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
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.