November 18, 2000

Penn Toasts Cornell

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Cornell (5-5, 5-2 Ivy) saw it hopes of a first outright Ivy Championship dashed today as Penn (7-3, 6-1 Ivy) destroyed the Red, 45-15, in front of over 9,000 fans at Schoellkopf Field.

Penn’s Gavin Hoffman completed 27 of 34 passes for 330 yards and two touchdowns on the day, while Kris Ryan ran over and around the Cornell defense for 243 yards and four touchdowns.

Penn opened the game by scoring on four of its first five drives, putting Cornell in a 28-7 hole at halftime.

Despite the deficit, Cornell appeared to have a chance to come back on the day when it marching straight down the field in the third quarter on what had been a very tough Penn defense. However, Cornell quarterback Ricky Rahne was unable to convert a fourth down quarterback sneak from the one, effectively destroying any momentum the Red had gained and leaving the score 28-7.

Penn would score three more times, including on a 50-yard run by Ryan to seal the game.

With the win, the Quakers claimed their second Ivy League Championship in three years and took back the Trustee’s cup, annually awarded to the winner of the Penn-Cornell game.

Archived article by Sun Staff