Penn Game Notes | Penn Athletics Twitter | Penn Football Twitter | ShopPHILADELPHIA - Penn (4-2, 3-0 Ivy) will be looking to set a school record with its 13th straight Ivy League road victory Saturday at Brown (5-1, 2-1 Ivy). In addition— in Coach Bagnoli’s 300th career game—the Quakers will attempt to extend the longest active conference winning streak in the FCS and the second-longest in the history of the Ivy League to 19 games. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m.
Catching the Game!!
Television : None. For just the second time this year, the Quakers will not be on television, but there are several other ways to catch the Red and Blue on Saturday...
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 the Penn announcers, Brian Seltzer, C'07, and Hench Murray, C'66, GEd'67, PSN will provide audio only of the game on PennAthletics.com. Video will be available at BrownBears.com.
Radio: The game can be heard locally in Philadelphia on WFIL 560AM. 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.
Twitter: Follow @PennFB for live updates, photos and highlights. Click on #pennfb to see what everyone is saying about Penn Football and use it in your tweets to join the conversation.
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.
Brown Stadium: Nothing beats watching the Quakers in person. If you are in the area, stop by Brown Stadium - the Red and Blue will need some support during the Lions' Homecoming game.
The Penn-Brown Series
This will mark the 80th all-time meeting between these two programs. Penn has won 56 of them and tied two others. Brown had won four straight from 2005-08, but the Quakers have won the last two, including a 14-7 overtime win in the last meeting at Brown Stadium. Coach Bagnoli has lost to Brown more than any other Ivy opponent with an 11-8 record, including a 7-6 mark against Brown’s Phil Estes.
An Inspiring Story
If you haven't already, make sure you read the inspiring story of freshman Kyle Wilcox and his brother, Justin, a redshirt sophomore on the South Florida football team. You can find the story here.
Chuck Bednarik Statue Coming to Franklin Field!
The University of Pennsylvania's Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics (DRIA)has announced the formal dedication of the Bednarik statue on Saturday, Nov. 19, prior to the Quakers' football game against Cornell that kicks off at 1 p.m. The statue will be located inside Gate 2 on the North side of Franklin Field, and will be complemented by a collage honoring the history of the Philadelphia Eagles during their time playing at Franklin Field (1958-70).
Late-game heroics were needed once again, but Penn extended the longest conference winning streak in the FCS to 18 games. It is the second-longest conference winning streak in all of Division I, trailing only TCU's current string of 20 straight wins against the Mountain West. The 18 straight Ivy wins is second-best in league history behind Penn's record-setting stretch of 20 between 2001-04. It just passed another Penn stretch of 17 games from 1992-95.
An Even Longer Streak: Ivy Roadies
Penn tied a school record with its 12th straight Ivy League road win at Columbia on Oct. 15. It has been 1,449 days since Penn’s last road loss to an Ivy opponent (Nov. 10, 2007 at Harvard). There is only one current Penn player—fifth-year senior Ryan Calvert—who has witnessed a loss to an Ivy opponent on the road. This current streak ties the mark set by the 2002-05 Quakers. Penn will have a chance to break the school record on Saturday at Brown.
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).
Quick Quaker Notes
Brown has not scored an offensive touchdown against Penn since 2008 ... Penn’s opponents have yet to miss a field goal this season (11-for-11) ... The Quakers have scored 20 or more points in 11 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 21-3 in its last 24 games overall and 23-2 in the last 25 against Ivy opponents ... The Quakers have outgained their opponent in all six games this year and in nine of the last 10 overall ... Penn has a sack in 13 straight games and in 30 of the last 31 games, dating back to 2008—the only game Penn went without a sack in that span was against Dartmouth in 2010.
Ragone Making History
Junior quarterback Billy Ragone is just 53 rushing yards shy of 1,000 for his career. He is also just 18 passing yards shy of 2,000 for his career. When he passes those milestones, he will become the first quarterback in school history with 2,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing.
More on Ragone
- Passing Yards
Ragone has 1,131 pass yards this season which is already the most in a season for a Penn QB since Bryan Walker (1,468) in 2007. He is 18 yards away from becoming the 16th passer in school history with 2,000 career passing yards. He has also thrown for more than 150 yards in five straight games. Prior to that stretch, he had thrown for more than 150 yards just once.
Ragone has 90 completions this year, which makes up more than half of his career completions. He has 163 for his career—which stands as 15th-most all-time at Penn. In addition, spanning between the Dartmouth and Fordham games was a career-best streak of 19 consecutive completions.
Ragone’s 11 career passing touchdowns are tied for 14th all-time at Penn and are five behind No. 13 Robert Irvin (2006-08).
Colavita and Hamscher Reach Milestones
Earlier this year, 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 100.4 per game, now has 1,230 career rush yards. Meanwhile, senior defensive back/wide receiver/returner Matt Hamscher surpassed 1,000 career all-purpose yards. He now has 440 rush yards, 111 receiving yards, 118 punt return yards, 394 kick return yards and 5 interception return yards for a total of 1,068 yards as a Quaker.
Penn has the luxury of a crowded backfield. The Quakers have four different players with more than 650 career rushing yards and all of them are juniors. Brandon Colavita leads the way with 1,230 yards, followed by Billy Ragone’s 947, Lyle Marsh’s 723 and Jeff Jack’s 659.
Today marks the 300th career game for Al Bagnoli as a head coach. He is 221-78 all-time, including a 135-59 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 (73.9%) of any active head coach in the FCS.
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. Bagnoli has coached 136 games against Ivy opponents and the Quakers have won 100 of them. That Ivy win total ranks tied for second all-time, but Bagnoli’s record also amounts to a winning percentage of .735 which stands as the best of all-time since the league’s inception in 1956.
Disciples of Discipline
Penn is also the most disciplined team in the Ivy League, ranking second in the FCS with just 26 penalties this year. The Quakers were fourth in the Ivies last year, but finished with the fewest penalites in the nation in 2009. Penn is charged with an average of 4.33 penalties per game for 43.83 yards.
Atop the Ivy League
Halfway through the year, Penn once again owns the best defense in the Ivy League. The Quakers have finished No. 1 in the Ivy League in total defense for three straight seasons. They led the nation in that category in 2009 and finished fourth in the FCS in 2008 and 2010. This year the Quakers have allowed an average of 331.2 yards per game. That is aided by the third-best pass defense in the Ivies at 203.3 yards per game and the league’s third-best rushing defense at 127.8 yards per game.
Doing Their Part
Penn’s offense deserves credit as well. The Red and Blue defense has faced 24 fewer plays than any other Ivy team because the offense, ranked No. 2 overall in the Ivies and No. 1 in rushing, has dominated time of possession over the last two seasons. The Quakers have held the ball longer than their opponent in 15 of the last 17 games overall. Aiding this ball control effort are scoring drives of 70-plus yards—Penn has had at least one in 17 of the last 19 games, including eight 80-plus yard drives in the last four games—and a great running game. Penn has a rushing touchdown in 18 of the last 19 games and has rushed for at least 100 yards in all of those contests, including 11 with at least 200 yards.
Last Time Out
What seemed like desparate times became joyous ones as the Penn put up 27 points in an eight-minute span in the fourth quarter to abruptly end any Yale thoughts of halting the second-best Ivy winning streak of all-time. The Quakers, who trailed 20-10 entering the final quarter, came away with a 37-25 win in front of a national television audience Saturday afternoon at Franklin Field. Junior Billy Ragone accounted for four of Penn’s touchdowns, passing for three and running for another while racking up 330 total yards of offense. In his 100th career game at Franklin Field, Al Bagnoli notched his 100th career Ivy League win. Brandon Colavita rushed 18 times for a career-best 156 yards and a 25-yard touchdown. A surprise onside kick catapulted Penn to victory. Ragone had just engineered a seven-play, 88-yard drive to pull the Quakers within four, 20-16, with 13:00 to play. Connor Loftus then floated the kickoff to around the Yale 35, it bounced back toward midfield, and Kyle Wilcox pounced on it. Three plays later, Ragone ran it in from 11 yards out and Penn, who was trailing by 10 just two minutes earlier, had a 23-20 lead with 11:42 remaining. Yale tied the game with a field goal on its next possession, but Penn’s offense - once again - was unstoppable when it mattered. Ragone and the Quakers completed their third fourth-quarter comeback in as many Ivy games this season when they took just five plays to go 80 yards for the go-ahead score - 20-yards to Calvert with 6:07 left. Yale fumbled the ensuing kickoff, Joey Grosso jumped on the ball and just three plays later, Colavita scored from 25 yards out for a 37-23 lead with 5:13 to play.
Its Homecoming Weekend at Penn as the Quakers return to Franklin Field against arch rival Princeton at 1 p.m. Then its off to Harvard for a matchup with the Crimson on Nov. 12.