College Sports

Princeton wary of Citadel's Roberts

Princeton coach Roger Hughes remembers it as six minutes of Andre Roberts-induced heck for his team, though on the game clock it was more like 8:44.

Hughes' Tigers were a touchdown behind heading into the fourth quarter at Johnson Hagood Stadium. That's when Roberts, the Bulldogs' All-America receiver, unleashed a highlight-reel series of plays that ripped open a tight game and lifted the Bulldogs to a 37-24 victory.

As The Citadel prepares for the return game today at Princeton, Hughes is replaying that highlight reel in his mind.

"We kind of held Andre in check there until that six-minute period," Hughes said this week. "And then he blew the game open. We're going to have to know where Andre is at all times."

With the Bulldogs up by 24-17 early in the fourth quarter last year, Roberts returned a punt 54 yards to the Princeton 11, setting up a touchdown that made it 30-17.

After another Tigers punt, Roberts snared a 22-yard pass from Bart Blanchard on third-and-2, then caught a 6-yard touchdown pass. He finished with four catches for 61 yards and two touchdowns.

Princeton, 4-6 a year ago, did not start fall practice until Aug. 26. As The Citadel lost on Sept. 5, 40-6, to North Carolina, Princeton was scrimmaging Division III Rowan.

No wonder, then, Hughes is worried Roberts will not wait until the fourth quarter for his heroics.

"I am worried about our kids getting used to the speed of the game and the speed of this Citadel team," he said. "I hope we can do so quickly before we fall behind or give up some big plays during that adjustment period."