Catching the Game: PENN vs. YALE
|| Saturday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. | at Franklin Field
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PHILADELPHIA - Saturday marks a long-anticipated rematch for the Quakers (3-2, 2-0 Ivy) as they take on Yale (3-2, 1-1 Ivy), the only team to beat last season’s championship team. The Bulldogs won by a pair of touchdowns in New Haven last year, but have just one win in Philadelphia since 1990—a triple-overtime thriller in 2007. Kickoff from Franklin Field is at 1 p.m., and the game can be seen on the Penn Sports Network.
The Penn-Yale Series—81st Meeting
Over the first 80 meetings, Yale holds an all-time edge of 46-33-1 in a series that dates back to 1879. However, since Al Bagnoli took over at Penn, the Quakers have won 15 of 21 against the Bulldogs, including a 9-1 mark at Franklin Field. Yale’s only win in that span came in triple overtime in 2007. Overall, the Quakers have won 19 of the 31 meetings at Franklin Field, which includes a tie.
When the calendar turns to October, the Quakers have been nearly unbeatable in recent years. Since 2008, the Red and Blue are 22-4 (.846) in the month of October and have not lost an Ivy home game in October since a triple overtime defeat to No. 16 Yale (26-20) on Oct. 20, 2007.
Saturday marks the 150th career Ivy League game for Coach Bagnoli, who is the third-winningest active head coach in the FCS and arguably the greatest coach in Ivy League history. He owns the highest Ivy winning percentage of any coach since the inception of the League in 1956. Only one man has won more games at an Ivy school than his 145 career wins at Penn (Cozza, 179), and in 149 games versus Ivy opponents, Bagnoli’s Quakers have won 109 of them (second-most all-time behind Cozza’s 135). That record amounts to a winning percentage of .732—which marks the highest success rate of any man to ever coach in the Ivy League.
Over the last 22 years, every man who has taken a head coaching job in the Ivy League has lost to Al Bagnoli. The only exception at this point is Tony Reno, as Yale won the only head-to-head meeting between the two coaches last season. Since Coach Bagnoli took over at Penn in 1992, the other seven schools have combined for 23 different head coaches and every Ivy school has had at least one coaching change (17 total). Bagnoli has beaten five different coaches at Cornell and four different coaches at Columbia (he’s beaten Pete Mangurian at both those schools). He will face Cornell’s David Archer for the first time during teh 2013 season finale. And for a little fun with the longest tenured Ivy League head coach, here’s what was happening in 1992 when Bagnoli took over at Penn:
• A Few Good Men and A League of Their Own were in theaters
• MTV introduced the first season of The Real World.
• Jump by Kris Kross and Black or White by Michael Jackson topped the charts.
• Tom Kite won the U.S Open in golf.
• Andrew Agassi and Steffi Graf won Wimbledon.
• Trolls dolls and the Super Soaker 100 were the most popular toys.
• Penn was coming off a 2-8 season - its worst in a decade.
• There have been six Presidential elections since Bagnoli took office at Penn.
Quick Quaker Notes
Penn has won eight of its last nine Ivy League games—its only loss over the last two seasons was at Yale last year on Oct. 20 ... Penn has alternated wins and losses through five games this year (won last) ... Penn has allowed an opening-drive touchdown just twice since Nov. 1, 2008 (48 games)—both off turnovers in the red zone—Lafayette needed to go just 14 yards to do it in the 2012 season opener and William & Mary went just 12 yards on Oct. 12 ... The Quakers have forced a turnover in each of their last seven Ivy games and 16 total in that time (12 interceptions, four fumbles) ... Penn has won eight straight games when leading at the half dating back to the 2011 season finale ... Penn is 4-0 in their alternate red jerseys ... Penn has won 13 of its last 14 Ivy home games ... Penn has scored at least 20 points in 20 of its last 22 Ivy games ... Penn has a sack in eight straight games.
Senior Billy Ragone has thrown a touchdown pass in 11 straight starts ... Senior wideout Ryan Mitchell has a catch in 25 straight games ... Seniors Jake Schwertner and Steve Szostak have started 15 straight games together on the left side of the line.
Rising in the Record Books
Last week, senior wideout Ryan Mitchell entered Penn’s all-time top 10 in career receiving yards. Earlier this year, Mitchell became the 16th player in program history to surpass 1,000 yards over his career, and he is currently 10th all-time at Penn with 1,225 career receiving yards. Mitchell also enters today’s game with 89 career catches and needs just one more to reach the school’s all-time top 10 in career receptions. Teammate Conner Scott has 78 catches (13th at Penn) for 973 yards (17th).
Ragone in the Record Books
Each week, senior quarterback Billy Ragone hits a new milestone. Last week, he set a school record his 55th career touchdown (20 rush, 35 pass) to pass Gavin Hoffman’s 12-year-old school standard (4 rush, 50 pass). Also last week, Ragone’s 35th touchdown pass broke a tie for third-most in Penn history with Jimmy McGeehan (1991-93). In the Ivy opener, the Cheshire, Conn., native became the second player in Penn’s 137-year history with 6,000 career yards of total offense. He now has 6,526 total yards and trails only Hoffman’s school standard of 7,188. During the season opener, Ragone became the third passer in school history with 4,000 career pass yards when he joined Hoffman (7,542) and Mike Mitchell (5,547) as the only Penn quarterbacks to reach that milestone. His 745 career pass attempts are good for second place all-time at Penn, and his 424 career completions place him third all-time.
Penn Scoring Trend
Penn has never been shut out at home in the Al Bagnoli era. In fact, the last time the Quakers were held without a point at Franklin Field was Nov. 18, 1989 (24-0 vs. Dartmouth), a span of 120 home games.
No program in the history of college football—at any level—has played more games than Penn. Every time they play, the Quakers set an NCAA record. Saturday’s game will be the 1,339th in the Red and Blue’s illustrious history. Penn remains the only program to pass 1,300 games, hitting that mark on Oct. 31, 2009 in an overtime win at Brown. Yale is second all-time with 1,286 games played.
A Penn Win Today Would…
… be the fifth in the last six games against Yale.
... mark a seven-game Ivy League winning streak.
... be the sixth straight at Franklin Field.
... improve the Quakers to 4-2 and 3-0 in the Ivy League.
A Penn Loss Today Would…
... snap a four-game home winning streak against Ivy opponents.
... be just the second Ivy home loss since 2008.
... drop the Quakers to 3-3 overall and 2-1 in Ivy play.
… be less good than a win.
A downright dominating defensive effort propelled Penn to a 21-7 win over Columbia last Saturday at Robert K. Kraft Field in New York City. Penn held the Lions to just four first downs and 118 total yards (33 rushing), and did not allow a third-down conversion. The Lions did not cross midfield in the second half. But even with all that, it was Columbia who got on the board first with a six-yard touchdown run at the 4:02 mark of the opening quarter. Penn tied it on Ryan Becker’s 22-yard touchdown pass to Mitchell King with 4:25 left in the half. Minutes later, Billy Ragone threw a 12-yard touchdown strike to senior wideout Ty Taylor for a 14-7 halftime lead. The teams traded punts for most of the third. Then, on Columbia’s first play of the fourth quarter, senior safety Evan Jackson jumped in front of the intended receiver and picked off the pass over the middle of the field. That set up the offense at the Lions’ 32-yard line. On 3rd-and-6, Ragone ran a draw up the middle and got the first down. But he left with a ankle injury and did not return. Becker came on and completed his first pass of the drive to junior Kyle Wilcox for 18 yards to set up junior Spencer Kulcsar’s four-yard touchdown run on the following play. That gave the Quakers a 21-7 advantage with 11:19 to play. Columbia never got past its own 31-yard line after that.
Penn heads to Rhode Island to take on Brown. The last time the Quakers were in Providence, the Bears ended the second-longest Ivy League winning streak of all-time with a 6-0 win over Penn in an icy, driving rainstorm.