Highlights: Penn's four 1st Quarter Touchdowns
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PRINCETON, N.J. - Four first quarter possessions. Four touchdowns. And the blow out was on - the largest margin of victory for the University of Pennsylvania football team in the 102-game history between the schools. Penn put up 52 points on their arch rival Saturday - the most the Quakers have ever scored against Princeton - and senior Andrew Samson became Penn's all-time leading scorer in a 52-10 road win on a chilly Saturday afternoon in Princeton, N.J.
Penn, which finished with 600 yards of offense and 396 rushing yards,tied the third-longest Ivy winning streak in league history with its 13th straight over an Ivy opponent to improve to 7-1 overall and 5-0 in Ivy play. The 42-point win broke a 116-year old mark when Penn won 47-6 on Nov. 10, 1894. With its fourth consecutive defeat to Penn, Princeton fell to 1-7 overall and 0-5 in Ivy play. The Quakers remain in sole possession of first place in the Ivy League with second-place Harvard (4-1 in league play) visiting Franklin Field next Saturday.
In front of a strong contingent of Penn faithful at Princeton Stadium, Princeton took the opening kickoff near midfield and moved into Penn territory. However, the Tigers missed short and left on a 46-yard field goal attempt and the Quakers took over from their own 29. Seven plays later, sophomore Billy Ragone connected with Matt Tuten for a seven-yard score in the near corner of the end zone for the early lead. A pattern ensued.
The Quakers forced a three-and-out and then marched down for another touchdown. This time it was Aaron Bailey taking a handoff and scampering around the corner from 10 yards out and diving into the end zone for his first career touchdown and a 14-0 lead. With the extra point following that touchdown, Samson set his first school record of the day with his 96th made point after attempt of his career.
The Quakers again forced a three-and-out and on their third possession, Ragone found open field and scampered 12 yards untouched into the end zone with 3:59 left in the opening quarter. Just 1:33 later, following yet another Princeton three-and-out, the offense responded with another seven points. Sophomore Brandon Colavita found himself in the end zone for a 28-0 lead.
Penn's 28 first quarter points were the most since putting up the same amount in a 42-13 win over Georgetown on Oct. 6, 2007.
Samson tied the school record for career points with a 40-yard field goal at the 11:41 mark of the second quarter. It matched Jason Feinberg's 218 career points from 1997-2000 and gave the Quakers a 31-0 lead. Samson later became Penn's all-time leading scorer with an extra point in the third quarter.
That extra point didn't come until after Princeton added 10 points to close to within 31-10 at intermission. Princeton got on the board with a field goal of its own - a 41-yarder by Patrick Jacob with 7:41 to play in the half. Five minutes later, following a deflected interception deep in Penn's territory, Andrew Dixon hit Andrew Kerr from 13 yards out for Princeton's first touchdown against Penn on Powers Field since 2006.
Any semblance of Princeton momentum was crushed on the opening drive of the second half. The Quakers scored on the longest touchdown pass of Ragone's career - a 39-yard strike to a streaking David Wurst down the middle of the field.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, Bailey capped a nine-play drive with his second touchdown run of the day. On an end around from the 16-yard line, Bailey found a hole and raced his way across the goal line for a 45-10 advantage.
Another three-and-out by the Tigers set up the final score of the day for Penn. DiMaggio took over as running back and rattled off back-to-back 16 yard runs to start the drive. Six plays later, Greg Schuster scored his first career touchdown with a 14-yard rush to paydirt. That gave Penn a 52-10 lead at the 7:46 mark in the fourth quarter.
In addition to the 600 offensive yards and nearly 400 yards on the ground, Penn had 29 first downs and went 7-for-7 in the red zone. Penn held the Tigers to 60 yards rushing (1.6 yards per carry)and just 170 total yards. The Red and Blue had five sacks and 16 tackles for loss.
Ragone ran for 75 yards and a score and threw for 182 yards and two touchdowns. He completed 11-of-16 passes, five of which went to David Wurst who led the team with 101 receiving yards and a touchdown. It was the second 100-yard receiving performance of the season for the senior from Orion, Mich. Senior Matt Tuten added four catches for 58 yards and a score. On the ground, DiMaggio ran nine times in the fourth quarter for 83 yards to lead the Quakers in rushing. Bailey was second with 82 yards on four carries and his first two career touchdowns. Jeff Jack was one of six Quakers with 35-plus rushing yards, finishing with 77.
On the defensive side, junior Matt Hamscher had a career-best 11 tackles, four tackles for lossand two sacks in addition to a forced fumble. Senior safety Josh Powers had nine tackles, while senior Zach Heller had eight tackles and a sack. Erik Rask and Derric Bath each added a sack, while David Macknet recovered a fumble off a botched Princeton punt attempt.
Next week, the Quakers take on Harvard at Franklin Field at 1:30 p.m. A win and theQuakers willclinch a share of their second straightIvy League title.
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