Football Hits the Road for Final Non-League Game

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PHILADELPHIA - With a win on Saturday, Al Bagnoli will become the all-time winningest football coach in Penn history, topping a record that dates back to 1901. Kickoff against Bucknell is set for 1 p.m. from Lewisburg, Pa.

Catching the Game!!
Television : None. For the first time this season, the Quakers will not be seen on television. However, there are several other ways to catch the game this week.

Internet: Bison Vision at will provide a live webcast of the game which can be found here. PennAthletics will also provide the audio broadcast of the game here.

Radio: WFIL 560AM will carry the game locally for the Quakers. Brian Seltzer and Hench Murray will team up as the Penn broadcast crew for the third straight season with Seltzer supplying the play-by-play and Murray serving as the analyst for the 30th year in a row. You can listen online here.

Live Stats: Live stats can be found here. A full recap and box score will be available at the conclusion of the game at

Christy-Mathewson Memorial Stadium: Nothing beats watching the Quakers in person. If you are near Lewisburg, Pa., on Saturday, get down to the stadium to support the Red and Blue.

The Penn-Bucknell Series
Penn has won five straight over Bucknell since 1999. Overall, the Quakers lead the series, 28-5, but 27 of those games were played at Franklin Field. Penn is just 4-2 in Lewisburg, Pa., where two of the last three matchups have been decided in overtime (Penn won both). Coach Bagnoli is 9-2 against the Bison.

Last Time Out
Facing second-and-goal from the Dartmouth one-yard line in overtime, Billy Ragone called his own number, sneaking in for his fourth touchdown of the day to squeeze Penn past Dartmouth, 35-28 at Franklin Field. Ragone’s keeper gave Penn the lead and the defense slammed the door on the Big Green on Dartmouth’s overtime possesion. The Quakers wasted no time getting on the board Saturday, scoring on its very first drive. Ragone finished an eight-play, 76-yard drive with a 14-yard scamper into the end zone. Dartmouth answered right away with seven-play, 60-yard drive that covered just a little more than two minutes. Penn again went right down the field. This time the drive covered 68 yards, took 5:17 and ended in yet another rushing touchdown from Ragone. Dartmouth once again responded with a score of its own. But Brandon Colavita bullied his way into the end zone for a 21-14 Penn lead heading into the half. In the third, Ragone rolled right and threw to an open DeLuca for a 14-point lead. The lead didn’t last long. Dartmouth scored twice and had tied the game before the third quarter was out. Each team had a chance to win in the closing minutes. Penn had a field goal blocked. Three plays later, on fourth-and-inches from their own 25, Dartmouth went for it, and made the first down. From there, the Big Green methodically moved the ball into Penn territory and had 2nd-and-2 from the Quakers’ 34-yard line. But an incomplete pass, a false start penalty and another incompletion forced them to punt in the waning seconds, leading to overtime.

Count Up to 125 -First All-Time!
Entering Saturday’s game against Bucknell, head coach Al Bagnoli has accumulated 124 wins at Penn which ties George Woodruff’s 109-year-old school record. Woodruff, the school’s third head football coach, won 124 games for Penn from 1892-1901. Woodruff still holds several NCAA records­­—most wins as a first-year head coach (15) and most wins in the first 10 seasons as a head coach (124). Prior to Bagnoli, no other Quakers coach has even approached his school wins record. George Munger was 42 short of Woodruff’s record, but remained in second place in the Penn record book for 50 seasons­.

116 Years in the Making
The last time a Penn head coach moved to the top of the all-time wins list was in 1894. It was at that time, 116 years ago, when George Woodruff passed E.O. Wagenhurst on Nov. 29, 1894 with his 39th win at the helm of the Quakers. Wagenhurst—who finished 38-18 at Penn—was the second head coach in school history and held the all-time wins record from 1890-94. But since that day in 1894, Woodruff has remained as the program’s winningest head coach.
The last time a Penn head coach set the school’s all-time wins record:

42,318 days have passed between that date and 10/9/2010. That is equal to 115 years, 10 months and 11 days. Franklin Field had not been built. There were 44 states. Grover Cleveland was President. iPods and iPhone’s were still a few years away.

Winning Streaks
Despite Penn’s loss to No. 1 Villanova on Sept. 25, the Quakers still own some of the longest winning streaks in the nation. Penn has won nine straight league games which ranks third in the FCS and seventh in all of Division I, and the Red and Blue’s six-game home winning streak in now the 12th-longest in the FCS.

Longest Conference Win Streaks - Division I
1. Appalachain State, 22 (Southern)
2. South Carolina State, 20 (MEAC)
3. Boise State, 17 (WAC)
4. Cincinnati, 12 (Big East)
4. Troy, 12 (Sun Belt)
6. Alabama, 11 (SEC)
7. TCU, 10 (Mountain West)

8. Penn, 9 (Ivy League)
italics = FBS school

Overtime Heroes
Last week, Penn won its second straight overtime game, something the program hadn’t done since winning the first three overtime games in program history. In fact, Penn lost six straight overtime games after posting those three initial victories. The Quakers have found the winning ways again as in each of the last two overtimes, the Quakers have started with the ball and scored on its opening possession. The defense followed each time without allowing a single first down.

Penn-Bucknell Overtime History
It is an interesting history between these two teams and overtime. After the NCAA instituted overtime after the 1995 season, the two schools met in Lewisburg, Pa., on Oct. 5, 1996—just three games into the year for the Quakers—in what would be the first overtime game in the history of each program. It was just the third game of the season for the Quakers, who came out on top by the unusual score of 30-21. Penn opened the overtime with a field goal and on Bucknell’s first-ever overtime possession, Roger Beckwith blocked the field goal and Chris Parsons picked it up and ran it back for a touchdown for the final margin. It still stands as one of the largest margins of victory ever recorded in an overtime game. It stood as the largest in NCAA history for all of two weeks. On Oct. 19, 1996, Arizona State defeated USC, 48-35 in double overtime, which still stands as the NCAA record. Eight years later—and exactly six years ago today—Penn won at Bucknell in the first-ever double overtime game for the Quakers (32-25).

Team October
Penn has lost 10 of their last 12 in the month of September, but when the calender turns to October, the Red and Blue have been unbeatable. They are 10-0 in the last three Octobers and have not lost a game in the month of October since the 27th of 2007 at Brown (31-17). The last home game they lost in that month was a week earlier, in triple overtime to Yale (26-20).

Dartmouth’s Defensive Streak Busters
The Big Green’s offensive explosion ended several impressive defensive streaks for the defending Ivy champions. The Big Green scored on their first possession, becoming the first team in 10 games to score in the opening quarter against Penn (the last team to do so was Dartmouth in 2009). They were the first team in 17 games, dating back to 2008, that did not surrender a sack to the Quakers. They also ended Penn’s home shut out streak of 11-plus quarters (166:16 minutes of game time). In addition, Dartmouth’s 28 points are the most given up by a Penn defense since Brown beat the Quakers, 34-27, at Franklin Field on Nov. 1, 2008. However, two of the more impressive statistics remain in which the Quakers held one of the nation’s premier running backs under 100 yards and one of the league’s top passers under 300 yards.

Up Next
Its the bulk of the Ivy League schedule. The Quakers host Columbia on Family Weekend next Saturday, then leave the state of Pennsylvania for the first time with a trip to Yale on Oct. 23. Both games are scheduled to kickoff at noon.

Download: 4-Bucknell.pdf