Lafayette vs Penn

September 21, 2013

Penn 27, Lafayette

- Tonight's game marked the 90th meeting between Penn and Lafayette. The Quakers now lead the all-time series 63-23-4, including a 47-10-4 mark at historic Franklin Field.

- Tonight’s game marks the 137th season opener for the Quakers. They have an all-time record of 103-33-1 and are now 13-9 under Coach Bagnoli in openers. This is also the Quakers' first win in a season opener since 2010.

- The Quakers' win is the 820th in school history, which is 10th in NCAA history and third-most in FCS history. This win is also their fifth consecutive, dating back to last season.

- Penn has now won four straight games at Franklin Field and improved to 4-0 in the red jerseys -- which debuted last year.

- The Quakers have won three of their last four night games and are 21-16 all-time under the lights.

- 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 119 home games.

- The game was also the first on Penn's new SprinTurf.

- Penn's has scored at least 27 points in each of the last four games. The 27 points were the most in a season opener for the Quakers since a 41-14 win over Duquesne in 2005.

- The Quakers have allowed just one opening-drive touchdown over the last 44 games, dating back to Nov. 1, 2008. The only team to do so was Lafayette in the 2012 season opener - they needed to go just 14 yards to do so.

- Penn's six sacks were the most since its last home game - the Ivy title-clinching win over Harvard.

- With his second completion, senior quarterback Billy Ragone passed Jimmy McGeehan for third on Penn's all-time completions list. Ragone now has 363 in his Penn career.

- With his second touchdown pass in the third quarter, Billy Ragone passed Marty Vaughn's 29 career passing touchdowns to move into fourth place on Penn's all-time list with 30.

- Senior Evan Jackson recorded his first career interception with his interception as time elapsed in the first half.

- Senior Tosan Eyetsemitan recorded both his first career sack and his first career interception during the game.

- The receiving touchdown in the first quarter for junior Ty Taylor marked the first of his career. He also finished with a caree-high five receptions and 50 receiving yards.

- Sophomore Spencer Kulcsar’s rushing touchdown was his second in as many games, the first being the game-winner in the season finale last year against Cornell.

- Sophomore Austin Taps recovered his first career fumble in the first quarter. Taps also recorded his first career sack in the first half.

- Sophomore Max Kurucar’s punt in the third quarter marks the first time since Nov. 20, 2010 that the Quakers had someone other than Scott Lopano punt the ball. Lopano was a four-year starter who handled the previous 113 punts for the Quakers.

- Ragone became the third quarterback in team history to eclipse 4,000 career passing yards, entering the game with 3,999 and finishing with 4,217 yards.

- Ragone is moved into second-place all-time at Penn with 49 career touchdowns (19 rush, 30 pass). He broke a tie with Mike Mitchell and only Gavin Hoffman (54) had more during his career in the Red and Blue. 

- Ragone has now thrown a touchdown pass in each of his last seven starts.

- Ragone's 218 passing yards are the most since he threw for 253 against Cornell on Nov. 19, 2011.

- Senior quarterback Ryan Becker saw his first action since the 2011 season after he missed all of 2012 due to injury.

- Senior Ryan Mitchell now has a catch in 21 straight games.

- Seniors Jake Schwertner and Steve Szostak started for the 11th straight game together on the offensive line. Senior Sean McGinn and junior Matt Kiefer each made their first collegiate start.

- Junior Connor Loftus connected on three PAT's to give him 58 for his career and tie Jim Grass for seventh-place in the school record book. Loftus has made 41 straight extra points dating back to Nov. 5, 2011. 

- With today’s win, Coach Bagnoli recorded his 234th career victory, moving him into sole possession of ninth place on the all-time FCS wins list.

- Tonight's game was the 1,334th game in school history, an NCAA record. The Quakers are the only school in NCAA history to reach 1,300 games.