PRINCETON, N.J. -- Keiffer Garton made the most of his first start for Penn in a 14-9 win over Princeton Friday night.
Penn's third-string quarterback one week before, Garton started due to injuries and rushed and threw for his first career touchdowns on the Quakers' first possessions of each half. The Quakers never trailed in the 100th meeting in the series.
Garton passed for 132 yards and rushed 18 times for 89 yards to help Penn (5-3, 4-1 Ivy League) bounce back from its first league loss and stay in the title chase.
Penn marched 84 yards in 13 plays on its first possession of the game for a 7-0 lead. Garton's 25-yard completion to Kyle Derham moved the Quakers into scoring position, and four plays later Garton rushed for his first touchdown on a 6-yard option play.
Ben Bologna put Princeton (3-5, 2-3) on the board with 14 seconds left in the first half with a 32-yard field goal to cap a seven-play, 63-yard drive. Brian Anderson keyed the drive with a 35-yard pass to Adam Berry and 17-yard scramble.
The Quakers opened a two-score lead on the first possession of the second half as Garton found Matt Appenfelder open over the middle for a 10-yard touchdown. Garton's first career touchdown pass finished a 14-play drive that went 71 yards and consumed 8:06.
Princeton scored on its first possession of the fourth quarter to pull within five points with 9:11 left. Jordan Culbreath ran the ball in after a 46-yard pass from Anderson to Will Thanheiser put the Tigers on the Penn 1-yard line. Princeton tried for a 2-point conversion, but Anderson's pass fell incomplete.
After Penn went three-and-out, Princeton's drive stalled at its own 44. Ryan Coyle's punt was downed at the Penn 3 with 6:07 left, but the Quakers then ran off three first downs to clinch the win.
The Quakers defense held Culbreath, the Ivy League's leading rusher, to just 57 yards. Penn running back Mike DiMaggio rushed for 74 yards.
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