WEEK #6: Princeton 22, Lafayette 10
Oct. 16, 1999
PRINCETON, N.J. - After a first-quarter missed field goal from 28 yards out, Lafayette allowed 13 unanswered points en route to a 22-10 loss at host Princeton.
Martin Brecht (Jeannette, PA/Greensberg Central Catholic) hit the right upright with his 28-yard attempt, and the ball caromed out with 4:07 remaining in the first quarter. The Leopards never recovered.
Princeton quarterback Tommy Crenshaw went 21-for-35 for 218 yards on the day, and helped guide a Tiger offense that had posession of the ball for over 36 minutes in the contest. Princeton held the ball for much of the first half, and manufactured scoring drives of 50, 66 and 16 yards against a tired Leopard defense. Taylor Northrup took advantage of the first two drives, nailing 47- and 44-yard field goals, respectively. Crenshaw made the Leopards pay immediately for an nterception thrown by Brian Buczek (Bloomingdale, NJ/DePaul) with a 16-yard TD toss to Phil Wendler on the first play after the turnover.
Lafayette could only answer with a 30-yard Brecht field goal with just 29 seconds remaining in the first half. The Leopards entered the locker room trailing 13-3.
Northrup tacked on another impressive field goal, this one from 42-yards out, and the Tigers scored an insurance touchdown with 7:31 remaining in the contest, as Derek Theisen busted into the end zone from 2-yards out to give Princeton an insurmountable 22-3 lead.
A 29-yard touchdown flick from backup quarterback Harry Armstrong (Taylor, PA/Riverside) to Stewart Kupfer (Plymouth Mtg., PA/Plymouth-Whitemarsh) provided the final margin. An onsides kick attempt by Lafayette was knocked out of bounds and ended the Leopards' hopes.
Lafayette coach Bill Russo was not happy with his team's offensive output.
"What we needed to do is put points on the board and we didn't." Russo lamented. "I'm really at a loss with our offensive production. There's going to be some big changes, especially on offense. We really have some talent, but we can't have these mental breakdowns."