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Penn defeats Cornell after a late two-point stop

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.

Phazione McClurge, who had eight catches for 124 yards and two touchdowns at Penn, is pictured on the sidelines at Yale on Saturday, Sept. 28 in the Yale Bowl in New Haven, CT.

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.