PHILADELPHIA – Senior Night for the University of Pennsylvania sprint football team went according to plan, with the Quakers dominating archrival Princeton, 75-12.
The Red and Blue built a 21-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, and led 42-6 at halftime en route to the win. The Quakers close the 2015 season with a 5-2 record.
Eight different players recorded at least one touchdown for the Quakers, who scored seven rushing touchdowns and four passing touchdowns in the game. The seven rushing scores are the most for a Penn team since rushing for six against Princeton in 2013. The 72 points scored are the most for a Penn team since the 2013 squad scored 72 against the Tigers.
The Quakers outgained the Tigers, 480-130, including a 259 to -9 edge in rushing yards. Seven different players had at least one carry for the Quakers, led by Max Jones (76 yards, one touchdown) and Jake Klaus (73 yards, one touchdown). Penn’s two quarterbacks, Mike McCurdy (2) and Zack DiGregorio (1) each had rushing touchdowns, as did usual defensive starters Chris Colavita and Rob Diorio who had to step in due to injury late in the game.
Penn did not take to the air much, but McCurdy and DiGregorio combined to go 16-for-28 with four touchdown passes. For DiGregorio, the passing touchdowns were the first of his career.
Eight different receivers caught at least one pass for the Red and Blue, led by senior Henry Mason who had five catches for 51 yards and two touchdowns. The 51 receiving yards give him 1,003 for his career – making him just the third receiver in school history to surpass the 1,000-yard mark for his Penn career. Mason’s 1,003 career receiving yards came in just two seasons of full-time action in the receiving corps.
Mason also finishes 2015 with 627 receiving yards – second-most in a single season in program history behind Whit Shaw’s 886 yards in 2009.
McCurdy finished 2015 with 1,513 passing yards – a new career high and the third-most passing yards in a single season in school history. Through three seasons, McCurdy has amassed 4,073 passing yards – second-most in program history and just 350 away from tying Todd Busler (2008-11) who finished his Penn career with 4,423.
Defensively, Marcus Jones led a Penn unit which came up with 14 total tackles for loss. Jones had eight solo tackles in the game – including five for loss. Three of his tackles were solo sacks, and he added a fumble recovery for good measure.
The Quakers had four interceptions, including one by Rob Diorio which featured a 45-yard return. Also coming up with picks were James Juliano, Chris Colavita, and Tom Console.
Garrett Breeden had two major special teams plays, blocking a pair of point-after attempts.
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