Lou Miller had 2.5 sacks
Penn 27 Columbia 13
Why Penn Won
After a jittery start, the Quakers settled down and overcame 13-7 second quarter deficit to dominate the rest of the way. QB Keiffer Garton played perfectly for the final 40 minutes of the game and Penn capitalized on several Columbia mistakes. But to be fair, this is a Penn team that is very tough to beat when Garton is healthy and making good decisions. He did that most of the day Saturday.
Why Columbia Lost
The team with a +8 turnover ratio coming into Saturday made an incredible eight turnovers on the afternoon. The Lions appeared to settle down in the second quarter to take the lead at 13-7, but a blocked PAT opened the floodgates for more sloppy play and Columbia did not recover.
Key Turning Points
-Trailing 7-0 late in the first quarter, Adam Mehrer intercepted a Garton pass and returned to the Penn 30. The Lions quickly drove inside te Quaker five, only to have M.A. Olawale throw a deflected pass that was picked off by Kameron Jones at the 4.
-On the ensuing possession, Matt Moretto intercepted a Garton pass and returned it to the Penn 38. But the Lions went 11 yards backwards and had to punt it right back.
-After taking a 13-7 lead on a beautiful Olawale-to-Austin Knowlin TD pass that covered 68 yards, the extra point was blocked and the Lions were flagged for a personal foul as Penn attempted a run-back off the block. The ensuing kickoff from the Columbia 15 set up the Quakers with great field position at their 48 and they marched the 52 yards for the go-ahead TD in just over five minutes.
-On the ensuing drive, Olawale fumbled the ball on an option keeper, giving the Quakers the ball at the CU 14. Penn scored another TD for plays later.
Lou Miller had a standout game, getting two and a half sacks, five tackles for a loss and 10 total tackles.
Knowlin had his best game as a pure receiver since Craig Hormann graduated after the 2007 season. He finished with five catches for 109 yards and a TD.