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PHILADELPHIA - Its Senior Day for the University of Pennsylvania football team (5-4, 4-2 Ivy). There are 19 members of the Penn Class of 2012 that will play in their final game Saturday against Cornell (4-5, 2-4 Ivy) at Franklin Field. They have combined to win 28 games overall and 23 Ivy contests in four years, including back-to-back undefeated league titles—just the third class to ever accomplish that feat. The 118th meeting in the fifth-oldest rivalry in Division I history kicks off at 1 p.m., with the winner taking ownership of the Trustees’ Cup.
None. For just the fourth time this year, the
will not be on television, but
there are several other ways to catch the Red and Blue on Saturday...
Penn Sports Network (PSN), which is available
around the globe, will
provide a live webcast of the game on PennAthletics.com in High
here. Penn announcers Brian Seltzer,
Hench Murray, C'66, GEd'67, will provide the call.
game can be heard locally in Philadelphia on WFIL 560AM.
Seltzer, in his fourth season as play-by-play man, is joined by Murray,
who is in his 31st season as the analyst for the Quakers. You can
listen online here.
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The Penn-Cornell Series
For the 93rd consecutive year, the Quakers and the Big Red meet on the gridiron. In the fifth-most played rivalry in Division I, Penn holds a 68-44-5 advantage through the first 117 meetings. Coach Bagnoli is 14-5 against the Big Red, including wins in nine of the last 11 meetings. Penn is 54-32-4 all-time in this series at Franklin Field (6-3 under Bagnoli).
Starting in 1995, Penn has won the Trustees' Cup 11 times. This will be the 17th time the cup has been awarded to the winner of the Penn-Cornell game in honor of what is the fifth-longest rivalry in college football. The team's have now met 118 times.
The Senior Class
Penn's Class of 2012 enters its final game in the Red and Blue with a record of 28-11 (.718%), including an impressive mark of 23-4 (.852) against the Ivy League. The 28 overall victories match the most since the 2006 seniors, while the 23 Ivy wins are the most since the end of the 2005 season when those seniors capped their careers with the same amount of Ivy wins. A win today would mark the most Ivy wins by a senior class in seven years. The seniors on the 2004 team hold the program record with 26 career Ivy wins.
Home Winning Streak
Despite the end of the second-longest winning streak in Ivy League history this season, the Quakers have another streak that remains active. Penn has won nine straight home games against Ivy opponents. The last time Penn lost a league game at Franklin Field was in 2008 against Harvard (24-21).
Quick Quaker Notes
Last week, junior Billy Ragone became the first player in school history with 1,000 career rush yards and 2,000 career pass yards ... Penn's opponents have yet to miss a field goal this season (17-for-17) ... The Quakers have scored 20 or more points in 13 of the last 14 Ivy games ... Penn has a sack in 16 straight games and 33 of the last 34 games dating back to 2008 - the only game Penn went without a sack in that span was against Dartmouth in 2010.
Ragone Making History
Junior quarterback Billy Ragone surpassed 2,000 career passing yards this year to become the 16th player in school history to reach that mark. Last week, he passed 1,000 career rush yards to become the first player in school history with 2,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing.
More on Ragone
Passing Yards: Ragone has thrown for 1,607 yards this season, which is the most since Robert Irvin threw for 2,128 yards in 2006. He now has 2,461 yards passing for his career to rank 15th in program history. He needs 165 pass yards to pass Bob Fraustein (1975-76) for 14th and 298 yards to pass John McGeehan (1983-84) for 13th place.
Total Offense: Ragone’s became just the eighth player in team history to reach 2,000 yards of total offense in one season (2,004). With 100 yards of offense, Ragone will own the sixth-best offensive season in program history. Ragone needs 146 yards to move past Gavin Hoffman’s 1999 season and into the top five.
Completions: Ragone has 201 career completions. He is just the 14th Penn player to reach that milestone and is 20 away from tying Gary Vura for 13th on the all-time list. In addition, spanning the Dartmouth and Fordham games was a career-best streak of 19 consecutive completions. Ragone has also attempted 352 passes for his career to stand 15th on that school list.
Touchdowns: Ragone now has 16 touchdown passes in his career, tying Robert Irvin for 13th-most all-time at Penn. It is two behind No. 12 Reds Bagnell (1948-50).
Ryan Calvert’s Potential Milestones
Last week, Ryan Calvert set a career high with 11 catches. It tied for ninth-most in a game in team history and is the most for a Penn players since Braden Lepisto had that many on Sept. 22, 2007 at Villanova.
Receptions: Calvert has 49 receptions this year. Penn’s only 50-catch season in the last seven years belongs to Lepisto in 2007. He is currently in 12th place in Penn’s single-season record book. He would move into the Top 10 with three catches on Saturday. His 54th reception would pass Don Clune’s 1973 season for the ninth-best season in team history.
Receiving Yards: Calvert has a team-high 584 yards receiving this season, the most by a Penn receiver since Braden Lepisto had 597 yards in 2007, while Matt Carre had 697 in 2006.
Touchdowns: Calvert’s five touchdown catches rank tied for ninth in the school’s single-season record book.
Potential Defensive Milestones
DL Jared Sholly
Senior Jared Sholly has six sacks this season to match Owen Thomas’ total from 2009. With another half sack, Sholly will have the highest total for a Penn player since Steve Lhotak had 7.5 in 2003.
LB Erik Rask
Senior captain Erik Rask has 81 tackles. It is just three behind Cornell’s Brandon Lainhart for the league lead. It is the first 80-tackle season since Joe Anastasio had 102 in 2006.
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 112 games.
Penn hasn't allowed an opening drive touchdown since 2008 (span of 32 games). Since Brown opened the Nov. 1 game at Franklin Field with a nine-play, 51-yard touchdown drive, opponents are 0-for-32 when trying to reach the end zone on their first drive. (*Villanova did return an opening kickoff for a touchdown in the 2009 season opener).
All season long, fourth-quarter comebacks kept Penn alive in the Ivy League football title race. On a prototypical New England fall day at Harvard Stadium, late-game heroics eluded the Quakers as Harvard went on a 30-point run to end Penn's two-year reign atop the Ancient Eight via a 37-20 decision. The first five possessions of the game ended in punts, but Penn's offense was the first to strike. The Quakers went 69 yards in seven plays for a 7-0 lead with 44 ticks left in the opening quarter. Harvard then punted again, but Penn fumbled on its first play and Harvard needed just one play to tie the game. A 24-yard pass knotted the game at 7-7 with 13:14 left in the half. A hurry-up offense sparked the Crimson in the final minutes of the half and they took a 17-7 lead at intermission. Harvard extended its lead to 24-7 on its first drive of the second half. Harvard added another score on the second play of the final quarter. Two plays later, it was a 20-point deficit when Harvard returned an interception 34 yards for a touchdown. The Quakers did their best to get back into the game in the fourth quarter with a pair of quick touchdowns, but it was not enough as the Crimson dethroned Penn from the top of the Ivy League for the first time since 2008.
With the loss of 19 seniors to graduation, the Class of 2013 takes over the reins of the program with a third Ivy title in four years in their sights.