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The stretch run has begun! Just three weeks remain in the 2016 Ivy League football season and the championships is officially up for grabs. Penn is one of two teams sitting at 4-0 in the Ivy League, and today’s opponent is one game back in the standings at 3-1 and looking to spoil its way back into the title race. Three of the last four meetings between Penn and Princeton have been one-score games, including an overtime epic at Franklin Field last November.
The Penn-Princeton Series — 108th Meeting
Rivalry games are always a bit more fun, and these two historic rivals have met 107 times. Princeton has the overall lead in the series at 65-41-1, but Penn has had the better of the rivalry of late, holding a 23-10 record dating back to 1983. Penn is 8-2 all-time at Princeton Stadium, but will be looking for its first win since 2012 after a 22-17 loss in 2014.
Last Time Out
- Justin Watson had a career-high 210 yards on 11 catches, the fourth-most receiving yards in a game by a Penn Quaker and most since 1981.
- The Red and Blue jumped out to a 21-0 lead over Brown on Homecoming, and held on for a 21-14 win.
- Sam Philippi intercepted a T.J. Linta pass in the endzone with 1:28 remaining to secure the victory.
- Alek Torgersen was 20-for-31 passing for a season-high 284 yards and two touchdowns
Penn is 2-0 on Friday Nights this season and will have a chance for a third win on November 11 as the Quakers host No. 23 Harvard on NBC Sports Network at 8 p.m. Both teams enter this week at 4-0 in the Ivy League and each had a share of last year’s Ivy title.
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 11th in a row in Ivy League games
... be Penn’s seventh consecutive road win in an Ivy League game
... be Penn’s second in a row over Princeton
A Penn Loss Today Would…
... snap Penn’s five-game winning streak
... be Ray Priore’s first on the road in an Ivy League game.
… give Penn three, matching its total from 2015
Penn has won six consecutive road games in Ivy League play and when the Quakers take the field today, it will have been 729 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 (5-0).
Junior Tre Solomon leads the Ivy League in rushing attempts (121), rushing yards (670), yards/game (95.7) and yards/rush (5.5) .Through seven 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. On the national front, Solomon is 19th in yards/game, 30th in yards/rush, 29th in total rushing yards, and 33rd in rushing TDs
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.
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.
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
Combination Years Games Catches Yards TDs
Torgersen/Watson 2014-Present 26 159 2,184 16
Hoffman/Milanese 1999-2001 28 170 2,260 12
Mitchell/Castles 2002-03 19 88 1,368 17
Jangro Named Ivy League Rookie of the Week After Dartmouth
Freshman linebacker Connor Jangro was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week after a seven-tackle performance at Dartmouth on September 30. He was 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.
Individual Ivy Ranks
Entering Week Six, Alek Torgersen and Justin Watson are making moves on the Ivy League’s All-Time Records Book. Here are their current ranks:
Career Passing Yards: 10th (6,299 - 385 from 9th)
Career Ivy League Passing Yards: 12th (4,533 - 163 from 8th)
Career Completion Percentage: 3rd (64.4 - First is Jason Garrett at 66.5)
Career Completions: 10th (555 - 14 away from 8th)
Career Ivy League Completions: 10th (398 - 20 away from 6th)
Career Passing Attempts: 16th (862 - 12 away from 14th)
Career Ivy League Passing Attempts: 16th (596 - 34 away from 13th)
Most Touchdown Passes: 10th (49 - 2 away from 9th)
Most Ivy Touchdown Passes: 6th (39 - 3 away from 4th)
Career Total Offense: 10th (7,125 - 125 away from 7th)
Career Ivy League Total Offense: 9th (5,167 - 151 away from 7th)
Career Receptions T23rd (172 - 6 away from 19th)
Career Ivy League Receptions: T22nd (121 - 9 away from 17th)
Career Receiving Yards: 21st (2,386 - 101 away from 12th)
Career Ivy League Receiving Yards: 1,618 (33 away from 20th)
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)
Hunter The Punter
Junior Hunter Kelley ranks No. 7 in the NCAA in punting average, coming in at 44.0 yards per game. He has punted 26 times in six games, with nine punts travelling 50+ yards and 10 landing inside the 20-yard line. The lone blemish on his season was a punt that was blocked against Columbia and traveled six yards. 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.
Cubs Win, Quakers Win!
If you are a Penn fan, you might want to toss your allegiance behind the Chicago Cubs in the World Series. Sure, it’s been a while, but the last two times the Cubs won the Fall Classic — 1907 and 1908 — Penn had pretty successful seasons of its own. The Red and Blue won national championships both times the Cubs won a World Series and were 11-1 in 1907 and followed up with an 11-0-1 season which included wins over Michigan, Penn State and West Virginia in 1908. On October 14, 1908, the last time a Cubs fan celebrated a world title, the Quakers defeated Gettysburg, 23-4.
Turning Off the Turnovers
The Quakers rank No. 10 in all of FCS in terms of turnovers lost, with just eight. Penn QBs have thrown just two interceptions, which ranks No. 3 among FCS squads. The eight turnovers have come in bunches — Three came in a span of 5:17 during the Fordham game on September 24, two were fumbles in a span of three drives against Central Connecticut on October 8, and two came via fumbles against Brown last week.
Penn has not trailed at any point during its five-game winning streak. During those five games, Penn has only been tied with opponents for 16:56 of a possible 350:00 — the totality of that time coming in the first quarter with the game 0-0. Each time, Penn broke that tie and has outscored opponents, 56-3, in opening quarters dating back to the Dartmouth game.