Catching the Game: PENN (4-5, 3-3 Ivy) vs. Cornell (2-7, 1-5 Ivy)
|| Saturday, Nov. 23 at 1 p.m. | at Franklin Field
Penn Ticket Office | 215-UofP-TIX
|Radio||WFIL 560AM - Matt Leon (Play-By-Play), Hench Murray (Analyst)|
Penn Sports Network - Leon and Murray
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||Penn Notes | Cornell Notes|
|Media||Independence Blue Cross Al Bagnoli Show|
Student-Athlete Spotlight: Sebastian Jaskowski
PHILADELPHIA - For the 120th time, Penn and Cornell will face off on the gridiron. In the fifth-most played rivalry in college football history, the Quakers hold the all-time edge, 69-45-5. Saturday’s matchup will mark the 26th consecutive year the game has served as the season finale for both teams and is also Senior Day for 21 members of the Class of 2014. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. The game can be seen on the Penn Sports Network.
The Penn-Cornell Series—120th Meeting
Penn has won 69 of the first 119 meetings, including five of the last six and 10 of the last 13. However, the Big Red were victorious in their last visit to Franklin Field in 2011. Head Coach Al Bagnoli is 15-6 against Cornell.
Started in 1995, Penn has won the Trustees’ Cup 12 times. This will be the 19th time the cup has been awarded to the winner of the Penn-Cornell game in honor of the fifth-longest rivalry in college football.
Senior Class of 2014
Penn’s senior class enters its final game with an overall record of 24-15 (.615), including an impressive mark of 20-7 (.741) against the Ivy League. Heading into their final game at Franklin Field, the current Penn seniors are 14-5 (.737) overall at home and 11-2 (.846) against Ivy League opponents. Most importantly, the Class of 2014 has two Ivy League championship rings.
Rising in the Record Books
Senior wide receivers Ryan Mitchell and Conner Scott continue to move up among Penn’s all-time top 10 in career receptions and career receiving yards. Mitchell and Scott are both within reach of their 100th career catch on Saturday. Mitchell, who has a reception in 28 of the last 29 games, is just one catch shy of the mark, while Scott is six receptions away (he had six catches last week). To date, only seven players in the program’s 137-year history have ever reached 100 career receptions—the last to do so was Braden Lepisto with 102 from 2005-07. Earlier this year, Mitchell and Scott hit 1,000 career receiving yards to become the 16th and 17th players in program history to reach that particular milestone. Mitchell has recently cracked Penn’s all-time top 10 in career receiving yards with 1,358 (eighth all-time), while Scott has 1,167 yards (13th all-time) and is 63 yards away from reaching the school’s top 10 in that category.
Quick Quaker Notes
Penn’s opponent has scored first in six of the last seven games ... The Quakers have forced a turnover in each of their last 10 Ivy games and 23 total in that time (16 interceptions, seven fumbles) ... Penn is 4-0 all-time in its alternate red jerseys.
Penn Scoring Trend
Penn has gone 122 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.
With a win on Saturday, Penn would clinch yet another season at .500 or better under head coach Al Bagnoli. In 22 years under Bagnoli, the Quakers have had just one losing campaign (4-6 in 2007). In fact, Penn has won at least six games in 15 of his 21 years at the helm, including six perfect Ivy seasons and three overall unbeaten seasons.
Over the last 22 years, every man who has taken a head coaching job in the Ivy League has lost to Al Bagnoli. The only exception at this point is David Archer, who is in his first season at Cornell and has yet to face Coach Bagnoli. Since Coach Bagnoli took over at Penn in 1992, the other seven schools have combined for 23 different head coaches and every Ivy school has had at least one coaching change (17 total). Bagnoli has beaten five different coaches at Cornell and four different coaches at Columbia (he’s beaten Pete Mangurian at both those schools). And for a little fun with the longest tenured Ivy League head coach, here’s what was happening in 1992 when Bagnoli took over at Penn:
• - Cornell head coach David Archer was in grade school.
• - A Few Good Men and A League of Their Own were in theaters
• - MTV introduced the first season of The Real World.
• - Jump by Kris Kross and Black or White by Michael Jackson topped the charts.
• - Tom Kite won the U.S Open in golf.
• - Andrew Agassi and Steffi Graf won Wimbledon.
• - Troll dolls and the Super Soaker 100 were the most popular toys.
• - Penn was coming off a 2-8 season - its worst in a decade.
• - There have been six Presidential elections since Bagnoli took office at Penn.
No program in the history of college football—at any level—has played more games than Penn. Every time they play, the Quakers set an NCAA record. Saturday’s game will be the 1,343rd 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 1,290 games played.
A Penn Win Today Would…
... mark Coach Bagnoli’s 21st season at .500 or better in 22 years.
... be the sixth in the last seven games against Cornell.
... mark the sixth straight winning season in Ivy play.
... snap a three-game Ivy League losing streak.
A Penn Loss Today Would…
... be the second straight to Cornell at Franklin Field.
... mark just the second losing season under Coach Bagnoli.
... mark Penn’s first four-game Ivy League losing streak since 2005.
… be less good than a win.
Last Time Out
What had the looks of a long Saturday afternoon for Penn nearly turned into the greatest comeback in college football history. The Quakers trailed at Harvard, 38-0, late in the third quarter, but mounted a near-historic comeback before the potential game-tying drive fell 20 yards short in a 38-30 loss. (The largest comeback in Division I history is 35 points.) Penn trailed 31-0 at the half and Harvard scored at the start of the third. The Quakers finally got on the board with 4:25 left in the third quarter and then scored again on the second play of the fourth quarter to pull within 38-14. Following a three-and-out from Harvard, the Quakers added another score and a two-point conversion. And after another three-and-out, the Quakers marched 70 yards and made it a one-score game with a touchdown and two-point conversion. The defense forced another punt and Penn’s final drive started at its own 30 with 3:42 to play and no timeouts left. Twice on the drive, Penn converted on fourth down to keep hope alive. The first was a 16-yard pass from Becker which tipped off the hands of Ty Taylor and right to a waiting Ryan Mitchell at midfield. Faced with 4th-and-5 from the Harvard 42 later in the drive, Becker hit senior Conner Scott for eight yards to the Harvard 34. Two plays later, Becker would connect with Taylor for eight yards and a first down, getting out of bounds with under a minute to play. After a one-yard gain, Becker looked for Scott in the end zone, but his pass was just out of the reach of the diving receiver. Third down saw an incomplete pass to Kyle Wilcox in the flat, and on fourth down Becker’s pass over the middle was deflected by Harvard in the secondary and fell to the ground to halt the near-record setting comeback.
Penn begins preparations for the 2014 season.