Scores

Final

Dartmouth 10

(1-9, 1-6 Ivy)

Princeton 17

(5-5, 3-4 Ivy)

1:00 PM ET, November 20, 2004

1 2 3 4 T
DART 3 7 0 -10
PRIN 10 0 7 -17

Top Performers

Passing: C. Rittgers (DART) - 171 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: C. Gaudet (DART) - 30 CAR, 95 YDS

Receiving: J. McCareins (PRIN) - 6 REC, 44 YDS, 1 TD

Princeton 17, Dartmouth 10

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 Aaron Brown.

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 21 yards.

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 all-time record.

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 2:26 left.

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.

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