No. 21 Penn Travels to Yale For Ivy Showdown

Game 6

No. 21 Penn(4-1, 2-0 Ivy) at Yale (3-2, 1-1Ivy)
Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004
Yale Bowl - New Haven, Conn.
1 p.m.

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Series - Yale 43, Penn 27, Tie 1

Game Notes: Game 6 - No. 21 Penn at Yale

Let's Go Bowling - Penn travels to New Haven, Conn. to take on the Bulldogs at the storied Yale Bowl. It is the72nd meeting between the two programs dating back to Nov. 1, 1879. Yale leads the all-time series 43-27-1 and holds a 20-11 edge when facing the Red and Blue at home. Last season's meeting resulted in only the second overtime game in Penn football history, a 34-31 Quakers victory. Saturday's match-up, which can be seen live on CN8, kicks off at 1 p.m.

S-A-N-G-O, and SANGO is His Name-O - Michael Sangobowale was honored as this past week's Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week. The senior racked up eight tackles (six solo), 3.5 tackles for loss and combined with classmate Bobby Fallon on an 11-yard sack of Columbia quarterback Jeff Otis. Sangobowale now has 5.5 TFL for a combined 23 yards as well as 2.5 sacks for a combined 15 yards.

A Special Performance - Senior punter Josh Appell was named the Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week for his five-punt performance in Penn's 14-3 win over the Lions. Appell matched his season-long with a 56-yard punt and pinned Columbia inside its own 20-yard line twice, knocking one punt down at the Lions' one-yard line. Appell has made a habit out of sending opponents deep into their own territory to field punts. Five games into the season, he has already registered at least one 50-yard punt in every game and has tallied a total of eight on the year. He has yet to finish a game with a punt average less than 40 yards and is currently averaging 44.1 yards per attempt. Against Columbia, Appell kicked five punts for a 41.4 average.

Coaching the Quakers - Al Bagnoli is in his 13th season as the George A. Munger Head Football Coach. He is first in wins (65) among active Ivy League coaches, second at Penn in years coached (12) and wins at Penn (90). Bagnoli holds a 9-3 record against the Bulldogs and has been victorious in the last three meetings. The Quakers defeated Yale, 21-3, on Oct. 20, 2001; 41-20, Oct. 26, 2002 and 34-31, in overtime, on Oct. 25, 2003.

Defensive Battle - Penn's fourth win of the season, second in the Ivy League, was hard-fought as the Quakers earned a 14-3 win over Columbia on Homecoming. The way in which the Red and Blue earned the victory may have surprised some of the fans in attendance but it showed the true grit of this 2004 squad. Two Pat McDermott touchdowns were the difference offensively but the game was won with sound defensive plays and another solid special teams effort. The Red and Blue tallied six tackles for a combined loss of 32 yards and a pair of sacks, driving the Lions’ signal-caller back 19 yards. The Quakers controlled field position with 105 yards in punt returns and 43 yards in kick-off returns.

Nice View - The Penn offensive line was the offensive hero in Saturday's 14-3 victory over Columbia. The 'O-Line' of Erik Curtis, Michael Pierce, Don Snyder, Keith Walewski and Greg Williams did not allow a Columbia sack during the game and opened holes for seven rushers to collectively carry the ball 35 times for 113 yards, while no rusher finished with negative yardage for the game. The quintet, which started just its fifth game as a unit, pass protected superbly all afternoon as junior quarterback Pat McDermott was able to find 11 different receivers at least once for 209 yards and two touchdowns.

Career Day - Sophomore wide receiver Matt Carre caught the first touchdown of his collegiate career in the fourth quarter of Penn's 14-3 win against Columbia. Carre hauled in two passes for a total of 39 yards. Twenty-eight of those yards came on the touchdown grab.

One Step Closer - Dan Castles moved closer to tying and passing Miles Macik (1993-95) for the all-time lead in touchdown receptions. His two-yard score against the Lions gave Castles 25 for his career, one behind Macik's mark.

Catch Me If You Can - Dan Castles did move ahead of Doug O'Neill (1996-2000) and into third place on the all-time receptions list. His seven catches gives him 131 for his career.

Y2K - Dan Castles is now 64 yards away from becoming just the fourth Penn receiver to reach the 2,000-yard mark for a career. Miles Macik is next in line in third with 2,365 career receiving yards, preceded by Don Clune (1971-73) in second with 2,419 yards and Penn's only 3,000-yard man, Rob Milanese (1999-2002) with 3,405 yards.

On the National Front - Penn ranks with the top five teams in the country in three statistical categories heading into its showdown at Yale. The Quakers enter week six ranked third in rushing defense (79.20 ypg), third in scoring defense (12.40 ppg) and fourth in net punting (40.04 ypp). The Red and Blue rank in the top-25 nationally in turnover margin (24th - .80) and passing offense (25th - 238.00 ypg).

Ancient Eight Rankings - The Quakers continue as one of the elite teams in the Ivy League, leading their seven conference rivals in rushing defense (79.20 ypg), scoring defense (12.40 ppg) and net punting (40.04 ypp). Penn is second in the League in passing offense (238.00 ypg), total offense (388.60 ypg), scoring offense (31.00 ppg) and total defense (293.80 ypg). In fact, the Quakers rank at least fourth in 12-of-14 statistical categories.

Among the Nation's Best - Penn is well-represented among the nation's individual leaders as it has three student-athletes ranked in the top-25 in their respective categories. Pat McDermott ranks 25th in the country in total offense (237.80 ypg) and classmate Dan Castles ranks 14th in receptions (6.80 pg) and 15th in receiving yards (91.60 ypg). The highest-ranking Quaker is senior punter Josh Appell. His 44.1 yards per punt average is the third-best average in the nation.

Individual Ivy Accolades - Of the 11 statistical categories ranked by the NCAA and the Ivy League, Penn does not have a student-athlete that ranks lower than seventh. Sam Mathews, one of three Quakers to be ranked in the top-10 in the Ivy League in more than one category, ranks seventh in all-purpose yards (110.60 ypg) and sixth in rushing (75.80 ypg). Pat McDermott is fourth in passing efficiency (125.38) and third in total offense (237.80 ypg). Dan Castles is currently ranked third in receptions (6.80 pg), second in receiving yards (91.60 ypg) and fourth in scoring (7.20 ppg). Josh Appell leads the Ancient Eight with his 44.1 yards per punt average and Evan Nolan ranks sixth in field goals (0.60 pg). Adam Francks is ranked second in punt returns, averaging 10.05 yards per return.

Oct. 25, 2003 - Penn and Yale's last meeting had enough excitement for an entire Ivy League season. The Quakers opened a commanding 24-0 lead in the third quarter before the Bulldogs cracked the scoreboard four seconds into the fourth quarter. The Red and Blue answered back with a Dan Castles 22-yard touchdown reception three and a half minutes later. Yale then ripped off 21 unanswered points to close out regulation and force overtime. The Bulldogs opened the extra frame and drove to Penn's five-yard line before having the drive stall. A 22-yard John Troost field-goal attempt was blocked by then-sophomore Adam Francks. Penn used just three plays to drive to the Yale five-yard line before Peter Veldman booted a 23-yard field goal to give the Quakers a 34-31 victory.

Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications

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