PHILADELPHIA - Despite a last-gasp comeback effort and a balanced offensive performance on the ground and in the air, the University of Pennsylvania sprint football team dropped a 24-17 decision to Cornell Friday night at Franklin Field.
The game was a back-and-forth affair for the first half. The Quakers (2-2) drew first blood when Peter Stine hit a 21 yard field goal in the first quarter. The Big Red (3-3) responded at the beginning of the second, however, when Michael Fullowanscored ona five yard touchdown scamper. Penn then retook the lead with 3:40 left in the half when junior running back J.T. Hutchinson capped off an 82-yard drive by running up the middle for a 1-yard touchdown.
Cornell's Jason Zittel hitting a 23-yard field goal in the third quarter to tie the game at 10 before the Big Red burst out in the fourth quarter. They scored 14 points over a 1:34 span, first when quarterback Alec Macaulay ran for a 7-yard touchdown on a keeper, and then when Jon Amoona caught a perfect rainbow pass from Macaulay for a 59-yard score. Penn responded with a 5-yard David Derr touchdown with 5:04 left, but it would be as close as Penn would come.
Despite two more chances with the ball, the Quakers could not score any more. Their first chance ended in an interception by Brett Morgenstern, and the second with a pair of sacks.
"We came up short," said Head Coach Bill Wagner. "We're very disappointed. We had the chances to win, but offensively, we didn't make the most of those chances."
Senior running back Scott Pickett once again had a tremendous game, carrying the ball 23 times for 156 yards. Junior quarterback Mike Loguidice also had an excellent night, completing 15 of 25 pass attempts for 175 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Macaulay ended up with 138 yards on just 5-of-8 passing. On the ground, Fullowan had 157 yards on 28 carries and Ben Herzberger racked up 74 yards on 11 totes. The Big Red offense also played well, racking up six sacks.
Penn will close out their home slate next Friday at 7 p.m. when they host Navy.
Written by Tim Flynn, athletic communications assistant.