PHILADELPHIA - Senior quarterback Todd Busler threw for 269 yards and two touchdowns, while also running for three touchdowns to help lead Penn (3-1, 2-1 CSFL) to a 39-14 victory over Mansfield (1-4, 1-4, CSFL) Friday night at Franklin Field. His favorite target on the night was Mathew Wetherell who hauled in six catches for 100 yards and another touchdown reception. The Quakers used a balance attack, rushing for 233 yards, while holding the Mountaineers to just 99 yards rushing on the night as a team. For the game, Penn churned out 502 yards of total offense.
A week ago, Penn jumped out to a quick lead against Post, but allowed its opposition to get back in the game late. This week was a different story as the Quakers jumped out to a 13-0 lead at the half and continued to push the action. The Quakers outscored Mansfield 26-14 in the second half, including 20 straight points to start the fourth quarter.
Penn's defense got the game off to a quick start after Mansfield took the opening kickoff. Forcing a third down, Alexander Starr picked off the Mountaineers' pass at their own 39 and returned the interception 12 yards to the Mansfield 27. However, the Mansfield defense would get a turnover of its own to keep Penn off the board.
After forcing a three-and-out on Mansfield's second drive off the game, Penn took over at its own 23 and drove 42 yards in 10 plays, but was eventually forced to punt. Mike Beamish, who would only have to punt once all game, pinned Mansfield to its own four-yard line. The Quakers would force another three-and-out on the next drive and took over at the Mansfield 42-yard line following the punt.
After an eight yard run by Beamish and an eight-yard pass to Freddy Ordonez, Busler hit Wetherell for a 13-yard pitch-and-catch, down to the Mansfield 13. The Mansfield defense would tighten up after the reception and hold Penn to a field goal attempt on the drive. Michael Bass would make the early field goal attempt, giving Penn the 3-0 lead with 14:14 to play early in the second quarter.
Mansfield looked to be getting something going offensively on its next drive, taking the ball down to the Penn 15. However, the Quakers would get into a fourth down situation and Mansfield would try and tie the game up with a field of its own. However, Carl Wittig would break through the offensive line and come away with the block.
With the momentum, Penn would take over a march 80 yards in just 10 plays. Busler went a perfect three-for-three on the drive, while Beamish ran for 37 yards. The scoring play came on a 15-yard run from Busler with 4:33 remaining in the half. Bass made the extra point, making the score 10-0.
After allowing Penn's second score of the game, Mansfield took over at its own 40, but Starr made his second interception of the night and returned this pick to the Mansfield 33. The Mountaineer defense would concede just 11 yards on the drive and another Bass field goal from 22 yards out gave Penn the 13-0 lead with 1:11 to play in the half. The Quakers would take that lead into the break with Mansfield running out of time in the first half.
With the lead, Penn received to start the half and would go 68 yards to open the third quarter and extend its lead. On the first offensive play of the drive, Busler again found Wetherell, this time for 46 yards, down to the Mansfield 27. Two more completions to Kamil Okroj and Ordonez would put the ball at the one and Busler capped the drive with the one-yard pass to Wetherell giving Penn the 19-0 lead with 12:35 to play in the third.
Down 19-0, Mansfield put its first points on the board on the following drive. The Mountaineers sustained a long 15 play, 70 yard drive, but failed on the two-point conversion, cutting the score to 19-6.
Neither side could score on its next possession and Penn would take over at its own 13 on the following drive. On the first play from scrimmage, Beamish got Penn out of the shadow of the end zone with a 22-yard run. Facing third down, Beamish then ran for 26 yards and got another 15 yard penalty added on with a 15-yard personal foul for a horse-collar tackle. On the second down following Beamish's second big run of the drive, Busler ran for his second touchdown of the night with a 14-yard keeper.
Down 26-6 with 10:59 to go in the final quarter, Mansfield took over at the 32, but Starr came up with his third interception of the night following a big pass play on the first play of the drive. He returned this interception nine yards, but another 15 were added on at the end for a personal foul.
Facing third-and-one on that drive, Jeff Grimes gave the Quakers 31 yards on his run. Two plays later, Busler found Okroj for another 28 yards through the air and into the end zone. The extra point was blocked, but Penn still led 32-6 with 7:25 to play.
On the ensuing kickoff, Rolando Lyles put a big hit on the Mountaineer kick returner, forcing the fumble and Nick Rush was there for the recovery. The Quakers would just continue to grow their lead, going 32 yards in eight plays for the touchdown. The drive was capped off by Busler's third and final rushing touchdown of the night. Bass added the extra point and Penn led 39-6 with just 2:46 left in the game.
Mansfield would score on its final possession of the game, going 62 yards in six plays, using just 1:37 of the clock in the process, cutting the lead to 39-14 following the two-point conversion. Not going with the onside kick, Mansfield gave it back to Penn on the kickoff return and the Quakers ran the final 1:09 off the clock with a pair of Keith Braccia runs.
In the fourth quarter alone, the Quakers gained 188 total yards of offense and held the ball for 11:54 of the final 15 minutes. Overall, Penn gained 502 yards of offense and held the ball for nearly 35 minutes.
For the game, Busler went 18-for-22, completing 81.8 percent of his pass attempts. Beamish finished the game with 163 yards rushing on 28 carries, while Busler ran for 30 yards for a total individual offense of 299 yards. Five receivers caught at least two balls tonight. In addition to Wetherell, Okroj finished with 81 yards and the touchdown, catching four passes. Andrew Donald and Beamish each had three receptions, while Ordonez had a pair of catches.
Defensively, Matt Cuccinello led the team once again in tackles with a game-high 13, 11 solo. He also had three tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Jack Miller recorded nine tackles, six solo, while Anthony DiBella, Chris Twombly, and Starr each had five tackles.
Penn will be back in action next weekend for senior night as Cornell comes to Franklin Field for the final home game of the season next Friday. After honoring the seniors in the pregame ceremony, Penn and Cornell will kickoff at 7 p.m.