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Penn at Lehigh: Quakers kick off non-conference schedule with tougher test

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Penn at Lehigh: Quakers kick off non-conference schedule with tougher test

Penn (1-0, 0-0 Ivy) at Lehigh (0-3, 0-0 Patriot)
Goodman Stadium, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Saturday, 12:30 p.m.

After opening its season with a home win over Division II Ohio Dominican last week, Penn faces its first true test of the season as it hits the road to face a team better than its record would indicate.

Here’s a closer look at the matchup:

Scouting Penn
One of the biggest question marks coming into the season for the two-time defending Ivy League champion Quakers was at quarterback following the graduation of standout Alek Torgersen. And it’s still somewhat of a question mark heading into their second game as starter Will Fischer-Colbrie struggled a bit in the first half while Nick Robinson looked sharper in more limited playing time. Allowing 24 points to a D-II team was also not an ideal start for Louis Vecchio and Penn’s defense. But third-year coach Ray Priore must have been happy with the emergence of running backs Karekin Brooks (142 yards, two touchdowns), Abe Willows (73 yards) and Isaiah Malcome (49 yards) after senior starter Tre Solomon went down with a minor injury. And All-American wide receiver Justin Watson was his usual dominant self, catching eight balls for 134 yards and two TDs.

Scouting Lehigh
The Mountain Hawks were impressive in their opener, falling by only three points to nationally ranked Villanova, 38-35. They’ve been less impressive since then, losing to Monmouth, 46-27, and to Penn’s Ivy League rival Yale, 56-28. Through three games, they’re allowing an average of 46.7 points per game, which ranks 113th out of 123 FCS teams. But Lehigh, coached by former Penn offensive coordinator Andy Coen, is far more formidable on the other side of the ball thanks to junior quarterback Brad Mayes, who has recorded three straight 300-yard passing games, and Troy Pelletier and Luke Christiano, the Patriot League’s two top receivers so far this year.

History
This will be the 60th meeting between the long-standing Pennsylvania rivals with Penn leading the series, 44-15. But Lehigh has won the last two meetings and seven of the last nine dating back to 1990. And since 1975, the Quakers are just 1-8 in Bethlehem.

Storyline to watch
Watson, one of the best football players in Penn’s storied history, is always a player to watch. Even more exciting is the fact that another All-American wide receiver will be on the other sideline in Pelletier. Both Watson and Pelletier are on the Walter Payton Award watch list, and both players lit it up in last season’s Penn-Lehigh matchup with Pelletier going for 10 catches, 123 yards and a TD, and Watson going for eight catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns. Who will fare better in their last college matchup?

What’s at stake?
For the Quakers, non-conference games don’t mean a whole lot in the grand scheme of things since Ivy League teams are ineligible for the FCS playoffs. But against a leaky defense, it will be important for the Quakers to continue to let their young offensive players at running back and quarterback grow while trying to avoid another injury like the one Solomon suffered last week.

Prediction
The Quakers have had a rough time of it in Bethlehem but look for them to hand Lehigh its second straight loss to an Ivy League team.

Penn 28, Lehigh 27

Jordan Price, B.J. Johnson help La Salle hold off Lehigh

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Jordan Price, B.J. Johnson help La Salle hold off Lehigh

Jordan Price scored 24 points and B.J. Johnson added 22 points and nine rebounds and La Salle held off Lehigh late for an 89-81 win on Wednesday night.

Cleon Roberts hit a 3 to put the Explorers up 85-75 with 1:03 to play, but after a timeout Lehigh scored six straight and Kahron Ross' layup brought the Hawks to within four but couldn't get closer.

La Salle began the second half on a 9-3 run and built a 51-40 lead on Roberts' 3. The lead grew to 15 on two occasions, 65-50 on Amar Stukes' jumper and 72-57 on Johnson's dunk with 9:06 left in the game.

Roberts had 15 points, six boards and four assist for the Explorers. Price, Johnson, and Roberts made 22 of LaSalle's 31 field goals. The Explorers shot 52.5 percent (31 for 59) from the floor.

Brandon Alston led Lehigh (2-4) with 18 points, Austin Price had 15, Ross, 14, Tim Kempton, 12, and Kyle Leufroy added 11.

Penn football allows 28 unanswered points, loses to Lehigh, 49-28

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Penn football allows 28 unanswered points, loses to Lehigh, 49-28

PHILADELPHIA -- Nick Shafnisky ran for three touchdowns and threw for three more and Lehigh pulled away from Penn 49-28 on Saturday.

Shafnisky completed 28 of 41 for 317 yards and carried 12 times for 71 yards. Troy Pelletier caught 10 passes for 123 yards and a score, while Dominick Bragalone carried 17 times for 96 yards.

Tied at 28 at the half, Lehigh (1-2) scored two touchdowns in the third quarter -- a 6-yard run by Micco Brisker and Shafnisky's 20-yard pass to Pelletier -- to take control. A 12-play, 97-yard drive in the fourth was culminated by Drew Paulsen's 10-yard touchdown reception.

Penn (0-1) was led by Alek Torgersen, who threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 86 yards and two more scores. Justin Watson had eight catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns