Football to Play in NCAA Record 1,300th Game Saturday

Game Notes

PHILADELPHIA - Number 1,300! Penn becomes the first program in NCAA history—at any level—to play in 1,300 games. The NCAA record coincides with Penn’s biggest game of the season to this point as the Quakers travel to Brown Stadium to take on the Bears. Brown can’t afford another Ivy loss, while the Quakers look to remain unbeaten and on top of the league standings. Kickoff is at 12:30 p.m.

Catching the Game
Television: None. Brown will broadcast the game via webcast.
Radio: WNTP 990AM 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 29th year in a row. For those not in the local area, you can still listen to the broadcast at PennAthletics.com.
Live Stats:
A full recap and box score at PennAthletics.com at the conclusion of the game. Live stats can be found here.

All-Time Games Played - NCAA History (all levels)
(as of 10/30/2009)

Rank Team Seasons Played Total Games First Year
1. Penn 133 1,299 1876
2. Yale 137 1,247 1872
3. Fordham 116 1,236 1882
4. Lehigh 126 1,236 1884
5. Rutgers 140 1,235 1869
6. Harvard 135 1,228 1874
7. Lafayette 128 1,228 1882
8. Michigan 129 1,213 1879
9. Navy 130 1,211 1879
10. Nebraska 120 1,210 1890

The Series
Overall, Penn has won 54 of the 77 meetings, but Brown has won the last four games between these two teams. Since they first met in 1895, the Bears have never beaten Penn five times in a row. But of late, this has been a series of streaks. The last time Brown had a shot to accomplish the feat, the Quakers reeled off five straight from 2000-04, only to see Brown start their current streak in 2005. Head Coach Al Bagnoli has had more trouble with the Bears than any other Ivy team, going 9-8 against Brown and 5-6 against Coach Estes.

Last Week
On a rain-soaked Franklin Field, Penn defeated Yale, 9-0. The Quakers defense posted its first shutout in two years and accounted for the game’s only touchdown when sophomore Jared Sholly ran back an interception in the first quarter. The only scoring of the game came in the first quarter. On its first drive of the game from the Yale 48, Penn went 30 yards and scored on an Andrew Samson 35-yard field goal 10 minutes into the contest. On Yale’s subsequent drive, Sholly intercepted Brook Hart’s pass attempt on 3rd-and-23 and returned it for a 15-yard touchdown, his first interception return of his career. However, a bad snap on the extra point kept the score 9-0. Penn held Yale to 25 yards rushing and just 163 total yards of offense. The Bulldogs, who missed three field goal attempts, were sacked five times in the game. Yale had a shot in the fourth, beginning its drive at the Penn 40-yard line with 10:52 left in the game, but the six-play drive ended with Mante missing a 28-yard field goal attempt wide left. Penn ran four minutes off the clock on its next drive and punted to put Yale at its own 25 with 6:05 to go. With the rain picking up in intensity, the Bulldogs moved 45 yards in under four minutes, reaching the Penn 30. The Quakers defense held them on the next three plays though, and Mante lined up for another field goal attempt to get Yale within a possession. His kick sailed wide left yet again and Penn ran out the final 1:36 for the win.

Quick Quaker Notes
Penn has gone 19 games without allowing a 100-yard rusher ... Penn has not allowed a 300-yard passer in 21 games ... Penn has had at least two sacks in eight of the last nine games and recorded a sack in each of the last 11 ... The team that has scored first has won all six games Penn has played this season ... Penn has won nine of the last 11 against Ivy opponents.

Penn Scoring Streak
Penn has scored in 116 consecutive games, the second longest streak in Ivy history. Brown holds the record at 134, which remains active. The Quakers have not been shut out since their trip to Harvard in 1997. Penn has never been shut out at home in the Al Bagnoli era. In fact, the last time the Quakers were held without a point at Franklin Field was Nov. 18, 1989, a span of 99 games.

Defensive Firsts
From Penn’s defensive effort last week: It was the team’s first shutout since Nov. 3, 2007 (7-0 vs. Princeton) ... It was Penn’s first five-sack game since totaling that many against Brown on Oct. 28, 2006 (L, 30-27 in OT) ... Jared Sholly’s touchdown was Penn’s first interception return for a touchdown since Scott Williams took one back 80 yards at Brown on Oct. 29, 2005 (L, 34-20).

Count Up to 800 - Third All-Time!
795:
Entering Saturday’s game against Brown, the Quakers have accumulated 795 wins in program history. That mark is third all-time in the FCS behind only Yale and Harvard, who are the only FCS programs to reach the 800-win mark (Yale 806, Harvard 802). 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 two games in front of the Quakers with 797 wins all-time.

Olson Avoiding Sacks
Senior quarterback Kyle Olson has started two games and played in three for the Quakers this season. He has yet to be sacked. In all, the Red and Blue have surrendered nine sacks on the season and none have come in the two games Olson has started (at Dartmouth and vs. Yale) and the Los Alamitos, Calif., native stayed on his feet throughout his relief appearance at Lafayette.

Opponents...Not So Much

Though Olson’s done a great job against the pass rush, Penn’s opposing quarterbacks have not been nearly as successful. Penn already has 20 sacks this season which tops last season’s total of 17 and equals the 2007 season total. With four games remaining, the Quakers are three sacks from equaling the 23 sacks accumulated by the 2006 team. Four of the top five Ivy League sack leaders are Quakers. Owen Thomas leads the league with 4.5 sacks which is the most for a Quaker since Jim Malizia had six in 2005.

Perfection Preserved
Last week, for the first time in his 26-game career, kicker Andrew Samson failed to convert an extra point. However, Samson remains 60-for-60 all-time on extra points as the failed conversion does not statistically count against him. Samson did not get a chance to attempt the kick as the snap went over holder Kyle Derham’s head. The junior is Penn’s all-time record holder in consecutive made point-after attempts, which is still active, and has scored in every game in which he has played.

Up Next
It’s Homecoming. Against Princeton. The game doesn’t need any hype. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. and will be televised locally on The Comcast Network.

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