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v C16 THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER Sunday, November 3, 19f)6" COLLEGE FOOTBALL Quakers defeat Yale, 20-3, for first Ivy League win -r-r Smiles warmed a wind-chilled homecoming crowd at Franklin Field. Penn's defensive line dominated. (CM By Joe Juliano tyv INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Life at Franklin Field was much different yesterday. People in red and blue were smiling. Old friends who returned for homecoming were hugging. The Penn band played "All Right Now." And the Quakers, who haven't had much to be happy about all season, talked about having fun. Penn warmed the wind-chilled crowd of 19,203, getting two touchdowns from Jasen Scott and a domi-napt effort from its defensive line in a 20-3 victory over Yale that was the Quakers' first Ivy League win of the1 season. "Ve just went out there with a lot of'qonfidence," Scott, a 171-pound senior, said after slashing his way to 12V yards on 30 carries. "We started executing. It was a lot of fun out there. When you're playing and having fun, good things happen." Fun. That was a word seldom heard on the Penn side before yesterday. The Quakers (34 overall, 1-3 conference) entered with a three-game losing streak, headed toward the first losing season of Al Bagno-li's five-year tenure as coach. But something clicked inside the Quakers pride, combined with a sense of embarrassment from all the previous inconsistency. "This week we finally got things changed around," said nose guard Chris Osentowski, who teamed with tackles Mitch Marrow and Tom Foley to control the line of scrimmage. "We decided we didn't want to go out a losing team. We want to finish Villanova disposes of Rams The Wildcats played a strong third quarter. They are still in the race for a conference title. By Kevin Tatum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER The Villanova football team needed a win over Rhode Island yesterday to remain in the race for the Yankee Conference title, and when the Wildcats took the field after intermission, they also needed to show they had the resolve of a potential champion. Mission accomplished. Before a homecoming day crowd of 7,648 at Villanova Stadium, 'Nova scored two unanswered touchdowns in the third quarter and went on to register a 34-16 victory over the Rams in the final home game of the season. "We closed it out here big, and we really had to have it," said 'Nova coach Andy Talley, who had given the Wildcats one of his infrequent lectures during halftime. The win left the Wildcats with a 7-2 overall record and a 5-1 mark in the Yankee Conference, which saw its four-way tie for the lead cut in half. William and Mary, which defeated 'Nova by 30-21 on Oct. 19, stayed in the title picture with a 10-7 overtime win over co-leader Delaware yesterday. And James Madison was upset by Northeastern, 31-7, its second conference loss. If 'Nova and William and Mary win. their last two games, they will be declared co-champions. But the Tribe would get an automatic bid to the Division I-AA playoffs because of the head-to-head tie-breaker. It was a record-setting day for Brian Finneran, 'Nova's 6-foot-5 junior wide receiver. His nine catches gave him the single-season school record of 78, and his 229 yards receiving were the second-best single-game total in school history. Quarterback Clint Park also had a big day, completing 19 of 28 for 337 yards and two touchdowns. Finneran eclipsed the old school mark of 74 receptions, set by former pro Mike Siani in 1970, with a 6-yard Columbia suffers season's 1st loss ', '' ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK Princeton handed Columbia its first loss of the season yesterday, scoring the first 14 points of the game and then hanging on for a 14-11 win, when Matt Linit missed a 49-yard field-goal attempt with 13 seconds left. Coupled with Dartmouth's 6-3 victory at Harvard, Columbia dropped into, a tie for second in the Ivy League with Brown. Columbia (6-1 overall, 3-1 League), which was trying to open the season with seven wins forthe first time since 1932, hasn't won the Ivy title since 1961. with a winning season. For us seniors, it means a lot to uphold what the guys had done before us two and three years ago." Quite a few of those guys were in the stands yesterday, and the 1996 Quakers didn't disappoint. The offense got solid performances from Scott, from the line and from quarterback Tom MacLeod, holding the ball for 37 minutes. The defense limited Yale (2-5, 1-3) to 166 total yards, only 51 on the ground. The Yale showing left coach Carm Cozza, competing for the last time at Franklin Field as he ends a 32-year career, very disappointed. "This is one of the weakest performances in my 32 years at Yale," he said. So where did Penn's previously absent confidence come from? Bag-noli said it was a matter of getting some injured players back, such as linebacker Darren MacDonald, and giving a better effort on the field. "We haven't been playing as hard as we normally would," he said. "That was the challenge to this team. Even when we played poorly, we always competed and always played hard. We got back to that today." Scott, who enjoyed the fifth 100-yard game of the year, set the tone, touching the ball on 22 (18 carries, four catches) of Penn's 38 plays in the first half. He carried the ball six times on the Quakers' first drive of the game, which ended in a 43-yard field goal by Jeremiah Greathouse, who kicked a 48-yarder later. The Quakers added their first V For The Inquirer CHERIE KEMPER-STARNER Villanova's Curtis Sifford rushes by two Rhode Island defenders. Sifford ran for 128 yards on 20 carries and scored two touchdowns. touchdown catch in the back of the end zone that opened the second-half scoring and gave 'Nova a 24-14 lead with 9 minutes, 6 seconds left in the third period. "Our line held up for Clint, and Clint threw me some good balls," Finneran said. "There were some open seams in there." The Wildcats put the game away when tailback Curtis Sifford (20 carries for 128 yards and two touchdowns) leaped over a defender and into the end zone to complete a 21-yard run with less than a minute remaining in the third period. Earlier, just when it looked as if 'Nova had taken control, Rhode Island took advantage of two mistakes involving the Wildcats' kicking game to score two touchdowns in the last 8:37 of the second quarter. After Sifford's 1-yard touchdown run put 'Nova ahead, 17-0, Randy Tink's kickoff was short and wound up being tipped by a 'Nova player toward his team's goal line. Thinking the ball was live, the Wildcats' DeLonne Kelly snatched the ball out of the air and went in for an apparent touchdown. But the play was called back it's illegal to bat the ball toward your own goal and another kick by Tink put the Rams in business in 'Nova territory. It took six plays for Rhode Island to score, on a 15-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Chris Hixon to flanker Donald Talley with 5:13 remaining in the half. After 'Nova failed to move the ball on its next possession, Mark Kiefer's punt traveled only 15 yards, and Rhode Island took over at the Wildcats' 38. James Jenkins carried the Princeton (2-5, 1-3) scored twice in the second quarter for a 14-0 lead on Marc Washington's 21-yard sweep to the right and Brett Bud-zinski's 12-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Duffy. Columbia quarterback Bobby Tho-mason threw three interceptions. Princeton Columbia 0 14 0 3 0 014 0 811 Second quarter Pri Washington 21 run (Mulinix kick), 2:24. Pri Duffy 12 pass from Budzinski (Mulinix), 10:30. Col FG Linit 22, 14:50. Fourth quarter Col Ramirez 3 pass from Thomason Thoma-son run), 1 1:00. JG , l- I r o CTr-; f VA J Yale's Derek Bentley is tackled by Penn's Mitch Marrow (center) and defense held Yale to 166 total yards, with only 51 on the ground. The touchdown early in the second quarter, on a 7-yard swing pass from MacLeod to Scott. That ended an 84-yard march on which Scott carried seven times for 40 yards. When Greathouse kicked a 48-yard field goal to give Penn a 13-0 lead with 4 minutes, 31 seconds left in the first half, Yale had just two first downs and 24 total yards. The ball three times for 17 yards to help the Rams reach the 1-yard line, then went in from the 1 to narrow the score to 17-14 with 1:32 to go in the half. Jenkins finished with 141 yards on 29 carries. 'Nova had scored on its first two possessions a 42-yard pass from Park to Finneran and a 46-yard field goal by Kiefcr that matched the longest of his career to lead, 10-0, at the end of the first quarter. Rhode Island 0 14 0 216 Villanova 10 7 14 334 First quarter V Finneran 42 pass from Park (Kiefer kick), 3:19 (elapsed time) V FG Kiefer 46, 10:04 Second quarter V Sifford 1 run (Kiefer kick), 6:23 Rl Talley 15 pass from Hixson (Walker kick), 9:47 Rl Jenkins 1 run (Walker kick), 13:28 Third quarter V Finneran 6 pass from Park (Kiefer kick), 5:45 V Sifford 21 run (Kiefer kick), 13:57 Fourth quarter V FG Kiefer 30, 5:06 Rl Safely, 7:54 A 7,648. Rl Vil First downs -16 21 Rushes-yards 38-157 42-136 Passing 163 337 Punt Returns 0-00 0-00 Kickoff Returns 4-74 2-33 Interceptions Ret. 1-11 1-00 Comp-Att-Int 17-31-1 19-28-1 Sacked-Yards Lost 4-25 2-12 Punts 6-34 3-18.7 FumbteB-Lost 2-2 1-0 Penalties-Yards 3-25 7-61 Time of Possession 31:48 28:12 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing: Rhode Island, Jenkins 29-141, Hixson 7-15, Bradshaw 2-1. Villanova, Sifford 20-128, Cowsette 7-26, Golemi 5-0. Park 10-(-18). Passing: Rhode Island. Hixson 17-31-1 163. Villanova, Park 19-28-1 337. Receiving: Rhode Island, Kelley 2-8, Talley 5-75. Gibson 2-12. Wilson 3-21, Jenkins 2-10, Kibby 3-37. Villanova, Brian Finneran 9-229. Brad Finneran 4-44, Cowsefte 3-38, Sifford 3-26. A 9,100. Prl Col 13 21 35-93 50-110 96 178 13-25-1 19-43-3 65 33 9-40.2 7-340 3-1 0-0 9-92 3-30 25:56 34:04 First downs Rushes-yards Passing Comp-Att-Int Return Yards Punts-Avg. Fumbles-Lost Penalties-Yards Time of Possession INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing: Princeton, Washington 13-54, Theisen 10-27, Budzinski 8-7. Columbia, Bivens 31-78, Toye 4-13, Thomason 10-12. Passing: Princeton, Budzinski 13-25-1-96, Columbia. Thomason 19-42-3-178, Childress 0-1-0-0. Receiving: Princeton, Duffy 4-45, House 3-25, Clifford 3-2, Gill 2-21. Columbia, Ram-ez 6-58, Bivens 6-33, Bondi 3-27, Lee 2-41, Bulldogs might have been shut out except for the only comic relief of the game. The 270-pound Osentowski intercepted a pass from Blake Kendall and bulled his way to near midfield. However, he lost the ball while attempting to lateral and Yale recovered, leading to John Lafferty's 31-yard field goal. Nation Cal outlasts Arizona in 4 OTs ASSOCIATED PRESS The longest football game in major-college history finally ended when Arizona, faking an extra point in the fourth overtime, failed to make a two-point conversion and lost to California, 56-55, yesterday in Berkeley, Calif. Pat Barnes threw for eight touchdowns and 503 yards, both school records, for Cal (6-2 overall, 3-2 Pacific Ten). Keith Smith threw for five TDs and ran for two more for Arizona (4-4, 2-3). Elsewhere: Chad Hutchinson threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Brian Manning with 58 seconds remaining, helping Stanford to a 21-20 triumph over UCLA. . . . Billy Blan-ton passed for 307 yards and four TDs as San Diego State defeated San Jose State, 49-20. Midwest Wisconsin 33, Purdue 25 Ron Dayne set a school freshman record with 244 yards rushing on 30 carries as the Badgers beat Purdue in Madison, Wis. The freshman out of Overbrook High in South Jersey scored on runs of 2 and 5 yards as Wisconsin (44, 1-4 Big Ten) won for the first time since Sept. 21. Dayne broke Alan Ameche's freshman record of 200 yards set in 1951. It was the second-highest total ever by a Wisconsin back, exceeded only by Billy Marek's 304 yards against Minnesota in 1974. Purdue is 2-6, 14. Elsewhere: Ball State won its sixth straight, 39-25, over Eastern Michigan, behind three TD passes from Brent Baldwin. ... Sam Ricketts passed for 215 yards, leading Miami (Ohio) to a 27-7 pasting of Toledo. . . . Ohio University posted its second straight shutout, beating Western Michigan by 38-0. ... Northern Iowa scored 16 straight points to defeat Youngstown State, 23-10. . . . Valparai so's Nick Browder rushed for 119 yards and passed for 211 more, but the Crusaders lost to Dayton, 37-35. East Army 41, Lafayette 21 Ronny McAda threw for 130 yards and Jeff Brizic scored three touchdowns as Army remained unbeaten by pounding Lafayette in West Point, N.Y. Army (8-0) equaled its best start since 1950 and now needs one victory to tie the school record for wins in a season. Lafayette (3-4) rushed for only 83 yards. Elsewhere: Rich Lemon scored on a 4-yard run with less than two minutes left to boost Bucknell past Lehigh, 7-6. ... Andre Hatcher and Raussan Powell combined for 209 yards rushing and four TDs to lead Duquesne to a school-record 17th consecutive victory, a 52-7 win over Fairfield. The Dukes are 8-0 Chris Bresnahan fired an 11-yard touchdown pass to Al Barrow with 53 seconds left and Jon Curry kicked the extra point to propel New Hampshire past Richmond, 14-13. . . . Dartmouth defeated Harvard, 6-3. A 39-yard field-goal attempt by the Crimson's Ryan Korinke with 3 seconds left hit the right upright Darrick Brown re-, turned a punt 63 yards for a TD to The Philadelphia Inquirer AKIRA SUWA Tim Foster in the third quarter. The Quakers face Princeton next. "As a D-lineman, you don't get a chance to make plays," Osentowski said. "I was trying to go for the end zone. It didn't work out the way I wanted. It was two firsts in my college career on one play first interception and first fumble." The Bulldogs never got inside the Penn 35 in the second half. Marrow led the charge with four tackles at Saturday's Best AJ. Pitorino of Hartwick rushed for an overall NCAA record of 443 yards on 45 carries and scored three touchdowns in a 42-14 win over Waynesburg. Pitorino, who had 304 yards in the first half, broke a record set Oct. 5 by when Marietta's Dante Brown ran for 441 yards. Ryan Lee intercepted three passes as Wyoming romped past Southern Methodist, 59-17. Phil Nash blocked two punts and Deon Maddux returned a punt 72 yards for a TD to lead Syracuse by West Virginia, 30-7. California's Pat Barnes threw for 8 TDs and 503 yards, both school records, in a 56-55 victory over Arizona in four overtimes. Keith Smith threw for 5 TDs and ran for 2 more for Arizona. Jeremy McDaniel set Arizona records with 14 catches for 283 yards and 2 TDs. Jason Winship of Rice, a 260-pound defensive tackle, returned an interception 60 yards for a TD in a 51-10 win over Utah. Randy Moss caught 4 TD passes and returned a kickoff 88 yards to set up another score to lead Marshall to a 56-25 win over The Citadel. Koy Detmer passed for a school-record 457 yards in a 1 9-for-33 day with 3 TDs as Colorado beat Missouri, 41-13. Detmer broke his own record of 426 set against Northeast Louisiana in 1995. Teammate Rae Carruth had 8 catches for 222 yards, tying the school clinch Maine's 22-14 triumph over Massachusetts. . . . Brown stormed to a 35-6 haltfime lead en route to a 35-21 decision over Cornell. . . . Lance Shaw rushed for 129 yards as Ford-ham handed Holy Cross its sixth straight loss, 28-0. . . . Georgetown held Canisius to 86 yards of total offense en route to a 24-0 victory in Washington. . . . Connecticut clobbered Boston University, 45-10. South , Virginia Tech 47, Southwestern Louisiana 16 Shayne Graham kicked four field goals and Ken Oxendine rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns to help the Hokies (6-1) rout tKjulli western Louisiana in blacks-burg, Va. Jake Delhomme had more than 250 yards passing for the seventh straight game for the Ragin' Cajuns (4-5), but he also threw two interceptions. Elsewhere: Quarterback Marcus Crandall suffered an injured left knee in East Carolina's 34-16 win over Arkansas State. . , . Peter Ford returned an interception 66 yards for a TD and the Clemson defense racked up eight sacks in a 35-3 blowout of Maryland. . . . Ryan Wade scored a 2-yard touchdown on his first collegiate run, leading Louis-' or behind the line of scrimmage.1.. The Quakers didn't exactly rip-it up on offense themselves in the sec" ond half, but a short punt to the Yale 25 set up their final touchdown, a 7-yard run by Scott. .,' '"a The Quakers hope to take this newfound confidence next week to Princeton, where the arch-rival TV gers picked up their first Ivy win yesterday, beating Columbia. "We needed a win badly," Bagnoh said. "We wanted to play well down the stretch because we have some! big games and some traditional rivalries coming up. It was important to get our confidence back, important to get our edge back, important to get the mentality of how to play' the game back. This game will go a long way. Yale Penn 0 3 0 0 3 i 3 10 0 7-r20 First quarter ' "' j PN FG Greathouse 43, 5:10 (elapsed time) Second quarter " PN Scott 7 pass from MacLeod (Greathouse" -kick), 3:27 " - ' ' PN FG Greathouse 48, 11:29 ' YB FG Lafferty 31, 14:54 "".""7 : Fourth quarter PN Scott 7 run (Greathouse kick), 8:47 .A 19,203. 'r'-' 1 Yale UP First downs 13 ,19 -' Rushes-yards 35-51 44:168 Passing 115 10? ' Punt returns 3-8 2:23 y Kickoff returns 3-37 1-17 Interceptions ret. 0-0 2-7 ' Comp-att-int 9-24-2 13-21-0 "" Punts 7-43 5-37.2'' Fumbles-lost 2-1 1-1 Penalties-yards 8-58 Time of possession 22:41 37: 19 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS " Rushing: Yale, Craigwell 20-39, Bentley 3r18,".l Barber 6-12, Freccero 2-4, Kendall 2-3, Kendall'-.' 2-3, Steinberg 2-19. Penn, Scott 30-120, Gr8n-,i ata 8-28, MacLeod 5-17, Alofaitulli 1-3. '., ",'s Passing: Yale, Kendall 6-1 7-1-10 1 , Barber 3-7- T-14. Penn, MacLeod 13-21-0-102. '" Receiving: Yale, Craigwell 3-24, Ackley 3-3V, " Rodriguez 2-65, Ryan 1-(-5). Penn, Scott 6-11. Dafferner 2-20, Bonanno 2-28, James 1-15, Hall. ' 1-5, Gross 1-9, Thompson 1-14. ' Associated Press Ron Dayne set a Wisconsin freshman record with 244 "" rushing yards in a 33-25 win "' over Purdue. Alan Ameche had set the freshman record 7 .' of 200 in 1951. record for receiving yards set in 1981 by Walter Stanley. Damian Poalucci set Pennsylvania State Athletic ," Conference records with 616 yards passing and 7 TDs as East Stroudsburg beat Mansfield, 51- . 12. ESU's Mike Manctso caught 9 passes for 216 yards. Danny Wuerffel broke the Florida career passing record, going 1 6 for 23 for 279 yards ; , and 4 TDs in a 47-7 win over " Georgia. Wuerffel now has 9,539 passing yards, topping the mark of 9,260 held by Shane Matthews. ville to a 13-10 win over Memphis. Three Bulldogs rushed for more . than 100 yards as Mississippi State crushed Northeast Louisiana, 59-0. .;'."' Northeastern forced six turnovers in a 31-7 romp over James Madison. . . ; Kenny Bynum ran for 266 yards and four TDs as South Carolina State dumped Delaware State, 34-14 Damian Allen threw for two touch' ' downs and ran for another to lift ' : Vanderbilt past Alabama-Birmingham, , 31-15. ... Randy Moss caught four' : TD passes as Marshall, the top-ranked team in Division I-AA, rolled over The Citadel, 56-25. . . . Florida ' ' ASM collected 34 points in the first , quarter on the way to an 83-12 ' thrashing of Morgan State. ... Mis-sissippi Valley State manhandled ' Prairie View A&M, 20-0, as the Panthers extended their NCAA record '! to 66 straight losses. Southwest Texas A&M 38, Oklahoma State 19 D'Andre Hardeman scored three TDs and Keith Milchcll returned an ': interception 42 yards for a score as the Aggies (4-5, 2-3 Big Twelve) cor-railed the Cowboys in Stillwater, J Okla. Oklahoma State is 4-5, 1-5. , , Elsewhere: Pat Fitzgerald caught a -' pair of TI) passes from James Brown -as Texas topped Baylor, 28-23. ' m - ..,. ' - ' " - ' y ' i s ' ' r " f s r- f ' i r . si , , . . i i ' y i . t ' i i : . , , ,i s

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