Sprint Football Dominates Princeton 57-7

PHILADELPHIA - In dominating fashion, Penn's sprint football team scored eight touchdowns in a 57-7 victory over Princeton Friday night. Junior running back Mike Bagnoli rushed for 172 yards and three touchdowns and quarterback Todd Busler passed for 226 yards, fueling the offense as the Quakers improved to 2-0 on the season.

After forcing the Tigers to punt awayon their first possession, Penn marched down the field and into the end zone for an early 7-0 lead. Clarke Armatis received a 25-yard pass from Busler for the score. With another stop on defense, Penn quickly made it 13-0 on Bagnoli's 36-yard rushing touchdown.

Senior linebacker Michael McMullen forced and recovered Princeton's fumble onthe Tigers'8-yard line and ran it in for the score, giving the Quakers a 19-0 first quarter lead.

The Tigers managed to get on the board for the first time this season on a 1-yard run by quarterback Ned Moffat. It also marked the first touchdown Princeton has scored since Oct. 10, 2008.

Bagnoli rushed for two more touchdowns in the second quarter -- the second after a drive started on Whit Shaw's interception. The Quakers took a 33-7 lead into halftime.

Shaw tallied the Quakers' sixth touchdown of the game, receiving a four yard pass from Busler just over a minute into the third quarter.

In the fourth, junior receiver Dave Hubsher ran a 35-yard pass from Busler into the end zone, Raiam Santos kicked a field goal after an interception by Ted Rawlings, and Colin Dampier rushed 12 yards to cap the score at 57-7.

The Red and Blue boasted a perfect 5-5 in the red zone and a 548-183 advantage in total offensive yards in the win. Penn's defense made three sacks, forced the Tigers into two interceptions and a fumble, as well as stopped Princeton's three fourth down conversion attempts.

Although the Quakers only needed to punt twice, Santos averaged 53 yards including a 66 yard punt.

Penn returns to action next Friday when they host Mansfield at 7 p.m. on Franklin Field.

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