Lewisburg, Pa. It had been eight years since Bucknell suffered a loss to a non-Patriot League team at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium and the last team to do so was Penn, a 30-21 overtime victory. History has a way of repeating itself as the Quakers outlasted the Bison, 32-25, in double overtime this afternoon. Pat McDermott threw for a career-high 384 yards, connecting on 32-of-55 passes, also career highs, in the victory. Dan Castles also made a little history, becoming the fourth-most prolific pass receiver in Penn history.
McDermott may have had a career day through the air but it was a one-yard touchdown run that was the deciding factor in the Red and Blue’s (3-1, 1-0 Ivy) victory. Prior to the overtime, the game hinged on a literal change of fortunes in the fourth quarter. A holding call negated a 23-yard touchdown run by Wilson, who finished with just 32 yards on 29 carries (1.1 yards-per-carry). The penalty pushed the ball back to the Penn 27-yard line and a two-yard loss forced the Bison (3-2, 1-0 Patriot) to punt 30 yards from the opposing goal line. Penn moved the ball well but on the ensuing possession but lost a fumble in Bucknell territory on a Sam Mathews carry only to have Chris Mizell recover a Bison fumble on the same play at the Bucknell 49-yard line.
Two plays later Penn tied the score at 22 when McDermott hit Gabe Marabella from 12 yards out with under six minutes remaining in regulation; a score that would send the game into overtime. On the drive McDermott hit Castles for a 37-yard gain. More importantly, the catch was the Toms River, N.J. native’s 10th of the day, giving him 122 for his career and moving him past Don Clune (1971-73) for fourth on the Penn all-time receptions list. Castles finished with 12 catches for 132 yards. Equally impressive was McDermott’s effort, finishing the game with career highs in yards (384), completions (32) and attempts (55) to go along with one touchdown toss. McDermott's 384 yards are fifth all-time at Penn for a single game.
Ryan Korn of Bucknell made a 47-yard field goal to open the extra frame, a career-high. A year ago, the then-freshman kicker missed a 39-yard attempt that would have sealed a win for the Bison at Franklin Field.
On Penn’s possession, the drive was stalled on the Bucknell 25-yardline, forcing the Quakers to attempt a 42-yard field goal of their own. Evan Nolan, on his22nd birthday, nailed the attempt to force the second and decisive overtime session.
Bucknell opened the scoring after Penn could not convert on a 32-yard Bryan Arguello FG attempt. Michael Cangelosi hit Nisan Trotter for a 66-yard touchdown, capping a six-play, 80-yard drive.
Duvol Thompson fumbled the ensuing kick-off to give the Bison the ball back on the Quakers’ 40-yard line. Bucknell capitalized with a score at the 4:45 mark of the first quarter. Cangelosi scampered eight yards to complete another six-play drive to give the Bison a 14-0 lead in the opening quarter.
Penn put points on the board with seven ticks remaining in the first quarter as Arguello hit a 27-yard field goal, capping an 11-play, 44-yard drive that ate 4:29 off the clock. The make was the longest of Arguello’s career. His previous best was a 25-yard field goal against Holy Cross on Oct. 6, 2001.
J.J. Stanton picked off a Daris Wilson pass with under a minute to go before the half and rumbled 47 yards to Bucknell’s 13-yard line with 44 seconds left before the break. It was the first interception of the Haddonfield, N.J. native’s career. He finished with five tackles (four solo), two behind team leader Luke Hadden.
The Red and Blue took momentum into the locker room when McDermott called his own number and punched it in from a yard out for his first career rushing touchdown. A missed point-after made the score 14-9 at the break.
After forcing Bucknell to punt, the Red and Blue drove 52 yards in seven plays for the go-ahead score on a Kyle Ambrogi seven-yard run. The junior running back finished the game with 31 yards and the touchdown on five carries, all coming in the second half. The 15-14 lead was the first for Penn in the contest.
Penn comes home to Franklin Field next Saturday, Oct. 16, welcoming Columbia for a homecoming match-up set to kick-off at 1 p.m.
Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications