Philadelphia Senior Dan Castles had three touchdowns in the first half to pace the University of Pennsylvania’s football team to a 35-0 victory over Dartmouth in the Quakers’ Ivy League opener. It was the first shutout of the season for Penn and the first since Nov. 23, 2002 when the Red and Blue defeated Cornell 31-0.
Castles opened the scoring for Penn (2-1, 1-0 Ivy) with nine seconds remaining in the first quarter crossing the line after a two-yard toss from junior Pat McDermott as part of a 17-play, 80-yard drive. The Quakers opened the second quarter with a 94-yard drive ending in a 24-yard touchdown catch by Castles. After a punt return by Adam Francks, McDermott connected with Castles a third time with a 52-yard bomb to put the Red and Blue ahead 21-0. The reception was Castles’ longest of 2004 and the second longest in his career. The Toms River, N.J. native hauled in a 60-yard touchdown catch in last year’s season finale against Cornell.
Penn added two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter both on interception returns by Luke Hadden and Victor Davanzo, measuring 35 and 61 yards, respectively. It was the first time since Nov. 9, 2002 that Penn returned an interception for a touchdown. For both Hadden and Davanzo, it was the first interception touchdown returns of their career. Duvol Thompson also added his first pick of the season.
McDermott threw for 249 yards on 21-for-34 passing, while Castles had eight catches for 145 yards. Sam Mathews had an outstanding afternoon rushing for 131 yards on 23 carries. Senior Brian Arguello was a perfect 4-for-4 in point-after attempts. Dartmouth quarterback Charles Rittgers threw for 178 yards on 23-for-36 passing, while Ray Rochester rushed for 56 yards. The Penn offense picked apart the Big Green (0-2, 0-1 Ivy) defense with 397 total yards. Dartmouth had just 232 total yards on the day.
The Quakers last shutout Dartmouth on Sept. 18, 1982 with a 21-0 victory in Hanover, N.H.
Penn is on the road next week traveling to Bucknell for a 1 p.m. start. Penn will be back at Frankin Field during Homecoming Weekendwhen ithosts Columbia on Oct. 16 at 1 p.m.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant.