In Focus: Football defeats Penn 44-6 in Homecoming blowout
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Edited by Natalie Guerra

In this past weekend’s Homecoming game, football secured the win in an unprecedented 44-6 blowout over Penn. This was only the second time the Lions have defeated Penn since 1997. After a slow start to the season, football responded to an energetic Homecoming crowd and defeated Penn in what could become a momentum-building win.

Following a touchdown by sophomore quarterback Ty Lenhart and a field goal by first-year kicker Alex Felkins, Columbia ends the first quarter with a 10-0 lead. (Olivia Treynor / Columbia Daily Spectator)

A cheerleader tumbles across the track between the first and second quarters. (Olivia Treynor / Columbia Daily Spectator)

Penn gains possession of the ball after intercepting a pass by Lenhart. (Aliya Schneider / Senior Staff Photographer)

Sophomore running back Dante Miller rushes 16 yards for a touchdown, bringing the score to 17-0. (Olivia Treynor / Columbia Daily Spectator)

Students cheer as the Lions score again. (Aliya Schneider / Senior Staff Photographer)

The cheerleading squad keeps the fans in high spirits throughout the game. (Aliya Schneider / Senior Staff Photographer, Olivia Treynor / Columbia Daily Spectator)

Head coach Al Bagnoli spent 23 seasons as the Quakers’ coach before coming to Columbia. (Aliya Schneider / Senior Staff Photographer)

The Columbia University Dance Team performs at halftime with Roar-ee. (Aliya Schneider / Senior Staff Photographer)

Both junior running back Broderick Taylor and senior tight end Rory Schlageter scored touchdowns in the third quarter. (Aliya Schneider / Senior Staff Photographer)

The Lions end the third quarter 30-0. (Aliya Schneider / Senior Staff Photographer)

The Columbia University Marching Band performed in the stands for the first time all year after being reinstated just one day before Homecoming. (Aliya Schneider / Senior Staff Photographer, Cherrie Zheng / Staff Photographer)

Lenhart rushes one yard for a touchdown, bringing the score to 37-0. (Aliya Schneider / Senior Staff Photographer)

The cheerleaders stunt after the touchdown. (Cherrie Zheng / Staff Photographer)

Junior linebacker Luke Adams recovers a fumble and runs into the endzone for the Lions’ final touchdown of the day. (Aliya Schneider / Senior Staff Photographer)

Adams is congratulated by his teammates after his big play. (Aliya Schneider / Senior Staff Photographer)

The Light Blue feels the excitement of its unbreakable lead over Penn. (Cherrie Zheng / Staff Photographer)

Senior running back Van Neils takes a handoff late in the fourth quarter, with the game out of reach. The blowout allowed Neils to take the first rushing attempts of his career. (Aliya Schneider / Senior Staff Photographer)

Lions embrace after their 44-6 win. (Aliya Schneider / Senior Staff Photographer)

The Lions enjoy the victory for the weekend before beginning to prepare for a tough game at Dartmouth. (Aliya Schneider / Senior Staff Photographer)