PHILADELPHIA - For the second straight year, the Quakers (0-2) head to Dartmouth (2-0) for a nationally televised game. The Big Green are riding a five-game winning streak dating back to last season, while Penn is looking to avoid its first-ever five-game skid under head coach Al Bagnoli. Kickoff on the NBC Sports Network is at noon in Hanover, N.H.
Catching the Game
|This marks the first of three nationally televised games for the Quakers in 2012. Tune to NBC Sports Network to watch Quakers in your living room.|
|The game can be heard locally in Philadelphia on WFIL 560AM. Brian Seltzer, in his fifth season as play-by-play man, is joined by Hench Murray, who is in his 32nd season as the analyst for the Quakers.|
|The Penn Sports Network (PSN) will have audio available. Be sure to tune in to hear Penn announcers, Brian Seltzer, C'07, and Hench Murray, C'66, GEd'67.|
|Follow @PennFB for live updates, photos and highlights. Click on #pennfb or #PennPride to see what everyone is saying about Penn Football and use it in your tweets to join the conversation.|
|Live stats can be found here. A full recap and box score will be available at the conclusion of the game at PennAtheltics.com.|
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Penn has lost to Dartmouth just once since 1997. The only blemish in the last 14 years, was a 21-13 defeat in Hanover in 2007—that was also the last time Penn started a season 0-3. However, each of the last three contests—and all but one since 2006—have been decided on the final possession. Al Bagnoli is 16-4 against the Big Green and 6-1 when going head-to-head with Coach Teevens. This will mark the 80th all-time meeting between the Ivy programs and Penn holds a 45-32-2 edge. Both schools have won 14 times at Memorial Field.
Every year since 1989, the Quakers have opened their Ivy slate with Dartmouth. Over those 22 years, the Quakers have started 1-0 in league play on 17 occasions, including a 16-4 mark (.800) in Ivy openers under head coach Al Bagnoli—but three of the four losses came in Hanover.
Highest Active FCS Winning % and 2nd-Highest Ivy Win % of All-Time
The winningest active head coach in the FCS (74.4%), Bagnoli is undoubtedly one of the greatest coaches in Ancient Eight history, and he may be the greatest of all-time. Bagnoli has coached 140 games against Ivy opponents and the Quakers have won 101 of them. That amounts to a winning percentage of .721 which stands as the second-best of all-time since the league’s inception in 1956.
Losing on the Road
Penn tied a school record last year with its 12th straight Ivy road win, but then dropped the last two. Entering Saturday, the only time Bagnoli has ever lost three straight league road games was a string of six straight from 2005-07.
Quick Quaker Notes
Penn has forced a turnover in 10 of the last 11 games ... The Quakers have scored 20 or more points in 14 of their last 15 Ivy games ... Penn has not recorded a sack in the last two games, which broke a string of 17 games with a sack ... Penn opponents have not missed a field goal since 2010 (18-for-18) ... Penn has allowed an opening drive touchdown just once since Nov. 1, 2008 (35 games)—Lafayette went just 14 yards to do it in the 2012 season opener ... Penn has lost three straight road games for the first time since 2007-08 (Brown, Harvard, Lafayette).
NBC SPORTS and National TV History
Penn has played six games on the NBC Sports Network, previously known as VERSUS. The Quakers are 4-2 on the network and 3-1 on the road, including a six-point win in Hanover in 2009 when both these teams had identical records to today’s matchup. Overall, Penn is 19-8 on national television and 11-3 on the road.
0-2? No problem.
Does this seem familiar? Penn is 0-2 after a home loss to Villanova and a close loss at Lafayette, and playing at Dartmouth on national television. In 2009, the Quakers followed the same path to Hanover, N.H. Penn won that game, 30-24, in front of a national audience on VERSUS and then went on to win the next seven to claim an undefeated Ivy League championship.
This is the fifth straight televised Penn-Dartmouth matchup and for good reason. Since 2006, only one matchup has been decided by more than one possession:
2006 - Penn held off a late Dartmouth rally to win 17-10 at Franklin Field.
2007 - With seconds remaining, the Quakers were stopped on fourth-and-goal from the 6-yard line and lost, 21-13, in Hanover.
2008 - Penn led 17-10 in the fourth and two late field goals iced the game, 23-10.
2009 - Penn led by just three entering the fourth, but built that into a 13-point edge and a late Dartmouth rally fell short in a 30-24 Penn win in Hanover. Penn’s closest game during an unbeaten Ivy season.
2010 - Once again, Penn’s closest game during an unbeaten Ivy season. The Quakers scored first in OT and then held off the Big Green to win, 35-28 at Franklin Field.
2011 - Penn marched 89 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown with 17 seconds remaining in the first-ever night game at Memorial Field.
For the Quakers, S.O.S may stand for college football’s strength of schedule, or the universal signal for save our souls. Probably both. Penn scheduled two formidable non-conference opponents to start the season and have needed saving—they were outscored by a combined 28-0 in the first quarter. Lafayette is 3-0, while Villanova is 3-1 with its only loss coming to FBS opponent Temple. In comparison, Dartmouth’s first two opponents, Butler and Holy Cross, are a combined 2-5 with wins over Campbell and Franklin.
Penn has the luxury of a crowded backfield. The Quakers have four different players with more than 670 career rushing yards. The quartet has combined for more than 4,000 yards in the past three-plus seasons (4,036). Brandon Colavita leads with 1,406 yards, followed by Billy Ragone’s 1,102, Lyle Marsh’s 736 and Jeff Jack’s 792.
Last week, senior quarterback Billy Ragone became just the fourth player in Penn’s 136-year history with 4,000 total yards of offense. He is 81 yards from passing former QB Jimmy McGeehan (1991-93) for third place on the school’s all-time list. Gavin Hoffman is the runaway school record holder with 7,188 yards between 1999-2001. Ragone is also just 96 passing yards from becoming Penn’s 11th 3,000-yard passer. He’ll need 309 yards to move into the school’s top 10 in all-time passing yards. He is already the only player in program history to pass for more than 2,000 yards and rush for more than 1,000 yards over the course of his career.
No program in the history of college football - at any level - has played more games than Penn Quakers. Everytime they play, the Quakers set an NCAA Record. Saturday's game will be the 1,326th 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 1,273 games played.
More National TV to Come
In a deal announced by the Ivy League and NBC Sports Network, the Penn football team will be on national television three times in 2012. The 15-time Ivy League champions will appear on the network at Dartmouth on Sept. 29, at Yale on Oct. 20 and against Harvard at Franklin Field on Nov. 10. All three games will kick off at noon. Last year, the Quakers set a school record with four nationally televised games. Overall, this will mark the sixth straight year the Quakers have at least one national television game and the third time in the last five years they have been seen across the country on at least three occasions. Penn is 4-2 all-time on VERSUS/NBC Sports Network.
What You've Missed
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Penn Picked Second in Ivies
Picked to finish second in the 2012 Ivy League Preseason Media Poll on August 7, the Quakers may be right where it wants to be. The team slated to finish second in the Ivy preseason poll has gone on to win the Ivy title in each of the last three seasons, including the last two times the Quakers were predicted to finish as the runner-up (2009 and 2010). Harvard was picked to repeat as champions and received 13 first-place votes for 132 points. Penn garnered two first-place votes and 111 points, while Cornell earned the other two first-place votes and finished third in the voting with 100 points. Brown rounded out the top four with 84 points and was followed by Yale (66 points), Dartmouth (52), Columbia (36) and Princeton (31).
Other Ivy Poll Notables
- For the fourth straight year, Harvard and Penn claimed the top two spots.
- In each of the last five seasons, either Harvard or Penn has claimed at least a share of the Ivy title.
- The Quakers have now been selected in the top four of the preseason poll for 20 consecutive seasons.
- The last time the Quakers were not predicted to finish in the top half of the Ivy League was in 1992—one month prior to the program’s first game under the direction of head coach Al Bagnoli.
Last Time Out
In Al Bagnoli’s record-setting 200th career game at Penn, the Quakers were unable to solve Villanova’s defense in 24-8 loss in Saturday’s home opener at Franklin Field. After missing all of last season, junior wideout Conner Scott reeled in his first touchdown reception of the year with 3:14 remaining for Penn’s only score of the day. The 2-point conversion made it 24-8, but it was too late. Villanova’s second possession covered 74 yards in five plays, the final of them a 14-yard strike to Norman White for a 7-0 lead. Villanova upped its lead early in the second quarter with another drive to make the score 10-0. The Wildcats put together two sustained scoring drives, one in each quarter of the second half to build its 24-point lead. In the third quarter, Robertson pulled the ball down and ran for a 36-yard tocuhdown on a third-and-four play to give the Wildcats a 17-0 lead. Villanova later marched 95 yards in seven plays, a drive capped by a 14-yard Kevin Monangai rushing touchdown to put Penn down by 24 with just 8:09 remaining. Scott Lopano was a weapon for the Quakers all day, booting a 67-yard punt near the end of the second half which pinned Villanova inside its own 10-yard line, one of three punts downed inside the 20 by the Penn special teams unit. In total, Lopano averaged 46.3 yards on his seven kicks.
Its the final non-conference matchup of the 2012 campaign. The Quakers play host to William & Mary for the first time since 1992. Kickoff on Oct. 6 is set for 3:30 p.m.