PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) -- Princeton's James Williams ripped the
ball from a teammate's arms after a blocked field goal and raced 24
yards for the game-winning touchdown as Princeton defeated
Dartmouth 17-10 Saturday.
Princeton (5-5, 3-4 Ivy League) snapped a four-game losing
streak while Dartmouth (1-9, 1-6) finished with its second one-win
season in three years.
The score was 10-10 when Princeton's Derek Javarone attempted a
42-yard field goal. The kick was blocked by Clayton Smith and
bounced right back to Tigers holder Colin McDonough.
McDonough caught the ball in midair and ran straight into a
crowd. Williams then ripped the ball out of his hands and ran the
final 24 yards untouched into the end zone with 5:26 remaining.
Dartmouth responded by driving to the Princeton 24-yard line.
The first two plays gained nothing and consecutive passes by
Charlie Rittgers were dropped in the end zone by Bob Murphy and
The Big Green got the ball one last time at its 34 with 2:27
remaining, but Princeton sacked Rittgers three times for a total of
The Tigers then ran out the clock.
Dartmouth continued its season-long kicking woes, missing three
makable field goals. The Big Green's Chad Gaudet did rush for a
game-high 95 yards.
Princeton's Matt Verbit was 20-for-36 for 153 yards. Playing
both ways for Princeton, Jay McCareins had six catches for 44 yards
and a touchdown, and six tackles and a fumble recovery.
Princeton's Zak Keasey had 22 tackles and two sacks. Keasey
finished with 127 tackles this season, three short of the school's
Trailing 10-3, Dartmouth tied it in the third quarter on
Rittgers 22-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Hall.
Turnovers set up the game's first two scores. Tim Strickland's
interception gave Princeton the ball at the Dartmouth 24 and after
the Tigers were unable to get a first down Javarone kicked a
33-yard field goal.
Later in the half, Smith returned an interception 25 yards to
give Dartmouth the ball at the Princeton 44. Joe Killefer made a
one-handed catch for 25 yards to get Dartmouth into field goal
range, and Eric Hinterbichler booted a 31-yarder to tie it with
Princeton responded with an 11-play, 70-yard drive that was
capped when Verbit threw a five-yard touchdown pass to McCareins
with six seconds remaining. It was Verbit's seventh touchdown pass
of the season, all to different receivers.