Penn Heads to Lafayette for Road Opener

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PHILADELPHIA -- After dropping an overtime thriller to No. 19 Villanova in the season opener, the Quakers will look to bounce back against the Leopards of Lafayette as they hit the road for the first time. Lafayette enforced a similar late-game defeat on the Quakers last season with a made field goal in the waning seconds of the game. Both teams are receiving votes in the national polls.

Catching the Game
For the second straight week, the Quakers are making a television appearance. This time on RCN-4 which is WBPH Channel 51 on Comcast in Philadelphia and Channel 60 on DirecTV. The play-by-play voice of Penn football, Brian Seltzer, and 27-year veteren analyst, Hench Murray, can be heard on WFIL 560 AM in the Philadelphia area or at www.PennAthletics.com.

The Series
Lafayette’s last-second win in 2007 broke a six-game Quaker win streak in the series. In a matchup that dates back to 1892, Penn leads the Leopards, 61-19-4. Heading into the 85th meeting between the two teams, Penn has won each of the last four games played in Easton and six of the last seven against the Leopards when away from Franklin Field.

Last Time Out
It was a harsh ending for Penn’s season opener in which they fell to No. 19 Villanova, 20-14 in overtime. When all was said and done, the Quakers had intercepted the Wildcats four times -- three of them in the end zone -- and even given itself a chance to win the game in the extra session. Villanova had first possession in OT, and wasted little time in making it a six-point game. However, the door was opened for Penn’s possession when junior Chris Wynn -- who had two interceptions on the day -- snuck in from the right side and got enough hand on Joe Marcoux’s extra-point attempt for it to fall short. As soon as the door was opened, though, it closed. On the Quakers’ very first play, Brad Blackmon took the handoff, and after looking to go right headed around the left end. He was caught from behind by a Villanova defender, and when he got popped, the ball squirted out in front of him right to the Wildcats.

Tough Slate
A tough road still lies ahead for the Quakers. After the season opener against No. 19/19 Villanova, and the game this week against Lafayette, who is receiving votes in each poll, Penn will face four more teams that have already reached the Top 25 or are receiving votes in The Sports Network FCS Top 25 rankings as well as in the FCS Coaches Poll. See page three of these notes for a complete list of rankings.

Penn in the Polls
After nearly knocking off the 19th-ranked team in the country on Saturday, the Quakers received some national recognition for their efforts. Penn was among those receiving votes in the most recent FCS Top 25 voting, sponsored by The Sports Network. Penn received 30 points, placing them 38th in the nation and ahead of this week’s opponent, Lafayette (10). It is the fourth-most points among the Ivies as Harvard (331), Yale (251) and Brown (44) received more. Princeton, after falling 37-24 to #13 The Citadel, is also among the vote getters with four points this week. The Tigers and Quakers are the only teams in the poll who have yet to record a win this season.

Overtime Blues
It is no secret around the confines of Franklin Field that Penn has suffered through some overtime blues in recent years. Including the Quakers loss in the first overtime to Villanova on Saturday, Penn has played into extra time five times in their last 16 games. They have lost all five. Prior to that streak, the Quakers were 3-0 beyond regulation under Bagnoli. Penn’s last overtime win was Oct. 9, 2004 when they survived at Bucknell in two overtimes, 32-25.

Penn Scoring Trend
Penn has scored in 101 consecutive games, the third longest streak in Ivy history. Brown holds the record at 119, which remains active. Yale also has a 101 game active streak. The Quakers have not been shut out since their trip to Harvard in 1997. Penn has also not been shut out at home since 1989, a span of 93 games.

Other Penn Trends
The Quakers have had a rushing touchdown in each of their last five games and in seven of the last eight contests ... Penn has also gained over 100 yards on the ground in nine consecutive games ... Josh Koontz has had a reception in seven straight games ... Penn has forced a turnover in 13 straight games dating back to the two-overtime loss at Princeton on Nov. 4, 2006.

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