Columbia at Penn
October 13, 2012
Penn 24, Columbia 20
- Today's game was the 1,328th game in school history, an NCAA record. The Quakers are the only school in NCAA history to reach 1,300 games.
- Penn has now won 16 straight over Columbia - which is the longest annual winning streak in the FCS for any team against one opponent.
- Penn leads the all-time series 70-21-1, including 43-5 at Franklin Field. Columbia's last win in the series was Oct. 12, 1996 - a 20-19 win at Franklin Field. Head Coach Al Bagnoli is now 18-3 against the Lions.
- The Quakers are 2-0 in league play for the fifth straight year.
- Penn broke a streak of three consecutive losses at Franklin Field, dating back to last season.
- Today was Penn's first game this season where the team that scored first failed to lead wire-to-wire. Though the team that has scored first has won in all five games.
- Penn is now 19-2 in its last 21 games in October. It has lost the previous two entering today.
- 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 116 games.
- The Quakers have allowed just one opening-drive touchdown over the last 38 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 did not force a turnover for the fourth straight game.
- Penn has scored 20 or more points in 16 of its last 17 Ivy games.
- Penn did not have a sack in either of the first two games, but has combined for 10 in the last three.
- Connor Loftus' 37-yard field goal in the second quarter was his longest of the season, topping a 28-yard effort at Dartmouth.
- Senior Scott Lopano's fourth punt of the game in the second quarter moved him into third place on Penn's all-time punts list with 160 in his career. He finished the game with nine punts - matching a career-high - for 165 career punts, leaving him just one short of Ryan Lazzeri (1998-2001) for second place on the all-time list.
- Senior Brandon Copeland blocked Columbia's third quarter field goal attempt, the first for Penn since senior linebacker Erik Rask against Harvard on Nov. 13, 2010.
- Cameron Countryman and Mitchell King each recorded the first catch of their careers on Saturday. King's catch came in the fourth quarter on a 16-yard touchdown pass from senior Billy Ragone.
-Saturday's nine total first half points were the fewest in a first half since last season when Penn and Brown (Oct. 29) combined to score three, with the Bears taking a 3-0 lead into the break.
- Junior Ryan Mitchell's seven catches matched a career high set last season in Penn's 27-20 win at Columbia (Oct. 15). In the last 15 games, he has had at least three catches on 13 occasions.
- Senior Lyle Marsh set a career high with 80 receiving yards, eclipsing the 66 he had in this year's season-opener at Lafayette. The final six of those yards came on the game-winning touchdown pass from Ragone with 50 seconds left.
- Junior safety Sebastian Jaskowski had a team-high 10 tackles. He has reached double digit tackles in three of the team's five games this year.
- Senior cornerback Dan Wilk finished with a career-high nine tackles, including the game-saving tackle on the final play of the game.
- Senior Brandon Copeland matched a season high with eight tackles and had a sack for the third consecutive game.
- Senior Taylor Brown matched a career-best with six tackles and recorded his second sack of the season.
- Sophomore Feerooz Yacoobi recorded his first career sack with a takedown in the fourth quarter.
- The winningest active coach in the FCS (72.7%), Bagnoli also owns the second-highest winning percentage in Ivy League history. The Quakers have won 103 of the 142 games he has coached for a winning percentage of (72.5%) - second-highest since the inception of the league in 1956.
- Ragone threw three touchdown passes for the third time in his career and the first time since tossing as many against Princeton on Homecoming last season (Nov. 5). His 23 career passing touchdowns passed John McGeehan (22) for eighth in the all-time school record book. Ragone has 40 career touchdowns as a Quaker.
- Ragone is now 7-1 as a starter at home against the Ivy League. His 18 completions give him 295 for his career, which surpassed Robert Irvin (291) for seventh-place all-time at Penn.
- Ragone's 34 pass attempts give him a completion percentage of 58.0% for his career (295-509), which ranks as fourth-best among all-time Penn quarterbacks.
- Ragone's 181 pass yards gives him 3,457 for his career. That is eighth-most for any Penn passer.
- Ragone had 247 yards of total offense Saturday (66 rush, 181 pass) and now has 4,724 for his career. That remains third all-time behind Mike Mitchell (5,394) and Gavin Hoffman (7,188).
- Ragone has not thrown in interception in 94 pass attempts.
- Ragone has now engineered six career game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime.