PHILADELPHIA – Penn will be the opponent in the first-ever night game at Dartmouth's Memorial Field. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. on Oct. 1.
This will be the 2011 Ivy League opener for both teams. The Quakers have won 15 straight league games - five away from matching the Ivy record set by Penn between 2001-04. The Red and Blue have also topped Dartmouth in 12 of the last 13 meetings, including an overtime nail-biter last year at Franklin Field where quarterback Billy Ragone's four touchdowns led Penn to a 35-28 victory.
The last meeting between the two programs in Hanover was broadcasted on national TV on the VERSUS network. The Quakers, who are 13-14 all-time at Memorial Field since the first meeting there in 1947, held off a late flurry from the Big Green to win, 30-24.
Penn, which hosted its first-ever night game at Franklin Field in 1972 - a 55-12 blowout win over Lafayette - will play each of it's first four games at night for the first time in program history. The Quakers are just 6-12 at night under head coach Al Bagnoli, including a 1-6 mark when playing those games on the road. However, the Quakers have played just one league game at night in that span and defeated arch rival Princeton on the road in front of ESPNU's national television audience in 2008.
It will be an uphill climb on the road this season for the two-time undefeated defending Ivy champions. In addition to being the visitor in the first night game at Dartmouth, the Quakers will also serve as the Homecoming opponent to Columbia. They will also make the treks to Providence, R.I., and Boston, Mass., to take on the two Ivy champions prior to the Quakers, Brown and Harvard.
Penn football players report to preseason camp on Monday, Aug. 22. The first official practice will take place the following day. The title defense begins against budding rival Lafayette on Sept. 17. It marks the fifth straight meeting between the schools. Penn defeated Lafayette, 19-14, at Franklin Field in the season opener last year, stopping a flurry of Leopard laterals on the last play of the game.