Penn Game Notes | Penn Athletics Twitter | Penn Football Twitter | ShopPHILADELPHIA - Its all on the line for Penn (5-3, 4-1 Ivy) and No. 18/14 Harvard (7-1, 5-0 Ivy) in front of a national television audience Saturday. A loss will eliminate the two-time defending Ivy League champions from title contention. A win would put the Quakers back in first place with one game to go. Kickoff from Cambridge is at noon on VERSUS.
Catching the Game!!
Television : VERSUS. Randy Moss (play by play), Ross Tucker (analyst) and Carolyn Manno (sideline) will have the call. For a full listing of VERSUS channels and locations, click here. Channel 603 on DirecTV.
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.
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 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 PennAtheltics.com.
Harvard Stadium: Nothing beats watching the Quakers in person. If you are in the New England area, get to Harvard Stadium. It's sure to be a wild atmosphere and the Red and Blue will need some support.
The Penn-Harvard Series
In the last 10 years, both teams in this series have claimed five victories. The Quakers have won each of the last two en route to the Ivy title in 2009 and 2010. Harvard owns a 45-34-2 edge in the first 81 meetings, including an 18-12 advantage at Harvard Stadium. However, under head coach Al Bagnoli, the Quakers are 13-6 against the Crimson. Harvard head coach Tim Murphy is 6-11 in head-to-head matchups with Bagnoli.
Penn has won back-to-back games against Harvard for the first time since 2002-03 and last year’s 34 points were the most against the Crimson since posting 44 in a rout on ESPN in 2002 ... The Quakers haven’t won three straight against Harvard since 1998-2000 ... The last time Penn won back-to-back games in Cambridge was in 1993, 1995.
Quick Quaker Notes
Penn’s fifth win ensured that the program will have just one losing record in the last 20 years ... Penn has won its last three Homecoming affairs by a combined score of 103-23 ... Penn’s opponents have yet to miss a field goal this season (16-for-16) ... The Quakers have scored 20 or more points in 12 of the last 13 Ivy games ... Penn is 22-4 in its last 26 games overall and 24-3 in the last 27 against Ivy opponents ... The Quakers have outgained their opponent in all but one game this year ... Penn has a sack in 15 straight games and in 32 of the last 33 games, dating back to 2008—the only game Penn went without a sack in that span was against Dartmouth in 2010.
Against Ivy Unbeatens
Penn has won the last nine games when facing an Ivy unbeaten. That includes a 17-7 win in the last visit to Cambridge when both teams were 5-0 in Ivy play. Last year, Penn went 4-0 against teams with an unbeaten Ivy League record. The Quakers beat Dartmouth in the Ivy opener for both teams, and then topped 1-0 Columbia, 2-0 Yale and 3-0 Brown in successive weeks. Penn was the first Ivy loss for all four of those teams. This year, the Quakers have already handed Dartmouth and Yale its first Ivy losses. For a full breakdown of Penn's last 10 games against Ivy unbeatens, see page four of the Penn game notes atop this release.
Bagnoli Moves Up
With a 37-9 win over arch rival Princeton last week, Penn head coach Al Bagnoli moved into sole possession of second place on the all-time Ivy League wins list with his 101st league victory. The only coach with more wins in Ivy play is Yale legend Carmen Cozza. Cozza had 135 wins in 32 years. This is Coach Bagnoli’s 20th season.
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 138 games against Ivy opponents and the Quakers have won 101 of them. That amounts to a winning percentage of .732 which stands as the best of all-time since the league’s inception in 1956.
Hamscher Adds Another First
Last week, senior Matt Hamscher found another way to score for the Red and Blue. He had already passed for a touchdown, run for a touchdown and caught a touchdown during his career at Penn, but last week he returned a 25-yard interception for his first defensive touchdown as a member of the Red and Blue. He now has four career touchdowns.
Hamscher and Colavita Hit Milestones
Earlier this year, two Quakers hit 1,000-yard milestones. Junior running back Brandon Colavita, who is fifth in the Ivy League in rushing with an average of 84.6 per game, now has 1,320 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, 125 punt return yards, 476 kick return yards and 30 interception return yards for a total of 1,200 yards as a Quaker. He has also passed for five yards and a TD.
National TV and a School Record
Penn will set a school record Saturday with its fourth nationally televised game this season. In a deal announced by VERSUS and the Ivy League, the two-time defending Ivy League champions have now been seen nationally on the VERSUS network three times, which already included Penn’s wins at Columbia (Oct. 15) and vs. Yale (Oct. 22). Fox College Sports broadcasted Penn’s trip to Hanover in the first-ever night game at Dartmouth on Oct. 1.
VERSUS and National TV History
Penn has won both of its games on VERSUS this year and four straight on the network. Overall on national television, the Quakers have won six straight - dating back to a 2008 loss to Brown on VERSUS—and are 18-7 (.720) all-time. For a complete breakdown of Penn's VERSUS history, see page five of the Penn game notes atop this release.
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 314.2 yards per game. That is aided by the second-best pass defense in the Ivies at 192.5 yards per game and the league’s third-best rushing defense at 121.8 yards per game.
Rask Named Ivy Defensive Player of the Week
Senior captain Erik Rask became the first Penn player this year to win an Ivy Player of the Week award when he was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Week on Monday following his 16-tackle performance in the 37-9 Homecoming win over rival Princeton on Saturday. Rask’s career-high 16 tackles were the second-most by an Ivy player this season and the most by a Penn player since Ric San Doval had 18 in the 2005 season finale (58 games).
Disciples of Discipline
Penn is also the most disciplined team in the Ivy League, ranking fourth in the FCS with just 33 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 4.13 penalties per game for just 41.14 yards.
For the third straight season, the Quakers posted a four-touchdown win over the Tigers—the first time such a stretch has ever occured. This time, it was a 37-9 win in front of a Homecoming crowd of 17,179 at Franklin Field. It was just 14-9 at the half, but two second-half touchdown passes to Ryan Mitchell and a pick six from Matt Hamscher turned the Homecoming game into a rout by the time of the traditional toast toss. Leading by eight late in the third quarter, Penn scored two touchdowns within 47 seconds. Junior Billy Ragone, who finished with a career-best 254 yards through the air, hit Mitchell in stride down the middle of the field for a 54-yard touchdown pass and a 24-9 lead with 4:43 to go in the third quarter. Two plays later, Hamscher scored his first career defensive touchdown at Penn—he has also passed for one, rushed for one and caught one during his career—when he corralled an interception on the home sideline. The former running back saw open space on the opposite side of the field and sprinted to daylight, stopping in the end zone with a 30-9 Penn lead. The Quakers tacked on another score on their next offensive possession. Ragone led the Red and Blue 73 yards in 10 plays and capped it with a 23-yard touchdown pass to Mitchell. But it was the youthful Tigers who threw the first punch. After kicking off to the Quakers, the Princeton defense held Penn to a three-and-out and then compounded that by blocking Scott Lopano’s punt. Penn was able to keep the Tigers out of the end zone, and the Tigers settled for a 25-yard field less than two minutes into the game. Penn took the lead for good on its third possession. The key to the drive being a 42-yard pass play from Ragone to Calvert. Just one play after that, Ragone lofted a pass to senior Joe Holder in the right corner of the end zone for the touchdown, and it was 7-3.
Senior Day for the Quakers. Penn will take on Cornell in the 2011 season finale at Franklin Field. It will mark the final game for Penn’s 19 seniors. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.