Ivy Title at Stake for No. 18/19 Football Saturday

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PHILADELPHIA - It seems like it happens every year. Penn and Harvard are set to play with the Ivy title on the line. The Quakers clinch a share of their second straight Ivy League title—and the eighth overall under head coach Al Bagnoli—with a win. However, a Harvard victory could potentially set up a three-way tie for first heading into the final weekend. Kickoff from Franklin Field is at 1:30 p.m.

Ivy Implications
Penn wins, Yale wins: The Quakers clinch a share of the Ivy title and can clinch the title outright with a win at Cornell in the season finale on Nov. 20.
Penn wins, Yale loses: The Quakers clinch the outright Ivy League title.
Penn loses, Yale wins: There is a three-way tie for first between Harvard, Yale and Penn.
Penn loses, Yale loses: Harvard and Penn are tied for first heading into the final weekend.

Catching the Game!!
Television : The Quakers will not be on television, but there are several other ways to catch the Red and Blue on Saturday...

Internet: The Penn Sports Network (PSN) will provide a live webcast of the game which can be found in High Definition here.

Radio: The game can be heard locally on WFIL 560AM. Brian Seltzer and Hench Murray will team up as the Penn broadcast crew for the third straight season with Seltzer supplying the play-by-play and Murray serving as the analyst for the 30th year in a row. You can listen online here.

Live Stats: Live stats can be found here. A full recap and box score will be available at the conclusion of the game at PennAtheltics.com.

Franklin Field: Nothing beats watching the Quakers in person. Get down to Franklin Field! The Quakers can clinch the Ivy title on Saturday so get your tickets online by clicking the link above. For directions and venue information, click here.

Discounted Football and Men's Basketball Tickets!
Saturday, prior to both the football and men’s basketball games, the Penn Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) will be collecting canned food for the hungry. Fans who donate in front of Franklin Field will be given a voucher to take to the ticket windows to purchase a $5 GA ticket. Fans who donate outside the Palestra prior to the men’s basketball game vs. Davidson will receive a voucher to purchase a $10 Upper end court ticket.

Student Pregame Barbeques!
This football season, Penn Athletics has designated an area between the Lott Tennis Courts and 33rd Street as the place for pregame barbeques! Large grills and charcoal will be provided two hours prior to game time on a first-come, first-served basis for students and student groups who wish to get together prior any 2010 Penn Football game(s). There is no charge to use the area, and students wishing to participate should bring their own food to cook on the grills. The barbeque ends each week at 10 minutes prior to kickoff. Penn Athletics invites all students and student groups to take part and have an enjoyable and safe time at Penn Football games this season.

The Harvard-Penn Series
For the 81st time, Penn and Harvard match up on the gridiron. Each team has won five times over the past decade, but Harvard leads the all-time series with 45 wins and two ties. This is the 36th meeting between the schools at Franklin Field with the Quakers holding a slight edge at 18-15-2. Coach Bagnoli is 7-2 at home against the Crimson, but Harvard has won two of the last three in Philadelphia. Bagnoli is 12-6 all-time against Harvard and 10-6 against Crimson coach Tim Murphy.

Winning Streaks #1
Penn owns the longest conference winning streak in the nation and is one of just six in all of Division I with an active conference winning streak of 10 or more games. The Quakers’ 13-game streak is first in the FCS and third in all of Division I. It ranks third all-time in the Ivy League record books (Penn holds the record with 20 straight Ivy wins from 2001-04). Meanwhile, the Quakers are tied for eighth in the FCS with their eight-game home winning streak.

Longest Conference Win Streaks
1. Penn, 13 (Ivy League)
2. Robert Morris, 12 (Northeast)

All of Division I (FBS and FCS)

1. Boise State, 20 (WAC)
2. TCU, 15 (Mountain West)
3. Penn, 13 (Ivy League)
4. Robert Morris, 12 (Northeast)

Age-old Adage
They say that to win championships, you need to be able to run the ball and stop the run. So it should be no coincidence that the Ivy championship is on the line between the top two teams in the league in rushing offense and rushing defense. Penn ranks first in each category, while Harvard ranks second. Penn leads all of Division I (FBS and FCS) in allowing just 65.2 rushing yards per game. Harvard is fifth in the FCS, giving up just 85.63 per game. Those numbers may increase this week, Penn is eighth in the FCS in rushing offense with 241.5 yards per game, while Harvard is 12th in the country at 220.50.

The Other Age-old Adage
Turnovers are key. But Penn has defied reason this season. The Quakers are the only unbeaten Ivy team, but rank dead-last in the league in turnover margin at minus-6. Saturday’s counterpart, however, ranks first in the league as the Crimson own a plus-6 turnover margin. Interceptions are the biggest discrepancy. Harvard is first in the league with 13 this season, while the Quakers are at the bottom of the Ivies with just six picks in eight games. Four of those interceptions came in the first game and the other two came at Yale. The undefeated Quakers have gone without an interception in six of eight games.

Ragone on the Run
Billy Ragone has limited mistakes this year and is a big reason why Penn is fourth in the nation in sacks allowed. Ragone has thrown just four interceptions and has been sacked just three times in his career. In his nine-game career, Ragone has 106 pass attempts and 180 total dropbacks—that’s one sack for every 35.3 pass attempts, or once for every 60.0 dropbacks.

Coach’s Conference Success
Penn head coach Al Bagnoli is undoubtedly one of the greatest coaches in Ancient Eight history. In 131 games vs. Ivy opponents, Bagnoli’s Quakers have won 95 of them. That is third-most all-time. Bagnoli’s record also amounts to a winning percentage of .725—second all-time since the inception of the league in 1956. If Penn wins Saturday, Bagnoli would own the highest Ivy winning percentage in league history.

Samson Setting Records
Senior placekicker Andrew Samson is now the school’s all-time leading scorer and holds five school records. This week he aims for another as he trails Feinberg by just one for the school career benchmark in made field goals. A list of some other records within Samson’s reach are listed in the Game Notes available at the link atop the release.

Noteworthy Accomplishments at Princeton
Other than Penn posting its largest margin of victory of all-time against Princeton with the more points than the Quakers have ever scored against the Tigers, there were several other notables from last Saturday. The 396 rushing yards the most for Penn in the Al Bagnoli era ... Penn gained 600 yards of offense for the first time since a 601-yard effort on Oct. 5, 2002 in a 49-14 win over Dartmouth and the most on the road since the school-record performance of 628 yards at Cornell on Nov. 18, 2002 ... Also of note, Billy Ragone threw multiple touchdown passes for the first time in his career, the second of which was the longest pass of his career—39 yards to David Wurst. It was also the first TD catch and the longest reception of Wurst’s four-year career.

Quick Quaker Notes
Penn scored 24 or more points in six straight games for the first time since the first six games of the 2005 season ... The Quakers have either led or been tied in the fourth quarter in 17 straight game ... Penn has gone 32 games without allowing a 100-yard rusher (the last to do so was Yale’s Mike McLeod with 147 on Oct. 20, 2007) ... Penn has won 15 of its last 16 games overall and 18 of the last 20 against Ivy opponents ... The Red and Blue have won the last 15 games in which they’ve held their opponent under 10 points ... Penn has a rushing touchdown in each of the last 11 games ... Penn has had six straight games with 300 or more yards of total offense ... The Red and Blue have also rushed for at least 100 yards in each of its last nine contests going back to 2009, including seven with at least 200 yards over that span.

Streaking Quakers
Freshman Ryan Becker is the only Quaker quarterback to have played in all eight games this season ... Senior Brian Levine has at least five tackles in each of the last three games a has recorded a tackle in 19 straight games ... Senior Andrew Samson has scored in all 38 games of his career ... Senior Josh Powers has started 22 consecutive games, while he and fellow defensive back Jon Saelinger have each played in the last 28 games ... Senior linebacker Zach Heller has played in the last 37 games in row—the most for any non-kicker in the Ivy League.

Congratulations to the Voices: C.T. and Hench!! Farewell to C.T.
If you’ve followed Penn Football at any point in the last 30 or 50 years, you’ve certainly heard the voices of C.T. Alexander and Hench Murray. C.T. is simply known as “The Voice.” In 2010, he enters his 50th and final season as the public address announcer at Franklin Field. He has announced all but three Penn Football games in the last 49 years. Saturday will be his final game behind the Franklin Field microphone. Hench is the other voice of Penn Football. He has served as the team’s radio analsyt for the last 30 seasons. The two will be back in their home away from home each Saturday this season, C.T. in the North press area in section NE and Hench in the stadium’s south side press box. On behalf of the football program and Penn Athletic Department, thank you for all that you do!

Last Week
Four first quarter possessions. Four touchdowns. And the blow out was on - the largest margin of victory for Penn in the 102-game history between the schools. Penn put up 52 points on their arch rival—the most the Quakers have ever scored against Princeton—and senior Andrew Samson became Penn’s all-time leading scorer in a 52-10 road win. Penn finished with 600 yards of offense and 396 rushing yards. Sophomore Billy Ragone connected with Matt Tuten for an early lead. A pattern ensued. Princeton went three-and-out three straight times and Penn capitalized with a touchdown three straight times. It was 28-0 when Brandon Colavita scored with 2:26 to go in the opening quarter. Samson tied the school record for career points with a 40-yard field goal at the 11:41 mark of the second quarter and became Penn’s all-time leading scorer with an extra point in the third quarter. Princeton scored 10 straight, but any semblance of momentum was crushed on the opening drive of the second half. The Quakers scored on the longest touchdown pass of Ragone’s career —a 39-yard strike to David Wurst. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Aaron Bailey capped a nine-play drive with his second touchdown run of the day. Then later in the quarter, Greg Schuster scored his first career touchdown with a 14-yard rush to paydirt. That gave Penn a 52-10 lead at the 7:46 mark.

Up Next
Its the season finale at Cornell. The Class of 2011 plays their final game in the Red and Blue on the turf of Schoellkopf Field. Kickoff from an expectedly frigid Ithaca, N.Y., is Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

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