PRINCETON, W.Va. -- After winning his first four games of the season, George Washington coach Steve Edwards Jr. was looking to see if the Patriots' bye came at a bad time last week.
The week off without playing a game didn't seem to affect the Patriots' rhythm one bit as they picked right up where they left off, earning an impressive 40-14 road victory over Princeton Friday night at Anne S. Hunnicutt Stadium.
With the win, co-No. 2-ranked GW improves to 5-0. Princeton is now 2-4 and has lost four games in a row. Two have come against the Patriots and Capital, which is also tied for No. 2, as well as Hurricane and Spring Valley, who are just outside the top 16 in the playoff chase.
"I was pleased with how we came off the open week," Edwards said. "This is a big win. Princeton has a really good club and is much better than their record indicates. They are a scary club."
GW standout running back Draven Riffe had been carrying the load offensively all season for the Patriots, toting the ball 97 times coming into the Princeton game, including one game with 38 attempts.
Riffe showed the week off may have helped him the most, showing fresh legs against the Tigers. The senior rushed for an astounding 355 yards on 36 carries with three touchdowns. At halftime, Riffe had rushed for 212 yards on 18 attempts.
"I didn't think I had that much, honestly," said Riffe upon hearing of his yardage total against the Tigers. "That is kind of surprising. That's 355 yards rushing for the line. Adam Huffman and Trevor Wooten, all I had to do on a couple plays was just follow behind those guys."
Edwards was equally surprised to hear Riffe's statistics.
"It sounds good, I didn't know," Edwards said. "Draven is a gifted ballplayer. He's tough. That is something. The linemen up front are blocking. When they are physical and do what they do, they do a nice job."
Riffe admitted the bye week was good for him, and was happy to get a big win and remain unbeaten on the season.
"We showed a lot as a team to come off two big wins with relatively easily played games to be able to play a really good team that Princeton was," Riffe said. "We came together and showed what we are really about."