NEW HAVEN, Conn.- Senior wide receiverConner Scotthad one of the finest days of his career, but it wasn't enough for the University of Pennsylvania football team to overcome one of the nation's best offenses. The Quakers fell to Yale, 43-21, at the Yale Bowl on Saturday.
Scottfinished with nine catches for 167 yards and two touchdowns as hemoved into fourth-place all-time at Penn in career receptions (132), fifth-place in school history in career receiving yards (1,635) and ninth-place in program history in career receiving touchdowns (10). His career-high 167 receiving yards are ninth-most in a game in school history and the most since Dan Castles had 204 against Cornell on Nov. 22, 2003.
Yale, however, entered the contest as the third-highest scoring team in the nation, and outpaced Scott and the Quakers. The Bulldogs started their first drive from the Penn 46-yard line and converted a 3rd-and-10 to the 32. Then on 4th-and-1, the Ivy League's top rusher, Tyler Varga, scored from 23 yards out. The Bulldogs converted the two-point conversion and led 8-0.
Penn (1-5, 1-2 Ivy) marched down to the Yale 14, but settled for a field goal attempt that was blocked and run back to midfield. Five plays later, the hosts added another touchdown and led 15-0 at the 6:06 mark of the opening quarter.
The Quakers bounced back with an 80-yard drive that was capped with Scott's first touchdown. On the first play of the second quarter, Torgersen found the senior wideout racing down the Yale sideline and connected near the goal line for a 33-yard score. That got the Red and Blue within 15-7.
Boasting the nation's top offense with more than 600 yards per game, the Bulldogs reached the end zone on the next two possessions with drives of 75 and 92 yards for a 29-7 advantage with 6:23 remaining before the break.
It was the Quakers who finished the half with a bang. Torgersen lofted one deep over the middle to Scott who grabbed the pass over two defenders in the end zone for a 42-yard score. That sent the Quakers into the half trailing 29-14.
Yale added a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter to take a 43-14 lead.
Early in the fourth quarter, Torgersen threw another long touchdown -- a 48-yard strike to seniorSpencer Kulcsar-- to make it 43-21 with 9:21 remaining. Each of Torgersen's career-high three touchdown passes were from beyond 30 yards.
Kulcsar had 98 receiving yards on eight catches, while freshmanJustin Watsonnow has multiple catches in all six career games with three receptions for 15 yards. In all, Torgersen completed 23-of-41 passes for 286 yards.
Scotthas a catch in each of the last 24 games he has played, which dates back to his freshman year in 2010, and has four or more catches in five straight games.
Defensively, sophomoreDonald Pancielloled the team with a career-best 10 tackles, including two for loss. Senior safetiesEvan JacksonandMike Laningeach had nine tackles.
Prior to kickoff, head coachAl Bagnoli, a Connecticut native who is retiring at season's end and was coaching his final game at the Yale Bowl, was honored and presented a commemorative gift before the game by Yale coach Tony Reno and former Yale coach Carm Cozza. Bagnoli and Cozza are the two winningest coaches in Ivy League history.
Next week is Homecoming for the Quakers—the final one under head coachAl Bagnoliwhich will undoubtedly produce many of the legendary coach’s former players. The Quakers take on Brown with a 1 p.m. kickoff at historic Franklin Field.
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