2011 Penn Football Schedule/Countdown to Season Opener
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PHILADELPHIA - Highlighted by three televised games on VERSUS and three night matchups at Franklin Field, the game times for all 2011 University of Pennsylvania football home contests were announced on Friday. In all, nine of Penn's 10 games times have been set.
The two-time defending Ivy champions open their season Sept. 17 at Franklin Field against Lafayette. Kickoff is 6 p.m. This marks the sixth straight year that the Quakers have faced the Leopards and the fifth straight year the matchup has taken place under the lights. Last season, Penn snapped a three-game losing streak in the series with an emotional season-opening, 19-14 win on Franklin Field. It was the first game for the program since the passing of team captain Owen Thomas. It also marked the 800th win in school history.
A week later, Penn takes on Villanova in the Schuylkill Showdown at Franklin Field. This will be a home game for the Wildcats with a 6 p.m. kickoff. This marks the eighth straight meeting between the Philadelphia rivals and the second time Villanova has hosted a home game at Franklin Field against Penn, the first coming in 2005.
In the Ivy League road opener, the Quakers will travel to Hanover, N.H., to play Dartmouth on Oct. 1 with a game time to be announced. Then the Red and Blue will host Fordham at 6 p.m., on Oct 8 at Franklin Field. This will be the first gridiron meeting between the schools since 1999, when Penn defeated the Rams 35-18.
The Quakers will play in front of a national audience on VERSUS on Oct. 15 at Columbia at 3:30 p.m. The Quakers haven't lost to the Lions on the field of play since 1996.
One week later, Penn will host Yale for their second VERSUS game of the season. Kickoff is at noon on Oct. 22. George A. Munger Head Coach of Football Al Bagnoli has won both matchups with Yale head coach Tom Williams.
Penn will then travel to Brown Stadium to face the Bears on Oct. 29 at 12:30 p.m. Last year, lead by quarterback Billy Ragone’s 151 rushing yards and one touchdown, the Quakers triumphed 24-7 on Homecoming weekend.
A week later, Penn will host rival Princeton at Franklin Field at 1 p.m. The Nov. 5 game marks the 103rd meeting between the Quakers and Tigers with the Red and Blue claiming victory in the last four matchups.
Penn’s final road game at Harvard will also have a noon kickoff on Versus, Nov. 12. Penn and Harvard have split the last 10 games, but the Quakers have won each of the last two meetings en route to a pair of undefeated Ivy seasons.
The Quakers will close the regular season Nov. 19 at home against Cornell at 1 p.m. Penn has won four straight games in the series and nine of the last 11 in the historic rivalry. This will be the 118th meeting between the two programs, making it the fifth-oldest rivalry in all of college football.
All game times, dates and opponents are subject to change.