No. 22 Penn Football Opens Home Season

Game 2

No. 22 Pennv. No. 11 Villanova
Saturday, Sept. 25, 2004
Franklin Field - Philadelphia, Pa.

- Penn 5, Villanova 3

GameNotes - No. 22 Penn v. No. 11 Villanova

Let the Rivalry Resume - Penn and Villanova reestablish their cross-town rivalry when they meet on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. on Franklin Field. Despite this only being the ninth meeting between the two programs, it is the 100th anniversary of the first season in which the two teams faced off against one another. That initial contest took place on Nov. 18, 1905 and resulted in a 42-0 Penn victory. The Quakers hold a 5-3 edge in the series but are looking for their first win over the Wildcats since a 22-0 win on Oct. 14, 1911.

Listen Live - Matt Leon (play-by-play) and Hench Murray (color analyst) return for their second season together in the broadcast booth to bring the Penn fans Quakers football. This week, fans of the Red and Blue have a special treat as John Miller (former play-by-play announcer) rejoins Hench in the booth to broadcast Penn v. Villanova from Franklin Field. The game can be heard exclusively on the Internet at Villanova will also be broadcasting on the radio through WNTP 990 AM with Joe Eichorn (play-by-play) and Ryan Fannon (color analyst)

Lights, camera, action - The Penn Quakers will be on television for the first time this season with Saturday’s game being broadcast on CN8. This is not the only game in which CN8 will carry a Quakers football game. Penn v. Yale (Oct. 23) and Penn v. Harvard (Nov. 3) will also be shown on the cable network.

Coaching the Quakers - Al Bagnoli is in his 13th season as the George A. Munger Head Football Coach. Bagnoli has the second-highest winning percentage among active I-AA coaches (.772) and is sixth among those same coaches in wins (172). He is first in wins (63) among active Ivy League coaches, second at Penn in years coached (12) as well as wins at Penn (87).

How the West Was Won - The Quakers earned their first victory of the 2004 season, and the 764th win in program history, with a decisive 61-18 defeat of San Diego in the first meeting between the two schools. Highlighting the Red and Blue's 17th consecutive win was the fact that they rushed for 313 yards on 47 carries for a 6.7 yards per carry average. It was the first time since Sept. 22, 2001 that Penn had rushed for more than 300 yards in a game. The Red and Blue mirrored last Saturday's effort with 313 yards on the ground in a 37-0 shutout victory over Lafayette that year.

Sounds of the 60's - Penn's 61 points were the most in a game since scoring 66 points in a shutout win over Lafayette on Oct. 5, 1946. In fact, the Quakers have scored more than 60 points in a game 20 times in the program's history. The first was a 68-6 win over Swarthmore on Oct. 14, 1885. The highest point total ever by a Red and Blue football team was near the century mark as Penn dominated Vineland, 96-6, on Nov. 15, 1886.

We Take What is Yours - Another key to victory in last Saturday's season opener was the four take-aways Penn recorded. The Red and Blue defense forced three fumbles and one interception in the first half. Vic Davanzo, Brian Fairbanks and Doug Middleton recovered the fumbles for Penn while Chad Slapnicka registered his first-career interception. The Quakers took advantage of the Toreros' turnovers, converting them into 13 points.

Cool Hand Luke - Luke Hadden played a huge part in Penn's dominance over San Diego in Saturday's 61-18 season-opening win over the Toreros. The senior recorded a tackle for a seven-yard loss, a sack and forced a fumble all on the same play. Hadden dropped San Diego's Todd Mortensen in the offensive backfield, dislodging the ball for one of the Quakers' four defensive turnovers. Penn capitalized on San Diego's misfortunes, turning two of those take aways into touchdowns. Hadden, a 2003 All-Ivy honoree and three-year letterwinner, recorded four tackles (three solo) in the game.

7-on-7 - Only three of Penn's 10 scores against San Diego came outside of the red zone. The Quakers were a perfect 7-for-7 once they moved the ball inside the Toreros' 20-yard line. More impressive is the fact that six of the seven scores were touchdowns - five runs for a combined 21 yards and one pass for six yards. The only non-touchdown was Evan Nolan's 33-yard field goal, the first of his career with 7:46 remaining in the first half.

Kicking Down Doors - Nolan's 33-yard field goal in the second quarter of last Saturday's season opener at San Diego was by far not the only highlight of his day. The Cincinnati, Ohio native booted a career-long 49-yard field goal as time expired in the first half. Not only was this made attempt a career-best for Nolan but it also tied Andy Glockner for the fifth-longest field goal in Penn history. The senior was also 6-of-7 in point-after attempts.

Slammin' Sammy - Junior running back Sam Mathews slammed into the San Diego defenders 19 times for 102 yards and three touchdowns in Penn's 61-18 win over the Toreros. It was the eighth 100-yard game for Mathews as a Quaker and the second-consecutive game he has hit the century mark, having rushed for 105 yards in the season finale against Cornell on Nov. 22, 2003. At one point last season, Mathews rushed for over 100 yards six-straight games. The three scores are a single-game career-high for the Pittsburgh, Pa. native.

How About This For a Debut - Prior to last Saturday, Von Bryant had never played a single down of football in a Quakers uniform. The sophomore transfer from Duke needed only five carries to have his first 100-yard rushing effort for Penn, compiling 111 yards and a gaudy 22.2 yards per carry average. Bryant also scored his first touchdown as a Quaker, scampering nine yards on a sweep in the fourth quarter.

Niner, Niner - Scott Williams and Michael Johns posted career numbers defensively against San Diego last Saturday. The junior pair each recorded nine tackles including, five solo stops each.

Not a Tight Performance - Junior tight end Matt Boyer entered the 2004 season opener without a touchdown catch as a Quaker. Penn's McDermott took care of that with 3:22 remaining in the opening quarter against the Toreros, hitting Boyer for a six-yard score to give his team a 20-0 lead.

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