PHILADELPHIA - Luckily for the Quakers and their faithful, after a big win at Brown last week and with a big matchup with Harvard on the horizon, there’s no chance of a letdown Saturday. It’s Princeton. On Homecoming. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. It will certainly be another emotional and adrenaline-filled matchup as the Quakers look to stay unbeaten in Ivy play and atop the league standings, while the Tigers try to put an end to the title hopes of their archrival.
Catching the Game
Television: Comcast Network (CN8). Check local listings, channel 8 for the majority of Comcast subscribers in the Philadelphia area. Scott Graham will provide the play-by-play with Kevin Reilly as the analyst.
Radio: WFIL 560AM 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 29th year in a row. For those not in the local area, you can still listen to the broadcast at PennAthletics.com.
Live Stats: Live stats are available at PennAthletics.com as well as a full recap and box score at the conclusion of the game. Live stats can be found here.
Princeton leads the all-time series with 63 wins in the first 100 meetings. The teams tied once in their history, a 6-6 tilt at Franklin Field in 1942. The series record is a little skewed as the Tigers won the first 28 meetings from 1876 to 1891. Since then, the Quakers lead the series 36-35-1. Princeton still holds a small edge at Franklin Field (18-16-1), but since Al Bagnoli took over, the Quakers have fallen just twice at home to the Tigers since 1992. Coach Bagnoli is 12-5 all-time against Penn’s arch rival and is 7-2 in head-to-head matchups with Princeton’s Roger Hughes.
Pushing aside six straight overtime defeats dating back to 2004, Penn won in OT, 14-7, over Ivy League rival Brown at Brown Stadium on a perfect fall afternoon. The game marked the 1,300th played by the Penn football program, the first in college football history to reach that number. Penn got the ball first in overtime and it took just three plays to get into the end zone. Senior quarterback Kyle Olson connected with senior wide receiver Kyle Derham for 15 yards and after Hamscher went for two yards on first-and-goal, Derham hauled in another pass from Olson. The wide out looked to be wrapped up on several occassions, but shook loose of the Brown defenders before diving across the goal line for a 14-7 lead.Penn’s defense continued its dominance in the overtime session. Brown gained one yard on four plays and when a fourth-down pass sailed harmlessly out of bounds, the Quakers perfect Ivy record was intact. Penn took a 7-0 lead with 3:36 to go in the first quarter when Luke DeLuca fell on a loose ball in the end zone. Brown tied the game at 7-7 on Penn’s first possession of the second half when Olson’s interception was run back for a touchdown.
Quick Quaker Notes
Penn has gone 20 games without allowing a 100-yard rusher ... Penn has not allowed a 300-yard passer in 22 games ... Penn has had at least two sacks in nine of the last 10 games and recorded a sack in each of the last 12 ... The team that has scored first has won all seven games Penn has played this season ... Penn has won 10 of the last 12 against Ivy opponents.
Penn has won five straight games, six straight Ivy road contests, and nine straight games played in the month of October. The overall winning streak is the longest for the Red and Blue since winning six in a row in 2004. After a perfect 3-0 Ivy League road record last season, Penn has won its first three away games against Ivy opponents this season—the longest Ivy road winning streak for the Quakers since 2004 when they were in the midst of winning 12 in a row. Penn’s last loss at the home of an Ivy opponent came at Harvard, 23-7, on Nov. 10, 2007. Penn was also unbeaten in October each of the last two years and is in the middle of its best October winning streak since earning 15 consecutive victories between 2002-05.
Magic Number 10
The Red and Blue have won the last 11 games in which they’ve held the opponent under double digits. The last loss in such an occurrence was to Lafayette, 8-7, in the 2007 season opener.
A Reason to Root for Princeton
There is seldom the occassion where the Penn faithful will find themselves rooting for their arch rivals. However, all of those in Red and Blue are rooting for Tigers running back Jordan Culbreath. The Ivy League’s leading rusher last season was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a rare and life-threatening condition that occurs when the body stops producing enough new blood cells. He is receiving treatment near his hometown in northern Virginia.
Defense, Defense, Defense
It is hard to explain just how dominant the Penn defense has been this season, so here is a quick rundown of some of the unit’s achievements over the last few weeks. Penn’s defense has ... not allowed a single point in the last 161 minutes, 31 seconds of play—spanning more than 10 quarters ... allowed a total of just 68 rushing yards in the last three games combined (0.9 yards per rush) ... forced 15 turnovers in the last four games ... at least two sacks in every game this season.
Defense, Defense, Defense and More Defense
Penn’s defense in the Ivy rankings. There is only one defensive category in which they do not rank first in the Ivy League—they are second in pass defense. The Quakers lead the Ivy League in the following categories: rushing defense (66.0 ypg), scoring defense (11.6 ppg), pass efficiency defense (99.92), total defense (228.71), turnover margin (+3), sacks (23) and tackles for loss (52).
Yes, More Defense
Nationally, the Quakers are in the top ten in five different defensive categories. Penn has the second-best run defense in the nation and are third in the FCS in scoring defense and total defense. They are sixth in the country in sacks and rank eighth among the 118 FCS teams in pass efficiency defense.
Penn heads to Harvard to take on the Crimson in Cambridge. The last road Ivy League game of the year for the Quakers is scheduled to kick off at noon.