Pat McDermott had a day on Oct. 9 against Bucknell that many collegiate quarterbacks dream about when they decide to play the game. The junior out of
Yonkers, N.Y., in his first season as a full-time starter, threw for the fifth-most yards in Penn history with 384 yards through the air in Penn's 32-25 double-overtime win. McDermott had registered a then-career high 269 yards the previous week against Dartmouth. He was not done there. McDermott completed a career-high 32 passes, one for game-tying 12-yard touchdown strike to Gabe Marabella late in the fourth quarter. He also attempted a career-high 55 passes, the most attempts by a Quakers quarterback since Gavin Hoffman attempted 60 against Cornell on Nov. 18, 2000. He was not done there. McDermott rushed for the first and second touchdowns in his career. The first gave Penn its first touchdown of the game and the second gave his team its first lead at Bucknell, 15-14. McDermott is now just 46 yards from eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark for this season and he now has 1,158 career passing yards in five career starts.