PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Seven touchdowns. Five takeaways. Halloween was a big treat for the University of Pennsylvania football team as the Quakersdominated both sides of the ball in a 48-28 victory at Brown on Saturday.
Sophomore running back Tre Solomon scored three touchdowns, and junior quarterback Alek Torgersen threw for three as the Quakers won for the third straight time. The Quakers improved to 4-3 on the year and 3-1 in Ivy play.
How it Happened
Once again, the Quakers fell behind early. Once again, the Quakers recovered and dominated action the rest of the way.
Brown (4-3, 2-2 Ivy) scored on its first possession to lead 7-0. Penn responded in a big way and never looked back.
On the next play from scrimmage, Torgersen connected with sophomore wideout Justin Watson for a 79-yard touchdown to tie the game. It was the longest career completion and reception for the duo.
The defense then came up with its first takeaway of the day. Freshman Sam Philippi snagged the first of two interceptions and set up Penn's second touchdown. The offense marched 64 yards on eight plays and capped the scoring drive with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Solomon just before the end of the first quarter.
After a Brown punt, Penn produced its fifth scoring drive of 75 or more yards over the last two games. The Quakers went 80 yards in 13 plays and Torgersen put Penn up 21-7 with a 13-yard rush.
Two minutes later, Penn was back in the end zone. Senior Tyler Drake recovered a fumbled snap inside the red zone to set up Eric Fiore's two-yard touchdown reception with 5:11 left in the half.
Penn wasn't done. The Quakers reached the end zone again on a gutsy call at the end of the half. The Red and Blue drove to the 1-yard line, but had time for just one more play with four seconds left. Head Coach Ray Priore elected to go for it. Solomon took a pitch and scored as time expired to give Penn a 35-7 advantage at the half.
Momentum carried into the second half. The defense forced a three-and-out, and the offense subsequently marched 65 yards -- on 10 straight running plays -- en route to an 11-yard rushing touchdown from junior Brian Schoenauer and a 41-7 lead.
Brown closed to within 41-21, but the Quakers answered with a strong running game once again. The Quakers covered all 65 yards on the ground in a 10-play scoring drive. Solomon rushed it in a again -- this time from four yards out -- to make it 48-21 with just 9:33 to go.
Inside the Numbers
Penn outrushed Brown, 263-18. Schoenauer (111), Solomon (69) and Torgersen (45) each ran for more yards than the Bears. It was the fewest yards the Quakers have allowed on the ground since the season finale against Cornell in 2013.
Torgersen, who became the fourth player in school history to eclipse 4,000 yards passing, was 15-of-22 for 196 yards and has still not thrown an interception since Sept. 24 (101 attempts). Watson finished with six catches for 122 yards to earn his fourth 100-yard game this year, while Schoenauer went over 100 yards on the ground for the second time.
Penn's top three tacklers were all freshmen in Mason Williams (6), Jyron Walker (5) and Philippi (4). Senior Jack Madden returned from injury and also had four tackles.
Sophomore Brandon Mills and senior Ian Dobbinseach added an interception. Penn's five takeaways were the most for the Quakers since a win over Columbia on Oct. 18, 2008.
Homecoming at Franklin Field. The Quakers host arch rival Princeton on Nov. 7. The game will be televised by the American Sports Network and can also be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network. Kickoff is slated for noon.
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