No. 20 Penn Takes on Tigers

Game8

No. 20 Penn (6-1, 4-0 Ivy)atPrinceton (4-3, 2-2 Ivy)
Saturday, Nov. 6, 2004
Princeton Stadium- Princeton, N.J.
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Series -Princeton 61,Penn 33, Tie 1

Game Notes: Game 8 - No. 20 Penn at Princeton

The Need to Tame the Tigers - Penn's week eight opponent is a dangerous Princeton team that is currently tied for third in the Ivy League and is coming off a defeat, 21-20, at the hands of sixth-place Cornell on a blocked extra point in the fourth quarter. The Quakers are in search of their 20th-straight Ivy win and look to remain undefeated in League play this season and keep their place atop the conference standings.

Coaching the Quakers - Al Bagnoli is in his 13th season as the George A. Munger Head Football Coach. He is first in wins (67) among active Ivy League coaches, second at Penn in years coached (12) and wins at Penn (92). Bagnoli holds a 9-3 mark against Princeton, which includes a 37-7 decisive win over the Tigers at Franklin Field on Nov. 8, 2003.

One Week Ago - Penn earned its sixth win of the season after taking care of Brown, 20-16. The game was in doubt until the Quakers' final possession, which lasted nine plays and went 88 yards and resulted in Sam Mathews' second two-yard touchdown run of the afternoon. Pat McDermott was 6-of-7 for 82 yards, hitting three different receivers. Matt Carre caught four of the six passes for a career-high 57 yards.

Among Good Company - Pat McDermott recorded the second 330-yard passing game of his Penn career with 341 yards (24-for-48) against Brown. His effort ranks 11th among the all-time best passing days in Quakers history after registering the fifth-most passing yards in a game with 384 yards at Bucknell (Oct. 9). In his first season as a full-time starter, McDermott has 1,780 yards passing, the 13th-most passing yards in a season for a Quaker, and is just 16 yards from 2,000 for his career (1,984 passing yards).

A Perfect 10 - Sam Mathews recorded two rushing touchdowns against Brown, giving him seven on the season and 17 for his career. His 580 yards on the ground leads the team and his 1,846 career rushing yards ranks him 10th all-time at Penn. Mathews is 40 yards from passing Sundiata Rush (1,886 career rushing yards) for ninth all-time.

Searching for Bobby Fallon - Senior defensive lineman Bobby Fallon found a Brown ball carrier seven times on Oct.30, recording five solo tackles during the game. His biggest stop came with 6:05 remaining in the third quarter when Bears running back Nick Hartigan appeared to be heading for the end zone that would build on their then-three-point lead. Fallon stripped the ball from Hartigan at the one-yard line and the Fort Lauderdale, Fla. native recovered the fumble for the Quakers. Fallon's effort earned him a spot on the Ivy League Honor Roll and a Penn Student-Athlete of the Week selection.

Ring a Bell - Gabe Marabella recorded the most receiving yards in a game for his career as a Quaker. Marabella hauled in four catches for 87 yards against Brown on Oct. 30.

Always Room for WAWA - Al Wawszczyk recorded the first two kick-off returns of his career against Brown. Wawszczyk had two returns for a total of 25 yards and a long of 14 yards.

One of the Greatest - Dan Castles has been chasing Miles Macik (1993-95) for the Penn all-time touchdown lead for most of the season. On Oct. 30 the senior receiver caught nine balls for 110 yards and finally caught Macik with his 26th career touchdown. Castles has three games remaining to hold the record alone.

Surpassing Your Predecessors - The Class of 2005 is attempting to do something that not even the prolific Class of 2004 was able to accomplish. With three games remaining, the senior class holds a 33-3 overall record (.917 winning percentage). Two more wins gives this class the most wins over a four-year period in program history. A clean run through the rest of the Ivy season would this group of seniors, currently 24-1 (.960 Ivy winning percentage), a 27-1 Ancient Eight record, which would surpass the Class of 2004's 26-2 mark (.929 Ivy winning percentage) and would be the best in League history. But Princeton, Harvard and Cornell remaining on the schedule, the only thing the Class of 2005 is looking forward to is the next game.

Slap On the Hands - Chad Slapnicka recorded a career-high nine tackles against Brown on Oct. 30 (six solo). Slapnicka is currently seventh on the team with 29 tackles (17 solo). He also 4.5 tackles for loss this season.

All-Hadden Team - Senior linebacker Luke Hadden unleashed on Brown for a career-high 11 tackles (five solo). It was the first double-digit-tackle effort by a Quaker in 2004. Hadden leads the team with 42 stops (19 solo).

On the National Front - Penn ranks in the top-50 in the nation in 10-of-14 statistical categories heading into week eight. The Red and Blue rank 47th in passing efficiency offense (119.85), 45th in scoring offense (27.43 ppg) and 42nd, turnover margin (.29), 37th in pass efficiency defense (110.03), 29th in total defense (308.43 ypg) and 20th in total offense (408.00 ypg). Penn is among the country's top-15 teams in rushing defense (14th - 108.43 ypg) and passing offense (258.14 ypg). The Quakers crack the top-10 in net punting (10th - 37.57 ypp) and third in scoring defense (12.14 ppg).

Ancient Eight Rankings - Penn remains atop the Ivy League in passing offense (258.14 ypg), rushing defense (108.43 ypg) scoring defense (12.14 ppg) and net putting (37.57 ypp). The Red and Blue is still ranked third or better in seven different categories, including third in rushing offense (149.86 ypg), pass efficiency defense (110.03), punt returns (8.74 ypr) and passing efficiency (119.85) and second in total offense (408.00 ypg), scoring offense (27.43 ppg) and total defense (308.43 ypg).

Among the Nation's Best - Three Quakers rank in the top-20 in the nation as Pat McDermott is ranked 16th in total offense (261.29 ypg), Josh Appell is 12th in punting (42.06 ypp) and Dan Castles finds his name twice in the top-10, ranking ninth in receiving yards (99.86 ypg) and fifth in the nation in receptions with 7.29 catches per game.

Individual Ivy Accolades - Dan Castles leads the Ivy League in receiving yards (99.86 ypg) and receptions (7.29) and ranks fifth in scoring (6.00 ppg), tied with teammate Sam Mathews. Josh Appell leads the Ancient Eight in punting with a 42.06 per punt average. Pat McDermott ranks second in the League in total offense (261.29 ypg) and third in passing efficiency (121.31). Adam Francks ranks second in punt returns (9.19 ypr). Mathews sits just outside the top-five, ranking as the sixth all-purpose runner with 120.14 yards per game.

Nov. 8, 2003 - Penn registered a decisive win over Princeton in last season's meeting, 37-7. It was the eighth double-digit victory over the Tigers in the Bagnoli era and the first time the Quakers held Princeton to single digits on the scoreboard since a 10-6 win in the two programs' final meeting at old Palmer Stadium on Nov. 9, 1996. Last year Penn jumped out to a 30-0 lead on two Dan Castles touchdown receptions of 39 and 10 yards, respectively, a three-yard Sam Mathews scoring run and a triad of Peter Veldman field goals (24, 29 and 25).

Common Ground - Outside of the Ivy League opponents Penn and Princeton share, the two programs also made trips to the West Coast during the early part of the season. Each team traveled to San Diego to take on the Toreros in September. The Quakers earned their most lopsided victory of the season, defeating USD, 61-18, while the Tigers came home with a seven-point win, 24-17.

Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications

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