Penn Takes First Night Game at Bowl

Lamar Had 118 Yards Rushing (Jack Warhola image)
Lamar Had 118 Yards Rushing (Jack Warhola image)

Freshmen Stand Out in Loss

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The first night game at Yale Bowl did not go well for the home team. Alex Torgersen and Justin Watson, who had 10 catches for 166 yards, connected on three scoring passes as Penn remained undefeated in Ivy League play with a 42-7 win over Yale.

Torgersen completed 16 of 23 passes for 229 and four touchdowns and his scoring plays put the game out of reach by halftime. Tailback Tre Solomon, who had 120 yards, began the scoring with a three-yard run after a Yale fumble in the first quarter.

Penn (4-2, 3-0 Ivy) totaled 508 yards of offense, had 27 first downs and did not make any mistakes.

The Elis (1-5, 0-2) turned the ball over twice and got behind by too much early on. Needing to play catch-up and put the ball in the air, Yale could not move the chains enough and finished with just 13 completions for 93 yards.

"We just didn't play well," said Tony Reno, Yale's Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach. "That's not going to define us. There's a lot more football to play this season."

Freshmen were the brightest spots on offense for the Blue. Alan Lamar, who sat out last week with an injury after rushing for 180 against Dartmouth, slashed his way to 118 yards tonight, while his five-yard TD catch in the third quarter was the game's final tally.

Two other newcomers combined for seven catches. Receivers Reed Klubnik (4-29) and JP Shohfi (3-27), who had the best block of the day on a Jason Alessi punt return, were the busiest of the Bulldogs.

Sophomore Tre Moore, who rushed for 100 yards and a TD last week, made his fourth career start behind center. He played all but one (freshman Kurt Rawlings) series.

Senior Dale Harris, who scored four touchdowns at Fordham last Saturday, played mostly on defense against the Quakers and led all tacklers with eight solos and 12 overall.

The Eli defense, which lost senior star Foyesade Oluokun to an injury in the first half, gave up just one score in the second half.

Yale trailed by just one score when senior Victor Egu made a great play to stop Solomon on a fourth-down run deep in the home end. It just wasn't enough to get the momentum going for the Elis, who are at Columbia a week from today.

"I love the fight in this team. We didn't quit," said Reno.

 
 

Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD & Sports Publicity Director – steven.conn@yale.edu