PHILADELPHIA – A national television audience will have a chance to see the University of Pennsylvania football team in the first-ever night game at Dartmouth on Fox College Sports. Kickoff from underneath the Memorial Field stadium lights is set for Saturday at 6 p.m.
Penn, which now has a school-record four games on national television this season, will be looking for its first win of the season in the Ivy League opener for both teams. The Quakers were also 0-2 heading into their last trip to Hanover, N.H., which was also nationally televised (VERSUS).
The Red and Blue, who are 13-14 all-time at Memorial Field since the first meeting there in 1947, held off a late flurry from the Big Green to win the 2009 meeting in Hanover, 30-24. Penn then went on to win its last seven games and end a six-year Ivy title drought.
In all, the Quakers
15 straight league games - five away from matching the Ivy record set by
2001-04. The Red and Blue have also topped Dartmouth in 12 of the last
including an overtime nail-biter last year at Franklin Field where
Ragone's four touchdowns led Penn to a 35-28 victory.
Penn, which hosted its first-ever night game at Franklin Field in 1972 - a 55-12 blowout win over Lafayette - is in the midst of playing each of it's first four games at night for the first time in program history. Including two losses this year, the Quakers are just 6-14 at night under head coach Al Bagnoli, including a 1-7 mark when playing those games on the road. However, Penn has never lost a night game against an Ivy League opponent (6-0), including a win over arch rival Princeton on the road in front of ESPNU's national television audience in 2008.
A pair of skydivers, provided by Jumptown from Orange, Mass., will take part in the pregame festivities (weather permitting) to commemorate the historic game. The duo will land at midfield just seconds apart to deliver the game ball to the field.
FCS can be found on DirecTV (617) and Dish Network's multi-sport package. Check your local listings of your cable or satellite provider to find out how to watch the channel in your area.
The Quakers have three more games on national television this year. The VERSUS Network is broadcasting matchups at Columbia (Oct. 15), vs. Yale (Oct. 22) and at Harvard (Nov. 12).