Football Hosts #24/22 Harvard on Friday Night


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TV: NBC Sports Network
Web Streaming: NBC Sports Extra
Radio: WNTP 990 AM


Expect a buzz around Franklin Field this evening as Penn hosts Harvard on Senior Night for the Quakers! Penn’s seniors already have one Ivy League championship to their credit, and with wins in their next two games can secure a second. Before the game, Penn will honor the 24 members of the Class of 2017. After that, the Red and Blue will get down to business against a Harvard team unbeaten in Ivy League play.

The Penn-Harvard Series—87th Meeting
Over the past 30 years, Penn and Harvard have combined to win 28 total Ivy League championships. Penn has won 16 (12 outright) while Harvard has 12 (7 outright). Since 1986, Penn has an 18-12 edge in the all-time series, cutting into Harvard’s all-time lead in the series. The last two meetings have been decided by 10 points — each school winning on the road. 

Last Time Out
- Penn was shutout for the first time since 2013 in a 28-0 loss at Princeton
- Penn had a punt blocked and returned for a touchdown on the first series of the game, and could never recover
- The loss ended a 10-game Ivy League winning streak for the Red and Blue
- Justin Watson had a season-high 12 catches, the third game in a row he has caught 10+ balls.

Up Next
Penn concludes 2016 with a trip to Ithaca and what the Red and Blue hopes is a chance for a second consecutive Ivy League championship. Last year, Penn contained Cornell, 34-21, at Franklin Field. Justin Watson had a pair of TD catches  and Brian Schoenauer ran for 118 yards.

Coming Up Roses
Penn’s 1916 team did something no other Quakers squad has ever done — play in the Rose Bowl. The Red and Blue went 7-2-1 in the regular season, earning a trip to Pasadena where the Quakers were defeated by Oregon, 14-0. On November 11, Penn and The Rose Bowl will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Penn’s Rose Bowl appearance with ceremonies centered around the Red and Blue’s final home game of 2016 against Harvard. 

A Penn Win Today Would…
... be Penn’s sixth Ivy League home win in a row
... give Penn its first undefeated home Ivy season since 2012
... be Penn’s fourth in a row on NBCSN

A Penn Loss Today Would…
... snap Penn’s five-game winning streak in home Ivy games
... be the first time Penn lost consecutive Ivy games since 2014
… knock the Quakers out of Ivy title contention

Watson and Demes Named Academic All-District
Wide receiver Justin Watson and offensive lineman Nick Demes were named CoSIDA Academic All-District on November 3. The duo are the first Quakers to earn this academic honor since 2011.

Priore Powers Through the Ivy League
With the win over the Big Green, Ray Priore became the third-fastest Ivy League head coach to record his first win over all seven League opponents. Only Ed Zubrow (Penn, 7 games in 1986) and Jordan Olivar (Yale, 7 games in 1956) swept through the Ivy League in fewer games. 

Penn Scoring Trend at Home
Home is where the points are. Penn has gone 135 consecutive games at home without being shut out. The last time the Quakers were scoreless at home was a 24-0 loss to Dartmouth on Nov. 18, 1989.

Solomon Shines
Junior Tre Solomon leads the Ivy League in rushing attempts (132), rushing yards (708), yards/game (88.5) and is second in yards/rush (5.4). Through eight games this season, Solomon has already set a career-high in yards in a season and he surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for his career during the Columbia game. He is 83 yards away from the highest single-season rushing total by a Quaker since 2007 (Joe Sandberg, 790). On the national front, Solomon is 30th in yards/game, 32nd in total rushing yards, 41st in yards/rush, and 41st in rushing TDs.

Penn Has a Pair of Top Runners
Penn is the only Ivy League school to have two players with six or more rushing touchdowns. Solomon has 7 while quarterback Alek Torgersen has rushed for six.

QB/WR BFFs
As Alek Torgersen and Justin Watson have risen up the all-time record books at their respective positions, they have gradually moved closer to becoming Penn’s all-time greatest QB/WR combo. The duo now owns the record for most career connections between a QB and WR in Penn history, and  trails Gavin Hoffman/Rob Milanese in catches and yards while sitting behind Mike Mitchell and Dan Castles in touchdowns.

Combination                 Years          Games Catches Yards TDs
Torgersen/Watson 2014-Present   27          171          2,230 16
Hoffman/Milanese 1999-2001   28    170          2,260 12
Mitchell/Castles         2002-03           19           88          1,368 17

Individual Ivy Ranks
Entering Week Nine, Alek Torgersen and Justin Watson are making moves on the Ivy League’s All-Time Records Book. Here are their current ranks:

Alek Torgersen
Career Passing Yards: 10th (6,487 - 198 from 9th -- Jay Fiedler)
Career Ivy League Passing Yards: 8th (4,712 - 245 from 7th -- Jay Fiedler)
Career Completion Percentage: 3rd (64.5 - First is Jason Garrett at 66.5)
Career Completions: 8th (580 - 25 away from 7th)
Career Ivy League Completions: 6th (423 - 33 away from 5th)
Career Passing Attempts: 14th (899 - 14 away from 13th)
Career Ivy League Passing Attempts: 13th (633 - 37 away from 10th)
Most Touchdown Passes: 10th (49 - 2 away from 9th)
Most Ivy Touchdown Passes: 6th (39 - 3 away from 4th)
Career Total Offense: 7th (7,350 - 121 away from 6th)
Career Ivy League Total Offense: 7th (5,392 - 169 away from 5th)

Justin Watson
Career Receptions 18th (184 - 11 away from 15th)
Career Ivy League Receptions: 17th (133 - 8 away from 14th)
Career Receiving Yards: 16th (2,468 - 102 away from 11th)
Career Ivy League Receiving Yards: 19th (1,700 - 103 away from 16th)
Career 100-Yard Games: T8th (10 - 1 away from T5th)
Career Touchdown Receptions: T19th (18, 3 away from T13th)
Career Ivy League Touchdown Receptions: T22nd (12 - 2 away from T17th)

Reeling in Ranked Teams
The Red and Blue are 2-1 all-time against ranked opponents under head coach Ray Priore, with all three games coming in 2015. That record includes a 35-25 win at No. 12/13 Harvard last season. Penn will be looking for its first win over a ranked opponent at Franklin Field since knocking off No. 25 Harvard, 30-21, in 2012.

National (TV) Treasures
Penn is 6-1 on national television appearances dating back to last season and is 16-9 on national TV dating back to the 2008 season. On the American Sports Network, Penn is 2-0 all-time —including a win over Princeton last season.

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