Odds and ends from the Bucknell game


Braden Lepisto's 140 receiving yards were the most for a Penn wideout since Oct. 2, 2004, when Dan Castles caught nine for 145 in Penn's 35-0 win over Dartmouth.

Castles also had two other games that season with more than 130 yards receiving...

It was a tough call for the play of the game between Joe Sandberg and Joe Sandberg.

We went with his 41-yard touchdown run, on which he found a hole, sprinted downfield toward the left sideline, juked a defender, got a big block from Josh Koontz and reached the end zone.

But we could have easily gone with Sandberg's play in the closing seconds of the second quarter. On 4th-and-5, Robert Irvin's pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage. Bucknell defensive end Todd Rinaldo went for the pick, but just popped the football into the air, and Sandberg swooped in for the catch and first down...

It didn't end up as a critical moment in the game, but Bucknell may have cost itself a timeout because of a scoreboard error.

Down 34-17, the Bison scored a touchdown to make it 34-23, which prompted the easy decision to go for the extra point and a 10-point deficit. But the scoreboard read 34-24, and coach Tim Landis took a timeout as his team was lining up for the extra point try. After all, had that been the score, late in the fourth quarter, the smart play would have been to go for two and try to make it a one-score game.

Landis sorted it out with one of the officials, the scoreboard was corrected and Bucknell went on with the extra point.

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