Philadelphia There was no stopping sophomore J.T. Hutchinson as the running back recorded four touchdowns in his first collegiate start to lift the University of Pennsylvania sprint football team to a 35-13 victory over Cornell in the season opener at Franklin Field.
“This was a great way to get the season started,” Head Coach Bill Wagner said. “We started off a little slow coming out, but we were able to get it done the rest of the way.”
The Big Red (0-1) got on the board first at the 7:17 mark in the first quarter on a one-yard run by Mike Fullowan. Trailing 7-0 heading into the second quarter, Hutchinson jump-started the Red and Blue’s (1-0) offense with his first touchdown of the night just a minute into the quarter. Hutchinson then closed the half with a 54-yard run to put the Quakers up 14-7. Picking up right where he left off, Hutchinson went onto score two more touchdowns in the third quarter, to help give Penn a big 35-7 advantage. Hutchinson finished the night with 113 yards rushing on 15 carries.
Junior Greg Herman also got into the scoring action, crossing the line after an 18-yard pass by sophomore Mike Loguidice. Loguidice went 15-of-23 passing, racking up 251 yards, setting the second-highest passing mark in program history.Senior Patrick Monaghan had a solid night on the receiving end, picking up 110 yards on seven catches. He now stands just 93 yards shy of tying Penn’s career receiving record of 977 set by Scott Moore in 2000.
The Red and Blue have a bye next week, but are back in action Oct. 1 as they travel to Princeton. The Quakers return home Oct. 16 when they take on Army for a 7:00 p.m. start.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant.