Football Hosts Brown on Homecoming Saturday

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PHILADELPHIA - In the final Homecoming game under head coach Al Bagnoli, Penn will vie for its third straight win over Brown at Franklin Field. The Bears haven’t won in Philadelphia since 2008, and the Quakers have won four of their last five Homecoming contests. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m., and the game can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network.

The Penn-Brown Series—83rd Meeting
In recent years, the Bears have served as Penn’s toughest opponent. The Quakers are 3-6 in the last nine meetings with Brown, which includes a last-minute, come-from-behind win over the Bears in the last matchup at Franklin Field. Penn has also been shut out at Brown Stadium in each of its last two visits to Providence. However, Penn leads the overall series 57-22-2 and has been dominant at home with a 40-9-1 record against the Bears at Franklin Field. Coach Bagnoli is 12-10 (.545) against the Bears—his lowest winning percentage against any Ivy League team.

Penn has won four of its last five Homecoming contests. In the four victories, Penn has won by a combined score of 123-40. The Quakers have been tremendous in front of the Homecoming crowd under head coach Al Bagnoli, winning 16 of 22 overall, including a 12-1 stretch between 1992-2004. The Quakers have hosted Princeton more than any other opponent on Homecoming, including 18 times since 1977 (9-9 record). This is the sixth time the Red and Blue have hosted Brown on Homecoming with three wins in the first five meetings (including two straight).

Quick Quakers Notes
Freshman Justin Watson now has multiple receptions in all six career games he has played ... Sophomore Alek Torgersen has a touchdown pass in five of his six career games, including four straight and all four Ivy League games he has played ... Torgersen has thrown for more than 200 yards in four straight starts ... Penn has started the same offensive line—Tanner Thexton, Dan Poulos, Trent Rivera, Dan Lysenko and Nick Demes—in each of the last four games ... Penn’s win over Columbia snapped a five-game Ivy losing streak which was the longest under Bagnoli and had been preceeded by a seven-game Ivy winning streak ... Penn’s season-opening trip to Jacksonville was the furthest South the program has ever played a game ... The team’s charter flight that weekend was the first time the Quakers flew since a return trip from Dartmouth in 2010, and the first round-trip flight for the Quakers since the 2004 season opener at San Diego.

Great Scott
Senior wideout Conner Scott finished with nine catches for 167 yards and two touchdowns at Yale last week as he moved into fourth place all-time at Penn in career receptions (132), fifth place in school history in career receiving yards (1,635), and ninth place in program history in career receiving touchdowns (10). His career-high 167 receiving yards are ninth-most in a game in school history, and the most since Dan Castles had 204 against Cornell on Nov. 22, 2003. Scott is 365 yards away from becoming just the fourth player in school history to reach 2,000 career receiving yards. The last to do so was Dan Castles in 2004, who finished with 2,444. Scott is also 18 catches away from becoming the fourth Penn player in the program’s 137-year history with 150 career receptions. With four games left, he would need to average 91.25 yards and 4.5 catches to reach those milestones.

Nation’s Best
Several Quakers are ranked among the nation’s best. Junior placekicker Jimmy Gammill is eighth in the FCS with an average of 1.5 field goals per game and 23rd in field goal percentage (81.8). Meanwhile, sophomore quarterback Alek Torgersen ranks among the Top 20 in the FCS in three categories. The California native is ninth in the nation with 22.8 completions per game as well as 14th among FCS signal-callers with 257.7 passing yards per game and 18th in total offense with an average of 270.0 yards per game.

For the Quakers, S.O.S may stand for college football’s strength of schedule, or the universal signal for save our souls. Probably both.

-- Through six games, Penn has faced the seventh-toughest schedule in the FCS and that includes a game against winless Columbia.
-- Penn’s five losses have come to opponents with a combined record of 31-5 (.861).
-- Of that 31-5 record, four losses came on the road against a Top 5 or FBS team.
-- Four of Penn’s losses came to teams at the top of their respective conferences as all four have undefeated league records.
-- All five of Penn’s losses are to teams either receiving votes or ranked in the Top 25.
-- Jacksonville is 7-1 with its only loss on the road to then-No. 3 Southeastern Louisiana
-- No. 4/3 Villanova is 7-1, with its only loss coming on the road in double overtime to FBS opponent Syracuse.
-- Dartmouth is 5-1 with its only loss on the road to No. 2/4 New Hampshire.
-- No. 10/10 Fordham is currently 7-1 with its only loss on the road to No. 4/3 Villanova.
-- Yale is 5-1 with its only loss coming to Dartmouth.

Penn has yet to force a turnover in three Ivy games this year. This comes after a stretch in which Penn had forced a turnover in 12 straight Ivy League games—27 total in that time (18 interceptions, nine fumbles). In two Ivy games this year the Quakers are minus-4 in turnover differential and are minus-7 for the year (13-6).

Penn Scoring Trend
With the win over Columbia, the Quakers continued a 25-year streak. The Quakers have gone 125 consecutive games at Franklin Field without being shut out. Penn has never been shut out at home in the Al Bagnoli era. The last time that occurred was a 24-0 loss to Dartmouth on November 18, 1989.

NCAA Record
No program in the history of college football­—at any level—has played more games than Penn. Every time they play, the Quakers set an NCAA record. Saturday’s game will be the 1,350th in the Red and Blue’s illustrious history. Penn remains the only program to pass 1,300 games, hitting that mark on Oct. 31, 2009 in an overtime win at Brown. Yale is second all-time with 1,298 games played.

A Penn Win Today Would...
... mark the third in a row over Brown at Franklin Field.
... be the second straight at home and make the Quakers 2-1 at Franklin Field this season.
... be the fifth in the last six Homecoming games.
... cap Coach Bagnoli’s Homecoming record at 17-6.
... improve the Quakers to 2-1 in Ivy League play.

A Penn Loss Today Would...
... be the first at home to Brown since 2008.
... be the 10th in the last 11 games.
... drop Coach Bagnoli’s record to 60-19 in Ivy home games.
... make the Quakers 1-6 for the first time since 1991.
... be less good than a win.

Last Week
Senior wide receiver Conner Scott had one of the finest days of his career, but it wasn’t enough for Penn to overcome one of the nation’s best offenses. The Quakers fell to Yale, 43-21, at the Yale Bowl. The Bulldogs entered the contest as the third-highest scoring team in the nation, and outpaced Scott and the Quakers. Yale scored the first touchdowns and led 15-0 in the first quarter. The Quakers bounced back with an 80-yard drive that was capped with Scott’s first touchdown. On the first play of the second quarter, Torgersen found Scott racing down the Yale sideline and connected with him near the goal line for a 33-yard score. The hosts scored the next two touchdowns before Torgersen lofted one deep over the middle to Scott who grabbed the pass over two defenders in the end zone for a 42-yard score. That sent the Quakers into the half trailing 29-14. Once again, the Bulldogs responded with a pair of scores before the Red and Blue found the end zone again. Torgersen threw his third touchdown pass of the day to Spencer Kulcsar—a 48-yard strike—to make it 43-21.

Up Next
Another national televison appearance awaits the Quakers next Saturday. Penn will take on archrival Princeton for the 106th time. Kickoff from Princeton Stadium is slated for 3:30 p.m., and will be shown on the NBC Sports Network.


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