Penn Game Notes | Penn Athletics Twitter | Penn Football Twitter | ShopPHILADELPHIA - In front of a national television audience, the University of Pennsylvania football team - riding the longest active conference winning streak in the FCS (second in all of Division I football), will serve as the opponent at the first-ever night game in the 89-year history of Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. in Hanover.
Catching the Game!!
Television : Fox College Sports. FCS can be found nationally on DirecTV (617), Verizon FiOS (300) and Dish Network's multi-sport package. Check your local listings of your cable or satellite provider to find out how to watch the channel in your area.
Webcast: The Penn Sports Network (PSN) will show the Dartmouth webcast. The two schools are sharing all of their webcasts in each sport this year so subscribers of PSN can see this game for free on PennAthletics.com. If you want to hear the Penn announcers, Brian Seltzer, C'07, and Hench Murray, C'66, GEd'67, PSN will also 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.
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.
Memorial Field: Nothing beats watching the Quakers in person. If you are in the New England area, get to Memorial Field. It's sure to be a wild atmosphere and the Red and Blue will need your support.
The Penn-Dartmouth Series
Head Coach Al Bagnoli was just 3-3 against the Big Green in his first six seasons at the helm of the Quakers, but Penn has won 12 of the last 13 in this series. Dartmouth's last win came at Memorial Field in 2007 - the last time Penn started 0-3 - but four of the last five games have been decided by one possession, including last year's overtime tilt at Franklin Field.
The Streak! 15-Straight Ivy Wins
Penn has won 15 consecutive Ivy League games. That stands as third best all-time behind Penn's record setting stretch of 20 between 2001-04 and another Penn stretch of 17 games from 1992-95. Currently, Penn owns the longest active conference winning streak in the FCS and 2nd-longest in Division I (behind TCU's 18). The last Ivy loss for the Quakers was Nov. 15, 2009 vs. Harvard, 24-21.
Penn's Other Winning Streaks
10 straight Ivy League road wins
- last Ivy road loss was 11/10/07 (Harvard, 23-7)
- most since 12 straight from 10/26/02 - 10/29/05.
14 straight wins in the month of October
- last October loss was 10/27/07 (at Brown, 31-17)
0-2? No problem.
Does this seem familiar? Penn is 0-2 and playing at Dartmouth on national television. In 2009, the last time the Red and Blue started 0-2, they made the same exact trip to Hanover, N.H. The Quakers won that game, 30-24, in front of a national audience on VERSUS. Penn then went on to win the next seven to break a six-year Ivy title drought.
Quick Quaker Notes
Penn lost consecutive non-conference games at Franklin Field for the first time since 1999 ... The Quakers have scored 24 or more points in eight straight Ivy games ... Prior to the first two games this season, the Quakers had either led or been tied in the fourth quarter in 19 straight games ... The Red and Blue have won the last 16 games in which they've held their opponent under 10 points ... Penn is 17-3 in its last 20 games overall and 20-2 in the last 22 against Ivy opponents ... Penn has been outscored 24-0 in the third quarter this year and 38-7 in the second half.
Under the Lights
For the first time in school history, Penn will play its first four games at night. Penn has never lost a night game against an Ivy opponent (6-0), but stadium lights have not been kind to the Quakers during the Al Bagnoli era. Since he took over in 1992, Penn has gone 6-14 (.300) in night games, losing 11 of the last 13. Penn's last win with a night start time was the 2010 season and home opener against Lafayette, 19-14.
Penn has lost 11 of their last 13 in the month of September, but when the calender turns to October, the Red and Blue have been unbeatable recently. They are 14-0 in the last three 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).
Big Green's Big Offense
This seems to be the one offense that defensive coordinator Ray Priore has trouble solving. In the last two years, Dartmouth is the only Ivy team with more than 20 points against the Quakers - and they've done so twice with 24 or more points on each occasion. Last year, they were the first team in 17 games that did not surrender a sack to the Quakers and they ended Penn's home shut out streak of 11-plus quarters (166:16 minutes of game time).
Don't expect that Dartmouth offense to cross the goal line on its first possession though. Penn hasn't allowed an opening drive touchdown since 2008 (span of 25 games). Since Brown opened that Nov. 1 game at Franklin Field with a nine-play, 51-yard touchdown drive, opponents are 0-for-25 when trying to reach the end zone on their first drive. (*Villanova did return an opening kickoff for a touchdown in the 2009 season opener).
A few quirky similarities between the past two Penn-Dartmouth matchups: Each of the last two meetings has lasted exactly three hours and nine minutes. Each was decided by one possession and in both games, Penn finished with 28 first downs. Also in each of the last two years, Billy Ragone has won Ivy Player of the Week honors. In 2009, he was the Rookie of the Week after rushing for 62 yards in a little more than three quarters and last week he won Co-Offensive recognition with four touchdowns. Ragone's first four career rushing touchdowns came against Dartmouth.
First Road Trip
The Quakers have not left the city of Philadelphia this season. Their only "road" game was inside their home stadium on Sept. 24 when cross-city rival Villanova served as the host at Franklin Field. However, with trips to Dartmouth, Harvard and Brown on the schedule, Penn will log nearly 2,600 miles and spend approximately 38 hours on a bus or plane over the next six weeks.
Penn will fly back to Philadelphia following the night game at Dartmouth. It will be the first flight for the Quakers since the team took to the air for games at Brown and at Harvard in 2005. Penn lost both of those games by a combined 40 points. Prior to that, the Quakers flew to California to open the 2004 season against San Diego. They left with a win, 61-18.
Last Time Out
It was another agonizing near-miss for Penn against cross-city rival Villanova. The Wildcats ran back an interception for a touchdown in the final seconds to top the Quakers, 30-21 at Franklin Field. Six of the last eight meetings between these two teams have been decided in the final minutes and the 2011 edition of the Schuylkill Showdown was no different. Penn was down 23-21 with under a minute remaining and deep in their own territory when - for the second time that night - Villanova returned an interception for a touchdown to extend Penn's 100-year drought against their Philadelphia counterparts. Penn was first on the board with a Colavita touchdown, but Villanova scored the next 10 to go up by three. Penn regained the lead when Jeff Jack went around the left side almost untouched for the score. The Red and Blue went into the locker room with a one-point lead, 14-13, after Villanova tacked on a late field goal. After a Villanova field goal, Billy Ragone's pass bounced right into the arms of Villanova's James Pitts, who waltzed into the end zone for a 23-14 Wildcat advantage. At the 10-minute mark of the fourth, Penn's luck started to turn and the Quakers pulled to within a pair following Ryan Calvert's first career touchdown catch. Both teams punted and Villanova got the ball back with just under six minutes to play. They drained the clock to 1:21 and pinned Penn at its own four. The Quakers were at their own 17 when Ragone's receiver fell down and the Wildcats sealed the game with the interception return with 12 seconds remaining.
Fordham comes to Franklin Field for the first time since 1999. The final non-conference game of the year starts at 6 p.m. Then its off to New York City where another national television audience will see Columbia host Penn on its homecoming at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 8.