The Bulldogs will have to shut down Penn QB Alek Torgersen, RB Tre Solomon, and WR Justin Watson this week to pull off a victory in the “Night at the Bowl.” Penn dominated Columbia in a 35-10 contest last week and each of their three offensive stars put up huge numbers. QB Torgersen went 17/27 with 241 yards, 3 touchdowns and one interception, while WR Watson caught six of those passes for 114 yards. RB Solomon rushed for 127 yards on the day including a long 32 yard burst. Torgersen did not have a great day rushing last week, but look for Head Coach Ray Priore to try to establish Torgersen as a dual threat early on as Penn did against Dartmouth.
The Penn defense has been improving each week, but their games against Lehigh, Fordham, and Dartmouth exposed glaring holes both in their run defense and pass defense. In fact, Dartmouth RB Miles Smith averaged over 18 yards per carry in Dartmouth’s 37-24 loss to Penn. If our group of RBs can combine to put up over 200 yards and Tre Moore protects the rock, we can control the clock and wear down the Penn defense. Hopefully Alan Lamar and Deshawn Salter are ready to go this week as Dale Harris is needed in the secondary. The Bulldogs moved the ball at will last season against Penn, but ultimately bad decisions in the redzone sealed our fate.
Tune into the game Friday at 7 PM ET on NBCSN.