“They played very well in all three phases and collectively as a team we didn’t,” head coach Tony Reno said. “Our guys don’t quit. They kept fighting. They kept playing.”
Alan Lamar ’20 started at running back for the Elis after missing the Fordham game due to injury, and picked up a quick first down to start the game. Quarterback Tre Moore ’19 completed his first two passes before Penn’s Nick Miller stripped him of the ball on a run to the right.
Penn recovered the ball at Yale’s 37-yard line and capitalized, as Solomon put Penn ahead on a three-yard touchdown run nine plays later.
The Yale defense did its part to keep the game close in the early going, allowing Penn to move the ball down the field but ultimately stuffing the Quakers on fourth-and-one on their next possession.
[caption id="attachment_135812" align="aligncenter" width="801"] Penn wide receiver Justin Watson tallied a career-high 166 receiving yards against Yale in the Quakers’ 42–7 win.[/caption]
But the Eli offense continued to stall, and the defense could only hold off Penn’s high-powered offense for so long as Quaker quarterback Alek Torgersen began to get in rhythm with Watson. Penn’s gunslinger found the junior wide open in the end zone with 1:23 remaining in the first quarter to give Penn a 14–0 lead.
Torgersen finished the first quarter with 59 passing yards and 48 rushing yards, compared to just nine and one for Moore, who threw an interception on the first play of the second quarter.
Quarterback Kurt Rawlings ’20 replaced Moore for just one series, handing the ball off four times and throwing an incompletion as the Yale offense mustered just 14 yards before Moore played out the remainder of the game.
Torgersen continued to impose his will on the Yale defense in the second quarter. The junior found Watson and wide receiver Cam Countryman for 41- and 10- yard touchdown passes, respectively.
Watson got free in the Yale secondary with less than a minute to play in the first half and Torgersen found the junior for his third touchdown reception, giving the Quakers a 35–0 lead into halftime. Watson finished the first half with 160 receiving yards on nine catches.
The Quakers took their foot off the gas and relied on their running game in the second half, piling up 86 rushing yards on a seven-play drive that culminated in a 13-yard touchdown run by running back Karekin Brooks.
The Eli offense finally woke up on its next possession and scored its only touchdown of the game on a 13-play, 80-yard drive. Eight of those plays were rushes by Lamar. The drive culminated in a five-yard touchdown catch by Lamar, who accounted for 123 of Yale’s 229 yards in the game.
Neither team would score for the rest of the game, as both offensive units ran the clock out for the majority of the fourth quarter.