WASHINGTON, D.C. Junior Chris Wynn returned the opening kickoff 88 yards and freshman Matt Hamscher ran for 102 yards and a touchdown for the Quakers as the University of Pennsylvania football team never looked back in defeating the Georgetown Hoyas, 27-7 at Multi-Sport Field on Saturday.
With their second consecutive win, the Quakers moved to 2-2 this season and remained unbeaten all-time against the Hoyas in six tries. Georgetown fell to 1-4.
Penn supporters overflowed the seating in their half of the stadium and the Quaker faithful were on their feet early. Wynn’s opening score marked the second kickoff return touchdown of his career and the first for the Quakers since Tyler Fisher went 96 yards against Columbia on Oct. 13 of last season.
After Penn forced a punt, the Quakers offense went to work again. Quarterback Robert Irvin led an eight-play, 61-yard drive that ended in Andrew Samson's 36-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead.
Following another punt, the Penn offense scored for the third time in three possessions when Hamscher ran in from two yards out for his first career score to give the Quakers a 17-0 lead two minutes into the second quarter. Hamscher took over in the Penn backfield after Michael DiMaggio was injured late in the first quarter.
Georgetown drove into Penn territory several times in the first half, but each time the Penn defense turned the Hoyas away empty-handed. Midway through the second quarter, Georgetown had their deepest infiltration into Penn territory, reaching the four-yard line. However, on first-and-goal, Penn linebacker Jake Lewko recovered a fumble on a mishandled snap by Hoyas quarterback Keerome Lawrence.
Penn’s defense has been nearly impenetrable as of late. Despite allowing a late score, the Quakers have allowed just 17 points in their last 10 quarters and have allowed just one touchdown in the second half all season.
Penn added to its lead on its first possession of the second half. With Kyle Olson taking the snaps, the Quakers drove 41 yards on 10 plays. Samson connected on a season-long 37-yard field goal for a 20-0 lead.
After Tony Moses came down with his first career interception deep in Georgetown territory, Luke DeLuca came away with his first career touchdown. The two-yard run was the third play of the drive 13-yard drive and gave Penn a 27-0 lead with 35 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
A Penn fumble midway through the fourth quarter set up the Hoyas only score. Georgetown had to go just 27 yards to break up the shutout.
Senior Josh Koontz had a career-high seven catches and 69 yards, while Robert Irvin connected on 11 of 20 passes for 149 yards. On the defensive side for the Quakers, Jay Colabella had a career-high 10 tackles, including a tackle-for-loss and a pass breakup. Senior Britton Ertman was second on the team with seven tackles.
Game Notes: Tyson Maugle missed his first start since Nov. 19, 2005, a span of 23 games ... Senior safety Jordan Manning made his 24th consecutive start for the Quakers ... Penn has scored in 104 consecutive games, the third longest streak in Ivy League history ... Al Bagnoli won his 196th career game ... Josh Koontz has made a reception in 10 straight games ... Penn has forced a turnover in 16 consecutive games ... Andrew Samson has made each of his last six field goal attempts.