Sprint Football Narrowly Edged by Cornell 27-24 in Overtime

PHILADELPHIA - Given the ball first in overtime, Penn's Raiam Dos Santos hit a 28-yard field goal for the 24-21 lead. However, it did not prove to be enough as Cornell's quarterback Elliot Corey ran four yards for the winning touchdown. The 27-24 loss gives the Quakers a 3-2 overall record and 1-2 in the CSFL while Cornell improves to 3-2 and 3-1 in conference play.

On its very first offensive play of the game, Penn made a statement and got off to a quick 7-0 lead when quarterback Todd Busler threw a 62-yard pass to Whit Shaw for the score. Following the initial 20 second drive, a back-and-forth first quarter exemplified the symmetry of the two teams.

Cornell got on the board four minutes into the second quarter with a 37-yard field goal from Alex Perilstein to make the score 7-3. The Quakers were unable to capitalize on their strong defensive plays, including Jacque Beauvais' fumble recovery and Colin Dampier's interception, while Cornell took advantage of its blocked punt with 48 seconds left in the half. The Big Red drove down the field and with Corey's pass to Upal Sarker with just two ticks remaining on the clock, Cornell took a 10-7 lead into the locker room.

However, the Red and Blue looked dominant after the intermission with running back Mike Bagnoli rushing for 118 yards in the third quarter alone, including a 21-yard TD run at the 10:58 mark. Up 14-10, the Quakers struck again when a broken field goal attempt turned into a touchdown bonus for a 21-10 lead. A bobbled snap forced holder Clarke Armatis to throw a pass to kicker Santos, who broke through the defense for the score.

While the third belonged to Penn, the fourth quarter was all Cornell. A 15-play, 63-yard drive capped with a one-yard run from DJ Schiavetta and well executed two-point conversion closed the gap to 21-18.

Penn looked to extend its lead on a 22-yard field goal, but Cornell blocked the attempt and set up its next 15-play march down the field. With four seconds remaining in regulation, Perilstein nailed a 33-yard field goal to tie the score at 21 and send the game into overtime.

Bagnoli finished the night with 192 yards rushing, while Busler threw for 138 and Shaw received for 103 yards. Santos had an impressive night, punting four times and pinning the Big Red within its own 20 three if those times. Included, a punt that could not have been executed any more perfectly - a 60-yarder that came to rest at the 1-yard line.

Sam Biddle (11.5 tackles) and Marcus Goodwin (8.5 tackles) along with Dampier, making an interception and fumble recovery, and Joe Portelli with a fumble recovery of his own led the Quaker defense.

Cornell was steered by Schiavetta who rushed for 146-yards and Zach Pollock, traveling 109-yards on the ground, as well as Elliot who threw for 116 yards. John Parke led the Big Red defense with 10.5 tackles.

The Quakers resume play next Friday for Senior Night on Franklin Field when they take on Navy at 7 p.m.