Football Opens 2010 Season Saturday against Lafayette

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PHILADELPHIA - The defending Ivy League football champions open the 2010 campaign on the doorstep of history. While attempting to extend the FCS’s longest active winning streak, the Quakers are seeking to become just the third FCS program to reach 800 all-time wins. Only 10 programs in all of Division I have accomplished that feat. Penn has won its last eight overall, but its last loss...to Lafayette.

Catching the Game!!
Television: Take your pick. The Lafayette Sports Network is carrying the game throughout the Northeast on WBPH, RCN and MASN. WBPH is available throughout the Philadelphia area. RCN reaches homes in and around Boston, Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. MASN (DIRECTV 640 & Dish 432) will broadcast a tape delay of the game in a seven-state area, from Harrisburg, Pa., to Charlotte, N.C., and including Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, the District of Columbia and parts of West Virginia.

Internet: For the first time in program history, the Quakers will be featured worldwide on ESPN3.com. This is a free service that is available through most internet providers. Click here to watch the ESPN3.com broadcast. The Penn Sports Network (PSN) will also webcast the game which can be found in High Definition here.

Radio: WNTP 990AM will carry the game locally for the Quakers. The game is also available globally on SIRIUS satellite radio channel 130 as the Ivy League's Game of the Week. 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.

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 atop this release.

ESPN College Gameday
ESPN College Gameday was on the University of Pennsylvania campus filming an interview piece throughout much of last week. The Quakers will be featured on college football's premier preview show on Saturday between 10-12 ET. ESPN reporter and Penn alum, Tom Rinaldi, came to campus on Sept. 8 and interviewed head coach Al Bagnoli along with several players to discuss how the team has been coping with the death of captain Owen Thomas.

Student Pregame Barbeques!
This football season, Penn Athletics has designated an area between the Lott Tennis Courts and 33rd Street as the place for pregame barbeques! Large grills and charcoal will be provided two hours prior to game time on a first-come, first-served basis for students and student groups who wish to get together prior any 2010 Penn Football game(s). There is no charge to use the area, and students wishing to participate should bring their own food to cook on the grills. Penn Athletics invites all students and student groups to take part and have an enjoyable and safe time at Penn Football games this season.

The Penn-Lafayette Series
This matchup has developed into quite the rivalry over the past few years. The Quakers had won six straight—each by 10 or more points—from 1994-2006. However, Lafayette has laid claim to each of the last three meetings. Each one came down to the final minute of play and the three have been decided by a total of 11 points. Overall, in a series that dates back to 1882, the Quakers lead the series with the Leopards 61-21-4, including a 45-9-4 mark at Franklin Field. Coach Bagnoli has won four of the seven meetings with Coach Tavani.

Last Matchup
One year ago, it took more than four quarters to decide this matchup. After trailing 17-0 in the second quarter, Penn forced overtime at Fisher Stadium. However, after Penn came up empty in its overtime possession, Lafayette’s Davis Rodriguez split the uprights on a 28-yard field goal to give the Leopards a 20-17 win. The Leopards scored on three straight drives in the first half to take a 17-0 lead before Penn’s offense came alive in the final minute of the first half, going 46 yards in 1:05 to tack on a field goal before intermission. On Penn’s opening drive in the second half, Kyle Olson connected with Tyler Fisher in the middle of the end zone. After forcing a punt, Olson marched the Quakers 60 yards to tie the game at 17-17 with 5:22 left in the third. Neither team could manage much offense in the fourth, leading to the overtime.

Count Up to 800 - Third All-Time!
799:
Entering Saturday’s game against Lafayette, the Quakers have accumulated 799 wins in program history. That mark is third all-time in the FCS behind only Yale and Harvard, who are the only FCS programs to reach the 800-win mark (Yale 858, Harvard 805). With its first win of the 2010 season, the Quakers will join Harvard and Yale, making the Ivy League the only Division I conference to be home to three teams to reach the 800-win plateau.

Count Up to 125 - Second All-Time!
122:
Entering Saturday’s game against Lafayette, head coach Al Bagnoli has accumulated 122 wins at Penn and needs just three more to break George Woodruff’s 109-year-old school record. Woodruff, the school’s third head football coach of all-time, 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 in second place in program’s record book for 53 seasons­, but was still 42 short of Woodruff’s record.

Quick Quaker Notes
Penn has gone 23 games without allowing a 100-yard rusher ... Penn has not allowed a 300-yard passer in 25 games ... Penn has had at least two sacks in 11 of the last 13 games and recorded a sack in each of the last 15 ... The team that has scored first has won the last 10 games Penn has played ... Penn has won 13 of the last 15 against Ivy opponents, but are just 3-6 in its last nine non-conference games ... The Red and Blue have won the last 14 games in which they’ve held their opponent under 10 points.

Penn Scoring Trend
Penn has scored in 120 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in Ivy history. Brown holds the record at 138, which also remains active. The Quakers have not been shut out since their trip to Harvard in 1997. Penn has never been shut out at home in the Al Bagnoli era. In fact, the last time the Quakers were held without a point at Franklin Field was Nov. 18, 1989 (24-0 vs. Dartmouth), a span of 102 games.

Under the Lights
This is the fourth straight year in which the Quakers have opened the season at home, and tonight’s 7 p.m. start marks the second straight season in which Penn opens the season under the lights at Franklin Field. However, this is just the third night game at the nation’s oldest stadium since 2007. That seems to be a good thing though—the stadium lights have not been kind to the Quakers during the Al Bagnoli era. Since he took over in 1992, Penn has gone 5-11 (.313) in night games, losing eight of the last nine. Penn’s last win with a night start time was at Princeton in 2008 (14-7). The last home win under the lights was against Duquesne on Sept. 20, 2003 (51-10).

Last to Start
The night start also means that for the second straight year Penn will be the last Division I team to kick off its season. Every other Division I program has either played a game or is currently playing. Typically the Ivy League is the last to begin play, and in each of the last two years Penn has had the latest game time on the league’s opening day. Harvard and Holy Cross kick off at 7 p.m. tonight, but since this Franklin Field matchup will be televised, the Quakers won’t officially start their 2010 campaign until kickoff at 7:06 p.m.

Let the Games Begin
Penn has been superb in season openers in its 133-year history. The Quakers are 101-31-1 (.763) all-time in season openers and are even better in home openers at 104-28-1 (.785). Under the longest tenured head coach in team history—Al Bagnoli—Penn is 11-7 in the first game of the year and has an identical record in home openers during that span. Overall at Franklin Field, under Bagnoli’s tenure, the Quakers have an incredible record of 66-25 (.725) at Franklin Field.

Congratulations to the Voices: C.T. and Hench!!
If you’ve followed Penn Football at any point in the last 30 or 50 years, you’ve certainly heard the voices of C.T. Alexander and Hench Murray. C.T. is simply known as “The Voice.” In 2010, he enters his 50th and final season as the public address announcer at Franklin Field. He has announced all but three Penn Football games in the last 49 years. Hench is the other voice of Penn Football. He has served as the team’s radio analsyt for the last 30 seasons. The two will be back in their home away from home each Saturday this season, C.T. in the North press area in section NE and Hench in the stadium’s south side press box. On behalf of the football program and Athletic Department, thank you for all that you do!

Up Next
It’s the defending FCS National Champions. After hosting their Philadelphia rivals the last two seasons, the Quakers head to the Main Line to take on No. 2 Villanova Saturday at 7 p.m. This year’s Schuylkill Showdown will air on the Comcast Network.

Download: 1-Lafayette Notes.pdf