No. 21 Football in Undefeated Homecoming Showdown Saturday

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PHILADELPHIA - Penn’s Homecoming game Saturday features the only two remaining undefeated teams in Ivy play. Penn, which handed Dartmouth, Columbia and Yale their first Ivy losses of the season, will look to do the same for Brown. Kickoff from Franklin Field is at 1:30 p.m.

Catching the Game!!
Television : For the first time this season, the Quakers will not be on television at Franklin Field. However, there are several other ways to catch the Quakers on Saturday...

Internet: For those outside of the Comcast area, 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 WNTP 990AM. 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! It's Homecoming at Penn so get your tickets online by clicking the link above. For directions and venue information, click here.

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 Series
This will be the 79th meeting all-time between the two Ivy schools. Penn won 55 of the previous 78, but more recently, Brown has won four of the last five matchups. Brown owns the best record against Al Bagnoli of any Ivy opponent at 8-10, which includes the last two meetings in Philadelphia. No Ivy team has ever beaten Al Bagnoli three straight times at Franklin Field. Brown Head Coach Phil Estes is 6-6 against Coach Bagnoli.

Winning Streaks #1
Penn is one of just seven Division I teams with an active conference winning streak of 10 or more games. The Quakers’ 11-game streak is tied for fifth 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, 25 (Southern)
2. Boise State, 19 (WAC)
3. Troy, 13 (Sun Belt)
3. TCU, 13 (Mountain West)
5. PENN, 11 (Ivy League)
6. Robert Morris, 10 (Northeast)
6. East Carolina, 10 (C-USA)
italics = FBS school

Winning Streaks #2 - Team October
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 13-0 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).

Winning Streaks #3 - Best Start Since...
With five wins in its first six games, Penn is off to its first 5-1 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. Penn has not started 6-1 since 2004 when the Quakers were 7-1 heading into a showdown with Harvard—a game the Red and Blue lost, 31-10.

Coach’s Conference Success
Penn head coach Al Bagnoli is undoubtedly one of the greatest coaches in Ancient Eight history. In 129 games vs. Ivy opponents, Bagnoli’s Quakers have won 93 of them. That is third-most all-time, with each coach in front of him having at least an extra three years of experience. Bagnoli’s record also amounts to a winning percentage of .721—second all-time since the inception of the league in 1956. If Penn wins out, Bagnoli would own the highest Ivy winning percentage in history.

More on Coach Bagnoli
Saturday’s game marks the 290th in the head coaching career of the FCS’ active leader in winning percentage, Al Bagnoli. It is also the 130th Ivy League contest of his career and his 185th overall at Penn. In that time, Bagnoli has an astounding record of 50-15 (.769) at home against Ivy opponents. He is also an impressive 62-21 (.747) in the month of October and in 19 seasons, he has lost fewer than 10 games at home in the season’s second month, going 34-8 (.810).

Quick Quaker Notes
Penn has scored 27 or more points in four straight games for the first time since 2002-03 (Penn won 31-0 at Cornell in the 2002 season finale and had 27 or more in the first three games of 2003—51-10 vs. Duquesne, 31-24 at Lehigh, 33-20 at Dartmouth). ... Penn has gone 30 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 13 of its last 14 games overall and 16 of the last 18 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 nine games.

Streaking Quakers
Freshman Ryan Becker is the only Quaker quarterback to have played in all six games this season ... Senior Brian Levine has at least one tackle in each of the last 17 games ... Senior Andrew Samson has scored in all 36 games of his career ... Senior Josh Powers has started 20 consecutive games, while he and fellow defensive back Jon Saelinger have each played in the last 26 games ... Senior linebacker Zach Heller has played in the last 35 games in row.

Five for Fighting
Penn has not lost a game to any Ivy team other than the 2008 co-champions, Brown and Harvard, since a three-overtime defeat to Yale at Franklin Field on Oct. 20, 2007. Penn has gone 15-0(!) against the rest of the league since that time and 2-4 against the Bears and Crimson.

First-Place Regime
Thus far, Penn is having a banner year and that’s great news for the football team in particular. Five Penn teams are in first place right now (sprint football, volleyball, men’s soccer, women’s soccer and football). However, the football team has a vested interest in the Penn Volleyball team and vice versa. Each needs the other to win the title. The last three times Penn Volleyball won an Ivy League championship—football followed suit (2002, 2003 and 2009). Since 2003, neither team has been able to win the ring without the other. Also of note, the last time three or more Penn teams all won Ivy titles in the fall was in 2003 (men’s soccer, volleyball and football).

Penn Scoring Trend
Penn has scored in 126 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in Ivy history. Brown holds the record at 144, which also remains active. The Quakers have not been shut out since their trip to Harvard in 1997. Penn has never been shut out at home in the Al Bagnoli era. In fact, the last time the Quakers were held without a point at Franklin Field was Nov. 18, 1989 (24-0 vs. Dartmouth), a span of 105 home games.

Samson Extra Points
Ironically, just one week after missing the first extra point attempt of his career, senior Andrew Samson is within striking distance of the all-time PAT record at Penn. Jason Feinberg (1998-2000) holds the school record with 95 career extra points. Entering Saturday, Samson has 91. A list of some other records within Samson’s reach are listed below.

Last Week
In a battle of Ivy unbeatens, No. 20/23 Penn extended its league winning streak to 11 games with a 27-20 win over Yale on Saturday at the Yale Bowl. Yale scored first with a 39-yard field goal at the 3:50 mark of the opening quarter. The Quakers took over from their own 13 and on the 12th play of the drive, Jeff Jack hauled in a screen pass and dodged several defenders en route to the end zone. On Yale’s ensuing punt, Bradford Blackmon raced 53 yards through the coverage, found the open field and scampered into the end zone for a 13-3 lead with 4:30 to go in the half. Penn extended that lead to 20-3 on the first drive of the second half when senior Luke DeLuca plunged in from a yard out. Yale scored its first touchdown in 12 quarters against the Quakers to close the gap to 20-10 with 14:50 remaining in the game. On Yale’s next possession, sophomore Brandon Copeland batted Witt’s pass out of the air and intercepted it. On first-and-goal from the one, DeLuca pushed the line ahead to give Penn a 27-10 edge with 10:03 to play. Yale tried to make it interesting in the final 90 seconds. Witt, who became the first quarterback in 30 games to throw for 300 yards against the Quakers (dating back to Oct. 13, 2007 against Columbia), threw for his second touchdown of the game with 1:22 left. Yale then recovered the onside kick, but had to settle for a field goal with 13 seconds remaining. The final onside kick attempt went harmlessly out of bounds and Penn escaped the Yale Bowl with a victory.

Up Next
Penn plays its biggest rival on national television. VERSUS will broadcast the matchup with Princeton at Princeton Stadium next Saturday at 3 p.m. Then its a matchup with Harvard on Senior Day at Franklin Field on Nov. 13.

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