PHILADELPHIA – After two wins to start the season, Penn heads to Saratoga Springs for the Adirondack Trust Allegiance Bowl this weekend against Navy (Sat., 1 p.m.). The Red and Blue will be looking to break a 10-game losing skid against the Midshipmen and put an end to Navy’s own 25-game winning streak which includes three-straight CSFL championships.
Saturday marks Penn’s second trip to the Allegiance Bowl, the first coming in 2006 against Cornell. That game was a 22-10 win for the Big Red.
The Quakers are moving the chains at a fierce rate to start the 2010 season, averaging 397 yards of offense per game. The ground game has been Penn’s main focus as the Red and Blue are rushing for 256.5 yards a contest. The bulk of the work has fallen upon Mike Bagnoli, who leads the league in rushing with 318 yards and four touchdowns over two games.
Penn hasn’t hesitated to take to the air when needed, either. Todd Busler has hit on 21 of 34 passes for 281 yards and three touchdowns. His primary target, Whit Shaw, leads the CSFL with 146 total receiving yards.
Penn’s defense, which enters the weekend allowing 188 yards-per-game, has its work cut out for them with the Midshipmen. Navy is right behind Penn in total offense with 390 ypg. The Middies bring a two-headed monster in the backfield with Jordan Foley doing the dirty work (114 yards on 30 carries) and David Williams lurking for the big play (119 yards on just 17 carries). The Quakers have allowed just 376 total yards of offense in two games and are limiting opponents to an average of 1.3 yards-per-rush. It will be strength against strength in the trenches when Navy has the ball. Look for sophomore Alexander Starr, who leads the league with 23 tackles over two games, to key in on the Midshipmen attack.
The Allegiance Bowl is in its sixth season, showcasing the talent of the CSFL. For more information on the Allegiance Bowl and the schedule of events for the weekend, click here.