PRINCETON - It was perhaps the longest week in George Washington football history.
At least that's the way Ryan Switzer will remember it.
The week started with the death of freshman lineman Drew Morton in a tragic auto accident Sunday morning.
It ended Friday as Switzer and company, paying tribute to Morton, defeated Princeton 61-11 at Hunnicutt Stadium.
Switzer rushed for 318 yards and five touchdowns as the Patriots improved to 4-1.
"We've known Drew all of our lives," Switzer said. "To us, that was one of our babies. When we heard it, we all rushed to the hospital. When we heard the news, our stomachs just kind of dropped. To lose a baby like that, it was rough. But he is in a better place, watching over us.
"It felt like we hadn't played in a month."
"It was just tough, really tough," GW coach Steve Edwards Jr. said. "There's no book on how to do it. It's a credit to the kids how they handled it. They helped me get through it. They did a fine job of being mature. They had to grow up a little faster than they wanted to. I thought they came and they were as focused as they could be. They answered the call."
Princeton started strong, with a 56-yard pass from quarterback Jay Palmer to Chad Wyrick setting up a 25-yard Austin Smith field goal.
After that, it was all GW and a whole lot of Switzer.
The Kennedy Award winner scored four first-half touchdowns, including a 98-yarder after an interception by Jacob Jackson halted a potential Princeton scoring drive. That gave GW a 14-3 lead and opened the floodgates.