PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) -- Branden Benson scored the go-ahead
touchdown in the fourth quarter and Princeton added a 50-yard
scoring pass from Matt Verbit to Brian Shields in a 24-10 victory
over Brown on Saturday.
The win enabled Princeton (4-1, 2-0 Ivy League) to equal its
best start under head coach Roger Hughes while Brown (3-2, 0-2) had
a two-game winning streak snapped.
With the scored tied at 10, Princeton's Mike Meehan tipped a
Joseph DiGiacomo pass and Zak Keasey intercepted and returned it to
the Brown 21-yard line. Five plays later, Benson went over from the
left side on a fourth-and-2 to give the Tigers the lead.
Brown then punted after going three-and-out, and on the first
play from scrimmage Verbit found a wide open Shields down the left
side for a 50-yard touchdown pass.
Verbit finished 13-for-15 for 147 yards, and moved into second
place on Princeton's career list in total offense and passing
yards. Jon Veach had 75 rushing yards for Princeton and Benson
The Tigers held Nick Hartigan, the Ivy League's second leading
rusher, to 66 yards while DiGiacomo was 11-for-25 for 137 yards.
Brown outgained Princeton 278-267 in total offense.
Brown took a 10-7 lead in the third quarter on Hartigan's
three-yard run. The score was set up when Dan Doublin recovered a
Verbit fumble at the Princeton 45 and DiGiacomo threw a 37-yard
flea-flicker completion to Efren Blackledge.
Princeton quickly regained the lead when Greg Fields returned
the ensuing kickoff 77 yards to the Brown 16. Four plays later,
Veach scored on a three-yard run. Brown responded with a 27-yard
field goal by Steve Morgan to make it 10-10 after three quarters.
Despite outgaining Brown by 56 yards and having the better
scoring opportunities in the first half, Princeton only held a 3-0
lead at intermission on Derek Javarone's 22-yard field goal in the
Princeton, plagued by poor field position much of the half,
drove from its two-yard line to the Bears 15 late in the first
half. But Javarone missed a 29-yard field goal attempt.
Brown's deepest penetration of the half was to the Princeton 34
after it took over at the Tigers' 46. But two straight sacks pushed
the ball back to the 50 and the Bears were forced to punt.