1:00 PM ET, November 6, 2004
1:00 PM ET, November 6, 2004
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 straight loss.
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 touchdown.
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 Princeton 47.
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.