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PHILADELPHIA - No. 16/16 Penn heads to Ithaca, N.Y., to take on Cornell at Schoellkopf Field Saturday. The Quakers enter the 117th meeting of the nation’s fifth-oldest college football rivaly as 2010 Ivy League champions. Penn can claim the title outright for the 12th time in program history (extending the league record), while finishing 7-0 in Ivy play for the second straight year—Penn is responsible for the only other two occasions of that feat. Kickoff from Cornell’s Schoellkopf Field is at 12:30 p.m.
Penn wins: The Quakers clinch the outright 2010 Ivy League title.
Penn loses, Yale loses: The Quakers clinch the outright 2010 Ivy League title.
Penn loses, Yale wins: The Quakers and Bulldogs split the 2010 Ivy League title.
Catching the Game!!
Television : The Quakers will not be on television, but there are several other ways to catch the Red and Blue on Saturday...
Internet: Cornell Redcast will have a webcast of the game which can be seen by clicking here.
Radio: The game can be heard locally on WFIL 560AM. Matt Leon and Hench Murray will team up as the broadcast crew. 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 PennAtheltics.com.
Schoellkopf Field: Nothing beats watching the Quakers in person. If you are around Ithaca, N.Y., on Saturday, head over to Schoellkopf Field. The Quakers can clinch the outright Ivy title on Saturday so get your tickets online by clicking here.
The Penn-Cornell Series
Penn has won 67 times in the first 116 meetings against Cornell. Only four other Division I matchups have been played more often than Penn-Cornell. Since the first at Schoellkopf Field in 1964, the Quakers are just 11-12-1 in Ithaca, N.Y. Coach Bagnoli is 13-5 against the Big Red, which includes a 7-2 mark on the road.
Starting in 1995, Penn has won the Trustees’ Cup 10 times. This will be the 16th time the cup has been awarded to the winner of the Penn-Cornell game in honor of what is the fifth-longest rivalry in college football. The team’s have now met 117 times.
3 straight Trustees’ Cup wins over Cornell
- last loss to Big Red was Nov. 18, 2006 (at Cornell, 28-27)
- most since Penn won five straight from 2000-04
7 straight wins overall: 7th in the FCS
- last loss was Sept. 25, 2010 (at Villanova, 22-10)
- most since nine straight from Oct. 3, 2009 - Sept. 25, 2010
9 straight home wins: 6th in the FCS
- last home loss was Sept. 19, 2009 (No. 2 Villanova, 14-3)
- most since 19 straight from Sept. 23, 2000 - Nov. 22, 2003.
9 straight Ivy League road wins
- last Ivy road loss was Nov. 10, 2007 (at Harvard, 23-7)
- most since 12 straight from Oct. 26, 2002 - Oct. 29, 2005.
14 straight conference wins: longest active streak in the FCS and third-longest in Division I, also the third-longest in Ivy history
- last Ivy loss was Nov. 15, 2008 (vs. Harvard, 24-21)
- most since setting Ivy record with 20 straight from Nov. 17, 2001 - Nov. 6, 2004.
14 straight wins in the month of October
- last October loss was Oct. 27, 2007 (at Brown, 31-17)
16 straight wins over unranked opponents
- last loss to unranked opponent was Sept. 26, 2009 (at Lafayette, 20-17, OT)
Inside Bagnoli’s Legendary Numbers
As the only coach to ever lead his team to back-to-back 7-0 Ivy campaigns, Penn Head Coach Al Bagnoli will be looking to do it for the third time on Saturday. He already holds the all-time record with seven outright Ivy titles and will be going for his eighth outright Ivy championship with a win at Cornell. He is also now officially second all-time with eight Ivy titles overall, two behind Yale’s Carmen Cozza, who coached for 30 seasons.
Ivies Highest Winning Percentage?
The winningest active head coach in the FCS, Al Bagnoli is undoubtedly one of the greatest coaches in Ancient Eight history. With a win Saturday, he may officially be the greatest of all-time. In 132 games vs. Ivy opponents, Bagnoli’s Quakers have won 96 of them. That win total is third-most all-time. However, Bagnoli’s record also amounts to a winning percentage of .727—which places him first all-time since the inception of the league in 1956. Penn needs to win Saturday for Bagnoli to hold on to the highest Ivy winning percentage in league history.
Quick Quaker Notes
Penn has not trailed in any of the last three games and not since taking the lead in the second quarter at Yale on Oct. 23 (219 minutes, 58 seconds of game time) ... The Quakers have scored 24 or more points in seven straight games for the first time since doing so nine straight times between 2002 and 2003 ... The Quakers have either led or been tied in the fourth quarter in 18 straight games ... Penn has won 16 of its last 17 games overall and 19 of the last 21 against Ivy opponents ... The Red and Blue have won the last 15 games in which they’ve held their opponent under 10 points ... Penn has a rushing touchdown in each of the last 12 games and has at least two in seven in a row ... The Red and Blue have also rushed for at least 100 yards in each of its last 10 contests going back to 2009, including eight with at least 200 yards over that span.
Senior Andrew Samson has scored in all 39 games of his career ... Senior Josh Powers has started 23 consecutive games, while he and fellow defensive back Jon Saelinger have each played in the last 29 games ... Senior linebacker Zach Heller has played in the last 38 games in row—the most for any non-kicker in the Ivy League.
We’re No. 1
The Quakers currently rank atop the Ivies and in the Top 10 in the NCAA in seven different categories. On defense: Penn has the second-best rush defense in the FCS, is fourth in the nation in total defense, fifth in scoring defense and seventh in the FCS in sacks. On special teams, the kickoff return team ranks as fourth-best in the country, while on offense, Penn has allowed the second-fewest sacks in the country and just five FCS teams can claim a better rush offense.
Penn won back-to-back games against Harvard for the first time since 2002-03 (also the last two undefeated Ivy title seasons). Penn’s 34 points were the most against the Crimson since posting 44 in a rout on ESPN in 2002.
Rushing Towards Season Records
Penn has had a phenomenal season on the ground, rushing for 2,154 yards to date—the first Al Bagnoli team to surpass 2,000 yards on the ground. Penn’s 25 rushing touchdowns and 5.7 yards per carry are also highs under Coach Bagnoli. Penn is just four rushing TDs away from matching the school record of 29 set in 1972.
Ragone on the Run
Billy Ragone has limited mistakes this year and is a big reason why Penn is second in the nation in sacks allowed. Ragone has thrown just four interceptions and has been sacked just three times in his career. In his 10-game career, Ragone has 118 pass attempts and 204 total dropbacks—that’s one sack for every 39.3 pass attempts, or once for every 68.0 dropbacks.
Penn Scoring Trend
Penn has scored in 129 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in Ivy history. Brown holds the record at 147, which also remains active. The Quakers have not been shut out since their trip to Harvard in 1997. Penn has never been shut out at home in the Al Bagnoli era. In fact, the last time the Quakers were held without a point at Franklin Field was Nov. 18, 1989 (24-0 vs. Dartmouth), a span of 107 home games.
After a slow start, Penn got rolling and the result was a dominating, 34-14 win over Harvard to give the Quakers a share of the 2010 Ivy League title. With Penn up 3-0, Harvard’s field goal was blocked by Erik Rask. Penn immediately drove 61 yards for the score as Brandon Colavita ended the drive with a three-yard run to paydirt and the Quakers took their 10-0 lead into the locker room. Early in the third, Billy Ragone found Jeff Jack on a short pass and Jack covered 25 yards to give Penn a 17-point edge with 10:08 to play in the third. Later, Samson knocked home a 45-yard field goal and the Quakers were up, 20-0. Following a turnover on downs, the Quakers took seven plays to get the ball into the end zone. Ragone followed his blockers through the right side for a six-yard score that made it 27-0. Harvard got on the board with 11:04 left in regulation. On fourth-and-7 at Penn’s 31-yard line, Winters threw a jump ball to the goal line along the right sideline and Crimson receiver Mike Cook outleaped a Penn defender before tiptoeing into the end zone to make the score 27-7. Just two plays after Penn recovered the onside kick, Colavita raced untouched around left end for a 35-yard score that put the Quakers’ lead back to 27. Harvard eventually added a late rushing touchdown, but Penn’s 33 seniors finished their careers at Franklin Field with a championship celebration.
A celebration. Either way, shared or not, Penn will hold the title as 2010 Ivy League champions. Penn will lose 32 of its seniors, but the rest of the team will start offseason workouts shortly after the Thanksgiving holiday. Spring ball is just five months away.