The Bison Fall to 0-3 after Tough Loss to Penn

Caleb Smith, Contributing Writer

The Orange and Blue lost to the University of Pennsylvania in their home opener last Saturday, Sept. 18. Penn exploded in the second and third quarters for four touchdowns and a field goal, with little offensive production at the beginning or end of the game.

The Bison offense got the ball to start the game, but couldn’t capitalize and turned the ball over on downs. Penn took over with excellent field position, but the Bison defense stifled them inside the red zone, forcing them to settle for a field goal. The Orange and Blue bled the clock with a long, methodical drive, converting four third-downs and two fourth-downs en route to a touchdown by running back Danny Meuser ’24. Meuser had a great game on the ground, rushing for 90 yards and earning the Bison’s only score.

This week, the Orange and Blue continued to figure out their quarterback situation, electing to use a quarterback by committee approach for the week. Nick Semptimphelter ’24 and Tyler Beverett ’24 shared time under center much more equally against Penn, with 13 and 12 passing attempts, respectively. Semptimphelter was able to do much more with the same attempts, with 87 yards to Beverett’s 20.

“Though it wasn’t the outcome we wanted, there were a lot of really positive signs, especially from some of our younger guys gaining in-game experience. Every game is a learning experience for us and we need to put together a full 60 minutes of quality football to come out on top. This bye week is important for us right now and gives us extra time to prepare and get healthy for Cornell next Saturday,” wide receiver Renn Lints ’22 said.

The Orange and Blue have time to rest with a bye week coming up. The Bison will return rested and looking to take their first win Saturday, Oct. 2, at home against Cornell.

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