Postgame Notes


Oct. 26, 2013


Penn 28, Yale 17

- Today’s game marks the 150th Ivy League game for head coach Al Bagnoli. His winning percentage of .733 in the Ivy League tops the record books, as his teams have gone 110-40 against Ancient Eight opponents. It is also Coach Bagnoli’s 146th overall win with the Quakers - a school record.

- This was the 81st meeting between the two teams. Yale leads the series 46-34-1, but Penn has won 16 of 22 in Coach Bagnoli's tenure. Penn has also won 10 of the last 11 played at Franklin Field dating back to 1992.

- Yale coach Tony Reno was previously the only Ivy League coach in the past 22 years who did not have a loss against Coach Bagnoli, having beaten them in the only previous meeting between the two in New Haven last year.

- Penn has now won seven straight league games and is now 9-1 in its last ten Ivy League games dating back to last year. The only loss came against Yale.

- Senior quarterback Ryan Becker made his third career start today. He is now 3-0 as a starter.

- Today’s contest was the 1,339th in Quaker history, an NCAA record. Yale holds the second spot on that list, with the two teams combining for 2,626 games overall.

- Penn has allowed an opening drive touchdown just twice since 2008 (49 games). Prior to two weeks ago - where the Tribe needed just 12 yards - the last team to score on the opening drive against Penn was Lafayette in the 2012 season opener - where they only needed to go 14 yards for the score.

- Penn's opponent has scored first in five straight games.

- Senior Jake Schwertner and Steve Szostak started for the 16th straight game together on the offensive line.

- Junior Kyle Wilcox recorded his first career receiving touchdown with his score off of a Ryan Becker pass in the first quarter. Wilcox also rushed for over 100 yards for the first time in his career and became the first Quaker to do so since Lyle Marsh had 111 in the season finale last year.

- Sophomore Austin Taps has a sack in each of the last three games and in four of the five games he has played this season.

- Sophomore Kenny Thomas recovered his first career fumble in the first quarter. Fellow sophomore Ian Dobbins also saw his first career fumble recovery with one of his own in the first.

- Senior Ryan Becker’s 29-yard touchdown passes to Wilcox and senior Conner Scott marked his first career game with multiple touchdown passes.

- Conner Scott’s touchdown reception was the 80th on his career, moving him into a tie for 12th place all-time with Bob Bucola (1971, 1973-74). The catch also put him over 1,000 career yards, the 17th player to do so in Quaker history (joining teammate Ryan Mitchell, who broke 1,000 earlier this season).

- The Quakers have now gone 121 home games without being shut out. They have never been shut out at home in the Al Bagnoli era. The last time this occurred was a 24-0 loss to Dartmouth on November 18, 1989.

- The Quakers have forced a turnover in eight straight Ivy League games - 21 total (14 interceptions, seven fumbles).

- Junior running back Spencer Kulcsar has a touchdown in six of the last seven games.

- The Quakers have scored more than 20 points in 21 of the last 23 Ivy League contests.

- Freshman quarterback Adam Strouss scored his first career touchdown with a one-yard run late in the third quarter.

- The Quakers have now won seven straight games at Franklin Field, dating back to last year.

- Penn has won nine straight games when leading at the half dating back to the 2011 season finale against Cornell.

- Yale’s fourth quarter touchdown pass was the first touchdown given up by Penn in over seven quarters, totaling over 81 minutes.

- The Quakers have now started Ivy League play by going 3-0 in five of the last six years.

- Sophomore Christian Stapleton’s 42-yard reception was only the second – and the longest – reception of his career.

- An onside kick recovered by the Bulldogs was the first given up by the Quakers since 2010.

- Senior Sam Chwarzynski’s late interception was the first of his career. He recorded the second of his career just minutes later.

- Penn has accumulated more than 200 rushing yards in each Ivy League game this year.

- Senior wideout Ryan Mitchell had a streak snapped of 25 straight games with a catch. Mitchell’s 1,225 career receiving yards are 10th-place all-time at Penn and he is just five yards from the ninth (Karl Hall, 1981-83). His 89 career catches are one away from Penn's top 10.