HANOVER, N.H. - Revenge a year in the making was served in fitting fashion by Penn here on Friday. The Quakers, who lost to Dartmouth at Franklin Field last fall during a game in which they surrendered the first 27 points, scored 28 of the first 31 this time around and cruised to a 37-24 victory during the teams' Ivy League opener.
Penn didn't punt during the first half, piling up 16 first downs and 237 yards while scoring on its first four possessions. An announced crowd of 5,932 at Memorial Field saw the Quakers rush for 207 yards and pass for 188. The visitors intercepted two passes and enjoyed nearly 40 minutes of possession time while improving to 1-2 this season.
Alek Torgersen completed 18 of 24 passes for 188 yards and a touchdown and Tre Solomon carried a career-high 29 times for 107 yards and two scores. Justin Watson caught nine passes for 67 yards.
"We wanted it really bad and we had a chip on our shoulder coming into this one," said Torgersen, who didn't play during the second half of last year's matchup because of a concussion. "Last year, I didn't play my best football. This week, we were pumped up to get some payback."
Penn received the opening kickoff and needed only six plays to reach the end zone. Key to the 66-yard drive was a 25-yard run up the right side by Torgersen, who capped it with a 28-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Christian Pearson in the left corner. Jimmy Gammill added the first of his five conversion kicks for a 7-0 lead less than three minutes into the game.
Dartmouth went three-and-out on its first possession and the Quakers again embarked on a scoring drive, this one boosted by a 32-yard punt return from Lonnie Tuff. Penn moved 61 yards in 11 plays, including a successful fourth-down conversion from the Dartmouth 37-yard line. Tre Solomon ran 7 yards for a touchdown and the visitors led, 14-0, in the 11th minute.
"It's just our mentality," Penn coach Ray Priore said of gambling on fourth down. "Last week we were 4-of-6 in those situations and we're not afraid of going for it."