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Penn State welcomed Harvard to the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup with a thumping 100-7 win in Cambridge. The Nittany Lions scored 16 times with 13 different players finding the try zone.
In hopes of avoiding another Ivy League upset this year, Penn State hoped to get off to a fast start. The Nittany Lions did just that, with Ryan McNulty scoring inside the first minute.
“It was great to get out of fast after we did not travel well against Indiana last week. I thought we did a good job with our approach and we came out of the gate ready to go and firing,” said Penn State coach James Willocks.
The visitors dominated the game from start to finish, scoring five times in the first 20 minutes. Penn State went on to put up 55 first half points. Mike Eife scored a pair of tries for the Nittany Lions before he and a number of other starters were subbed off at the break.
“It was a pretty good all around performance. The tries were spread around the board. We got some subs into the game early and got a lot of solid performances,” Willocks added.
The onslaught continued in the second half. Oren Patel-Champion scored twice as Penn State finished by reaching the century mark. Harvard would add a consolation try at the end of the game but it turned out to be Penn State’s day. Nonetheless, Willocks indicated that as they progress in the tournament, his team would need to continue up the level of play in order to compete.
“We need to hold ourselves to really high standards if we want to compete with the likes of Army, Cal and Central Washington. I was happy we scored a lot of points but we still have a lot to work on going forward as we move into playing slightly more competitive teams,” said Willocks.
The Nittany Lions will host Army in the quarterfinals of the Varsity Cup next weekend.