Philadelphia - It was an excellent Homecoming for the Penn football team as the Red and Blue held off Columbia, 14-3, at Franklin Field on Oct. 16 for its 17th-straight Ivy League victory. The Quakers, who were ranked No. 25 in the latest Sports Network poll, scored touchdowns in the first and fourth quarters to improve to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the Ivy League.
In the first, junior Pat McDermott found Dan Castles in the end zone for a two-yard touchdown catch with 7:36 remaining. It was Castles’ sixth touchdown of the season, and McDermott’s ninth. With the 25th touchdown reception of his career, Castles moved one step closer to becoming the all-time touchdown-reception leader at Penn (4-1, 2-0), needing just one to tie and two to break Miles Macik’s (1993-95)10-year record (26). Castles finished the contest with seven catches for 59 yards.
Columbia (0-5, 0-2) answered in the third with a 19-yard field goal with 3:06 remaining as Nick Rudd split the uprights after the Lions drove 71 yards on 14 plays for their first, and only, score of the game.
The Red and Blue sealed the victory with 11:14 left in the game when McDermott connected with sophomore Matt Carre for a 28-yard touchdown reception on the left side of the endzone to give Penn a 14-3 lead. It was Carre’s first career touchdown and McDermott’s 10th this season. McDermott completed four-straight pass attempts, and five-of-six overall, during the drive, which included a 29-yard catch by Castles. McDermott ended the game going 20-for-32 for 209 yards and two touchdowns. Today's yardage puts the junior quarterback over the 1,000-yard plateau with 1,163 passing yards this season.
Leading the way again on special teams was senior Josh Appell who pinned Columbia on the one-yard line with a 42-yard boot in the third quarter, and matched a season-high with a 56-yard punt in the second quarter.
Senior Michael Sangobowale led the defensive charge with eight total tackles, including six solo. He also recorded 3.5 tackles for a loss of 14 yards. Providing the second line of defense against was Kevin Stefanski, Michael Johns, Kory Gedin and Bobby Fallon, who each recorded six tackles in the game.
The Quakers remain tied for first in the Ivy League as Penn, Princeton and Harvard are all 2-0 in the Ancient Eight. Penn will travel to Yale on Oct. 23 for its first Ivy League road contest of the season. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m., airing live on CN8.
Written by Carla Zighelboim