All it took was patience.
After managing only three first-down conversions in the first half to Lehigh’s six, Penn football finally broke free for a couple touchdowns to take a 13-10 lead against the Mountain Hawks before halftime.
The Quaker offense hampered the team’s overall effort in the first quarter, finishing the frame with only 54 total yards. Lehigh (1-2), on the other hand, look poised to break the game open, racking up 116 yards in the same quarter.
Penn’s defense kept them in play, however, after allowing a big play of 47 yards at the end of the first quarter when Lehigh’s quarterback Brad Mayes connected with Devon Bibbins. The Quakers' red zone stand forced the Mountain Hawks to settle for a field goal from its own four-yard line.
The second quarter was a much different ball game, with both offenses making a splash in the end zone.
Penn quarterback Ryan Glover completed two huge passes to receivers Steve Farrell and Logan Sharp respectively during consecutive drives. Both drives resulted in touchdowns from running back Karekin Brooks.
Kicker Jack Soslow missed the first extra point attempt right, the only extra point miss of his career.
On Lehigh’s very next possession, a toe-tapping sideline catch by Luke Christiano set up the Mountain Hawks in scoring position. They then capitalized with another throw to Christiano who found the end zone, making the score 13-10 with the extra point by Ed Mish.
Following Lehigh’s score, Penn managed a couple first downs but was unable to increase its lead before the half.