PRINCETON — Eleven yards and five seconds.

That’s all that separated Princeton from upsetting George Washington Friday night at Hunnicutt Stadium.

GW defensive back Zack Rosencrance picked off a Jerrell Powell pass in the end zone with five seconds remaining in the game to seal the deal in the Patriots’ 20-14 win.

The 1-6 Tigers had marched from their 27 to the Patriots’ 11 in the final two minutes before the turnover.

The game featured nine turnovers and some spectacular stands by a youthful Princeton defense that is coming of age after yielding 20 touchdowns in its first four games.

GW (6-1) broke out on top when defensive end Beau Wilson picked off a Princeton flanker screen pass and sprinted into the end zone from 10 yards out with 9:04 left in the first quarter.

Princeton answered with two minutes left in the half as wideout T.J. Benners made a highlight film TD grab of a 32-yard Powell pass to knot the score 7-7.

Three plays later, GW’s Drew Kinder sidestepped a Princeton blitz and found Wilson with a 51-yard scoring pass and the Patriots regained a seven-point lead, 14-7.

The Tigers weren’t done, using a 45-yard kickoff return by Que Wilborn to set up a touchdown. Powell lateraled to Benners, who threw a 47-yard strike to wideout Brandon Lafferty at the 52-second mark in the half, tying the score at 14-14 at the half.

Princeton fumbled at its own two-yard line on its first snap after the break, but the Tiger defense came up with consecutive sacks to keep the Patriots at bay.

However, later in the quarter, GW’s Christian Perkins intercepted a Princeton pass at the Tiger 14.

Five plays later, with 3:35 left in the period, fullback Ben Huffman muscled into the end zone from two yards away. His score proved to be the winning touchdown.

Still, Princeton wasn’t done, forcing a Patriot punt with 2:07 left in the game, then marching 62 yards to the GW 11 before running out of time.

With the win, George Washington is 6-1. The Tigers, now 1-5, entertain Capital next Friday.

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