Penn broke up Cornell’s potential game-winning two-point conversion attempt in the final minute to earn a 21-20 victory on Saturday afternoon at Franklin Field. The Quakers improved to 4-4 (2-3 Ivy) and retained the Trustees’ Cup for the sixth straight year, while the Big Red fell to 2-6 (1-4) in the loss.
The Big Red dominated the game on paper, outgaining the Quakers 434-262, including 158-40 on the ground), and ran an amazing 34 more plays than the home team. The difference – a trick play that gained Penn 80 of its yards, nearly a third of its total for the game, for the eventual game winner.
Junior Phazione McClurge had a career day with eight receptions for 124 yards and two touchdowns for the Big Red, including a 10-yarder with 50 seconds left that set up a game-winning two-point attempt. Richie Kenney, who tossed for 276 yards and McClurge’s two scores, had a screen pass sniffed out and broken up to seal the win for Penn. An on-sides kick was recovered by Demetrius Harris, but Cornell was called offsides. A second attempt was innocently batted out of bounds and the Quakers kneeled down twice for the victory.
PENN PREVAILS. @PENNfb stops a Cornell two-point conversion late in the fourth quarter to preserve a 21-20 ?? win. pic.twitter.com/6vsWQp0BgS
— The Ivy League (@IvyLeague) November 9, 2019
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