PHILADELPHIA - Penn scored the first touchdowns against Navy by any opponent this season, but it was not enough as the Midshipmen beat the Quakers, 62-15, on Senior Night at Franklin Field.
Navy (6-0, 3-0 CSFL) can win theCSFLtitle outright if they beat Army next week. Penn (2-3, 0-3 CSFL) will look to gain a share of the William R. Wagner Trophy as the Ivy League's top sprint football team when it plays Princeton next week.
The Midshipmen scored the first 28 points of the game, first on Richard Engel's 2-yard touchdown run and then on three James Olsen tosses.
The Quakers, however, managed to do what no other team has done this season - score a touchdown against Navy. Midway through the second quarter, junior J.T. Hutchinson broke loose for a 71-yard run before being tackles at the 1 yard-line. Senior Scott Pickett finished the job on the next play to make it 28-7.
Navy scored three more touchdowns before Pickett struck again. This time, however, hetook a hand-off fromquarterback Michael D'Angelo, rolled out on the halfback option, and completed a pass to Corey Higa in the end zone. Pickett then caught a pass from D'Angelo for the two point-conversion, giving Pickett a hand in all 15 of Penn's points with a run, a catch and a pass.
"It was good to see us score," said Head Coach Bill Wagner. "Our guys showed a lot of pride and they never packed it in."
Penn ended up with 274 total yards of offense to Navy's 606.The Quaker defense limited the Mids to 245 yards on the ground, compared to their 580-yard running performance last week against Princeton. Andrew Feigenbaum racked up eight tackles (seven solo) while David Lopez had an interception.
Penn will look to bounce back to .500 as it closes out the season at Princeton next Friday at 7 p.m.
-Written by Tim Flynn, athletic communications assistant.