Princeton 23

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Lafayette 21

(2-1, 1-1 home)

1:00 PM ET, September 17, 2005

Fisher Stadium, Easton, PA

1 2 3 4 T
PRIN 7 13 0 323
LAF 0 0 7 1421

Top Performers

Passing: P. Davis (LAF) - 103 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: C. Kirkland (PRIN) - 10 CAR, 46 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: B. Circle (PRIN) - 5 REC, 75 YDS

Princeton 23, Lafayette 21

EASTON, Pa. (AP) -- Princeton got three field goals from Derek Javarone and a dominating defensive effort that produced a touchdown as the Tigers held off Lafayette 23-21 on Saturday.

Jay McCareins returned an interception 75 yards for a score and Javarone connected on a pair of kicks in the first half, including a 25-yarder with four seconds left that gave Princeton (1-0) a 20-0 halftime lead.

After Lafayette (2-1) cut the score to 20-14, Javarone capped a 16-play drive that ate up more than nine minutes with a 37-yard kick to give the Tigers a 23-14 lead with 3:47 to go in the game.

One play after a big kickoff return by Larry Johnson gave the Leopards excellent field position, Pat Davis hit Chad Walker for a 23-yard TD pass to make it 23-21 with 3:26 to go, but the Tigers were able to run out the clock and seal the win.

The Princeton defense held Lafayette to 83 total yards in the first half and picked off the Leopards' Brad Maurer twice before halftime. Maurer had a miserable day, completing just five of 13 passes for 42 yards and two interceptions.

Davis took over for Lafayette in the second half and provided a spark, leading three touchdown drives and a fourth possession that resulted in a missed field goal by Rick Ziska.

Davis finished 6-for-10 for 103 yards and two scores. Alfred Belton scored the Leopards' other touchdown on a 3-yard run.

Cleo Kirkland scored Princeton's only offensive touchdown of the game on a 9-yard run in the first quarter.