Lafayette at Penn
September 18, 2010
A lengthy late drive by the Penn offense sealed a 19-14 decision and snapped a three-game series win streak for the Leopards. Penn's 14-play, 75-yard late in the fourth quarter ended with a 12-yard run by Lyle Marsh. The two-point conversion failed and the Leopards were left with 6:21 on the clock.
In a surprise move, Frank Tavani called on Ryan O'Neil to take over the offense. O'Neil had been knocked from the season opener with a knee injury. He completed three passes before the Leopards faced a 4th-and-1 at the Penn 46. After a timeout, Lafayette came out in a short-yardage package. O'Neil handed off up the middle to Vaughn Hebron, who was stopped short. Penn took over on downs with 4:07 left. As it did for most of the game, the Lafayette defense held its ground and forced a punt. Lafayette took over with 2:26. The drive ended when O'Neil was picked off by Josh Powers with 2:26 left.
The Leopards had one last gasp, when Penn returned the turnover favor on a fumble. Lafayette took over with 1:12 left. Eleven-yard completions to Mitch Bennett and Mark Layton moved the chains to the Penn 38 with seconds left. The game ended with O'Neil finding Layton then Hayes then Hebron on a hook and ladder.
In the first half, the Leopards scored on a blocked punt by Ben Eaton and recovery in the end zone by Kyni Scott. DL Mike Phillips also intercepted a pass and ran 25 yards for a touchdown as Lafayette led 14-3.
Final Score: Penn 19, Lafayette 14