UPenn defeats Villanova 24-13 in ‘upset of the century’

Known for its Wharton School of Business and overall prestige, the University of Pennsylvania added another feather in their cap by defeating in-state rival and fellow FCS program, Villanova, 24-13.

Thursday night’s victory marked the first time in 104 years that the Quakers pulled off one for the win column against the Wildcats.

Last year, the Quakers had no such luck on either side of the ball as Walter Payton award winner, and Villanova quarterback, John Robertson torched the turf with 230 passing yards and four touchdowns. But through unfortunate events this season, Robertson was unavailable due to a knee injury in week two and so Villanova had to put the strain on the shoulders of freshman Zach Bednarczyk (185 yards, TD).

With its Ivy League status heading to Villanova Stadium to take on the CAA member, Penn was favored to win by only 20 percent of fans, but with a steady, consistent offense and a vigilant defense, who chomped at a pick six opportunity in the fourth quarter, the Quakers managed to not allow history to befall them and earned some bragging rights heading into next year’s meeting.

Box Score – UPENN vs. Villanova

UPENN

QB Alex Torgersen: 14-of-22, 171 yards, 2 TD, INT
RB Brian Schoenauer: 16 carries, 61 yards
WR Justin Watson: 5 receptions, 87 yards, 2 TD

Villanova

QB Zach Bednarczyk: 18-of-31, 185 yards, TD
RB Javon White: 7 carries, 42 yards
WR Gary Underwood: 5 receptions, 52 yards

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