PHILADELPHIA The Penn sprint football team rolled over Princeton, 47-0, Friday night on Franklin Field the final game of the 2008 season and senior night. Led by senior quarterback Michael D'Angelo, the Quakers scored seven touchdowns, while shutting out the Tigers.
The Quakers notched their first touchdown of the game in the 12 minute of the first quarter, when D’Angelo ran into the end zone for the 6-yard play.
Half way through the quarter, Mike Bagnoli returned a punt for 22 yards to set up the Red and Blue for first and goal. On the first play of the drive, D’Angelo added his second touchdown and Mark Dziemianowicz’s kick was good to put Penn in front, 14-0.
The Quakers finished the quarter with one more touchdown; on second and three, Bagnoli had a 22-yard rush into the end zone. Dziemianowicz missed the extra point and the Quakers started the second quarter with a 20-0 lead.
Penn added two more touchdowns in the second quarter to secure a strong lead heading into the half. Wifi Fernandez recorded the first when he squeezed through the defensive line of fourth and goal on the one yard line.
Jacques Beauvais recorded his first touchdown on the season when he intercepted the ball on Penn’s own 44 and ran it back for 56 yards.
It wasn’t until late in the third quarter that Penn recorded its sixth touchdown of the night. In a momentous play, D’Angelo found senior Michael Stack deep in Tiger Territory for the 85-yard play and touchdown. This was Stack’s longest catch in his career, in addition, this play allowed D’Angelo to surpass Mike Loguidice with passing yards in a single season, whom had 1,286 in 2004.
In the final touchdown of the game, Joe Squadroni notched his first collegiate touchdown and longest catch in his career; D’Angelo passed to Squadroni who ran it into the end zone for 46-yards.
D’Angelo finished the game 13-for-20 for 299 total passing yards. This game put him on several lists in the record book; his single game yardage places his in second for passing yardage in a single game, 41 yards under Pat Wolff who had 340 yards during a game in 1968. D’Angelo finished the season with 1,288 yards, just two yards more than Loguidice, to put him in first overall.
Offensively, Bagnoli led the team with 62-yards and a touchdown. While Stack finished the night with 130 yards and a touchdown on three catches.
The Quakers defense which drove the Tigers’ rushing game to 40 negative yards was led by Beauvais who finished with nine tackles and an interception. John Curran recorded four sacks for a loss of 29 yards, while J. Andrew Feigenbaum recorded an interception.
Penn finished the season with a 5-2 record 3-0 on Franklin Field.