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PHILADELPHIA - Both the Quakers and the Leopards are recovering from home losses to highly ranked opponents last week. Penn will be in search of its first win of the 2009 campaign and its fifth straight road win overall. However, they’ve dropped the last two to the Leopards and haven’t won at Fisher Field since 2006.
Catching the Game
Television: Depending on your cable provider, the game will be shown live on RCN-4, RCN-8 or WBPH-60. For most Comcast subscribers in the Philadelphia area, they will be able to see the game on WBPH (channel 51 or 60). For those with RCN, the game can be seen on either channel 4 or channel 8. A tape delay on MASN is also available to those in a seven-state area, from Harrisburg, Pa., to Charlotte, N.C., and including Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, the District of Columbia and parts of West Virginia.
Radio: WFIL 560 AM will carry the game for the Quakers. Brian Seltzer and Hench Murray will team up as the Penn broadcast crew for the second straight season with Seltzer supplying the play-by-play and Murray serving as the analyst for the 28th year in a row.
Live Stats: Live stats will be provided on by Lafayette with a full recap and box score at PennAthletics.com at the conclusion of the game. Live stats can be found here.
Penn has historically been highly successful against their neighbors to the north, but Lafayette has snatched one-possession victories in each of the last two seasons. In all, Penn leads the series 61-20-4, dating back to the first matchup in 1882. Since Al Bagnoli took the helm of the Quakers, Penn is 6-2 versus the Leopards and 3-1 at Fisher Stadium—the only loss came last year.
Last Time Out
As inauspicious beginnings go, you would be hard-pressed to top the first play of Penn’s 2009 football campaign: the Quakers kicked off to Villanova’s Matt Szczur, and he took the return 87 yards for a touchdown. The play took all of 14 seconds. After that, though, Penn gave the second-ranked team in the nation all it could handle in a 14-3 loss. The Quakers held ‘Nova to just 187 yards of total offense. The Quakers ran 14 plays and covered 66 yards on their third possession to close the gap to 7-3, but that’s as close as they would get. Villanova finally found paydirt with its offensive unit in the third quarter to stretch the lead to 14-3. Penn entered Villanova territory on several occassions in the final quarter and a half, but was unable to put points on the board. Andrew Samson’s field goal attempt was blocked early in the fourth quarter and another penetrating Penn drive was stalled as the Quakers turned it over on downs.
Under the Lights
For the second straight week, the Quakers will play under the lights. The last time Penn played back-to-back night games was against the same two opponents in 2007—also in the first two games of the season. However, in 2007, Penn opened the season hosting Lafayette and then traveled to Villanova. The Quakers lost both those games. Penn has gone 5-10 (.333) in night games under head coach Al Bagnoli, dropping six of the last seven. In comparison, Bagnoli is 109-45 (.708) in day games. Penn’s last night time win was against Princeton, 14-9, on Nov. 7, 2008.
Quick Quaker Notes
The defense has allowed just two touchdowns in the last 10 quarters ... Senior Jonathan Moore has an interception in each of the last two games ... Both of Penn’s pass attempts in the third quarter were intercepted ... Penn has gone 14 games without allowing a 100-yard rusher.
Ivy League Round Robin
Lafayette’s game with Penn is the first of four straight against Ivy League opponents. The Leopards follow the matchup with the Quakers with a trip to Yale, a home game against Columbia and a road matchup with Harvard.
These two teams met in Penn’s second game last season at the same venue with the same kickoff time. For the sake of the Quakers, the play on the field won’t resemble last year’s matchup as well. Penn was down 24-0 at the half before rallying to bring the game within a score in the final quarter. A last-minute drive fell short.
Magic Number 10
In every single game last season the Quakers were victorious when holding opponents under 10 points (6-0). However, the team went 0-4 when giving up more than that number. The trend has continued thus far in 2009. In all, Penn has won the last six games when allowing 10 or fewer points and has lost the last seven when allowing more.
It has been a lot of fun for the Quakers to board the bus lately. Mostly because it’s meant that they are coming back with a win. The Red and Blue have won their last four road games and are searching for their fifth in Easton, Pa., Saturday night. The last time Penn won five straight on the road was in 2004 when the team went 5-0 away from Franklin Field. Penn’s last loss away from home? At Lafayette last season.
Penn Scoring Trend
Penn has scored in 111 consecutive games, the third longest streak in Ivy history. Brown holds the record at 129, which remains active. The Quakers have not been shut out since their trip to Harvard in 1997. Penn has never been shut out at home in the Al Bagnoli era. In fact, the last time the Quakers were held without a point at Franklin Field was Nov. 18, 1989, a span of 97 games.
VERSUS will televise the Quakers road game at Dartmouth next Saturday with kickoff scheduled for noon. Following the back-to-back road games, Penn returns home to face Bucknell on Oct. 10 at 1 p.m.