PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) -- Freshman Derek Zoch kicked a 27-yard
field goal with 2:54 to play and Penn defeated Princeton 16-15
Saturday for its 20th straight Ivy League win.
Pat McDermott also threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Gabe
Marabella as the Quakers (7-1, 5-0) rallied from an eight-point,
fourth-quarter deficit to hand Princeton (4-4, 2-3) its third
Penn's ninth straight win at Princeton -- it had to forfeit a
game in 1997 -- wasn't nailed down until Derek Javarone missed a
41-yard field goal wide right with 18 seconds to play. He had
kicked field goals of 27, 32, 33 yards before missing what would
have been his career best.
It marked the second straight week that Penn has rallied in the
fourth quarter to keep the streak alive. This one set up an Ivy
League showdown with Harvard (8-0, 5-0) next week in Philadelphia.
The Crimson beat Columbia 38-0 on Saturday.
Von Bryant scored on a 12-yard run for Penn's other touchdown,
while Greg Fields tallied on an 8-yard run for Princeton's
Penn's game-winning drive was kept alive by Marabella, who made
a diving, one-handed catch for a 23-yard gain on third down early
in the drive.
Zoch's first career field goal came seconds after he missed a
22-yard attempt. However, the play was blown dead by a procedure
penalty. Prior to the kick, Penn had missed 10 of 13 field goal
attempts inside the 40-yard line this season.
Princeton got a break early in the second half when an
incomplete swing pass from McDermott to halfback Sam Mathews was
ruled a lateral. The Tigers' Pete Kelly recovered the ball on the
Eight plays later, Fields scored on an end-around to give
Princeton a 12-7 lead. Quarterback Matt Verbit was stopped on a
2-point conversion run.
Javarone, who kicked field goals of 27 and 32 yards in the first
quarter, stretched the advantage to 15-7 with a 33-yard field goal
on the opening play of the fourth quarter.
McDermott's touchdown pass to Marabella got Penn within 15-13,
but his 2-point conversion pass to Dan Castles was off target.
After being held to 5 yards in total offense and no first downs
on its first five possessions, Penn went 89 yards in 10 plays late
in the first half to take a 7-6 lead.
The play that ignited the drive was a 32-yard pass from
McDermott to Castles on a third-and-7 from the Penn 13. McDermott
found Marabella for two 11-yard passes before Bryant swept the
right side from 12 yards out for the score.
Despite starting four of its first five possessions in Penn
territory, Princeton managed only two field goals by Javarone.
His 27-yarder came four plays after Fields' 49-yard punt return
gave the Tigers the ball at the Quaker 12.
A short punt by Josh Appell set up Javarone's 32-yard field goal
with 1:59 left in the first quarter.