1-2 punch in the league. Iosivas came into the game leading the Ivy League in receiving, but Brown did a decent job defending the speedy Hawaiian by holding him to 39 yards on three catches.
Pick your poison with the Tigers because now Classi, the former Bergen Catholic standout, is the league’s leader receiver with 476 yards.
“It’s great to have two,” said coach Bob Surace, who likened it to his days with the Bengals when they had Chad Ochocinco and T.J. Houshmandzadeh. “You see that on other levels, when you have two and they try to take away one, the other one does a great job.”
Classi said it’s a brotherly relationship he has with Iosivas, Together they have combined for 923 yards.
“He’s one of the most gifted athletes I’ve ever been around and I’m able to learn so much from just watching him play,” Classi said. “We have a great bond. We celebrate each others’ success. I love playing with him. He’s such a dynamic player when he gets the ball in his hands, you make one guy miss and he’s off to the races. I think we work well together and we’ve been working hard the past four years and it’s great to see it come to fruition.”
Next up for Princeton is a trip to Harvard next Friday night, but first a celebration of a career night.
Or maybe not?
“Go to sleep,” Classi said. “I’m tired.”