Courtesy of Yale Athletics
NEW HAVEN, Conn.
– Patrick Witt completed 34 of 54 passes for 331 yards and two scores but his Yale football team dropped a 27-20 game against Penn in a battle of 2-0 Ivy League teams before 22,293 at Yale Bowl.
Witt, a junior playing with a number of injuries, led the Elis to a 360-yard offensive day. However, one big interception and untimely penalties (10 for Yale on the day) were part of the reason the home team was unable to win a third straight game.
The other reason was a strong Penn showing with a balance of contributions to beat Yale for a third straight season. Two quarterbacks combined to complete 12 passes but tailback Brandon Colavita (15-73) may have had the most important, drive-surviving carries.
The Bulldogs (4-2, 2-1 Ivy) got on the board first with Philippe Panico’s career-long, 39-yard field goal in the first quarter, but the Quakers (5-1, 3-0) scored 20 straight points to put the game out of reach. Brad Blackmon’s 53-yard punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter gave the visitors a 13-3 lead at intermission.
Luke DeLuca, who scored twice from a yard out, reached the end zone on the opening drive of the second half to increase the margin to 17 points. The Elis didn’t get on the board again until early in the fourth, after Allen Harris’ first career TD catch, and they could have gotten back in the game.
On the first play after Penn missed a short field goal try, Witt’s screen pass was intercepted by Brandon Copeland and returned to the Yale 11. It was the first of Penn’s two interceptions on the day. DeLuca then notched his second score and the Bulldogs scrambled to make it close.
Penn DB David Twamley led all players with nine solos and three pass breakups, while Yale LB Jordan Haynes had a game-high 12 (7-5) overall stops. Bulldog defensive backs Adam Money and Geoff Dunham each had a pick.
“We had our opportunities and didn’t capitalize on them,” said Tom Williams, Yale’s Joel E. Smilow Head Coach of Football. “We made too many mistakes against a good football team.”