PHILADELPHIA - By staying within striking distance of the biggest upset in school history on Saturday, the University of Pennsylvania football team garnered more votes in each of the two national FCS (I-AA) polls.
The Quakers (0-1) had been receiving votes in The Sports Network's Top 25 media poll, but following the 14-3 loss to No. 2 Villanova (3-0) on Saturday, the Red and Blue's effort impressed voters in the poll. The Quakers recieved 57 points in the rankings which is the 10th-most of those listed among those receiving votes outside of the top 25. Penn is in a similar position in the FCS Coaches' Poll. Prior to the Villanova game, the Quakers had not obtained any votes among the league's coaches. However, the team's seven points this week ranks them 36th in the nation.
Penn was within four of the Wildcats through two and a half quarters Saturday night at Franklin Field. Penn's cross-city rivals are ranked second in both national polls and were the highest ranked team Penn had ever faced as an FCS team. After knocking off FBS opponent Temple, 27-24, and dominanting in a 38-17 win over Liberty, Villanova was averaging nearly 34 points and 400 yards of offense. Against Penn, Villanova was held to 14 points and just 187 yards of total offense. Penn had several chances to take the lead in the second half before Villanova took a two-score lead late in the third.
Penn last broke into the Top 25 on Oct. 24, 2005 when they were ranked No. 25.
Penn's next task is at Lafayette - who is also receiving votes in the media poll - on Saturday. The Quakers and Leopards kick off at 6 p.m. at Fisher Field in Fisher Stadium.