Lafayette vs. Penn
September 27, 2008
The Lafayette football team fought off a second-half Penn comeback to secure a 24-17 win over the Quakers. Quarterback Rob Curley kicked off Lafayette's first-half scoring frenzy when he hit tight end Michael Conte with a 10-yard pass less than five minutes into the game. Kicker Davis Rodriguez connected on the PAT giving the Leopards a 7-0 lead. The Quakers looked like they would answer with a score of their own after recovering their own punt on Lafayette's 18-yard line, but the Leopards' defense held its ground and forced Penn to attempt a field goal. An attempt was as much as the Quakers would get when Lafayette defensive lineman Andrew Poulson blocked the kick to keep Penn scoreless. Lafayette scored again eight seconds into the second quarter when Curley capped an eight-play, 80-yard drive with a 37-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Shaun Adair, increasing the lead to 14-0. Once again the Lafayette defense came up big with two first-half interceptions that led to Lafayette scores. Neil Goldsmith grabbed his third interception in three games and set up Rodriguez for a 22-yard field goal, making the score 17-0. A little more then two minutes later, defensive back Marvin Clecidor picked off Penn quarterback Robert Irvin; the interception led to another Lafayette touchdown when Curley again found Adair for a 23-yard touchdown with 4:15 remaining in the second quarter. Penn rallied in the second half to draw within a touchdown but with less than one minute remaining in the game, the Lafayette defense held firm as Penn was not able to convert on fourth down, giving Lafayette the ball and the win.
Final Score: Lafayette 24, Penn 17