Football Preps for Homecoming Against Princeton

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PHILADELPHIA - There certainly won’t be a lack of motivation for the Quakers (4-3, 3-1 Ivy) this week. The Streak may be over, but Penn’s chances to add a third straight Ivy title are not. The Red and Blue look to rebound from the team’s first Ivy road loss in four years against the arch rival Princeton Tigers (1-6, 1-3 Ivy) at Franklin Field on Homecoming. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

Catching the Game!!
Television : None. For just the third time in eight games 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), which is available around the globe, will provide a live webcast of the game on in High Definition here. Penn announcers Brian Seltzer, C'07, and Hench Murray, C'66, GEd'67, will provide the call.

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 is in 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

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-Princeton Series
Now in its 103rd edition, this maybe the most true rivalry in the Ivy League. Princeton may lead the overall series, 63-38-1, but the Tigers took the first 28 meetings from 1876-1891. In the last 73 years, the series is virtually even as the Quakers hold a narrow edge of 37-35-1. In that time, the Tigers are the only Ivy League team with a winning record at Franklin Field with an all-time mark of 18-17-1. Head Coach Al Bagnoli is 14-5 against Princeton, including a 6-3 mark at home.

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).

The Streak
Penn won 18 consecutive Ivy League games from 2008-11. That is the second-best streak all-time behind Penn’s record-setting stretch of 20 between 2001-04. For complete numbers on The Streak, see page 3 of the game notes atop this release. Here are Penn's current streaks:

4 straight wins over Princeton
- last loss was 11/4/06 (No. 23 Princeton, 31-30, 2ot)
7 straight wins in the month of November
- last November loss was 11/15/08 (Harvard, 24-21)
8 straight Ivy League home wins
- last Ivy home loss was 11/15/08 (Harvard, 24-21)

Penn has won its last two Homecoming affairs by a combined score of 66-14. That broke a four-game losing streak (two of which came in overtime). But other than that stretch, the Quakers have been tremendous in front of the Homecoming crowd under head coach Al Bagnoli, winning 14 of 19 overall, including a 12-1 stretch between 1992-2004. In Bagnoli’s tenure, the Quakers are 6-2 on Homecoming against the arch rival Princeton Tigers. See page 4 of the game notes atop this release for a complete history of Penn's Homecoming games under Al Bagnoli.

Pounding Princeton
The last two years are statistically the best back-to-back games the Red and Blue have ever had in the 135-year-old series with the Tigers. The Quakers won by a combined score of 94-17—an average margin of victory of 38.5 ppg. Penn has outrushed Princeton 611-85 and outgained the Tigers, 1,053-385. The Quakers have scored 13 touchdowns to Princeton’s two. Penn has outscored Princeton 35-0 in the first quarter the last two seasons and 42-0 in the second half.

Last Season’s Noteworthy Accomplishments at Princeton
Other than Penn posting its largest margin of victory of all-time against Princeton with the more points than the Quakers have ever scored against the Tigers in a 52-10 win, there were several other notables from last year’s 102nd all-time meeting. The 396 rushing yards were the most for Penn in the Al Bagnoli era ... Penn gained 600 yards of offense for the first time since a 601-yard effort on Oct. 5, 2002 in a 49-14 win over Dartmouth and the most on the road since the school-record performance of 628 yards at Cornell on Nov. 18, 2002 ... Billy Ragone threw multiple touchdown passes for the first time in his career ... A school-record three players were named Ivy League Player of the Week (Offensive - Ragone; Defensive - Hamscher; Rookie - Bailey). It has been 11 years since three Ivy players from the same school were honored in the same week.

Shut Out
Don’t expect Penn to be shut out today. Prior to last week, the Quakers had not been shut out since a 33-point loss at Harvard in 1997. But Penn has never been shut out at Franklin Field in the Al Bagnoli era. The last time the Quakers were held without a point at Franklin Field was Nov. 18, 1989 (24-0 vs. Dartmouth), a span of 111 home games. The Quakers haven’t been shut out in back-to-back games since 1980 (3-0 at Lafayette on Oct. 18 and 8-0 vs. Yale on Oct. 25). The last time the Red and Blue went scoreless in two straight against Ivy opponents was 1964 when it happened twice that season.

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 (13-for-13) ... The Quakers have scored 20 or more points in 11 of the last 12 Ivy games ... Penn is 21-4 in its last 25 games overall and 23-3 in the last 26 against Ivy opponents ... The Quakers have outgained their opponent in six of seven games this year ... Penn has a sack in 14 straight games and in 31 of the last 32 games, dating back to 2008—the only game Penn went without a sack in that span was against Dartmouth in 2010.

Going the Distance
Despite not scoring last week, Penn still has an impressive eight 80-plus yard drives in the last five games. That’s aided by a great running game as Penn has a rushing touchdown in 18 of the last 20 games and has rushed for at least 100 yards in all of those contests, including 11 with at least 200 yards.

Opening Drives
Penn hasn’t allowed an opening drive touchdown since 2008 (span of 30 games). Since Brown opened the Nov. 1 game at Franklin Field with a nine-play, 51-yard touchdown drive, opponents are 0-for-30 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).

Disciples of Discipline
Penn is also the most disciplined team in the Ivy League, ranking third in the FCS with just 30 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 4.29 penalties per game for 41.14 yards.

Atop the Ivy League
Penn’s defense, which held Brown without an offensive touchdown for the third straight year, 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 311.4 yards per game. That is aided by the third-best pass defense in the Ivies at 194.3 yards per game and the league’s second-best rushing defense at 117.1 yards per game.

Last Week
In terrible playing conditions, Penn’s 18-game Ivy win streak came to an end Saturday at Brown, 6-0, in a driving rainstorm at Brown Stadium on a cold day in Providence, R.I. The loss was Penn’s first league defeat since Nov. 15, 2008 and ended the second-longest Ivy winning streak of all-time. Penn was also shut out for the first time since 1997 which ended the second-longest scoring streak in league history at 136 games. All three of Penn’s previous Ivy wins involved a game-winning fourth-quarter touchdown drive. The Quakers needed the same when they took over at the Brown 47-yard line with 2:29 to play and no timeouts. But on Penn’s first play, junior quarterback Billy Ragone’s pass was intercepted and the Quakers lost their first Ivy League road game since 2007—a streak of 12 games that had tied a school record. Brown picked off Ragone at the end of the first quarter and took over at its own 45. In a driving rain, the Bears scored first on a 39-yard field goal with 13:53 remaining in the first half. Brown took the last 8:31 of the third and, despite the conditions, knocked through a 42-yard field goal for a 6-0 lead as the third quarter expired. That was all the scoring.

Up Next
It’s the final road test of the season and will hold Ivy title implications. Penn will need to win at Harvard next Saturday to have any shot at the program’s third straight league championship. The game can be seen on national television on the VERSUS network. Kickoff from Cambridge is set for noon.

Download: 8-Princeton.pdf