PRINCETON, N.J. - Penn's sprint football team wrapped up its 2009 season with a bang, overwhelming Princeton 91-13 Thursday night at Princeton Stadium. Seven Quakers contributed to the scoring action as Penn totaled 728 yards of offense and 13 touchdowns.
The Quakers wasted no time getting on the board with Raiam Santos kicking a 35-yard field goal on their first drive of the game to gain an early 3-0 lead. Getting the ball back after a Princeton three-and-out, Whit Shaw scored Penn's first touchdown of the night on a 32-yard reception from Todd Busler.
Princeton answered back in its next drive when quarterback Jay Zachariah connected with Kees Thompson for a 71-yard TD catch, cutting the lead to three.
However, Penn kicked it up a notch scoring the next 62 points. Mike Bagnoli's three consecutive rushing touchdowns, including a 49-yard run into the end zone, and Colin Dampier's 44-yard fumble recovery for a TD gave the Red and Blue a 37-7 advantage early in the second quarter. Shaw and Bagnoli each tallied one more touchdown from Busler before intermission to give Penn a commanding 51-7 lead.
To start the third quarter Busler connected with his favorite receiver one last time on the season for Shaw's third score of the game. Zak Klinvex's interception and 36-yard scamper put the Quakers up 65-7 at the end of the quarter.
Two-way player Dampier rushed 30-yards into the end zone on Penn's first drive of the fourth quarter. Immediately following, Princeton's Thompson scored his second touchdown of the evening on an 87-yard kickoff return making the scoreboard read 72-13.
Seniors Joe Portelli and Michael McMullen ended their careers on high notes as Portelli rushed for back-to-back touchdowns and McMullen intercepted a pass and ran it 23-yards into the end zone capping the score at 91-13.
Bagnoli rushed 144-yards for three touchdowns, while Chris Twombly contributed 105-yards to the ground game. Busler passed for 271-yards and four touchdowns -- three to Shaw for 144-yards and one to Bagnoli.
On the defensive end, the Quakers held the Tigers to just 37 yards rushing and 178 yards in total offense. Their four interceptions and fumble recovery certainly contributed to the massive number of points scored.
Penn finished the season 4-3 overall and 2-3 in conference play.