ITHACA, N.Y. - The University of Pennsylvania sprint football team opened its season with a win Friday night, defeating Cornell, 13-6, in a low-scoring affair at Schoellkopf Field.
In a defensive game, the Quakers (1-0) failed to scored an offensive touchdown but held the Big Red (0-1) to just a single touchdown.
"The defense played extremely well," said Head Coach Bill Wagner. "We had four interceptions in the game, including a big one from Kale Roth."
Junior David Lopez ran back an interception26 yards with 13 seconds left in the first quarter to open the scoring for Penn. Neither team would score again in the first half, and the game was delayed for a half-hour just before intermission due to lightning.
In the third quarter, senior kicker Peter Stine booted a 46-yard field goal to give Penn a 10-0 lead. Cornell answered when quarterback Alec Macaulay found Miche Fullowan in the end zone from 25 yards out for the game's lone offensive touchdown.
Penn, however, picked off three Macaulay passes in the fourth quarter before Stine kicked a 21-yarder with 4:19 to go to secure the 13-6 victory. Kale Roth snagged a pair of the interceptions while Nick Dinges added one of his own. The Quakers ate up clock in the fourth as well, holding onto the ball for 8:36 to Cornell's 4:33.
Penn's offense kept the ball strictly on the ground, rushing for 235 yards and passing for none. Senior Scott Pickett led all players with 113 yards on 21 carries, while junior J.T. Hutchinson added 65 yards on 17 totes. Fullowan led Cornell with 50 yards rushing.
The Quakers have a bye next week before returning home to Franklin Field on Sept. 30 to face Princeton at 7 p.m.
Written by Tim Flynn, Athletic Communications Assistant