PHILADELPHIA - BOO! The Quakers (3-3, 2-1 Ivy) head to Providence on Halloween to take on Brown (4-2, 2-1 Ivy). Brown Stadium has been a house of horrors for the Quakers with four losses in the last five visits, including two straight shutouts. However, Penn’s last score and win at Brown was also on Halloween—a 14-7 overtime victory en route to the 2009 Ivy League title. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m., and the game can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network.
The Penn-Brown Series: 84th Meeting
Over the first 83 meetings, the Quakers own a 57-24-2 series advantage. But the Bears have won three of the last four and seven of the last 10 over the Quakers. Penn has been shut out in back-to-back games at Brown Stadium and has lost four of the last five in Providence. The Quakers are 9-8 against Phil Estes and 17-14-1 all-time at Brown Stadium.
Make a Pledge
The Quakers are teaming up to fight Castleman Disease and are willing to earn every cent. Fans will pledge a donation for every touchdown or turnover the Quakers tally in Ivy games this year as the offensive and defensive players compete to see who can raise the most money.Make a Pledge.
Penn is 12-8 all-time on Halloween, including three straight wins dating back to 1987. That includes the 2009 overtime victory at Brown en route to the Ivy League title.
- Sophomore Justin Watson has had multiple receptions in all 16 games of his career.
- Has caught five or more in nine of the last 10 games.
- Caught a touchdown in each of the first four games to become the first Ivy Leaguer since 2009 with a touchdown reception in four straight games—the second-longest streak in Penn history and tied for the eighth-longest in Ivy history.
- His five touchdown receptions are tied for ninth-most in a season at Penn.
- Set program’s freshman records for receptions (36) and receiving yards (420) last year.
Senior linebacker Tyler Drake had four sacks against No. 13 Fordham—the most in a game for a Penn player since Steve Lhotak had 4.5 against Harvard on Nov. 15, 2003. He leads the Ivy League with 6.5 sacks this season which is the most in a season by a Penn player since Lhotak finished with 7.5 in 2003.
Junior quarterback Alek Torgersen has a touchdown pass in 14 of his 16 career games ... He has either passed or rushed for a touchdown in each of the last 12 games he has played ... Has a passing touchdown in 10 of 11 career Ivy games (only one without was against Dartmouth on Oct. 3 when he missed the second half) ... He has passed for 21 touchdowns to just five interceptions in his 11 Ivy League games.
First Quarter Shortcomings
Slow starts have been the norm for the Quakers. Penn has scored first and led after the end of the first quarter just once in six games—both at No. 5/4 Villanova (W, 24-13). In all, Penn has been outscored 51-14 in the first quarter, but has outscored its opponent in every other quarter, including 50-26 in the fourth quarter.
Currently, Penn is on the wrong end of a long shutout streak—one that stretches six years. Penn has not scored in Providence since an overtime game-winning touchdown in 2009—also on Halloween. In the next visit to Brown, the Quakers fell 6-0 in a horrendous rain storm in 2011—which snapped the program’s 18-game Ivy League winning streak. In the most recent trip to Providence, Penn fell 27-0.
Alek Torgersen needs 20 passing yards to become the fourth player in school history with 4,000 career pass yards; needs 3 touchdowns to become fifth player in program history with 30 career touchdown passes; and needs 39 completions to become fourth player at Penn with 400 career completions.
Friday Night Lights
Last week was Penn’s first home game on a Friday in 35 years. The last time the Quakers hosted a game on a Friday was Sept. 26, 1980 against Lehigh (L, 35-6)— that was just a few weeks before Mike Schmidt and the Philadelphia Phillies won the World Series at Veterans Stadium over George Brett and the Kansas City Royals, and just a few months before the Philadelphia Eagles dropped Super Bowl XV to the Oakland Raiders, 27-10. Penn last played on a Friday at Princeton on Nov. 7, 2008 (W, 14-9).
Several Quakers are ranked among the nation’s best: Senior linebacker Tyler Drake ranks fifth in the FCS in sacks with an average of 1.1 per game, and fifth in the country with three forced fumbles (0.5/game), while junior quarterback Alek Torgersen is No. 4 in the nation with a completion percentage of 68.8, and ranked No. 9 in passing efficiency (164.2). Meanwhile, as a team, the Quakers are seventh in the nation in sacks with 3.2 per game.
Penn Scoring Trend
Penn has gone 131 consecutive games at home without being shut out. The last time the Quakers were scoreless at home was a 24-0 loss to Dartmouth on Nov. 18, 1989.
Quick Quaker Notes
Penn has mulitple touchdown passes in seven straight games ... The Quakers have forced a turnover in eight straight games, and have eight takeaways in the last two games (+6 turnover margin in last two weeks) ... Penn has recorded a sack in seven straight games (23 total/3.3 per game) ... The 533 yards of offense against Yale was the for the Quakers since putting up 552 against Yale on Oct. 22, 2011 ... The Quakers have used the second quarter to get hot this season, scoring 20, 21, and 17 points in the period in each of the last three games.
Players of the Week
Junior quarterback Alek Torgersen was named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week; senior linebacker Tyler Drake was Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week; and freshman wide receiver Christian Pearson was the Ivy League Rookie of the Week. This marked the first time Penn has won three of the Ivy League’s awards in the same week since 2010, following a win over Princeton. Pearson has now been Ivy League Rookie of the Week three times this season, the third Penn player in history to pull the triple. The others are Terrance Stokes (in 1992) and Michael DiMaggio (in 2007).
A Penn Win Today Would...
... be the first at Brown Stadium since 2009 (won Ivy title).
... mark the first three-game win streak since 2012.
... make the Quakers 4-2 on the year and 3-1 in Ivy play.
A Penn Loss Today Would...
... be the third in a row to the Bears.
... make the Quakers 3-4 on the year.
... be less good than a win.
Last Week - W, 34-20 vs. Yale
- Penn gave up the first 10 points to Yale in Friday night’s nationally televised game at Franklin Field, but the Quakers dominated after that and beat the Bulldogs, 34-20.
- The Bulldogs were primed to go up 17, but Tyler Drake intecepted a pass, and just four plays later Alek Torgersen found Christian Pearson for a 63-yard touchdown. That made it 10-7.
- Drake struck again three plays later. He forced a fumble on a sack, and Austin Taps recovered it on the Bulldogs 17. One play later, Torgersen found a wide-open Tre Solomon on the left sideline for the score. The kick was no good, and the Penn lead was 13-10.
- Yale tied it back up with a field goal with 3:22 left in the second quarter.
- Penn regained the lead with just 11 seconds before halftime. The Quakers drove 75 yards and converted when Torgersen hit Ryan O’Malley on a one-yard screen around the right end.
- Penn forced four turnovers in total, including two interceptions in the end zone in the third quarter. After the second pick, the Quakers drove 80 yards in seven plays, the final 27 coming when Torgersen found Pearson on the left sideline for a 27-13 lead.
- Yale answered with a touchdown, but the Quakers covered 97 yards with a 12-play drive. Solomon ended it with a 28-yard rush up the gut. That gave Penn a two-touchdown cushion again, 34-20, midway through the fourth quarter and Yale was unable to recover.
Homecoming at Franklin Field. The Quakers host arch rival Princeton on Nov. 7. The game will be televised by the American Sports Network and can also be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network. Kickoff is slated for noon.
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