Football Hosts Yale In Undefeated Matchup Saturday

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PHILADELPHIA - In his 100th career game at Franklin Field, head coach Al Bagnoli stands one win away from reaching 100 career Ivy League victories. That includes the current stretch of 17 straight wins over Ivy opponents - the longest active conference winning streak in the FCS. Saturday pits a matchup of Ivy unbeatens - Penn and Yale are both 2-0 in league play. Kickoff is set for noon on the VERSUS Network.

Catching the Game!!
Television : VERSUS. Randy Moss (play by play), Ross Tucker (analyst) and Carolyn Manno (sideline) will have the call. For a full listing of VERSUS channels and locations, click here. Channel 603 on DirecTV.

Webcast: The Penn Sports Network (PSN) will have audio available. If you aren't in the local area to hear the game on the radio or you just want to hear Penn announcers Brian Seltzer, C'07, and Hench Murray, C'66, GEd'67, PSN will provide audio only of the game on PennAthletics.com.

Radio: The game can be heard locally in Philadelphia on WNTP 990AM. Seltzer, in his fourth season as play-by-play man, is joined by Murray, who enters his 31st season as the analyst for the Quakers. You can listen online here.

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

Franklin Field: Nothing beats watching the Quakers in person. Get down to Franklin Field! Get your tickets online by clicking the link above. For directions and venue information, click here.

The Penn-Yale Series
Overall, Yale leads the series 45-32-1, but Penn is 14-5 against the Bulldogs since Al Bagnoli took over. The Quakers are 18-11-1 all-time against Yale at Franklin Field which includes an 8-1 mark under Bagnoli. The only home loss to Yale in his 19-year tenure was in triple overtime in 2007—also the last time Penn lost to Yale and Penn's last home loss in the month of October.

The Streak
Late-game heroics were needed once again, but Penn extended the longest conference winning streak in the FCS to 17 games. It is the second-longest conference winning streak in all of Division I, trailing only TCU's current string of 19 straight wins against the Mountain West. The 17 straight Ivy wins is tied for second-best in league history behind Penn's record-setting stretch of 20 between 2001-04. Its tied with another Penn stretch of 17 from 1992-95.

Another Streak
Penn has lost 11 of its last 13 in the month of September, but when the calender turns to October, the Red and Blue have been unbeatable recently. They are 17-0 in the last four 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).

Colavita and Hamscher Reach Milestones
Last week, two Quakers hit 1,000-yard milestones. Junior running back Brandon Colavita, who is second in the Ivy League in rushing with an average of 86.5 per game, ran for 85 more yards in the win at Columbia to reach 1,074 for his career. Meanwhile, senior defensive back/wide receiver/returner Matt Hamscher surpassed 1,000 career all-purpose yards. He now has 424 rush yards, 111 receiving yards, 118 punt return yards, 358 kick return yards and 5 interception return yards for a total of 1,016 yards as a Quaker.

No. 100!
Today marks the 100th game for Penn Head Coach Al Bagnoli at Franklin Field. Only one other head man has stood along the sideline at Franklin Field on more occasions. George Munger (1938-53) led the Red and Blue onto the Franklin Field tundra 113 times in 16 seasons.

No. 299!
Today also marks the 299th career game for Al Bagnoli as a head coach. He is 220-78 all-time, including a 134-59 career mark at Penn. Bagnoli also went 86-19 in 10 season at Union (N.Y.). He holds the Penn record for wins and owns the highest winning percentage (73.8%) of any active head coach in the FCS. Coach Bagnoli will coach in his 300th game at Brown on Oct. 29.

One of the Greatest of All-Time

The winningest active head coach in the FCS (73.8%), Bagnoli is undoubtedly one of the greatest coaches in Ancient Eight history. Technically, he may currently be the greatest of all-time. Including the thrilling road victory over Columbia, Bagnoli has coached 135 games against Ivy opponents and the Quakers have won 99 of them. That Ivy win total ranks behind just two others, but Bagnoli’s record also amounts to a winning percentage of .733 which stands as the best of all-time since the league’s inception in 1956.

One Possession Game
Expect to see a one possession game. All but one game between these two teams since 2006 has been decided by that margin. The only exception was a 9-0 Penn win in 2009 at Franklin Field. That also includes back-to-back overtime wins by the Bulldogs in 2006 and 2007—the only triple-overtime game in Penn’s 1,318 game history.

Bagnoli in One Possession Games
Penn fans will be glad to have Coach Bagnoli on their sideline in a close game. He has an impressive mark of 41-26 in one possession games (.611%). He’s even better when it comes against Ivy League competition, going 32-15 (.681%) in those situations.

Quick Quaker Notes
The Quakers have scored 20 or more points in 10 straight Ivy games ... The Red and Blue have won the last 16 games in which they've held their opponent under 10 points ... Penn is 20-3 in its last 23 games overall and 22-2 in the last 24 against Ivy opponents ... The Quakers have outgained their opponent in all five games this year and in eight of the last nine overall ... Penn has a sack in 12 straight games and in 29 of the last 30 games, dating back to 2008 - the only game Penn went without a sack in that span was against Dartmouth in 2010.

Home (Franklin) Field Advantage
Penn fans have had it pretty good over the last few years. The Quakers have been spectacular on the road during this active Ivy winning streak—10 of the 17 wins have come away from Franklin Field. But the Red and Blue’s dominance against the Ivies at home has been absolutely ridiculous. Penn has played every Ivy team exactly once at Franklin Field in the last two seasons and here are the video game-like stats from those seven games:

Penn has never trailed at any point The Red and Blue have won by an average of 19.4 ppg Closest game was a 9-0 win over Yale in 2009 The Quakers have outscored their opponent 122-31 in the first half Penn’s defense is allowing just 9.9 points per game The Quakers are averaging 242.3 rush yards per game (1,696 rush yards) Quakers are allowing nearly 200 yards less than that (63.9 rush ypg) Colavita averaged 92.5 per game, Ragone 87.5 in four games last year Penn has 19 sacks and have allowed just one Red Zone scoring rate—Penn: 84% (72% TDs); Opponents: 46% (32%TDs)

Clearance Sale for Retro Penn Jerseys
At every football game at Franklin Field this year - or until supplies last - Penn Athletics is selling nostalgic Penn jerseys and gear at blowout-sale prices. To get a piece of Penn history, fans can head over to the west side of Franklin Field where everything can be found underneath the Robert Wolf & Family stadium scoreboard. Most of the jerseys, jackets and shorts are game worn, and nearly every Penn team is represented. Most of the apparel is from the 1990s and early 2000s with some gear dating back even further. For current Quakers apparel and merchandise, fans can visit Penn’s new online store at the "Shop" link atop this release.

Last Time Out
Quarterback Billy Ragone scrambled in from seven yards out for the game-winning touchdown with 25 seconds left in front Columbia's Homecoming crowd and a national television audience on a windy Saturday afternoon at Kraft Field in New York City. The 27-20 victory gave Penn its 17th straight Ivy League win - tied for second-most all-time - and tied a school record with the program's 12th straight Ivy road win. Junior Brandon Colavita gave Penn a 20-17 lead on a three-yard touchdown rush with 11:02 to play, but the Lions tied the game with a field goal with 1:28 to go. Columbia's ensuing squib kick only went to the Penn 44 and Ragone threw to senior Ryan Calvert three straight times for 46 yards to set up first-and-goal from the 10 with 1:05 to play. On third down, Ragone scrambled his way into the end zone for his second dramatic touchdown of the day. At the end of the first half, down 10-3 and facing fourth-and-goal from the two-yard line with just seven seconds left, head coach Al Bagnoli elected to go for it. Ragone rushed to his left and found the goal line to tie the game as the half expired, 10-10. Columbia scored on the first possession of the second half to go up seven, but a Loftus field goal pulled the deficit down to four near the end of the third quarter. Colavita's touchdown then set up the late-game heroics.

Up Next
A trip to Providence, R.I. The last time the Quakers visited Brown, the Red and Blue pulled out an overtime victory to propel the program to its first Ivy title in six years. Kickoff from Brown Stadium is set for 12:30 p.m. Penn returns to Franklin Field on Nov. 5 for Homecoming against arch rival Princeton at 1 p.m.

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