Game Number 1,299: Football Hosts Yale on Family Weekend

Game Notes

Press Conference Quotes

PHILADELPHIA - Number 1,299: It’s Week 6 and with just one game to go before Penn becomes the first team in NCAA history to play 1,300 games, the Quakers will finally have a shot at an Ivy opponent on their home turf. Penn has won each of its first two Ivy League contests on the road and, entering today’s matchup with Yale at Franklin Field, the Red and Blue sit tied atop the league standings with Harvard.

Count Up to 1,300 - NCAA Record!
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 Yale marks the 1,299th football game played by the school.

Catching the Game
Television: Comcast Network (CN8). Check local listings, channel 8 for the majority of Comcast subscribers in the Philadelphia area. Jon Gurevitch will provide the play-by-play with Kevin Reilly as the analyst.
WFIL 560 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 29th year in a row.
Live Stats: Live stats will be provided as will a full recap and box score at at the conclusion of the game. Live stats can be found here.

The Series
Yale has won 45 of the 76 all-time meetings between these teams. Since 2001, Penn has won six of the last eight meetings with the Bulldogs, and dating back to 1990 the Quakers have dropped only one game to Yale at Franklin Field. That loss came in Yale’s last trip to Philadelphia—in three overtimes—and is the only time head coach Al Bagnoli has lost to Yale at home. Bagnoli is 12-5 against Yale, but will be facing head coach Tom Williams for the first time.

Last Week
lt was the defense that led Penn in a 27-13 win over Columbia in front of a homecoming crowd at Robert K. Kraft Field. Penn forced seven turnovers, held the Lions to negative-20 yards rushing, had three sacks and did not allow a point in the second half. Columbia’s third turnover of the first half led to the Red and Blue’s third touchdown. Jake Lewko forced a fumble and Jonathan Moore fell on it at the Columbia 14. On the fourth play of the drive, Luke DeLuca plowed head first into the end zone from two yards out and gave Penn its 21-13 halftime lead. After Brian Levine pounced on a loose ball at the Columbia 19-yard line, Matt Tuten hauled in his first career touchdown reception for a 7-0 lead midway through the opening quarter. The Lions took a 13-7 lead, but—facing a deficit for the first time in nearly 10 quarters—Penn found paydirt, going 52 yards on 11 plays to regain the lead - one they would not relinquish. Garton went 3-for-4 on the drive for 42 yards, converting a third-and-13 at the Columbia 38, a fourth-and-one from the Columbia 15, and connecting with Matt Hamscher from 11 yards out on third down for a 14-13 lead with three minutes remaining in the first half. Andrew Samson kicked a pair of field goals in the fourth quarter for the final margin.

Quick Quaker Notes
Penn has gone 18 games without allowing a 100-yard rusher ... Penn has not allowed a 300-yard passer in 20 games ... Penn has had at least two sacks in seven of the last eight games and recorded a sack in each of the last 10 ... The team that has scored first has won all five games Penn has played this season ... Penn has won eight of the last 10 against Ivy opponents.

Penn Penalties (and Much More) - We’re Number One
Penn has been penalized a season-high six times in each of the last two games, but the Quakers still rank atop the Ivy League in fewest penalties per game and are third in that nation in that category. Penn is also on top of the Ivy League in a plethora of other categories: total defense, rushing defense, sacks, pass defense, turnover margin and tackles for loss. Penn’s 166 penalty yards are also the fewest among the Ivies and second in the country.

More Atop the Rankings
With the top Ivy rankings, Penn has also climbed to the top of the national rankings. In addition to ranking second in the FCS in total defense (226.8 ypg) and penalty yards (33.2 ypg), the Quakers are sixth in the country in rushing defense (74.8 ypg), 10th in the nation in sacks
(3.0 pg) and 11th in scoring defense (14.8 ppg).

Moore Atop the Rankings
Penn also has some individuals standing atop the Ivy rankings as senior defensive back Jonathan Moore has a league-leading three interceptions, junior kicker Andrew Samson’s seven field goals are the best in the league, and Owen Thomas is tied for the Ivy lead with 3.5 sacks.

TD’s from FB’s
Kicker Andrew Samson leads the Ivy League in scoring with 32 points, but can you name the position player that leads the Quakers in that category? It‘s junior fullback Luke DeLuca. With a two-yard score at Columbia last week, DeLuca has now scored in three straight games and leads the Quakers’ position players with 18 points. Including two receiving touchdowns, he has six career scores. His four rushing touchdowns all came on his first 14 career rushing attempts. DeLuca ran for a career-best 25 yards on a career-high eight attempts at Columbia last week.

Up Next
Number 1,300! Penn becomes the first program in NCAA history to play in 1,300 games. The Quakers hit the NCAA-record milestone at Brown on Halloween. Kickoff between the Bears and Quakers is set for 12:30 p.m.

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