Sprint Football Tops Cornell 20-14 in Season Opener

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ITHACA, N.Y. - Quarterback Todd Busler ranfor two touchdowns and passedfor another,to Mike Bagnoli, as the Quakers defeated Cornell 20-14 in the first game of the 2009 season.

After a slow start, the Quakers got on the board first when Busler capped off a scoring drive with a 23-yard pass to Bagnoli. Bagnoli snuck past the Cornell secondary to score the first points of the season. After the extra point by Raiam Dos Santos, the Quakers led 7-0.

Cornell instantly answered back. Quarterback Elliot Corey connected on a 74-yard pass with DJ Schiavetta at midfield. Schiavetta sprinted untouched to the end zone and tied the game at 7-7 after the kick.

Penn's offense responded with a 67-yard drive for another touchdown. Busler went 2-for-3 on the drive with 62 yards in the air. With the Quakers on the 4-yard line, Busler ran right and was awarded the touchdown after stretching the ball across the plane of the end zone. With that, Penn took a 14-7 lead into the locker room at halftime.

In their first possession of the third quarter, the Quakers went 90 yards, ending with Busler's one-yard drive into the end zone. Penn had five first downs in the drive that lasted nearly eight minutes. With a blocked extra point, Penn led 20-7.

The Big Red tried to craft a comeback, rushing for a touchdown in fourth quarter to bring the score to 20-14. But Penn's defense stepped up big, making some vital stops and a huge turnover to prevent Cornell from threatening the lead. The Quakers ran out the clock deep in Cornell territory to hold on to the victory.

Penn (1-0) takes on Princeton next Friday, September 25 at 7 p.m. on Franklin Field.

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