Gammill Sets Record, Football Overtaken at Fordham

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NEW YORK, N.Y. - Junior Jimmy Gammill set a single-game school record with five field goals, but the University of Pennsylvania football team was unable to stop one of the nation's top offenses on the road and fell to No. 14/18 Fordham, 60-22, on Saturday afternoon at Coffey Field.

Gammill also tied the school kicking record with 16 points. He connected on all five of his field goal attempts with makes from 29, 32, 27, 48 and 35 yards -- his 48-yarder was the longest for a Penn player since 2004 -- and started the day with an extra point.

For the second straight week, the Quakers (0-4) opened the scoring with a long catch-and-run. Sophomore Alek Torgersen found senior Ryan O'Malley streaking over the middle of the field, and the tight end hauled in the pass in stride and ran untouched into the end zone. It was just a two-play drive as a 44-yard run by senior Eric Fiore set up the 33-yard touchdown pass and gave Penn a 7-0 lead just five minutes into the contest.

Fordham (6-1) tied the game within two minutes, but Penn answered with another scoring drive. A 42-yard scamper by senior Spencer Kulcsar got the Quakers into Fordham territory and set up Gammill's first field goal. He split the uprights andgave the Red and Blue a 10-7 advantage at the 6:35 mark of the opening quarter.

Penn got the ball back with the lead, but Torgersen was sacked and fumbled inside the 10-yard line and the Rams ran it in from eight yards out to take their first lead, 14-10 with 2:48 left in the first quarter.

Fordham tacked on another touchdown with a 37-yard pass on the ifrst play of the second quarter and looked to be going in for another score just a few minutes later. However, Penn stopped the Rams inside the 10-yard line and the field goal attempt clanged off the upright.

Two plays later, freshman Tre Solomon found a hole and sprinted 57 yards to get the Quakers into the red zone. That led to a 32-yard field goal from Gammill to make it a one possession game, 21-13, with 6:05 remaining in the half.

But the eighth-highest scoring offense in the nation struck three more times before intermission with touchdown passes of 47, 80 and 5 yards, plus a two-point conversion.

In between those scores, freshman Justin Watson set up a 27-yard Gammill field goal with a 55-yard reception. And Gammill had the last points of the half with a 48-yard field goal as time expired to make it 43-19 at the break.

Junior Jack Madden set up Gammill's record-setting kick. On Fordham's first possession of the third quarter, Madden hauled in his first career interception to give the Quakers the ball at the Rams' 37-yard line. Fiore ran for 20 of his team-high 71 rushing yards on first down and three plays later, Gammill came on to knock through his fifth field goal. The 34-yarder broke a school record previously held by four former Quakers.

Derek Zoch, Andy Glocker, Rich Friedenberg and Jason Feinberg (twice) all held the previous single-game school record with made four field goals. Gammill now shares the program's single-game kicking points record with Feinberg, who also had 16 in a win at Princeton on Nov. 4, 2000. The five field goals are tied for second-most in a game in Ivy history and the 16 points are tied for fourth-most in league history.

Torgersen added his second straight 300-yard passing game -- prior to last week Penn had gone five years without one -- with 316 yards on 26-of-49 passing. He connected with 10 different receivers, led by senior Conner Scott who finished with a team-high seven catches for 47 yards to move past former teammate Ryan Mitchell into eighth-place on Penn's all-time career receiving yards list (1,392).

Solomon finished with 69 rushing yards on just four carries, while Kulcsar added 54 yards on three rushes. Sophomore Brian Schoenauer had 13 yards on the ground and a career-high four catches for 24 yards.

Defensively, senior Evan Jackson led the Quakers with nine tackles, while senior Kevin Ijoma, senior Mike Schmall and sophomoreAlex Moore all finished with a career-high seven tackles. Senior Dan Davis had a sack for the third time in four games, while junior Tyler Drake added another. Senior Feerooz Yacoobi had a fumble recovery and three tackles.

After opening the season with three of the first four games away from home, the Quakers return to the friendly confines of historic Franklin Field next week. Penn will host Columbia—a team they have not lost to at home since 1996—at 1 p.m. The game can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network.


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