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PHILADELPHIA - Facing a Dartmouth team on its first winning streak in seven years, the Quakers look to bounce back from their first loss in 364 days. Penn enters Saturday’s game on an eight-game winning streak against Ivy opponents and has not lost to the Big Green at home since 1997. The Ivy opener for both teams, kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Franklin Field.
Catching the Game!!
Television : Comcast Network (Formerly CN8). Check local listings, channel 8 for the majority of Comcast subscribers in the Philadelphia area. Scott Graham will provide the play-by-play with Kevin Reilly as the analyst .
Internet: The Penn Sports Network (PSN) will provide a live webcast of the game which can be found in High Definition here.
Radio: WFIL 560AM will carry the game locally for the Quakers. 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. You can listen online here.
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. This week, for $10 fans get a ticket to the game and an all day pass to the Penn Museum which is across the street from the stadium. There will also be inflatables in the Quaker fan zone this week.
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. The barbeque ends each week at 10 minutes prior to kickoff. 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-Dartmouth Series
Since Dartmouth’s last win at Franklin Field 13 years ago, Penn has won 11 of the last 12 meetings. Overall, the Quakers lead the all-time series at 43-32-2. The Big Green dominated this series from 1957 until 1982. In that time, Dartmouth won 20 of 25 meetings. However, since then, Penn has won 22 of the last 28 against its New Hampshire rival. Under head coach Al Bagnoli, Penn has won 14 of 18 against the Big Green and have lost just once in nine meetings at Franklin Field (21-13 on Sept. 29, 2007).
Last Time Out
With five minutes remaining, Penn led the No. 1 team in the nation. However, the No. 24 Quakers were unable to end a 99-year drought to Villanova as the Wildcats scored 13 points in the final 4:28 to top Penn, 22-10 at Villanova Stadium. The Quakers held a 10-9 lead after an Andrew Samson field goal with 9:10 left in the game, but the Wildcats used a ten-play drive to take the lead back. On the next possession, Penn drove into Villanova territory, but an intercepted a pass went for a touchdown to put the game out of reach. On a 16-play drive that carried over into the second quarter, the Quakers marched 80 yards down field to take the lead, 7-0, at the 11:37 mark in the second quarter. Penn’s defense then held the Wildcats to a three-and-out, but a bad snap on the Quakers’ next offensive play sent the ball sailing into Villanova’s end zone for a safety. With the ball back in their hands and in great field position, the Wildcats went 42 yards on seven plays to take thier first lead of the day, 9-7. Samson connected on a 19-yard field goal to give Penn a 10-9 lead over the No. 1 team in the nation with 9:10 left, but the defending national champions immediately responded. With 4:29 on the clock, Villanova made it 15-10. The Wildcats started on their own 26 and took 10 plays and 4:34 to march down field. Threatening on their next drive, Ragone completed two passes for 10 and 14 yards. However, the next passing attempt proved to be disastrous as Villanova’s James Pitts picked off the pass at the Villanova 44 yard-line and ran it back for a touchdown, stretching the lead to 22-10 with 2:59 remaining.
Count Up to 800 - Third All-Time!
800: With the season opening win at Lafayette, the Quakers recorded the program’s 800th win all-time. That mark is third in FCS history behind only Yale and Harvard, (Yale 860, Harvard 806). In all of Division I, only 10 other programs have accomplished this feat, led by Michigan’s 879 wins. With the addition of the Quakers, the Ivy League and the Big Ten are the only Division I conferences to be home to three teams to reach the 800-win plateau.
Count Up to 125 - Second All-Time!
123: Entering Saturday’s game against Dartmouth, head coach Al Bagnoli has accumulated 123 wins at Penn and needs just two 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 42 short of Woodruff’s record, but remained in second place in the Penn record book for 50 seasons.
Prior to Penn’s victory over Lafayette on Sept. 18, the Quakers had lost seven straight games played in the month of September and after Saturday’s defeat to Villanova, the Quakers have now lost 10 of their last 12 in that month. However, when the calender turns to October, the Red and Blue have been unbeatable. They are 9-0 in the last two years. The last time they lost a game in the month of October was on 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).
Coach’s Conference Success
Penn head coach Al Bagnoli is undoubtedly one of the greatest coaches in Ancient Eight history. In 126 games vs. Ivy opponents, Bagnoli’s Quakers have won 90 of them. That is fourth-most all-time, with each coach in front of him having at least an extra three years of experience. He is two wins shy of moving into a tie for third place with Harvard’s Joe Restic (1971-93). Bagnoli’s record also amounts to a winning percentage of .714—second all-time since the inception of the league in 1956.
First Quarter Quarantine
In the last nine games, Penn hasn’t allowed a single point in the first quarter. The last team to score in the opening period was today’s opponent. The Big Green kicked a field goal on their second possession at Dartmouth on Oct. 3, 2009. The last time the Quakers allowed a touchdown in the first quarter was on special teams on the opening kickoff of the 2009 season against Villanova, meaning the last time Penn’s defense allowed an opening-quarter touchdown at Franklin Field was Nov. 1, 2008 against Brown when the Bears scored on their first possession.
Senior Jon Saelinger still ranks atop the nation after his three-interception performance in the season opener. He wasn’t able to bring in any opposing passes on Saturday, but still averages 1.50 interceptions per game. Among the Ivy League, junior Matt Hamscher ranks No. 1 in kick return average at 32.33 yards per game—which also ranks eighth in the country. As a team, the Quakers are second in the nation in kickoff returns and rank in the top 10 nationally in total defense (fourth), sacks (tied for eighth) and rushing defense (10th).
Quick Quaker Notes
Penn has gone 25 games without allowing a 100-yard rusher ... Penn has not allowed a 300-yard passer in 27 games ... Penn has had at least two sacks in 13 of the last 15 games and recorded a sack in each of the last 16 ... Penn has won 13 of the last 15 against Ivy opponents, but is just 3-7 in its last 10 non-conference games ... The Red and Blue have won the last 14 games in which they’ve held their opponent under 10 points ... ... Penn has a rushing touchdown in each of the last five games.
Senior wideout Matt Tuten and junior tight end Luke Nawrocki have each had a reception in nine straight games ... Senior Brian Levine has at least one tackle in each of the last 12 games ... Senior Andrew Samson has scored in all 32 games of his career ... Senior Josh Powers has started 16 consecutive games, while he and fellow defensive back Jon Saelinger have each played in the last 22 games ... Senior linebacker Zach Heller has played in the last 31 games in row.
Impressive Numbers Against the Ivy League
Whether you are talking about the offensive numbers or the defensive numbers, they are all impressive from Penn’s Ivy home slate a season ago. Last season against three league opponents at home...
Impressive Defensive Numbers Overall
Overall at home, the Quakers have not allowed a single point in the last 10 quarters (157 minutes, 56 seconds) and in the last six home games, no offense has scored more than seven points.
The Quakers have their first real road trip of the year. They will leave Philadelphia for the first time this season with a trip to Lewisburg, Pa., to take on Bucknell at Christy-Mathewson Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.