WEST POINT, N.Y. - Senior Kevin Piro returned a blocked punt 15 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, but it wasn't enough as Army reeled off 24 unanswered points to defeat the University of Pennsylvania sprint football team, 24-6, Friday evening at Michie Stadium.
The Quakers (2-1) fell for the first time this season while the Black Knights improved to 3-2.
The game was played in a near-constant downpour, and both teams combined for nine fumbles and just 32 yards of passing offense.
"The weather was a major factor," said Head Coach Bill Wagner. "Unfortunately our special teams performance didn't live up to our defense's performance. The defense played very, very well."
Penn got on the board first when senior Nick Kopec blocked a punt and Piro scooped it up and rumbled into the end zone. Peter Stine's extra point failed, and it would be the final points of the night for Penn.
Patrick Hall ran in for a two-yard touchdown two and a half minutes into the second quarter, and Braden Amigo tacked on a 10-yard run in the third quarter. A 26-yard Adam DeMarco field goal and a six-yard Amigo catch from Christi Cortez in the fourth quarter completed the scoring for Army.
Junior J.T. Hutchinson led the Quakers with 43 yards rushing on 13 carries. Senior Scott Pickett added 30 yards on nine totes. Junior quarterback Mike Loguidice was 6-of-16 for 33 yards while Army's Amigo and Hall combined for 2-for-5 passing with a touchdown and interception. Hall was the game's leading rusher with 29 carries for 150 yards.
The Quakers return home to Franklin Field next Friday to take on Cornell at 7 p.m.
Written by Tim Flynn, athletic communications assistant.