Penn heads to New Haven for critical game with Yale

Matt Leon
October 22, 2019 - 2:39 pm
Senior running back Karekin Brooks is the fourth all-time leading rusher in Penn football history.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Penn Quakers head to Connecticut this weekend for an Ivy League match-up on Saturday with the Yale Bulldogs. 

Penn (2-3, 0-2 Ivy) will be looking to bounce back after getting blown out this past weekend in New York City by Columbia, 44-6. The Lions hit the Quakers with a 47-yard pass play off a flea flicker on the first play from scrimmage and eventually scored a touchdown on that drive. 

Columbia would go up 17-0 at the half and the Lions ran away from there.

"I thought we had a good week of preparation going into the game," Penn head coach Ray Priore told KYW Newsradio. "Unfortunately, a few plays by Columbia early in the game sort of set the stage. We had chances to fire back and answer, we just didn't execute in all aspects of our game. Before you knew it, we were down a good amount of points during the course of the game and weren't able to respond back."

There was one bright spot in defeat for the Quakers as senior running back Karekin Brooks finished with 60 yards rushing, and that was enough to move him into fourth place all-time in Penn history with 2,533 yards on the ground.

"(Brooks) is a phenomenal young man," Priore said. "Both off the field, on the field, tremendous athlete. Very, very happy for all the success he's had."

For the season, Brooks now has rushed for 689 yards this season on 119 carries (5.8 average) and he has seven rushing touchdowns.

Penn will face a 4-1 (1-1 Ivy) Yale team on Saturday that is coming off a wild 28-27 road win over Richmond this past weekend. The Bulldogs trailed 27-7 in the third quarter and 27-14 late in the fourth, but they scored two touchdowns in the game's final 1:23 to stun the Spiders. 

Yale's fine senior quarterback Kurt Rawlings threw four touchdown passes in the win.

"Another real good Ivy opponent," Priore said of Yale. "They are sound in all aspects of their game."

Last season, Penn lost to Yale at Franklin Field, 23-10.

Saturday's game in new Haven gets underway at noon.

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