Penn Loses Third Consecutive Game in the Ivy League and fourth straight to Yale
October 23, 2021 –
The University of Pennsylvania Quakers played from behind for most of the game. They stayed in contention but could not overcome multiple second and third quarter scores by the Yale Bulldogs and lose 42 – 28 at the Yale Bowl. The Red and Blue still seeks their first win in the Ancient Eight.
Looking for a spark Penn started freshman Aidan Sayin at quarterback. The Red and Blue had their largest scoring output since week one at Bucknell. But they also gave up the most points scored this season. Sayin completed 12 of 28 passes for 114 yards. He threw 2 touchdown passes and was intercepted once. Sayin got a 15-yard scoring toss to Owen Goldsberry who caught his first career touchdown reception.
The Red and Blue used the ground game as their staple gaining 121 yards with Isaiah Malcome leading the team with 81 yards and one touchdown.
The Bulldogs answered with 161 yards on the ground and 285 in the air. Eli quarterback Nolan Grooms accounted for 396 yards of offense rushing for 113. In the passing game Grooms completed 18 of 27 for 283, 2 touchdowns and one interception. He was involved in four touchdowns.
The Quakers tied the game at 7-all in the first quarter when Trey Flowers capped a 75-yard, 16-play drive late in the first quarter.
Yale responded getting the next two touchdowns in the second quarter. Grooms got an 8-yard touchdown run and Spencer Alston went in from one-yard to give the Eli a 21 – 7 lead.
Penn got closer and appeared to be in contention when Malcome scored on a 16-yard touchdown run at the 2:38 mark, his fourth straight game with a rushing touchdown. The drive was started by Goldsberry who returned the kickoff 70 yards setting up the Red and Blue deep in Yale territory. However, the Bulldogs struck back with a 6-play, 75-yard drive that ended with Grooms throwing a 26-yard touchdown pass to Mason Tipton. The three second quarter touchdowns put the Eli in front 28 – 14 at intermission.
The Quakers got then scoring started in the third quarter when Goldsberry caught a 15-yarder from Sayin. But two consecutive touchdowns by Yale sealed the game in their direction. Grooms crossed the goal line from 4 yards away. Then Eli McElwain scored from 5-yards out just under three minutes later as Yale doubled up Penn 42 – 21.
Malcome ended the scoring in the fourth quarter catching a 2-yard scoring toss from Sayin.
For Penn Ryan Cragun caught 5 passes for 63 yards. Tipton led Yale with 5 receptions for 132 yards.
Jadan Key had a team-leading 8 tackles for the Red and Blue. Brian O’Neill made 7 tackles and picked off a pass.
Bulldogs defender Micah Awodiran turned in a game-best 13 stops.
Penn falls to 2 – 4 overall, and 0 – 3 in the league. The Quakers have a two-game homestand coming up with Brown and Cornell visiting Franklin Field.
Written By: Glenn Papazian