1:00 PM ET, November 1, 2003
Princeton Stadium, PRINCETON, NJ
PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) -- Matt Verbit threw two of his three touchdown passes in a 22-second span in the first quarter Saturday to help Princeton defeat Cornell 28-6 and hand the Big Red their sixth straight loss.
Verbit hit tailback Jon Veach on a 32-yard scoring pass with 11:15 left in the first quarter, then found Blair Morrison on a 23-yard touchdown pass just seconds later after Princeton (2-5, 2-2 Ivy League) recovered a fumble.
Verbit also had a 16-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to Jon Dekker, capping a 12-play, 88-yard drive that consumed more than five minutes.
Veach also scored on a 4-yard run in the fourth quarter to send Cornell (1-6, 0-4) to its longest losing streak since it opened the 1985 season with six straight losses.
The Big Red have not lost seven games in a row in one season since 1977, although they had a run that long spanning the 84-85 seasons.
Princeton's defense, which forced three turnovers and had four sacks, contributed to both of the Tigers' quick first-quarter touchdowns.
Defensive linemen Peter Kelly and Joe Weiss had sacks on the opening possession by the Big Red. Princeton took over at the Cornell 32 following the punt.
On the first play, Cornell failed to pick up Veach circling out of the backfield, and Verbit found him wide open along the left sideline for a walk-in touchdown.
Quarterback Mick Razzano fumbled on Cornell's next play from scrimmage while being chased by linebacker Alan Borelli. Weiss recovered at the 23-yard line.
Verbit went to the right side on the Tigers' next play and found Morrison behind linebacker Brad Kitlowski for another easy touchdown.
Verbit, who was 13-of-23 for 239 yards, completed passes of 12 and 14 yards on the drive that he capped with a third-down TD pass to Dekker.
Safety NickBrown had a fumble recovery and an interception in the fourth quarter.
Cornell squandered a scoring chance on the opening drive of the second half when Trevor MacMeekin's 38-yard field goal attempt bounced off the upright.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||2-18||3-13|
|4th Down Conversions||2-2||0-1|
|TD||11:15||JON VEACH 32 YD PASS FROM MATT VERBIT (COLIN MCDONOUGH KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 32 yards.
|TD||10:53||BLAIR MORRISON 23 YD PASS FROM MATT VERBIT (COLIN MCDONOUGH KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 23 yards.
|TD||3:05||JON DEKKER 16 YD PASS FROM MATT VERBIT (COLIN MCDONOUGH KICK)|
Drive info: 12 plays, 88 yards.
|TD||8:44||JON VEACH 4 YD RUN (DEREK JAVARONE KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 59 yards.
|TD||3:16||JOHN KELLNER 37 YD PASS FROM D.J. BUSCH (FAILED 2PT RUSH)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 53 yards.