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Highlights: DeLuca's go-ahead touchdown
PHILADELPHIA - Sophomore quarterback Billy Ragone rushed for 151 yards and a score to push the University of Pennsylvania football team into sole possession of first-place in the Ivy League with a 24-7 win over Brown in front of 14,854 Homecoming fans at Franklin Field Saturday afternoon.
Penn tied the sixth-longest streak in Ivy history with its 12th straight league win to improve to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the Ivy League. Brown, meanwhile, lost its first league game of the year to leave Penn as the lone undefeated in Ivy play. The Bears are now 3-1 in league play and 4-3 overall.
Ragone accounted for half of a Penn rushing attack which gained 321 yards on the ground while holding the Bears to just 87 rushing yards. Brown did throw for 258 yards, but were denied an offensive touchdown for the first time this season and for the second straight year against the Quakers. Brown holds an active Ivy record of 145 consecutive games without being shut out. Penn is currently second all-time with 127 straight games without being shut out.
After a first quarter that was dominated by the defenses, Penn needed only 1:39 of the second quarter to get on the board. Ragone found daylight up the middle and broke from the pack before deking a Brown defensive back and finding the end zone. The run covered 54 yards, the longest of his career.
The lead lasted 13 seconds. Brown took the ensuing kickoff, the ball was handed to Mark Kachmer on a reverse on the return, and he went the distance down the left sidelineto paydirt.
Penn responded with a more methodical drive that led to another touchdown. Ragone went 4-for-4 on the drive as Penn marched 65 yards on nine plays. Ragone converted a 3rd-and-4 from the Brown nine-yard line with an eight yard completion to junior Luke Nawrocki. On the next play, senior fullback Luke DeLuca recorded his 12th career touchdown in the Red and Blue, taking it in from a yard out for a 14-7 advantage with 9:05 remaining in the half.
Just before the half, punter Scott Lopano pinned Brown deep in its own territory, and the Quakers defense held the Bears to a three-and-out. After the ensuing punt, which Penn took to midfield, Ragone scrambled for another lengthy run that covered 35 yards and got the ball to the Brown 15. From there, the Quakers needed two more plays to get into the end zone, Brandon Colavita doing the honors from one-yard away after senior David Wurst's 14-yard grab. Colavita's sixth rushing score of the year gave Penn a 21-7 lead going into the locker room.
After yet another Brown punt to open the second half, the Quakers were stopped on their own 32-yard line, but a roughing the punter penalty gave the Red and Blue new life and seven plays later they were at the Bears' 24-yard line. Settling for a field goal, senior Andrew Samson converted, but a false start penalty wiped the points off the board and pushed Penn back five yards. However, Samson had little trouble on his second attempt, knocking through a career-long 46-yard field goal.
On Brown's ensuring drive, the Bears converted a fourth down just inside Penn territory and another four downs later they reached the Red and Blue 15-yard line. Three incomplete passes later however, Brown's field goal attempt was blocked at the line by senior defensive lineman Brian Wing.
Penn looked poised to expand its lead on a nine play, 82-yard drive, but just before the end of the third quarter, a fumble into the endzone from the one-yard line ended the scoring opportunity and Brown took over.
Brown penetrated into Penn territory early in the fourth quarter and were forced into going for it on 4th-and-9 from the Penn 28. The pass was broken up by senior Drew Goldsmith and the Bears never really threatend Penn's unblemished record again.
Penn finished with 450 yards of total offense against the third-ranked defense in the Ivy League. The Quakers tallied 23 first downs, held the ball for more than 30 minutes for the 14th time in the last 15 games, and averaged 7.0 yards per rush and 11.7 yards per completion.
Ragone was 10-for-17 for 92 yards through the air. Freshman Ryan Becker connected with freshman Ryan Mitchell for 37 yards - the day's longest pass play - in the first quarter. Colavita finished with 83 yards on 16 carries (5.2 yards per carry), while sophomore Jeff Jack ran for 57 yards on 11 carries (5.2 yards per carry). Senior Matt Tuten was one of four Penn players with two receptions and led the team with 32 receiving yards.
Junior linebacker Erik Rask had eight total tackles to lead the team, which included a half sack. Goldsmith had a game-high 1.5 sacks, while sophomore Brandon Copeland added a sack and two tackles for loss. Junior Jim McGoldrick added a career-high six tackles.
Next week, the Quakers take to national television against arch rival Princeton. The 102nd all-time meeting between the Ivy counterparts will be on the VERSUS network with kickoff at 3 p.m.
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