PHILADELPHIA - On Senior Night, celebration took on a new meaning for the Penn sprint football team. Instead of simply honoring the 14 graduating seniors, the entire Quaker team was able to celebrate - enjoying the title of CSFL Champion. A 70-0 win over Princeton ensured that the Quakers kept a share of the league title along with Army - a 32-30 winner over Navy.
The championship is the fourth in Penn history and first since 2000. Penn also had the best record of the three Ivy League schools in the CSFL, winning the William R. Wagner trophy for the sixth time.
In his final game for the Red and Blue, running back Mike Bagnoli had his finest game as a Quaker. He finished with 266 yards on 23 carries (a ridiculous 11.6 average) and four touchdowns. His 266 yards are a career high and the second-most in a single game by a Penn player, trailing only Tim Ortman's 363 yards against Navy in 1999. The big day for Bagnoli gave him 1,008 yards for the season - just the third time a Penn player went over 1,000 yards in a season. His four-year total of 2.527 yards is second on Penn's all-time rushing chart.
Bagnoli opened the scoring on a four-yard run midway through the first quarter, giving Penn a lead it would not relinquish. He also added runs of 5, 54 and 62 yards.
For Busler, his 218 yards upped his three-year total to 2,742 passing yards and eclipsed Mike Loguidice's 2,693 for the all-time mark.
One of Busler's big plays was a 60-yard pass to Whit Shaw with 6:00 remaining in the second quarter. On that pass, Shaw became Penn's all-time leading receiver, surpassing Patrick Monaghan's 1,346 yards from 2001-04. By the end of the game, Shaw had reached 1,404 career yards in just his sophomore season.
Overall, Penn outgained Princeton, 632-193, including a 410-43 margin on the ground. Five different players had touchdowns for Penn - four for Bagnoli, two each for Shaw and Chris Twombly and single scores for Alexander Starr (interception return) and Joe Squadroni.
The defense forced six turnovers, including four interceptions. Zak Klinvex had six solo tackles in his final game, including a sack for a loss of 10 yards and a blocked punt that led to Penn's first touchdown. Sam Biddle also came through in his final game for the Quakers, recording one interception.
The game was scoreless for 7:30 before Bagnoli got the Quakers on the board. It was a short drive for the Quakers - just two Bagnoli runs for 17 yards - thanks to the blocked punt by Klinvex.
However, in the second quarter, the Red and Blue scored 21 points, needing just nine offensive plays to do so. The two big plays were the 54-yard Bagnoli run and the 60-yard reception from Shaw. The catch by Shaw was the only play of the drive.
On the third play of the second half, Starr intercepted a pass and went 46 yards for his first collegiate touchdown. On Princeton's next drive, Anthony DiBella intercepted Zacharia on the second play, returning the ball all the way to Princeton's nine. Two plays later, Bagnoli was in the end zone again.
In the fourth quarter, Twombly and the next generation of Penn's running game scored two rushing touchdowns, including a 42-yarder for the season's final score.
The Quakers finish the 2010 season with a 6-1 record and 4-1 in CSFL play. They share the championship with Army, after the Black Knights defeated Navy, 32-30. Navy was denied on a two-point conversion after a touchdown with 27 seconds left. The Midshipmen recovered the onside kick and had a chance to take the lead, but threw an interception on 2nd-and-10 from Army's 38 with five seconds left while looking for a field-goal attempt.