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For the second consecutive season, Penn and Yale will meet under the “Friday Night Lights” as the two teams do battle in the Yale Bowl’s first true night game on NBC Sports Network. Last year, the lights shone brightest on the Quakers who dominated Yale to the tune of a 34-20 win in Philadelphia. The Red and Blue have one road win in a Friday game on NBCSN this season already, and look to add a second while remaining atop the Ancient Eight.
The Penn-Yale Series—84th Meeting
While the overall record in the series favors the Bulldogs who have posted a 47-35-1 record in the 83 previous meetings, Penn has soundly carried the previous 24 meetings with an 18-6 record against Yale dating back to 1992. Of the last four meetings, each team has a pair of wins — each holding serve on home field. Penn will be looking for its first win in the Yale Bowl since a 27-20 win in 2010.
Last Time Out
- Penn denied former head coach Al Bagnoli a happy return to Franklin Field as the Quakers picked up their 20th consecutive win over Columbia, 35-10.
- Tre Solomon ran for a career-high 127 yards while both rushing and passing for a touchdown.
- Alek Torgersen threw three touchdown passes and had a season-high 241 yards passing
- Justin Watson caught six passes for 114 yards and a touchdown.
- Penn’s defense had five sacks and eight TFLs while holding the Lions to 234 yards of total offense.
Penn returns to Franklin Field on October 29 for Homecoming against Brown. The Quakers are 58-24-2 all-time in 84 previous meetings with the Bears, including a 48-28 rout in Providence last season.
Quakers to Play Second Game on NBCSN of 2016
For the second time this season, Penn takes the field on NBC Sports Network, part of an Ivy League-high six national television games this season. The Quakers defeated Dartmouth, 37-24, in Hanover in their first appearance on NBCSN this season and are 2-0 cumulatively on national TV this season.
A Penn Win Today Would…
… be Penn’s fourth in a row after dropping the first two games of 2016
... extend Penn’s Ivy League winning streak to nine games
... be Penn’s sixth in a row on national television
A Penn Loss Today Would…
... be Penn’s third straight at Yale
... end the nation’s fifth-longest conference winning streak
… 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 134 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.
Ivy League Road Warriors
Penn has won five consecutive road games in Ivy League play and when the Quakers take the field on Friday it will have been 714 days since their last Ivy loss — a 22-17 defeat at Princeton on 11/8/14. Ray Priore has never lost a road Ivy game (4-0).
Junior Tre Solomon leads the Ivy League in rushing attempts (89), rushing yards (498) and yards/game (99.6). He is second on yards/rush (5.6) but has almost twice as many rushes as Cornell’s Chris Walker (49 for a 6.3 avg.) who has the Ivy lead in yards/rush. Through five games this season, Solomon has already set a career-high in yards in a season and surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for his career during the Columbia game. On the national front, Solomon is 19th in yards/game and 34th in all purpose yards/game (125.8).
If you read the above section, it should come as no surprise that Tre Solomon has been one of the biggest offensive weapons in the Ivy League this season. His efforts against Columbia — 127 yards rushing, 30 yards receiving, 23 yards passing, two touchdowns — earned him Ivy League Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors.
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 trail Gavin Hoffman/Rob Milanese in catches and yards, while sitting behind Mike Mitchell and Dan Castles in touchdowns
Justin is Just About on Pace
If it’s possible to quietly go about a season where he’s on pace to crack the Top-10 in catches, yards and touchdowns in a season by a Quaker, Justin Watson is doing it. He leads the Ivy League in catches (35), and is second in yards (431) and yards/game (86.2). He is almost on pace with his breakout 2015 campaign. In 2015, he also had two 100-yard games after five contests before going 100+ in each of Penn’s final five games.