Football Hosts Columbia on Saturday



Broadcast Information
TV: One World Sports (Channel Listing)
Radio: WNTP 990 AM


It is all Ivy League from here on out! Non-conference competition is complete and the Quakers are now focused on the stretch run and a chance to defend their Ivy League title from 2015. Penn has won seven Ivy League games in a row — the nation’s sixth-longest active conference winning streak and the Red and Blue have their sights set on another Ivy win as Columbia visits Franklin Field for the 49th time. 

The Penn-Columbia Series—96th Meeting
Penn has dominated the all-time series with Columbia like no other rivalry the Quakers are involved in. Of the 95 previous meetings, the Red and Blue have won 73. At Franklin Field, the Quakers have held serve just about every time —Penn is 43-5 (.896%) all-time against Columbia in Philadelphia.

Last Time Out
- Penn won the first-ever meeting between the Quakers and Central Connecticut State, 28-16, at Franklin Field.
- The Red and Blue held CCSU to just 22 yards rushing on 30 carries, an average of 0.7 yards per carry.
- Alek Torgersen threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran for another.
- Tre Solomon had a career-high 114 yards rushing, averaging 6.7 yards per carry.
- Louis Vecchio had his best day as a Quaker on defense, finishing with six tackles, one sack, 2.5 TFls, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Up Next
Penn will again be under the Friday Night Lights as the Quakers head to New Haven to take on Yale on NBCSN on October 21. The Quakers already have a win on NBC Sports Network this year — a 37-24 win at Dartmouth. Last year, Penn defeated Yale at Franklin Field, 34-20, in a game also broadcast on NBC Sports Network.

Family Weekend
Today is a special afternoon for the Penn community as it is our annual Family Weekend! The current generation of Penn students will be joined by their families to cheer on the Red and Blue!

Fan Fest Brings the Penn Community Together on Shoemaker Green
Before today’s game, Penn students, alumni and fans joined together on Shoemaker Green outside Franklin Field for the first of two Fan Fests. They enjoyed local food and beverages, live music and interactive games. The next Fan Fest is November 11 before the Harvard game.

A Penn Win Today Would…
… be Penn’s 20th in a row over Columbia
... extend Penn’s Ivy League winning streak to eight games
... be Penn’s fifth in a row on national television

A Penn Loss Today Would…
... be Penn’s first to Columbia since 1996
... be Penn’s sixth to Columbia at Franklin Field
… give Penn three, matching its total from 2015

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
Home is where the points are. Penn has gone 133 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. The trend on the road is a bit shorter — Penn has gone 14 road games without being shutout. The last time Penn was blanked on the road was 11/2/13 at Brown, a 27-0 loss.

Quakers Stop the Skid
With the win at Dartmouth, Penn halted its two-game losing streak and staved off its first elongated losing streak since a pair of four-game skids in 2014. The Red and Blue will look to turn the tide following a two-game streak just like they did last year when Penn won its final six games after losing back-to-back contests to Dartmouth and Fordham.

Jangro Named Ivy League Rookie of the Week
Freshman linebacker Connor Jangro was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week after a seven-tackler performance at Dartmouth on September 30. He is the first defensive player in the Ivy League to earn a Rookie of the Week award since the final week of the 2014 season and Penn’s first since Donald Panciello in 2013.

Hunter The Punter
Junior Hunter Kelley ranks No. 9 in the NCAA in punting average, coming in at 43.5 yards per game. He has punted 17 times in four games, with seven punts travelling 50+ yards and seven landing inside the 20-yard line. FYI, the Ivy League record for punting average in a season is 45.1. Penn’s single season record for punting average is 43.5.

Penn is Pinning Them In
Hunter Kelley’s prowess in the punting game has propelled Penn to a No. 3 Net Punting ranking in FCS. The Quakers are averaging a net of 41.06 over their first four games.

Interceptions of Interest
Sophomore defensive back Mason Williams recorded an interception in three consecutive games to start the 2016 season. He joins Ian Dobbins (10/17-10/31/15) as recent Quakers to record picks in three straight games. Williams is ranked No. 5 in FCS in interceptions per game at 0.8.

Off The Officials’ Radar
Through four games, Penn ranks No. 25 in FCS in terms of penalty yards-per-game (47.0) and is averaging just 6.5 penalties per game. After being flagged for 10 penalties in the season opener, the Red and Blue have been called for 17 over the past three games.

Red (and Blue) Zone
Penn is 11-of-13 on red zone attempts this season, with 10 touchdowns. The Quakers had been a perfect 9-for-9 entering last weekend, but a fumble and missed field goal ended that run.

Leading Indicators
Penn has protected leads as well as anyone in the country under Ray Priore. The Red and Blue are 7-0 when leading at halftime, and 8-0 when leading at the end of the third quarter.

Gammill is Good on PATs
Fifth-year senior kicker Jimmy Gammill has made his last 49 PAT attempts dating back to the 2015 Dartmouth game. For his career, Gammill has made 78 PAts — No. 5 all-time at Penn.
Quakers Looking to Live The Fourth
In the fourth quarter of Penn’s 37-24 win at Dartmouth, the Red and Blue recorded their first safety since 11/9/13 — the only points Penn has scored in a fourth quarter this season. The Quakers have been outscored, 31-2, in the fourth quarter through four games.

May the Fourth (Down) Be With The Quakers
Penn is 11-of-13 on fourth down conversions this season, ranking No. 8 among FCS schools in conversion percentage. Penn’s 11 fourth down conversions are second-most overall among FCS programs. Of Penn’s 11 fourth down conversions, three have gone for touchdowns.

Turning Off the Turnovers
The Quakers rank No. 9 in all of FCS in terms of turnovers loss, with just five. Penn QBs have thrown just one interception, which ranks No. 2 among FCS squads. Three of those turnovers came in a span of 5:17 during the Fordham game on September 24, while the other two came in a span of three drives against Central Connecticut on October 8.