Bagnoli Press Conference Quotes (10-7-08)
PHILADELPHIA - After playing their 800th game at Franklin Field last week, the Quakers will play in their first game at Multi-Sport Field on Saturday. Penn celebrated the historic occassion last week with a victory over Dartmouth to open Ivy play. Now, in its first trip outside of the state of Pennsylvania this season, Penn will be seeking its second straight win when they meet the Hoyas.
Catching the Game:
The Quakers will be on local television in the Washington, D.C. area on Verizon Fios 1. On the radio, Matt Leon will be the play-by-play voice with 27-year veteren analyst, Hench Murray, on WNTP 990 AM in Philadelphia, or at www.PennAthletics.com.
In the first meeting in 70 years between Penn and Georgetown, the Quakers came out victorious last season. In all, the teams have met five times dating back to Penn’s 12-0 win in their inaugural matchup on Oct. 10, 1893. Penn has never lost to the Hoyas, winning four and settling for a scoreless tie in 1937. Overall, the Quakers have outscored Georgetown 103-13. Saturday’s matchup will be Penn’s first trip to Multi-Sport Field.
Fourth Quarter Heroes
Penn’s defense has literally been perfect in the final quarter this year. In all three games, they have posted a shut out in the final 15 minutes. The only second half points they have allowed all year came on a 22-yard Dartmouth field goal early in the third quarter last week. Overall, they have outscored their opponents 33-3 in the second half this year.
Last Time Out
After a half of football that was dominated by the defenses, the Penn offense was able to put together a pounding display in the second half and rolled to a 23-10 win over Dartmouth in the 800th Penn football game at Franklin Field. Penn gained 425 yards to Dartmouth’s 191, and allowed the Big Green to gain just five rushing yards all day (on 23 attempts). Irvin finished the day with 22 completions on 39 attempts for 270 yards and two touchdowns. The senior became just the 10th player in Penn history to surpass 3,000 career passing yards. Sophomore Michael DiMaggio started the second half with just six rushing yards, but by the time the day was over he had upped that to a career-high 129 on 21 carries. The fourth quarter was the Andrew Samson Show, as the sophomore kicker finished off three consecutive drives with field goals of 27, 33 and 27 yards. For Samson, it marked a career high for field goals in a game, and it provided the Quakers with some breathing room down the stretch.
Penn returns home to continue the rest of their 2008 Ivy slate as Columbia vists Franklin Field for a 1 p.m. kickoff next Saturday. The Quakers will then take a trip to Connecticut to meet Yale on Oct. 25 starting at 12:30 p.m. That game will be televised nationally on the YES Network.