Box Score | Postgame Notables
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Head Coach Al Bagnoli broke a 109-year-old school record as the University of Pennsylvania football team used a big second half to pull away from Bucknell, 31-10 Saturday afternoon from Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium in Lewisburg, Pa.
Leading 10-7 at the half, Penn scored 21 second half points to break open the game for its 11th straight in the month of October and its 11th straight against an unranked opponent to improve to 3-1 on the year. Bucknell dropped to 0-5.
Bagnoli won for the 125th time as the head coach of the Quakers to make him the all-time winningest coach in program history. George Woodruff has held the record since winning his 124th game in the Red and Blue in 1901.
Senior Bradford Blackmon got the Quakers off to a great start with a 45-yard return on the opening kickoff. Starting from the Bucknell 46-yard line, freshman Ryan Becker began the game at quarterback for the Quakers and promptly moved the Red and Blue into field goal range. Senior Andrew Samson then tied the school record with his 61st field goal attempt and knocked it through from 34 yards out for an early 3-0 lead.
On its first possession, Bucknell worked its way down to the Quakers' 25-yard line, but was stuffed on 4th-and-1. The teams shared punts the remainder of the quarter, but Penn threatend on the first drive of the second frame. The Quakers started at their own 23 and drove inside the Bucknell 15, but Samson's school record-setting field goal attempt was blocked.
On Penn's next chance with the ball, Becker's pass bounced off senior Ryan Murray's hands and into the waiting arms of Bucknell's Sean Rafferty at the Penn 25. Raffety returned the ball to the one-yard line and the Bison punched it in on the next play for a 7-3 lead with 2:34 to go in the first half.
Four plays later, Penn had the lead back. The Quakers trailed for all of 47 seconds. Blackmon returned the kickoff for 39 yards to the Bucknell 36, Becker connected with Murray for three yards, then senior Matt Tuten pulled in a 20-yard completion and freshman Conner Scott capped off the drive with an 11-yard touchdown reception. It was the first collegiate touchdown pass for Becker and the first collegiate touchdown catch for Scott.
Penn scored on its first two drives of the second half. Becker led the Quakers 71 yards in eight plays, converting two third-and-one situations - the second of which, sophomore Brandon Colavita took 13 yards to the end zone for a 17-7 lead at the 8:32 mark of the third quarter.
After a short Bucknell punt, senior quarterback Keiffer Garton - seeing his first action of the season - led Penn to its third touchdown of the day. It took the Red and Blue five plays to go 40 yards as Garton was 2-for-2 for 18 yards passing on the drive. Sophomore Jeff Jack put Penn up 24-7 with 4:03 left in the third with a 12-yard rushing touchdown - the first of his career.
The Quakers tacked on another seven points with 11:06 to go in the final quarter. Becker connected with freshman Ryan Mitchell on first-and-10 for 52 yards to set up first-and-goal. Two plays later, Colavita scampered in from four yards out for his first collegiate mulit-touchdown game.
Bucknell tacked on a 29-yard field goal midway through the fourth to cap the scoring.
Senior David Wurst became the first Quaker since Oct. 27, 2007 to surpass 100 yards receiving. He finished with a game-high nine receptions and 102 yards. Mitchell was second on the team with two catches for 58 yards. Those are all career highs for Wurst and Mitchell. Becker completed 14 of his 22 attempts for 194 yards and a touchdown. Garton was 5-of-7 for 32 yards. Colavita was tops with 61 yards on the ground followed by senior Michael DiMaggio's 59 yards. Each had nine carries.
Seniors Zach Heller and Josh Powers led the team with seven tackles apiece. Sophomore Steve Lias and senior Drew Goldsmith each finished with 1.5 sacks, while Heller, sophomore Brandon Copeland and senior Jonathan Saelinger each had a sack.
Its back to Ivy play next week for the Quakers. They host Columbia during Family Weekend on Saturday. Kickoff from Franklin Field is set for noon.
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