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PHILADELPHIA - For the first time this year, No. 20/23 Penn will leave the state of Pennsylvania. The noon matchup in New Haven, Conn., against Yale—a team that hasn’t scored a touchdown on the Quakers since 2007—marks Penn’s third straight Ivy opponent to have an unbeaten league record.
Television : YES Network (DirecTV 631). Chris Shearn (play by play), Ross Tucker (analyst) and Jack Ford (sideline) will have the call. For a full listing of YES Network channels and locations, click here.
Internet: YaleBulldogs.com will provide a live webcast of the game which can be found here. PennAthletics.com will also provide the audio broadcast of the game here.
Radio: WFIL 560AM will carry the game locally for the Quakers. 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.
Yale Bowl: Nothing beats watching the Quakers in person. If you are near New Haven, Conn., on Saturday, get down to the stadium to support the Red and Blue. Ticket and stadium information can be found here.
The Penn-Yale Series
Yale leads the overall series 46-30-1 and is 20-13 at home against the Quakers. However, Penn has won the last two games against the Bulldogs, including a 9-7 win in New Haven in 2008. Penn has also won three of the last four at the Yale Bowl and head coach Al Bagnoli is 13-5 all-time against the Bulldogs, though four of those losses came on the road.
Penn is one of just seven Division I teams with an active conference winning streak of 10 or more games. The Quakers’ 10-game streak is tied for sixth in all of Division I and ranks second among FCS schools. Meanwhile, the Quakers are tied for 10th in the FCS with their seven-game home winning streak.
Longest Conference Win Streaks - Division I
1. Appalachain State, 22 (Southern)
2. Boise State, 18 (WAC)
3. Cincinnati, 13 (Big East)
3. Troy, 13 (Sun Belt)
5. TCU, 12 (Mountain West)
6. PENN, 9 (Ivy League)
6. Robert Morris, 6 (Northeast)
italics = FBS school
Penn has lost 10 of its last 12 games in the month of September. However, when the calender turns to October, the Red and Blue have been unbeatable, going 12-0 in the last three years. The last time they lost a game in the month of October was on the 27th of 2007 at Brown (31-17). The last home game they lost in that month was a week earlier, in triple overtime to Yale (26-20).
Best Start Since...
With four wins in its first five games, Penn is off to its first 4-1 start since the 2005 season. The Quakers defeated Yale in Game No. 6 that year to move to 5-1 before dropping the remaining four games on the schedule.
Coach’s Conference Success
Penn head coach Al Bagnoli is undoubtedly one of the greatest coaches in Ancient Eight history. In 128 games vs. Ivy opponents, Bagnoli’s Quakers have won 92 of them. That is tied for third-most all-time, with each coach in front of him having at least an extra three years of experience. Today, he has the opportunity to move into sole possession of third place as just the third coach to ever record 92 Ivy League victories. Bagnoli’s record also amounts to a winning percentage of .719—second all-time since the inception of the league in 1956.
Quick Quaker Notes
Penn has scored at least 27 points in three straight games for the first time since Oct. 8-22, 2005 (53-7 vs. Bucknell, 44-16 at Columbia and 38-21 vs. Yale) ... Penn has gone 29 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 not allowed a 300-yard passer in 30 games (exactly three years) ... Penn has won 12 of its last 13 games overall and 15 of the last 17 against Ivy opponents ... The Red and Blue have won the last 14 games in which they’ve held their opponent under 10 points ... Penn has a rushing touchdown in each of the last eight games ... The Quakers have not won the turnover battle in any of the last seven games, but are 6-1 in that time.
Senior Brian Levine has at least one tackle in each of the last 16 games ... Senior Andrew Samson has scored in all 35 games of his career ... Senior Josh Powers has started 19 consecutive games, while he and fellow defensive back Jon Saelinger have each played in the last 25 games ... Senior linebacker Zach Heller has played in the last 34 games in row.
Another League-Leading Offense
For the second week in a row, the Quakers defense will play the top-ranked offense in the Ivy League. After Penn humbled Columbia out of the top spot, Yale now leads the Ivies at 410.4 yards of offense per game. Penn has the No. 4 ranked defense in the country, giving up just 249.4 yards per game. Yale also has the Ivies top pass offense (267.0/game) and Penn has the top pass defense (180.2/game).
Another TV Game
For the fifth time in six games this season, the Quakers will play to a television audience. This is the eighth time the Quakers have played on the YES Network with the program going 5-2 in the previous seven (1-1 vs. Yale). In the season opener on Sept. 18, the Quakers were featured along the East Coast through RCN, MASN and WBPH as well as around the world on ESPN3.com. Comcast aired the matchups with Villanova (Sept. 25), Dartmouth (Oct. 2) and Columbia (Oct. 16). After today, Penn will have a nationally televised game on its slate when VERSUS airs the Princeton game on Nov. 6.
Last Time Out
Penn scored on its opening drive and never looked back, gaining a 27-13 win over Columbia Saturday afternoon at Franklin Field. Sophomore running back Brandon Colavita rushed for 103 yards as the Quakers outgained the Lions 281-44 on the ground and passed just five times all afternoon. The win was the Quakers’ 200th all-time in Ivy League play and the Lions remained winless at Franklin Field since 1995. The game got off to a fast start. Penn opened with an 11-play, 75-yard drive that consumed 5:47 and ended with a Billy Ragone seven-yard touchdown scamper, while Columbia went 59 yards in 12 plays on its first drive and got three points when Luke Eddy knocked home a 34-yard field goal. Penn’s defense stiffened after that, however. In a critical play at the end of the first quarter, the Quaker defense turned momentum to the home team for the remainder of the half. Senior defensive lineman Brian Wing got to Columbia quarterback Sean Brackett and forced a fumble that Drew Goldsmith scooped up and ran 25 yards for a score. That put Penn up, 14-3 with 26 ticks left in the opening quarter. Jeff Jack found paydirt on a 1-yard run on fourth down with two minutes left before the break. The Quakers were unable to convert the extra point due to a bad snap and led 20-3 heading into intermission. Senior Bradford Blackmon took the ensuing kickoff back to Columbia’s 41 and soon enough Penn’s lead was back to 17 points. Colavita finished a six-play drive with an eight-yard rush up the middle with 3:37 left in the third quarter. During the drive, Ragone connected with Nawrocki on Penn’s only other completion of the day for 17 yards to set up first-and-goal.
Penn returns home to Franklin Field when they host Brown on Homecoming next Saturday. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m. The game will be available online in HD on the Penn Sports Network.