PHILADELPHIA - Penn heads into hostile territory Saturday to take on Columbia and its homecoming crowd. Both teams enter with a 1-0 Ivy record, but only one will leave atop of the Ivy League standings. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m. at Robert K. Kraft Field at Wien Stadium.
Catching the Game
Television: None. However, the game can be watched live around the globe at GoColumbiaLions.com
Webcast: Both video and audio of the Penn-Columbia game can be found here.
Radio: WNTP 990 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!
1,298: 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 Columbia marks the 1,298th football game played by the school.
Count Up to 800 - Third All-Time!
793: Entering Saturday’s game against Columbia, the Quakers have accumulated 793 wins in program history. That mark is third all-time in the FCS behind only Yale and Harvard. Only Yale (805) and Harvard (801) have reached the 800-win mark. Penn’s win total is 11th all-time in Division I as Michigan, Texas, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State and Alabama from the FBS have all reached 800 wins. Oklahoma currently stands three games in front of the Quakers with 796 wins.
This series has been dominated by Penn of late. The Quakers have lost only three games on the field of play against the Lions since 1982—though two of those losses came in New York City and Penn is just 19-13 at Wien Stadium. In all, the Red and Blue hold a 66-21-1 advantage over their Ivy counterparts. At 14-3, head coach Al Bagnoli has had more success against Columbia than any other Ivy League opponent. He is 7-1 at Wien Stadium and has won all three meetings with Columbia coach Norries Wilson.
It took a little while, but the Penn football team was able to establish itself on defense and offense and down pesky Bucknell, 21-3. The Quakers scored early and looked like they might roll to the win, but it wasn’t until midway through the fourth quarter that they found paydirt again as Bucknell held them at bay. With its top three quarterbacks all sidelined with injuries, Penn started John Hurley under center in his first career start. On its second drive, Penn pulled out some trickeration at the end, capping a nine-play drive with a halfback option that saw Matt Hamscher find Luke DeLuca for a five-yard touchdown pass. The 7-0 lead stuck until halftime and through the third quarter. A turnover led to a Bucknell field goal, but Penn responded, forcing a fumble deep in Bucknell territory. Bradofrd Blackmon then ran in from four yards out and the score was 14-3 with 7:35 left. Given the ball on the Bison 38-yard line, and with just a few minutes left in the game, Penn put together a four-play drive that ended with a Lyle Marsh three-yard rushing touchdown for a 21-3 lead with 1:52 to go.
Quick Quaker Notes
Penn has gone 17 games without allowing a 100-yard rusher ... Penn has not allowed a 300-yard passer in 19 games ... Penn has had at least two sacks in six of the last seven games and has recorded a sack in each of the last nine ... Seven different Quakers have completed a pass this season.
Penn Penalties - We’re Number One
Penn’s six penalties last week vs. Bucknell were the most in a game this season for the Quakers, but they still rank atop the nation in fewest penalties per game. With an average of just 3.5 penalties per game—the Red and Blue are the least-flagged team among the 118 teams in the FCS. In all, Penn’s 112 penalty yards are second in the country behind Ivy counterpart Dartmouth.
Down to their fourth-string quarterback in John Hurley, Penn has had to get creative with quarterbacks Keiffer Garton, Kyle Olson and Billy Ragone all suffering injuries this season. Seven different Quakers have completed a pass this year. In addition to the four quarterbacks, running backs Bradford Blackmon and Matt Hamscher each have a completed pass, while wide receiver Kyle Derham has thrown three completions.
TD’s from RB’s
Junior fullback Luke DeLuca caught his second career touchdown pass on Saturday against Bucknell. Both have been thrown by running backs. His go-ahead touchdown reception last week was courtesy of sophomore running back Matt Hamscher. Last season, he was on the receiving end of running back Bradford Blackmon’s only career touchdown pass against Brown—also a go-ahead score.
Last year, Drew Goldsmith led Penn with four sacks. This year, Owen Thomas has almost eclipsed that number through just four games. He has registered a sack in each game thus far with 3.5 sacks on the year. Thomas is 19th in the nation and leads the Ivy League with that total. As a team, Penn has 12 sacks on the year—best in the Ivy League and 12th in the country.
Sack Stats #2
Penn gave up six sacks in the first game of the season—the most since giving up seven to Yale on Oct. 20, 2001. However, since then, the Penn quarterbacks haven’t been sacked once.
It looks as if public address anouncers around the Ivy League will have to learn David Wurst’s name. His three catches were a career high and led the Quakers last week, and his five receptions in the past two games is also tops among the team as are his 68 receiving yards in that time (34 in each game—a career high).
More of Moore
Senior defensive back Jonathan Moore had quite a game vs. Bucknell last week. He had a career-high three pass breakups as well as an interception. The afternoon propelled him to fifth in the nation and first in the Ivy League in passes defended (breakups+interceptions). He now has four breakups and an Ivy League-leading three interceptions this year.
It will be Week 6 of the season and Penn will finally be hosting its first Ivy League game of the year. Yale will come to Franklin Field during Family Weekend on Oct. 24. The 3:30 p.m. kickoff will be broadcast on the Comcast Network.