Football Moves Up in Top 25 Rankings

TSN Top 25 Media Poll

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PHILADELPHIA - Following their decisive Ivy League championship-clinching victory over Cornell Saturday, the University of Pennsylvania football team moved up to No. 21 in the latest Top 25 media poll released by The Sports Network (TSN) on Sunday night.

The Quakers finish the 2009 campaign with the best defense in the nation, giving up an average of just 217.6 total yards per game. Penn allowed an FCS-best 9.5 points per game, which is the lowest average for a Penn team since the 1994 Ivy League championship squad held its opponents to 8.7 points per game. It also marks the first time a Penn team held its opponents under 100 points in a 10-game season since 1927.

The Quakers (8-2, 7-0 Ivy) received 505 points in the poll and are the only Ivy League team in the Top 25. The only two losses of the season for the Red and Blue came in overtime at Lafayette (8-3) - ranked No. 24 - and in the season opener against Villanova (10-1) - ranked No. 2.

Penn was ranked 24th in the TSN media poll last week, but after dominating its most played rival, 34-0, in the 116th meeting with the Big Red, the Quakers jumped up three spots. It is Penn's highest ranking since finishing the 2004 season at the No. 21 spot.

Penn concluded its season with Saturday's win, clinching the program's 11th outright Ivy League title - a record - and the 14th Ivy championship overall.