On With the Show - Penn Resumes Its Ivy Schedule

Game 5

HOMECOMING 2004
No. 25 Penn(3-1, 1-0 Ivy) v. Columbia (0-4, 0-1 Ivy)
Saturday, Oct. 16, 2004
Franklin Field - Philadelphia, Pa.
1 p.m.

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Series - Penn 61, Columbia 21, Tie 1

Game Notes - No. 25 Penn v. Columbia

Homecoming 2004 - Penn comes home to continue its Ivy League season after finishing its non-conference schedule with a 32-25 double overtime victory over Bucknell on Oct. 9. The Quakers finished the non-League docket with a 2-1 record, suffering only a three-point loss to Villanova on Sept. 25. The Red and Blue opened the Ivy League season two weeks ago with an impressive 35-0 win over Dartmouth, extending their Ancient Eight winning streak to 16 games. Columbia comes to Franklin Field for a Homecoming showdown of two teams currently at different ends of the Ivy standings.

And the Awards Go To - Junior quarterback Pat McDermott and rookie defensive lineman Naheem Harris received recognition this week for their efforts in last Saturday’s thriller at Bucknell. McDermott, who threw for a career-high 384 yards was named the Ivy League Player of the Week for the first time in his career. Harris, just four games into is collegiate career, was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for his five-tackle effort against the Bison.

On the Line - Much has been made of Penn’s 19-game home winning streak that was snapped earlier in the season but what may have gone unnoticed is the Quakers’ current Ivy League winning streak. The Red and Blue have won 16-straight Ancient Eight contests and a victory over Columbia on Oct. 16 would tie Penn with itself for the most consecutive Ivy wins in League history. The Quakers last won 17-straight between the 1992 and 1995 seasons.

Coaching the Quakers - Al Bagnoli is in his 13th season as the George A. Munger Head Football Coach. He is first in wins (64) among active Ivy League coaches, second at Penn in years coached (12) and wins at Penn (89). Bagnoli holds an impressive 10-2 record over the Lions during his tenure, has led the Red and Blue to seven-consecutive victories in the series and was victorious in his only meeting against Columbia Head Coach Bob Shoop. The Quakers won, 31-7, in Shoop's first year at the helm of the Lions last season.

There's No Time Like Overtime - Penn was the last non-conference team to head into Bucknell's Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium and come away with a victory (30-21 in overtime, Oct. 5, 1996). History repeated itself on Oct. 9 as the Quakers traveled to Lewisburg, Pa. and grabbed a 32-25 win in double overtime. It was the second-straight win for Penn in a series it now leads, 25-5. Penn also made history with the victory as it played in the program’s first double-overtime conest.

Reversal of Fortune - The key moment in Penn's win over Bucknell came on a Quakers drive. With the score 22-15 in favor of Bucknell, Sam Mathews fumbled, the Bison's Jeffrey Montagna recovered and proceeded to fumble himself and Chris Mizell recorded his first career fumble recovery. Two plays later, Pat McDermott hit Gabe Marabella from 12 yards out to tie the score at 22 with 5:15 remaining in regulation and eventually forcing overtime.

Deserving of a Pat on the Back - Pat McDermott had a day on Oct. 9 against Bucknell that many collegiate quarterbacks dream about when they decide to play the game. The junior out of Yonkers, N.Y., in his first season as a full-time starter, threw for the fifth-most yards in Penn history (384) in Penn's 32-25 double-overtime win. McDermott had registered a then-career high 269 yards the previous week against Dartmouth.

A Complete Attempt - Pat McDermott completed a career-high 32 passes, including a game-tying 12-yard touchdown strike to Gabe Marabella late in the fourth quarter against the Bison last week. He also attempted a career-high 55 passes, the most attempts by a Quakers quarterback since Gavin Hoffman attempted 60 against Cornell on Nov. 18, 2000.

What a Rush - Pat McDermott rushed for the first and second touchdowns in his career in Penn's 32-25 double overtime victory last weekend at Bucknell. The first gave Penn its first touchdown of the game and the second gave his team its first lead, 15-14. Dermott is now just 46 yards from eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark for the season and he now has 1,158 passing yards in five career starts.

Hey J.J. - Dyn-O-Mite! - Sophomore defensive lineman J.J. Stanton came into last Saturday's contest at Bucknell with five total tackles (four solo) on the season. He left Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium having doubled his defensive productivity with five tackles (four solo) against the Bison, giving the Haddonfield, N.J. native 10 stops on the season. Stanton also recorded his first-career interception, picking off a Daris Wilson attempt and returning the interception 47 yards to Bucknell's 13-yard line. The pick turned into points for the Quakers as Penn capped the ensuing drive with a Pat McDermott rushing touchdown to make the score 14-9 in favor of Bucknell.

A Birthday Gift - Senior kicker Evan Nolan may have celebrated his 22nd birthday on Oct. 9, but the Cincinnati, Ohio native was the one baring gifts, helping to give his Penn teammates a 32-25 victory over Bucknell in double overtime. Nolan was called upon in the fourth quarter to attempt an all-important extra point that would tie the score at 22 with a little over five minutes remaining in regulation. Nolan knocked it through to send the game to overtime. Bucknell put three points on the board on its possession of the first overtime on a 47-yard field goal that bounced over the crossbar. Nolan was then called upon to make a 42-yard attempt, which he did. It was the second-longest field goal of his career and the second make over 40 yards this season. Nolan also put the icing on the cake, making the final point-after attempt in double overtime in the Quakers' victory.

Castles On the Move - Dan Castles tied a career-high for receptions in a game when he caught 12 for 132 yards against Bucknell a week ago. Not only did Castles equal one of his past performances, he also bettered one of his predecessors. With his dozen catches, Castles moved past Don Clune (1971-73) for fourth on the Penn all-time receptions list. Clune finished his career with 121 catches and Castles now sits with 124 with six games remaining in his career.

Meet Mr. Harris - Naheem Harris continues to lead the Quakers rookies as a back-up defensive lineman. Harris, a Brooklyn, N.Y. native, registered career highs in tackles (five) and tackles for loss (one) in Penn's double-overtime victory at Bucknell on Oct. 9. The rookie Quaker now has eight stops on the season (five solo) in three games played.

On the National Front - Penn is ranked in the top-25 in seven statistical categories heading into week five of the season. The Quakers are 25th in passing offense (245.25 ypg) and total defense (308.25 ypg). The Red and Blue crack the top-20 in turnover margin (1.00) and scoring offense (35.25 ppg), ranking 19th and 17th, respectively. Penn nationally ranks in the top-10 in three categories - eighth in scoring defense (14.75 ppg), seventh in net punting (39.68 ypp) and sixth in rushing defense (82.00 ypg).

Ancient Eight Rankings - Penn is beginning to statistically take control of the Ivy League. The Quakers rank either first or second in seven categories. They lead the League in rushing defense (82.00 ypg), scoring defense (14.75 ppg) and net punting (39.68 ypp). The Red and Blue are second in passing offense (245.25 ypg), total offense (405.75 ypg) and scoring offense (35.25 ppg). Penn also cracks the top-three in the Ancient Eight in passing efficiency defense (112.01) and turnover margin (1.00).

Among the Nation's Best - Penn continues to have student-athletes rank among the country's elite, statistically. Pat McDermott is now ranked 23rd in total offense with 240.75 yards per game. He is also one of the nation's top-50 most efficient passers, ranking 40th with a rating of 122.66. Dan Castles is among the national leaders in receiving, ranking 14th in receptions per game (6.75) and receiving yards per game (99.75). Josh Appell kicked yet another punt over 50 yards against Bucknell, 52 yards to be exact, and ranks fourth in the country in punting with a 44.84 average.

Individual Ivy Accolades - Penn has individuals ranking in the top-six in eight categories as the Quakers enter their second week of Ivy League competition. Pat McDermott ranks fourth in passing efficiency (122.66) and total offense (240.75 ypg). Sam Mathews ranks fifth in the Ancient Eight in rushing (83.25 ypg) and Evan Nolan ranks fifth in field goals per game (0.75). Josh Appell leads the League in punting (44.84 ypp), Dan Castles is third in receptions per game (6.75) and receiving yards per game (99.75), and six Quakers rank sixth in the Ivies with .25 interceptions per game. Victor Davanzo, Seth Fisher, Duvol Thompson, Luke Hadden, Chad Slapnicka and J.J. Stanton have one pick each on the season.

Oct. 18, 2003 - Columbia welcomed Penn on its Homecoming in 2003, but it wasn't as pleasing as the Lions would have liked as the Quakers left New York City with a 31-7 victory. Dan Castles led all receivers with 120 yards on nine receptions and Sam Mathews rushed for 190 yards on 29 carries (6.6 ypc). Both Castles and Mathews caught a touchdown pass in the victory. The Lions jumped to a 7-0 lead in the opening quarter but Penn piled up 31 unanswered points to record its fifth win on the season.

Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications

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