Game 7 - Family Weekend
No. 22 Penn (5-1, 3-0 Ivy) v. Brown (4-2, 1-2 Ivy)
Saturday, Oct. 30, 2004
Franklin Field - Philadelphia, Pa.
Series - Penn 53, Brown 17, Tie 2
Game Notes: Game 7 - No. 22 Penn v. Brown
A Family Affair - Penn's seventh game of the season welcomes Brown to Franklin Field for the Quakers' seventh football game of the season and welcomes family members of the Quakers' student body to Philadelphia. The Quakers are coming off a defensively impressive win at Yale, 17-7, and are looking to move one step closer to a third consecutive Ivy League title. The Bears come into the contest after handing Cornell its fourth-straight loss of the season, 21-17.
Third Time is a Charm - Sam Mathews was named this past week's Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week for his 169-yard and two-touchdown performance in Penn's 17-7 victory over Yale on Oct. 23. The selection marks the third-consecutive week a Quaker has received a weekly honor from the League.
Let's Take a Moment - Despite the fact the a team needs only to look ahead during a football season and not dwell on past accomplishments, one would be remissed if what the Penn football team managed to do in last Saturday's defeat of Yale was not mentioned and given its due. The Quakers eclipsed their own record for consecutive Ivy League wins with their 17-7 victory over the Bulldogs, making it 18 straight. The previous mark was accomplished over the 1992, '93, '94 and '95 seasons. The current streak spans the 2001, '02, '03 and current seasons. It is a tribute to the dedication of the Penn coaching staff, players and all involved in the program.
Coaching the Quakers - Al Bagnoli is in his 13th season as the George A. Munger Head Football Coach. He is first in wins (66) among active Ivy League coaches, second at Penn in years coached (12) and wins at Penn (91). Bagnoli holds an 8-4 mark against Brown, which includes a 24-21 nail-biter in Providence, R.I. on Nov. 1, 2003.
Building on a Legacy - With Penn's last three victories, Bagnoli has moved past Bill Roper (Princeton, 1906-08, 1910-11 & 1919-30) for ninth in Ivy League history for the most games won by a coach while at an Ancient Eight institution. He now stands five victories back of Percy Haughton (Cornell, 1899-1900; Harvard, 1908-16; Columbia, 1923-24) with 91 Ivy wins. His Ivy winning percentage of 75.9 percent is just behind Penn's Carl Williams (77.0, Penn, 1902-07).
6:06 - Six minutes and six seconds is barely enough time to hard-boil eggs and is six seconds longer than a high school wrestling match. Yet Penn's defense saw this amount of time as enough to allow Yale's offense to possess the ball in the second half of last Saturday's 17-7 win at the Yale Bowl. After allowing 226 yards of offense in the first half, including 144 yards on the ground to Robert Carr, the Quakers held the Bulldogs to 87 yards in the final two quarters and Carr to just 23 yards on eight carries (2.9 ypc).
M&M - With Penn leading 17-7 with six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and Yale having driven to the Quakers' 23-yard line, Brad Martinez and Doug Middleton combined to make the defensive play of the game. Alvin Cowan completed a second-and-eight pass to Ralph Plumb at the Penn 15-yard line. The completion would have given the Bulldogs a first down but as Plumb worked for additional yards, Martinez hit the receiver from behind, knocking the ball loose. Two bounces later, Middleton scooped up the ball for his second fumble recovery of the season. It was Penn's ninth forced fumble this year and the seventh recovered.
Fallon on Hard Times - Bobby Fallon recorded five tackles (three solo) in Penn's defeat of Yale. Two tackles were for a combined 11-yard loss and his sack sent the Bulldogs' offense back nine yards. In the first quarter, Fallon fought not off a Robert Carr block, not through a Robert Carr block but over a Robert Carr block. The senior defensive end leaped over the running back, taking down Carr and his target, Yale quarterback Alvin Cowan.
Off to the Races - Sam Mathews broke out with a 169-yard rushing performance against the Bulldogs last Saturday and helped him become this week's Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week. It was the third 100-yard effort of the season for the junior running back and the third-most yards he has gained on the ground in his Red and Blue career. It was almost a repeat of Mathews' day against the Bulldogs last season when he carried the ball 36 times for a career high 204 yards. His 200-plus yards last year tied Joe Kane (1941-43) for the ninth-most rushing yards in single game.
Breaking Up is Hard to Do - Duvol Thompson broke up his fourth pass of the season and 12th of his career in Penn's 17-7 win over Yale. Also getting in on the break-up party was senior safety Kevin Stefanski. Stefanski nearly intercepted a third-quarter Alvin Cowan pass intended for Ralph Plumb. In reversal of roles, it was Plumb who knocked the ball out of Stefanski's hands to ensure the pass was not picked off. On top of the pass deflection, Stefanski recorded a team and career-high eight tackles against the Bulldogs.
Castles Is Just Being Castles - Dan Castles caught eight balls for 131 yards in the Quakers' win over Yale. It was the third 100-yard day receiving for the senior and seventh of his career. In doing so, Castles became only the fourth Quaker in Penn history to record 2,000 yards receiving. He now stands at 2,067 with four games remaining.
On the National Front - As of Oct. 24, Penn ranks in the top-50 in 12 of 14 statistical categories in the nation, the top-25 in five categories (total offense - 23rd, 406.67 ypg; total defense - 21st, 297.00 ypg; net punting - 20th, 36.83 ypp; rushing defense - 10th, 93.33 ypg and scoring defense - 3rd, 11.50 ppg), the top-10 in two categories (rushing defense and scoring defense) and ranks as one of the country's top-five teams in one category (scoring defense).
Ancient Eight Rankings - Penn leads the Ivy League in passing offense (244.33 ypg), rushing defense (93.33 ypg), scoring defense (11.50) and net punting (36.83). The Quakers are among the top-three in the League in five of the remaining 10 statistical categories, ranking second in rushing offense (162.33 ypg), total offense (406.67 ypg), scoring offense (28.67 ppg) and total defense (297.00 ypg) and third in pass efficiency defense (112.06), turnover margin (.67) and passing efficiency (123.77).
Among the Nation's Best - Dan Castles continues to rank in the top-15 in both receiving categories, ranking 11th in receiving yards per game (98.17 ypg) and ninth in receptions per game (7.00 rpg). Sam Mathews made statistical jumps in two categories in rushing yards per game (32nd, 91.33 ypg) and all-purpose yards per game (31st, 132.67 ypg). Josh Appell is ranked 13th in the country with an average of 41.67 yards per punt.
Individual Ivy Accolades - Five Quakers rank in the top-five statistically in the Ivy League heading into week seven. Dan Castles leads the League in receiving (98.17 ypg) and receptions (7.00 rpg) and Josh Appell paces the Ancient Eight in punting average (41.67 ypp). Castles is also ranked fifth in scoring with 6.00 points per game. Pat McDermott ranks second in total offense (242.00 ypg) and third in passing efficiency (124.59). Adam Francks is third in punt returns (9.30 ypr) and Sam Mathews is fourth in the League in rushing (91.33 ypg).
Nov. 1, 2003 - Penn came into last season's battle with Brown ranked No. 11 in the nation and riding a 12-game winning streak. The Quakers jumped out to a 14-point firs-half lead on the strength of a Brian Adams seven-yard touchdown reception from Mike Mitchell and a two-yard Sam Mathews scoring run. The Bears recorded their initial score when Nick Hartigan punched it in from one yard out and Penn answered with a 33-yard Peter Veldman field goal. Brown scored 14 fourth-quarter points but a Pat McManus interception, his second of the season, with 2:38 remaining sealed the Red and Blue's victory.
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. Joining the duo on the sidelines is Brian Seltzer, who will be providing in-depth information during the game and at half time. The game can be heard exclusively on the Internet at www.pennathletics.com and on ESPN Radio 920 AM, the flagship station of Penn Quakers Football.
Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications
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