Ithaca, N.Y. The University of Pennsylvania sprint football team had its hopes of a perfect season dashed falling to Cornell, 34-27, this evening. The Quakers, who opened the season 3-0, began their unbeaten streak against the Big Red on Sept. 17 when they defeated Cornell by a score of 35-13.
After a scoreless first quarter, Cornell (2-3) opened the second quarter with back-to-back touchdowns in the first four minutes. Penn (3-1) answered with a score of its own with 8:22 remaining in the half as Stephen Delgado ran the ball in from eight yards out. The Big Red then took a 21-7 lead with 1:01 left to play in the quarter on a touchdown by Michael Fullowan and then successfully completed the two-point conversion. The Quakers cut the deficit to 21-14 to close the half as Mike Loguidice connected with David Derr with 32 seconds to go.
Cornell added another touchdown in the third quarter to give them a 28-14 lead. Yet, the Red and Blue would not give up as they rallied for two touchdowns in the opening minutes of the final quarter. Sophomore J.T. Hutchinson scored his eighth touchdown of the season at the 13:57 mark. Senior Pat Monaghan added a touchdown of his own with 9:20 left to play to pull the Quakers with one, 28-27. Jim Gunther set up for the extra point but had his kick blocked. The Penn rally fell short, as Cornell added an insurance touchdown on the ensuing drive to put them on top 34-27
Loguidice, despite going 19-for-32, threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns, to eclipse the Penn single-season passing yardage record of 776 yards, set by Tommy Frankel in 1982. Entering the game, Loguidice needed 121 yards to equal the mark. The signal caller now has 960 yards on the season.
Hutchinson finished the night with 137 yards rushing, while Monaghan caught nine passes for 118 yards. Monaghan needs just 110 receiving yards to eclipse the single-season mark of 451 yards. The wide receiver broke the career receiving record last week against Army.
Penn travels to Annapolis, Md. on Oct. 30 to face undefeated Navy. The Quakers close the 2004 campaign on Nov. 6 against Princeton at Franklin Field.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant.