Football Rolls Past Georgetown, 42-13

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PHILADELPHIA - You think the Penn football team was on a mission heading into Saturday's game at Franklin Field with Georgetown?

The Quakers received the opening kickoff, and drove 83 yardsin nine plays for a game-opening score. After holding the Hoyas to a three-and-out, Penn got the ball back and went 71 yards in 11 plays for another TD. Georgetown again went three-and-out, and Penn turned it into seven more points with a 4-play, 53-yard drive that covered 1:50.

Georgetown's next drive stalled on the first play, when quarterback Robert Lane funbled and it was recovered by the Quakers' Kevin Gray. Just two plays later, Joe Sandberg -- who looked like his old dominating self -- ran it in from 13 yards out.

That made the score 28-0 before the game had reached the end of the first quarter. It was pretty much a walk-through after that.

The final score was 42-13, for those that were paying attention. From a Penn perspective, the second half was spent mostly getting backup players some reps and live game action.

Penn improved to 1-3 on the season, heading into the final stretch of six-straight Ivy League games. Georgetown remains winless, at 0-6.

"It was obviously a better performance than we had the first three games," said head coach Al Bagnoli. "We are making progress, and progress has to be made as we head into League play."

The numbers from the first quarter told the story. Penn had 12 first downs, while Georgetown had none. The Quakers held nearly a nine-minute edge in time of possession. They ran 17 times for 150 yards, compared to the Hoyas who had just 16 yards on eight rushes.

Sandberg finished the first quarter with 83 yards on 11 carries, and finished his day after gaining 34 more yards in two rushes in the second quarter. Freshman Michael DiMaggio got 11 carries for 85 yards, while classmate Bradford Blackmon had 23 yards on eight carries in his first collegiate action. Both of them scored theirfirst collegiate touchdowns. As a team, Pennran for 253 yards on 44 carries, a 5.8 average.

On the other side, Georgetown had trouble getting in gear, gaining just 97 yards on 41 rushes, a 2.4 average.

Bryan Walker -- who set a school record with 60 pass attempts last weekend at Dartmouth -- was not nearly as busy Saturday. He threw just 24 passes against the Hoyas, completing 14 of them for 180 yards and hitting Tyler Fisher and Jason Miran for touchdowns.

"We are running the offense I envisioned," said Bagnoli. "We were as sound as we've been in all aspects today -- offensively, defensively, and on special teams.

"Our won-loss record is not reflective of our talent level," he continued. "We are getting closer to where I think this team should be. Today was good to see, but there is still a lot of work to do."

The Quakers are back in action next weekend at Columbia to face the Lions. Kickoff is slated for 1:30 p.m. at Wien Stadium in New York City.