Postgame Notes



Nov. 23, 2013

Cornell 42, Penn 41

- Today's game was the 1,343rd game in school history, an NCAA record. The Quakers are the only school in NCAA history to reach 1,300 games played.

- Despite the loss, Penn still leads the fifth-most played rivalry in college football, 47-36-2, including 20-13 at Franklin Field. The Quakers fell to 15-7 against the Big Red under head coach Al Bagnoli.

- Penn’s Senior Class of 2014 finished their careers with a record of 24-16 (.600), including an impressive mark of 20-8 (.714) against the Ivy League. The seniors were 14-6 (.700) overall at home and 11-3 (.786) against Ivy League opponents. Most importantly, the Class of 2014 won two Ivy League championship rings.

- The two teams combined for 83 total points, the second-most in the 120-year history of the series. That trails only Cornell's last visit to Franklin Field when the Big Red won 48-38.

- It is just the third Ivy home loss for the Quakers since 2008, who are now 12-3 in their last 15 home Ivy League games. Two of those losses have come to Cornell.

- Finishing the year 4-6, this is only the second losing season in 22 years under Coach Bagnoli.

- Penn’s four-game losing streak in the Ivy League is the longest since losing four to close out the season in 2005.

- This is just the second time in the last nine games that the Quakers scored first.

- Penn has now forced a turnover in 12 straight Ivy League games and 27 total in that time (18 interceptions, nine fumbles).

- Senior Jake Schwertner started for the 20th straight game at left tackle while center Chris Bush started his 29th career game.

- The Quakers have now gone 123 consecutive 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.

- Senior Ryan Becker recorded his second straight game with multiple touchdown passes. It is also the third of his career, with the first coming in his start against Yale on Oct. 26.

- Senior Mason Smith recovered his first career fumble on a muffed punt early in the first quarter.

- Senior Sam Chwarzynski’s blocked field goal in the second quarter was the first of his career.

- Chwarzynski's pick-six to bring the Quakers within one was his second on the season.

- Junior Feerooz Yacoobi had his first multi-sack game with two coming early in the first quarter.

- Penn has scored 20 or more points in 24 of its last 27 Ivy League games.

- Ryan Becker’s touchdown pass to sophomore Mike Elespuru was the first receiving touchdown of Elespuru’s career and the third of the game for Becker, the first time a Quaker quarterback threw that many since Billy Ragone against Columbia on Oct. 12, 2012.

- Junior Trevor Niemann’s interception in the fourth quarter was the second of his career – his first on the season.

- Freshman Alex Torgersen’s fourth-quarter touchdown pass to sophomore Cameron Countryman was the first touchdown for both on their careers. Torgerson logged his second later in the fourth, becoming the first true freshman quarterback to throw multiple touchdowns in a game for the Quakers in more than 13 years.

- Today was the first game this season with five total passing touchdowns for the Quakers.

- Senior Ryan Mitchell became the eighth player in program history to log 100 career receptions early in the first quarter. He finished the game – and his career – in a three-way tie for sixth most all-time at 102. He also finished eighth in program history with 1,373 receiving yards.

- Senior Conner Scott moved into ninth place among Penn's all-time reception leaders, recording his 100th career catch in the fourth quarter. He also moved into 10th in the school record book with 1,255 career receiving yards.

- Fifth-year quarterback Billy Ragone was extremely limited in action, but was placed in the game for the first two plays of the game. He capped his career with a six-yard pass which served as Mitchell's milestone catch. Ragone finished one of the greatest careers in school history. In addition to a school record 56 total touchdowns (36 pass, 20 rush), Ragone finished his career as the second-most productive offensive player in school history with 6,724 total yards (Gavin Hoffman holds the Penn record with 7,188). Ragone also finished third all-time at Penn in career passing yards (5,104), career completions (437) and career passing touchdowns (36).