Penn's Comeback Comes Up Short

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Philadelphia - Despite scoring twice in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, it was not enough as the University of Pennsylvania football team had its 17-game unbeaten streak snapped, falling to No. 11 Villanova, 16-13, this evening at Franklin Field. The Red and Blue’s streak, the longest active streak in NCAA I-AA, dated back to Oct. 19, 2002. Penn’s 19-game home winning streak also came to a close with the loss.

Trailing 16-0 with 6:11 remaining in the game, Pat McDermott got the Quakers (1-1) on the board with a 13-yard pass to senior Dan Castles who was patrolling the back corner of the end zone. Penn set up for the two-point conversion, which was stopped by the Wildcats (3-1) defense. The Red and Blue closed the gap, with 1:32 remaining as McDermott connected with senior Matt Makovsky from 29 yards out. Evan Nolan’s point after attempt was good making the score, 16-13. Penn tried an onside kick that squirted loose and Villanova was able to recover to quash the Quakers comeback attempt.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Wildcats scored first with 10:36 to play in the second quarter on a one-yard carry by Terry Butler. Villanova put two more points on the board 10 seconds later after a fumbled Quaker snap resulted in a safety, putting the Wildcats up 9-0. Villanova added a second tally on Marvin Burrough’s quarterback keeper in the third quarter.

The Quakers had three missed field-goal opportunities in the first half and went 1-for-4 in the red zone. McDermott went 10-for-31 passing with 140 yards and the two touchdown tosses. Castles led all receivers with 60 yards on three catches and a touchdown. Butler led the way for Villanova with 74 yards rushing. Defensively, Jamil Butler paced the Wildcats effort with four solo tackles, one for a loss, and forced two fumbles, recovered another and broke up two passes. Michael Johns and Kory Gedin led Penn on the defensive side of the ball with eight tackles apiece.

The Quakers begin the challenge for their third Ivy League championship as they host Dartmouth on Oct. 2 at noon on Franklin Field.

Written by Kelly McCarthy athletic communications assistant