First Place on the Line for Ivy Unbeatens

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PHILADELPHIA -- A national television viewing audience and those at Franklin Field on Saturday will see the season’s biggest Ivy League game to date. Penn brings the nation’s top-ranked defensive unit into its homecoming game with Brown. The winner will be the only remaining unbeaten in the Ivy League and control its title hopes.

Catching the Game
Penn-Brown is the Ivy League National Game of the Week on VERSUS this week. It is available on cable nationwide. The game can also be heard on WNTP 990 AM in the local Philadelphia area or nationally from www.PennAthletics.com.

The Series
After five straight wins for Penn between 2000-04, Brown has won each of the last three meetings. Overall, Penn leads the series 54-20-2, with 38 wins in the 47 games played at Franklin Field. Historically, Brown has been the toughest foe for head coach Al Bagnoli. No team has won more games against the Quakers under his tenure than the Bears. Penn is 9-7 in the series since Bagnoli took over the sideline duties at Franklin Field.

We’re No. 1
Penn is officially the toughest team in the country to score on. The Quakers have the top scoring defense in the FCS as they have held opponents to an average of 13.0 ppg. Also, no team in the country has allowed fewer yards than the Quakers this season. They are third in the FCS in total defense, allowing just 230.0 ypg. Morgan St. leads the nation, holding offenses to 216.8 ypg.

Special Specialists
Penn has set an Ivy League record with four consecutive Special Teams Player of the Week honorees. Samson won the honor this week, his second of the season as he also won the distinction on Oct. 6. Junior Chris Wynn was the recipient on Oct. 13, and junior punter Kyle Olson was the award winner on Oct. 20. Penn has never had more than three winners of the award—instituted in 1998—in any given year. Overall, Penn has had six Player of the Week winners in the past four weeks.

Bagnoli Success
With Penn’s four-game winning streak, head coach Al Bagnoli is now the second-winningest active head coach in the FCS. Bagnoli has improved his career record to 198-71 for a winning percentage of .736. It is exceeded only by Bobby Hauck of Montana—however, Hauck has coached nearly 200 fewer games than the current George A. Munger Head Coach of Football.

Penn Scoring Trend
Penn has scored in 106 consecutive games, the third longest streak in Ivy history. Brown holds the record at 124, which remains active. Yale also has a 106-game active streak. The Quakers have not been shut out since their trip to Harvard in 1997. Penn has also not been shut out at home since 1989, a span of 95 games.

Up Next
In six days, Penn will take the bus into New Jersey to play under the lights at Princeton on Friday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. It will be the 100th meeting between the two rivals and will air across the nation on ESPNU. Following the rivalry game with the Tigers, Penn returns home for Senior Day against Harvard on Nov. 15.