Penn leads Columbia 14-7 at halftime
At halftime, the football team trails 14-7 in its homecoming game.
The Lions (0-4, 0-1 Ivy) drew first blood against the defending Ivy champion Quakers (2-2, 1-0 Ivy), scoring on their third possession of the game.
First-year quarterback Kelly Hilinski connected with first-year wide receiver Cameron Dunn on a huge 46-yard pass off a flea flicker, giving Columbia a first and goal from the six.
The Light Blue wasted little time in taking advantage of the opportunity. Senior running back Marcorus Garrett punched it in on the next play, putting the home team up 7-0 with 4:02 to play in the first quarter.
Columbia’s defense neutralized a Penn threat early in the second quarter after a long Quaker drive stalled out at the Columbia 14. An incomplete pass on third and 11 forced Penn to kick a field goal, but Quakers’ kicker Connor Loftus’ attempt was wide left.
The Lions got the ball back but went three and out, and neither team got anything going until Penn got the ball at the Columbia 46 with 7:56 to play in the half.
After picking up a couple of first downs it looked like the Lions’ defense had once again stymied the Quakers deep in Columbia territory. But Penn quarterback Billy Ragone hit tight end Mitchell King for a touchdown in the face of a jailbreak blitz on a third and 17. The extra point evened the score at 7-7.
Penn tacked on another touchdown late in the half when Ragone found wide receiver Ty Taylor from 12 yards out to put the visitors on top 14-7 going into the break.
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