PHILADELPHIA - Coming into Saturday night's meeting with unbeaten Army, Penn knew that the Black Knights possessed a first-rate passing attack. In the second half, Army went to the ground, scoring three times on rushing plays to open up a tight contest en route to a 35-7 loss for the Quakers.
Whit Shaw scored on a 4th-and-4 for the Quakers late in the second quarter, cutting Army's lead in half and sending Penn to the break trailing by just seven, 14-7. The Quakers held Army to just 144 yards of offense in the first half - and -1 on the ground as Penn limited Army's chances at the big play in the opening half of play.
In the third quarter, Army scored twice - including a 12-play, 65-yard drive to open the period - to build a commanding 28-7 lead. The first drive for the Black Knights was aided by a penalty on Penn for a late hit which gave Army the ball at midfield. Army converted a third-and 7 via a nine-yard completion, then rattled off a 14-yard pass and a 12-yard run to bring the ball to Penn's 1, where Marquis Morris scored the first of his three rushing touchdowns in the second half.
Penn was victimized by a long punt return which led to Army's next scores, the special teams play coming midway through the second period when Tom Jeffers ran back a Mike Beamish punt 48 yards to the Penn 15. Four plays later, Morris went in from two yards out to give Army a 21-point lead.
After a 24-yard completion from Keith Braccia to Mike Beamish appeared to give Penn some momentum in the fourth quarter, Army's defense came up with an interception as John Barnett picked off Braccia at the Army 20 on a long pass attempt for the Quakers. Eight plays later, Morris punched in the final score of the night from the 14-yard line to cap the game at 35-7 in favor of Army.
Penn was outgained in the game, 590-226, including a 416-160 edge in the air. Penn had hoped to use the ground to control the time of possession game, but managed just 66 rushing yards as a team on 36 carriers. Mike Beamish was again a key cog in the machine for the Quakers, gaining 81 yards on 23 carries with another 24 yards on two receptions. Keith Braccia completed 15 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown, but was sacked four times. Defensively, Jack Miller (10 tackles), Anthony DiBella (eight tackles) and Matt Pellegrino (eight tackles) were busy for the Red and Blue dealing with the short passing game of Army.
The Quakers are now 2-2 overall and 1-2 inside the CSFL. They return to Franklin Field on Oct. 19 for a game with Post at 7 p.m.
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