No. 25 Football Hosts Columbia in Ivy League Showdown

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PHILADELPHIA - For the second time in three weeks, the Quakers play host to a red-hot Ivy League opponent. Columbia enters Franklin Field on its first three-game winning streak since 1997 and has the highest-scoring offense in the Ivy League. However, the Quakers boast the league’s best defense and haven’t lost at home to Columbia since 1995.

Catching the Game!!
Television : Comcast Network (Formerly CN8). Check local listings, channel 8 for the majority of Comcast subscribers in the Philadelphia area. Scott Graham will provide the play-by-play with Kevin Reilly as the analyst .

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 nationally on SIRIUS Channel 130. WNTP 990AM will carry the game locally for the Quakers. 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

Franklin Field: Nothing beats watching the Quakers in person. Get down to Franklin Field! It's Family Weekend 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
Penn owns a 67-21-1 overall record against Columbia and has been especially dominant over the Lions in recent years. Though the 1997 game was forfeited, the Quakers haven’t lost on the field to Columbia since 1996 and haven’t lost at home since the Lions broke up Penn’s NCAA record 24-game winning streak on Oct. 7, 1995. Penn is 42-6 all-time at Franklin Field against the Lions. Coach Bagnoli is 4-0 against head coach Norries Wilson and 15-3 overall against the Lions.

Winning Streaks
Despite Penn’s loss to No. 1 Villanova on Sept. 25, the Quakers still own some of the longest winning streaks in the nation. Penn has won nine straight league games which ranks third in the FCS and seventh in all of Division I, and the Red and Blue’s six-game home winning streak in now the 13th-longest in the FCS.

Longest Conference Win Streaks - Division I
1. Appalachain State, 22 (Southern)
2. South Carolina State, 20 (MEAC)
3. Boise State, 17 (WAC)
4. Cincinnati, 12 (Big East)
4. Troy, 12 (Sun Belt)
6. TCU, 11 (Mountain West)

7. PENN, 9 (Ivy League)
italics = FBS school

Count Up to 125 - First All-Time!
With last Saturday’s 31-10 win over Bucknell, head coach Al Bagnoli broke a 109-year-old school record. George Woodruff, the school’s third head football coach, won 124 games for Penn from 1892-1901. Until now, no Penn coach has come close to approaching that number—George Munger was Penn’s second-winningest head coach for 50 seasons, but was 42 short of Woodruff’s record. Last Saturday, with the 21-point triumph over Bucknell, Bagnoli won his 125th game along the Penn sidelines to supplant Woodruff in the school record books.

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 11-0 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).

Coach’s Conference Success
Penn head coach Al Bagnoli is undoubtedly one of the greatest coaches in Ancient Eight history. In 127 games vs. Ivy opponents, Bagnoli’s Quakers have won 91 of them. That is fourth-most all-time, with each coach in front of him having at least an extra three years of experience. Saturday, he has the opportunity to move into a tie for third place with Harvard’s Joe Restic (1971-93). Bagnoli’s record also amounts to a winning percentage of .717—second all-time since the inception of the league in 1956.

Familiar Offensive Line
Penn has been able to boast some impressive offensive numbers this year and a lot of that can be attributed to an offensive line that has played much of the last two seasons together:

Junior left tackle Greg Van Roten, senior left guard Luis Ruffolo and senior right tackle Jared Mollenbeck have played in the last 14 games together. Mollenbeck and Van Roten have started each one of those. The last game in which those three were not on the field together for the Quakers was the Nov. 22, 2008 in the season finale at Cornell. In that time, Penn has gone 11-3. Drew Luongo, who started all 10 games in 2008 but missed last season due to injury, has started all four games this year alongside those three. Meanwhile, preseason All-American senior center and Joe D’Orazio has started 15 games and appeared in 20 during the last three years, missing just two games due to injury earlier this season.

The 2010 Quakers rank first in the league in time of possession, and second in the Ivies in sacks allowed and rushing offense.

Turnover Troubles
Columbia has the best turnover margin in the Ivy League (+5). Penn has the worst (-5). In fact, Penn has not won the turnover battle in any of the last six games, but has been fortunate enough to go 5-1 in that span. Penn has gone 136:53 minutes of game time without forcing a turnover—a span of 10 quarters since Bradford Blackmon recovered a Villanova fumble in the third quarter on Sept. 25. On the flipside, Penn has turned it over six times since then. Only Jon Saelinger (3 INTs) and Josh Powers (INT, FF) have been able to force turnovers for the Penn defense this year.

Quick Quaker Notes
Penn has gone 27 games without allowing a 100-yard rusher ... Penn has not allowed a 300-yard passer in 29 games ... Penn has won 12 of its last 15 games overall and 14 of the last 16 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 seven games.

Last Time Out
Head Coach Al Bagnoli broke a 109-year-old school record as the Quakers used a big second half to pull away from Bucknell, 31-10, at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium in Lewisburg, Pa. Bagnoli won for the 125th time as the head coach of the Quakers to make him the all-time winningest coach in program history. Andrew Samson tied the school record with his 61st field goal attempt and knocked it through from 34 yards out for an early 3-0 lead. After the Bison returned an interception to the one-yard line, they punched it in on the next play for a 7-3 lead with 2:34 to go in the first half. Four plays later, Penn had the lead back. Ryan Becker connected with Conner Scott for an 11-yard touchdown reception. Penn scored on its first two drives of the second half. Becker led the Quakers 71 yards in eight plays, converting two third-and-one situations—the second of which Brandon Colavita took 13 yards to the end zone for a 17-7 lead. After a short Bucknell punt, senior quarterback Keiffer Garton led Penn to its third touchdown of the day. Sophomore Jeff Jack put Penn up 24-7 with 4:03 left in the third with a 12-yard rushing touchdown, the first of his career. The Quakers tacked on another seven points with 11:06 to go in the final quarter. Becker connected with freshman Ryan Mitchell for 52 yards to set up first-and-goal. Two plays later, Colavita scampered in from four yards out for his first collegiate multi-touchdown game.

Up Next
Penn will leave the state of Pennsylvania for the first time this year. The Quakers are at Yale next Saturday with kickoff set for noon. The game will air on the YES Network.

Download: Columbia Game Notes.pdf