Princeton, N.J. There was no stopping quarterback Mike Loguidice as he threw four touchdown passes to help the University of Pennsylvania sprint football team defeat Princeton, 49-8, tonight onthe Tigershome field.
“I said to the guys before the game that opportunities only come around so often, to cherish the moment and play their hearts out. And they did just that tonight,” Head Coach Bill Wagner said. “After a sloppy second quarter, the team really responded in the second half with a lot of guys stepping up. I’m very happy with how the defensive and offensive second units played against Princeton first unit in the fourth quarterthey shut them down.”
Penn (2-0) got on the board on their first drive on a 25-yard field goal by Peter Stine and added another score on their very next possession, this time on a five-yard run by J.T. Hutchinson. The Quakers extended their lead to 22-0 on touchdowns by Corey Higa and David Derr in the second quarter. Princeton (0-2) seemed to gain some momentum heading into the break as Dennis Bakke threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to Lon Johnson late in the second quarter. Bakke then completed a two-point conversion attempt to Matt Worley, to pull within, 22-8.
But it was not to be as the Red and Blue opened the second half with a six play, 70-yard scoring drive which resulted in Derr’s second touchdown of the game, this time on a 43-yard bomb from Loguidice. The Quakers would score twice more in the third quarter, including a 20-yard interception return by freshman Kale Roth for his first collegiate points. With the 42-8 advantage in the fourth quarter, Penn would add one more score, as Pat Monaghan connected with Jon Rosenberg with 2:22 remaining.
Loguidice threw for three for 231 yards on 12-for-21 passing, while Derr led all Penn receivers with 68 yards. Rookie Albert Tsai showed off his speed running for 63 yards on 12 carries. The Quakers dominated offensively with 183 yards on 49 rushes, while Princeton managed only 77 yards on 43 attempts. The Red and Blue also had 440 yards of total offense to the Tigers’ 219 yards. Defensively, senior co-captain Mike Russo had 10 tackles, including nine solo hits.
Penn is back in action on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. as it opens CSFL play against Army on Franklin Field.