Al Bagnoli Press Conference Quotes
PHILADELPHIA - It’s the final test for the Quakers before the heart of the Ivy schedule begins next week in New York City. Penn and Bucknell are meeting for the first time since 2006 in what will be the last non-conference game of the season for the Quakers.
Catching the Game
Television: For the first time this season, the Quakers will not be shown on television. However, the game can be watched live around the globe at PennAthletics.com
Webcast: Both video and audio of the Penn-Bucknell game can be found here on PennAthletics.com.
Radio: WFIL 560 AM will carry the game for the Quakers. Brian Seltzer and Hench Murray will team up as the Penn broadcast crew for the second straight season with Seltzer supplying the play-by-play and Murray serving as the analyst for the 28th year in a row.
Live Stats: Live stats will be provided as will a full recap and box score at PennAthletics.com at the conclusion of the game. Live stats can be found here.
Count-Up to 1,300 - NCAA Record!
1,297: No program at any level of college football has played more games than the Penn Quakers. On Oct. 31, at Brown in Providence, R.I., the Quakers are set to play the 1,300th game in program history—the first team in NCAA history to reach that number. Saturday’s matchup with Bucknell marks the 1,297th football game played by the school.
Penn and Bucknell have met 32 times prior to this season’s matchup. The Quakers have won 27 of those, including the last four. Penn has not lost to the Bison since 1999 when Bucknell came to Franklin Field and posted a 23-16 victory. Penn head coach Al Bagnoli is 8-2 all-time against Bucknell, but he has never lost to the Bison during the Tim Landis era, winning all four meetings. Maybe the most impressive number in favor of the Quakers is their 23-3 record all-time at home against Bucknell, but many of those wins (13) came before 1966.
Playing in rainy, wet conditions for the second consecutive week, Penn pulled out a win in Hanover, defeating Dartmouth, 30-24, in the Ivy League opener. Dartmouth had clearly gained momentum after pulling within 20-17 at the end of the third quarter. However, on Penn’s next possession, Bradford Blackmon went 55 yards to the one-yard line. Fullback Luke DeLuca scored on the next play. Jonathan Moore, who finished with a career best and team-high eight tackles, then intercepted Dartmouth’s Alex Jenny on the next possession and the Quakers were never really threatend after that. Senior Andrew Samson knocked in his third field goal of the game—tying a career high—on the ensuing drive for a 30-17 lead with 1:09 to go. Penn had not led at any point in the first two games of the season, but Jim McGoldrick ended that streak two minutes into the contest. On the fourth play of the game, McGoldrick blocked a Dartmouth punt, chased the ball into the end zone, and fell on it for a 7-0 Penn lead. The Quakers never trailed after that point.
Quick Quaker Notes
Penn has gone 16 games without allowing a 100-yard rusher ... Penn has not allowed a 300-yard passer in 18 games ... Penn has had at least two sacks in five of the last six games and has recorded a sack in each of the last eight ... Andrew Samson has at least one field goal in the last four games.
Every player Penn has put at the position this year—Keiffer Garton, Kyle Olson and Billy Ragone—has suffered an injury at some point in the first three games. Ironically, Penn’s healthiest of that group is Olson, who is recovering from a torn ACL, MCL and PCL last November. Garton is expected to miss at least another week and Ragone looks like he may miss the remainder of the season.
Penn Penalties - We’re Number One
Despite four first-half penalties last week—three on one defensive drive—Penn still leads the nation in fewest penalties per game. They doubled their season total in the first half alone last week, but weren’t flagged in the second half and average just 2.67 penalties per game—tops among the 118 FCS teams. In all, Penn’s 82 penalty yards are also the fewest in the country. Saturday’s opponent, Bucknell, is fourth in the nation with just 18 penalties for 165 yards.
Junior Owen Thomas has quietly had three impactful games to start the season. He has recorded a sack in all three games—the first of his career. His four tackles against Villanova were a career best until his six tackles at Lafayette. On the season, his 11 tackles are tops among Penn’s defensive linemen, while his three sacks are tied for eighth in the nation to this point.
Atop the Rankings
Thomas is tied for the Ivy League lead with his three sacks along with teammate Joe Goniprow. Also atop the Ivy League rankings is Jonathan Moore as his two interceptions put him in a tie for first, while Andrew Samson is the league leader with five field goals through three weeks of the season.
Atop the Rankings #2
As a team, the Quakers lead the Ivy League in total defense, sacks, pass defense, tackles for loss and kickoff returns in addition to fewest penalties and fewest penalty yards. They are also second in the league in rushing defense and rushing offense and are third in scoring defense and punt returns. See below for a listing of Penn’s best rankings in the nation and Ivy League.
Few teams in the country were happier to see the calender change at the end of September than the Penn Quakers. The team went winless in September for the third consecutive season, but once again, October has wiped the slate clean. With last week’s win at Dartmouth, Penn has won five straight in October. The Red and Blue were a perfect 4-0 in the season’s second month last year.
This week’s matchup with the Bison will mark the final non-conference game of the season as Penn will start the rest of the Ivy schedule with a trip to Columbia on Oct. 17.