PHILADELPHIA - Junior Mike McCurdy led the University of Pennsylvania sprint football team to an impressive 44-7 win over the Alumni on Saturday afternoon. The quarterback accounted for five touchdowns as the Quakers unveiled new uniforms and won the annual Alumni Game in picturesque Penn Park.
The alumni scored on the game's opening drive with a 70-yard march capped by a 44-yard touchown pass. But the 2015 Quakers took over from there with the game's final 44 points.
McCurdy was in midseason form. He evened the score on the team's second possession with a 30-yard scamper. On the next drive, he found Henry Mason from six yards out to finish off an 11-play drive and give the current team a 13-7 lead midway through the first half.
The Quakers added two more scores in the final four minutes of the half. McCurdy lofted a perfect pass down the far sideline which found Andrew Sutton in stride for a 35-yard touchdown and 20-7 lead. When the Quakers got the ball back with under a minute to go, McCurdy needed just four plays to find Jack Epstein in the end zone with 15 seconds left. That brought the score to 27-7 at the half.
Prior to coming out of the contest, McCurdy added one more touchdown pass on the first drive of the second half. Penn went 70 yards in 10 plays and Brendan Dale caught a six-yard touchdown pass.
Jake Klaus, who ran for 118 yards on 12 carries, added a five-yard touchdown run and Mario Del Cueto connected on a 25-yard field goal to cap the scoring.
In all, McCurdy was 12-of-14 for 188 yards and four touchdowns through the air, and ran for 23 yards and another score. Epstein, Mason and Max Jones each finished with three catches and totaled 56, 47 and 27 yards, respectively.
Defensively, Penn had five sacks, including one from Sam Smallzman, who finished with a team-high six tackles. Robert Diorio and Stu Helgeson each had an interception for the Quakers.
The game capped an eventful Alumni weekend for the program which began Friday evening with the annual Athlete and Alumni Mentoring Panel, where current players had an opportunity to meet former Quakers and discover career opportunities.
Just prior to the game was the coaches' locker and team room dedication inside the Hollenback Center, and of course, the anuual barbeque took place after the game.
Next up for the Quakers is the regular season opener against Franklin Pierce on Saturday at noon. It will be the first game played at Franklin Field since the extensive summer renovations to the track and entrance plaza.
.@PennSprintFB unveiling some slick new uniforms at the Alumni game #FightOnPenn #UniSwag pic.twitter.com/gQ0BEflLmw— Penn Athletics (@pennathletics) September 12, 2015