PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania football team gave up the first 10 points to Yale in Friday night’s nationally televised game at Franklin Field, but the Quakers dominated after that and beat the Bulldogs, 34-20.
Penn improved to 3-3 overall with the win, and moved to 2-1 in Ivy League play. Yale fell to 4-2, 1-2.
How it Happened
Penn’s opening drive stalled at midfield, and a quick-kick backfired when Alek Torgersen’s kick went just 15 yards. From its own 33, Yale marched to the Penn 22-yard line where Bryan Holmes successfully hit a 39-yard field goal to open the scoring.
Penn’s next drive stalled early, and this time Yale struck with a touchdown. The Bulldogs went 61 yards, aided in part by a defensive holding call, and hit paydirt when Morgan Roberts hit Robert Clemons for a 17-yard score.
Penn used two big pass plays to drive deep into Yale territory after that, but Torgersen lost a fumble at the Bulldogs’ 17-yard line. The Bulldogs, in turn, drove deep into Penn territory, but Tyler Drake got a bead on a Roberts pass and picked it off along the Penn sideline.
Penn got on the board quickly in the second quarter. On just the third play of the period, Torgersen caught a streaking Christian Pearson down the right sideline, and the freshman standout outraced the Yale defenders to the end zone for a play that covered 63 yards. That made it 10-7.
Penn got the ball back quickly, when Drake forced Roberts to fumble, and Austin Taps recovered it on the Bulldogs 17. One play later, Torgersen found a wide-open Tre Solomon on the left sideline out of the backfield for the score. The kick was no good, and the Penn lead was 13-10.
Yale tied it back up with 3:22 left in the second quarter, driving from its own 20 line to Penn’s 9-yard line before Holmes knocked a 26-yard field goal through the uprights.
However, Penn regained the lead with just 11 seconds before halftime. The Quakers drove 75 yards and converted when Torgersen hit Ryan O’Malley on a one-yard screen around the right end.
The second half started with Yale driving all the way to Penn’s 10-yard line, but on third down Roberts threw a pass into the end zone that was picked off by Ian Dobbins. Penn went three-and-out, and then Yale’s Jason Alessi returned the Quakers punt to Penn’s 12-yard line. Once again, however, Roberts threw into the end zone and a Penn player caught it, this time Dylan Muscat.
Penn took advantage. The Quakers drove 80 yards in seven plays, the final 27 coming when Torgersen found Pearson on the left sideline and led him perfectly into the end zone. That gave Penn a 27-13 lead.
Yale used a little trickery to get back to 27-20 at the end of the third quarter. The key was a fake field goal on fourth and two, as Logan Scott ran it eight yards for an easy first down. Three plays later, Austin Reuland ran it from six yards out.
Penn’s ensuing drive started inauspiciously, as the Quakers fumbled the Yale kickoff in the end zone, chose to run it out, and got tackled at their own 3-yard line. However, the Red and Blue made up for the gaffe, covering the other 97 yards with a 12-play drive that covered 6:51 of game action. Solomon ended it with a 28-yard rush up the gut. That gave Penn a two-touchdown cushion again, 34-20, and Yale was unable to recover.
Boo! The Quakers travel to Providence to take on Brown on Halloween. The Quakers will look for their third straight win, but Brown Stadium has been a house of horrors for Penn lately with four losses in the last five visits, including two straight shut outs. However, Penn’s last score and win at Brown was also on Halloween—a 14-7 overtime victory en route to the 2009 Ivy League title.
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