PRINCETON, N.J. The University of Pennsylvania sprint football team fought off an inspired Princeton team to win its season finale, 38-12, Friday night at Frelinghuysen Field.
The Quakers (3-3, 1-3 CSFL) finish the season on a high note while the Tigers (1-6, 0-4 CSFL) failed to capitalize on the momentum of their emotional win last week that snapped a 40-game losing streak.
Senior Scott Pickett once again led the way for Penn, racking up 135 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. Junior quarterback Mike Loguidice had one of his best passing performances of the season, completing 8-of-14 for 117 yards and a touchdown.
The Quakers struck early when Pickett broke free for a 58-yard touchdown just 1:47 into the game. After a Tiger three-and-out, Penn again got a big running play for a score when junior J.T. Hutchinson scampered 45 yards to make it 14-0 with 10:55 left in the first quarter.
A special teams play set up the Quakers’ next score. Senior Nick Kopec blocked a punt at the Princeton 43 yard-line, and senior Kevin Piro scooped it up down at the Tiger 12. However, the Tiger defense held and Penn was limited to a 24-yard Peter Stine field goal.
Pickett tacked on another touchdown on a one-yard punch-in as Penn completed the first quarter with 23 unanswered points. Loguidice made it 31-0 when he completed a 13-yard pass to David Derr at the end of the half and Pickett snared the two-point conversion.
But despite the first-half scoring blitz by Penn, the Tigers would not be denied a chance at a comeback. Early in the third quarter, Loguidice lost a fumble deep in his own territory, and Princeton set up a 14 yard touchdown pass from Alex Kandabarow to Cleland Welton.
But Penn added another touchdown on Albert Tsai’s three-yardtote to end Princeton’s hopes. Frank Langston added another six points for the Tigers late in the game, but it was too little, too late.
Penn racked up 406 yards of total offense to Princeton’s 270. The two teams were mostly even in other offensivecategories, but the differencecame down to the use of red zone opportunities, where Penn got points on four of five tries while Princeton scored on just two of four.
Written by Tim Flynn, athletic communications assistant.