CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- George Washington's pregame introduction Friday night included a video montage highlighting Capital's 35-13 win over the Patriots last year at Laidley Field.
"We remember," the video board assured fans and, supposedly, GW's opponent.
After Capital's 14-6 win Friday night, though, Cougar quarterback Tyrhee Pratt wanted it to be known that his team's win in 2012 was not an accident.
"We're back," a beaming Pratt said after the game at GW's Steve Edwards Sr. Field.
Pratt scored what proved to be the game-winning touchdown midway through the second quarter. He kept the ball on an option and sprinted 54 yards to paydirt to give the Cougars (9-1) a 7-0 lead.
Though Kashuan Haley added a 34-yard run to pad the lead before half, Capital's defense forced GW's typically high-powered offense into sputtering inconsistency as the Patriots tried to rally.
"We're still young on offense, but our defense is kind of older," said senior defensive tackle James Walton, who had two of Capital's four sacks of GW quarterback Jon Alexander.
"All the older guys, this whole summer and last winter, stepped up and had everybody in the weight room trying to turn around the Capital program," Walton said.
The offense for GW (8-2) entered the game with a healthy Draven Riffe at running back for the first time in four weeks. The Patriots also had senior Jacob Jackson at their disposal, and both brought more than 1,200 rushing yards to their individual credits into the game.
Riffe carried the ball 30 times for a game-high 143 yards, but Jackson did not get a carry, and the team finished with 146 rushing yards, its lowest output of the season.
In the meantime, Alexander had minus-19 rushing yards on 10 attempts, and was 6 of 21 passing for 101 yards and two interceptions.