Pennsylvania 27 Columbia 13
Why Penn Won
The Quakers controlled the line of scrimmage, gaining huge yardage on the ground while allowing very little in return. The running attack was so strong that Penn threw the ball just five times and still won by two scores.
Why Columbia Lost
The Lions just could not stop the Quaker run, or the Quaker pash rush at the most crucial moments in the game.
Key Turning Points
-Trailing 7-3 and in the early stages of somewhat promising drive, Sean Brackett was sacked and stripped, and Penn returned the fumble for a TD to make it 14-3 Quakers before the end of the first quarter.
-After scoring a third quarter TD to make it 20-10, Columbia seemed to kill any chance for real momentum with a personal foul penalty, giving Penn great field position on the ensuing possession. Penn scored a TD with the short field and the game was essentially over.
-Brackett stayed tough despite the furious Penn rush. He was sacked five times and did have that costly fumble, but he also went 18-33 for 240 yards, a big TD pass to Andrew Kennedy, and no INT's.
-Luke Eddy seems like the strong and consistent leg the Lions have always wanted. He nailed a 48-yard FG late in the game and hit his 16th straight PAT.
-The rush defense was dead soft up the middle. No team can win when the opponent can just go right at you and get yards.
-The pass protection, especially against a great defense like Penn's, wasn't up to snuff.
I have to give this one to Brackett. The 18-year-old soph kept his poise and made sure the game didn't get ugly. Most senior QB's in this league would have started forcing things after that fumble. Even in a clear loss, Brackett shines brightly.
As was the case after the depressing loss to Fordham in week one, the Lion faithful is a bit down right now.
But I think this game proved that Penn was a better team than most thought, rather than proving Columbia was a weaker one.
The Quaker "D" was amazing; as tough as the brick walls that surround Franklin Field. And it will be some time before the Lions face that kind of opposition again.
Credit the Penn coaching staff for not trying to be tricky and simply going with their strength above any head games. They are certainly the favorites to win the Ivy title now.